Michael Barone from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 29 Mar 2020 14:48:46 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Michael Barone from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/michael-barone-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone d1654eb853b4bfad57e1d0a797c26354 Anti-Pandemic Rules the Opposite of Anti-Climate Change Rules for 03/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/03/20/anti-pandemic-rules-the-opposite-of-anti-climate-change-rules Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's unnerving, and perhaps instructive, that the arrangements elites have been prescribing for dealing with what they call our most dangerous environmental threat &#8212; climate change, formerly known as global warming &#8212; are almost precisely the opposite of the arrangements deployed to deal with the more immediate threat of COVID-19, aka the novel coronavirus. </p> <p>To reduce the carbon dioxide emissions thought to produce catastrophic climate change, Americans have been urged to cluster in large, densely populated cities. Large apartment buildings with small dwelling units, it is claimed, consume less energy and emit less carbon per capita than 2,500-square-foot houses spread out on suburban cul-de-sacs or newly constructed on exurban farm fields.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 27, 2020</p> d956636332ae90d1acd60f6f2bf1c9df Sailing in Unprecedented Waters for 03/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/03/20/sailing-in-unprecedented-waters Fri, 20 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Precedent doesn't provide much guidance. There's a deadly coronavirus threatening to circulate through the population. The resulting government orders and social sanctions of self-distancing and self-isolating behavior are unprecedented in living memory.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Operating without guiding precedents casts into doubt many longstanding practices and assumptions.</span><p>Updated: Fri Mar 20, 2020</p> b6b186d48e8891a4ce11cb093f12979e A Problematic Nominee Against a Problematic President for 03/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/03/20/a-problematic-nominee-against-a-problematic-president Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What just happened? The Democratic presidential nomination race, which gave signs of lasting months, is now basically over.</p> <p>Sen. Bernie Sanders won North Dakota and lost Washington after carrying a lead on Wednesday. In Michigan and Missouri, where he won 50% and 49%, respectively, against Hillary Clinton in 2016, he carried 36% and 35% against former Vice President Joe Biden in Tuesday's primaries. He was wiped out even worse in Mississippi and lost in Idaho.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 13, 2020</p> f0575c99572b2e1d2b9768fc18f1c49a Super Tuesday Finally Serves Its Intended Purpose -- After 32 Years for 03/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/03/20/super-tuesday-finally-serves-its-intended-purpose-after-32-years Fri, 06 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Super Tuesday has finally served its intended purpose for the first time since it was invented for the 1988 presidential cycle, 32 years ago.</p> <p>Those were the days when Democrats controlled practically every Southern legislature and when most Southern whites were, in homage to their Civil War heritage, registered Democrats. Moderate Democratic politicians hit on the idea of setting up a multistate early set of Southern primaries to increase the chances of moderate candidates being better in November than the nominees who lost to former President Richard Nixon and then-President Ronald Reagan.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 06, 2020</p> fa7e9cdd5a2d8ac0549d55fe7376d296 Bernie Sanders Is No George McGovern for 02/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/02/20/bernie-sanders-is-no-george-mcgovern Sat, 29 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>You hear it said and see it written that Bernie Sanders will be another George McGovern &#8212; that is, a left-wing nominee who lost a presidential election in a landslide. </p> <p>I'm here to tell you that's wrong. Because the times are different. And because Sen. Sanders is, or ought to be, a scarier candidate and a further departure from historic American norms than George McGovern ever was.<p>Updated: Sat Feb 29, 2020</p> 92e57f631e25aab78daf62083d48be33 Are Nonwhites Voting More Like Other Americans? for 02/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/02/20/are-nonwhites-voting-more-like-other-americans Fri, 28 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Bernie Sanders' victories in the inaccurately counted Iowa caucuses, the crisply conducted New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucuses have made two things clear.</p> <p>One is that the Vermont senator, elected and reelected to Congress as an independent, is on the high road to become the oldest political party in the world's 35th presidential nominee, as I have argued in my two previous columns. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 28, 2020</p> b055a23d272d97ec6f6e53a6b4e10951 Democrats' DNA Makes Them Feel the Bern for 02/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/02/20/democrats-dna-makes-them-feel-the-bern Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The 2020 presidential race has got the Democratic Party, the oldest political party in the world, twisted in knots. Its basic character and enduring values &#8212; its political DNA &#8212; which have enabled it to rebound from multiple political disasters, may be producing another disaster this year.