Michael Barone

Michael Barone

Opinion: Biden Stimulus Failures Could Produce 1920s-Style Republican Victories

What’s wrong with the economy? Nobody seems quite sure, but it’s clear that the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package passed in March, on top of the $900 billion approved in December, the last full month of the Trump administration, has not had the intended results. Yes, the economy has grown, and so have wages.

Michael Barone

Opinion: History Has Some Bad News for Biden Democrats

As in the 1880s, we live in an era of polarized partisan parity, in which changes of opinion among independent voters can sweep election results. One year ago, Joe Biden was elected president with 51% of the popular vote. Now, with his job approval down to 42%, his party is in trouble. That’s obvious from

Michael Barone

Opinion: Biden Democrats Lose Big — And on Cultural Issues

President Joe Biden returned the morning of Nov. 3 to a nation that no longer supports him or his party. Virginia, which he carried 55% to 44% in 2020, has elected Republican Glenn Youngkin as governor, Republicans for lieutenant governor and attorney general, and recaptured a majority in the House of Delegates. Even more startlingly,

Michael Barone

Opinion: Health and Education Elites Forced To Confess Error

Confessions of error are rare enough in woke America that they should be strictly construed against the speaker. Two such confessions (the legal term is “admissions against interest”) suddenly appeared last week. The first confession came in an Oct. 20 letter from Principal Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health Lawrence Tabak. He admitted

Michael Barone

Opinion: Bill de Blasio Is On the Way Out, But His Mindset Lingers

As his two terms as New York’s mayor approach their end, and long after his presidential campaign ended with a whimper, Bill de Blasio has chimed in with one last act of destruction: a proposal to end the public schools’ entry-by-exam gifted and talented program for first graders. De Blasio’s gripe is that selection by

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