</p> <p>Consider the Democrats' concept of fairness in representation. The party's delegate allocation rules, not just this cycle but going back years, favor proportionate representation.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 21, 2020</p> 1d802173094957bec6cbb970e89ba9f1 Another Year of the Interloper? for 02/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/02/20/another-year-of-the-interloper Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's a familiar plotline. An interloper runs for a party's presidential nomination and, with an anti-insider pitch, scores wins and near-wins in the first contests with vote pluralities. </p> <p>His numerous opponents, fearful of antagonizing his enthusiastic supporters, launch attacks on one another that, predictably, hurt the attacker as well as the target. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 14, 2020</p> 37a46d9dd635c43a8cf44f5174e2309d Democrats' Blunders Help Create Favorable Winds for Trump for 02/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/02/20/democrats-blunders-help-create-favorable-winds-for-trump Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Are we watching a great political party commit suicide?</p> <p>For more than a year, Democratic candidates, up to 26 of them at one point, have been crisscrossing Iowa's 99 counties, seeking votes in Iowa's precinct caucuses.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 07, 2020</p> 447f4f6e309a60e30e544daf13e0a1cb A Sanders Sweep? for 01/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/01/20/a-sanders-sweep Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The old becomes the new. It's less than a week from of the Iowa caucuses, and Bernie Sanders, born in September 1941, three months before Pearl Harbor, leads the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls by 4 points in Iowa, 10 points in New Hampshire and 5 points in the biggest delegate prize, the Super Tuesday-voting California. </p> <p>One hastens to add: The Sanders surge, like the Elizabeth Warren warming period from mid-September to mid-November and the Pete Buttigieg bump in December, may not last. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 31, 2020</p> 70fc9bc9c45c5472296402a27c315fe5 Historians Say New York Times Gets History Wrong for 01/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/01/20/historians-say-new-york-times-gets-history-wrong Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We live in history-making times. Not so much because of the impeachment trial going on in the Senate, which will make history only if it routinizes impeachments of impolite presidents when their opposition party gets control of the House, but because of what looks like an ongoing battle for control of the central narrative of American history. </p> <p>That battle was opened back in August when The New York Times ran the first several articles of its 1619 Project. Named for the year when the first African slaves were offloaded in the dozen-year-old colony of Virginia, the central theme is that slavery and its effects are the central driving force in American history, the underpinning of everything from corporate capitalism to suburban sprawl.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 24, 2020</p> 58ab3889ddf33e3142e9a941ced5b62c What We've Learned From the Democratic Race -- So Far for 01/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/01/20/what-weve-learned-from-the-democratic-race-so-far Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Elections are a form of communication. Voting tells politicians, and the press if they're capable of getting the message, what citizens will tolerate and what they won't. The Democrats haven't voted yet, but they've been campaigning for more than a year and have just had their last debate before the Iowa caucuses two weeks from Monday.</p> <p>That's time enough to learn some useful things from the majority of the two dozen-plus declared candidates who have already dropped out and from those still in the race.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 17, 2020</p> 910adca0cf7099d30254f5e490072860 Trump Responds to Iran's Act of War for 01/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/01/20/trump-responds-to-irans-act-of-war Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In all the reportage and commentary on the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, I haven't seen much mention of an interesting parallel between the Iranian mullah regime's attacks on America this past week and its attacks when it first came to power 40 years ago. </p> <p>The similarity is that both times, the Iranian regime violated diplomatic immunity. In 1979, it seized 52 American diplomats and held them hostage for 444 days, releasing them only on the day former President Ronald Reagan took office. Last week they attacked the U.S. embassy in Baghdad after launching multiple attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 10, 2020</p> b47e21f0e29905dc0fd72d32b611e7d0 Census Numbers Undercut 'Ascendant America' Theory for 01/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/01/20/census-numbers-undercut-ascendant-america-theory Fri, 03 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>From the first years of the one-fifth of this century already completed, we've been told that a new, ascendant America &#8212; more nonwhite, more culturally liberal, more feminist &#8212; was going to dominate our politics for years to come.</p> <p>Those predictions have partially come true. Barack Obama was elected and reelected president in 2008 and 2012, respectively, and Democrats won majorities in House contests in 2006, 2008 and 2018.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 03, 2020</p> 7dfbb3527b01c6cace1f9054ab24ea08 We're Living in the (Almost) Best of Times for 12/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/12/19/were-living-in-the-almost-best-of-times Fri, 27 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The best of times, the worst of times. Your instinct on which one we're living through is affected by your basic temperament, but it also depends on how well you're observing &#8212; and quantifying &#8212; things in the world around you.</p> <p>Temperamentally, in the United States &#8212; or at least in that loud, if not large, part of it dominated by political tweets &#8212; the overwhelming weight of opinion, crossing party lines that are unusually rigid in this period of American history, is that we live in the worst of times.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 27, 2019</p> b60f32690751c0c0ee298411412a0f2d 'One-Nation' Conservatism Wins Again in Britain for 12/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/12/19/one-nation-conservatism-wins-again-in-britain Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>Last week the world's second-oldest political party showed, and not for the first time, its capacity to regenerate itself and win an impressive majority in difficult circumstances.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 20, 2019</p> 0f1576feb2b7b21c0ec2a338ba64b060 The (Sometimes) Bizarre Democratic Nomination Race for 12/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/12/19/the-sometimes-bizarre-democratic-nomination-race Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Some recent news stories verge on the bizarre &#8212; the House Democrats' futile fuss over impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi's acceptance of President Donald Trump's U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade treaty. But they're not as bizarre, or possibly as consequential, as unanticipated developments in the Democrats' presidential nomination contest.</p> <p>Consider the role of money, which Democrats are always saying plays too big a role in politics. This year, it plainly isn't. Their two billionaire late entrants, Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, aren't running away with the contest. <p>Updated: Fri Dec 13, 2019</p> 09bba8dccc7e9b24c384d86f6e63d3a8 Twitter Politics' Roots in Tabloid-War Politics for 12/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/12/19/twitter-politics-roots-in-tabloid-war-politics Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Sometimes the latest new thing is something antique. That's especially true in American politics, which has had seriously contested presidential elections every four years (with one exception) since 1800 and competitions between the same two durable parties since 1856. We're even on our (lucky?) 13th presidential race since the nominating rules were changed, back in the 1970s, to favor primaries rather than caucuses. </p> <p>It's even true that new technology can bring back old politics. Case in point: President Donald Trump's use of Twitter, which is often lamented and sometimes effective, and occasionally backfires. In 140 &#8212; and then 280 &#8212; characters, the unconventional candidate and president has communicated directly, over the heads of an almost uniformly hostile media, with the American people.</p> <p>Where might he have gotten the idea and developed the knack? In the unique tabloid politics of New York City, which was raging hot and heavy when the young, outer-borough real estate heir made headlines in his quest to use political clout to enter the Manhattan real estate market at rock bottom.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 06, 2019</p> 060e0c6704a857b4df2d51347a0a26f0 Give Thanks for America's Increasing Fairness for 11/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/11/19/give-thanks-for-americas-increasing-fairness Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's Thanksgiving week in a country whose warring political tribes are not much inclined to giving thanks. But any American with a reasonable historic perspective can easily find reasons to do so.</p> <p>For one thing, it's clear that we are a much fairer nation than we were in the past. Women, black Americans, immigrants and minorities of any perceptible kind are treated more fairly and in a more friendly manner than was the case within the memory of many of us now living.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 29, 2019</p> db3d1e180c941c2b04522e90b234a828 The Impeachment Pseudo-Event for 11/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/11/19/the-impeachment-pseudo-event Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America" is the title of a 1960s book by historian and librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin. Pseudo-events, he wrote, are staged solely to generate news media coverage. Real events involve independent actors and have unpredictable outcomes. Pseudo-events are shows.</p> <p>It's not difficult to say which category the House Democrats' impeachment hearings belong in. It's a classic pseudo-event stage-managed to prod sympathetic media into running predictable stories. Inconvenient questions from Republican members are blocked, and the name of the original "whistleblower" is concealed, though the stage managers know who he is. <p>Updated: Fri Nov 22, 2019</p>