THE CANDIDATES ARE UNINSPIRING BUT NOT THE MOST CORRUPT – BY FAR

Three weeks from today, Americans finally will have a chance to vote for president of the United States — hundreds of other offices on ballots across the country. As a presidential historian who has written histories of presidential campaigning, of various presidents, of First Ladies, including Hillary Clinton when she Continue Reading…

How Bill Clinton’s Presidency Spawned Donald Trump’s Candidacy

Three weeks from today, Americans finally will have a chance to vote for president of the United States — hundreds of other offices on ballots across the country. As a presidential historian who has written histories of presidential campaigning, of various presidents, of First Ladies, including Hillary Clinton when she Continue Reading…

In Praise of Abandoning Your Party

Trump calls GOP defectors ‘disloyal.’ But the Founders would approve. As we approach Election Day, more and more Republicans are abandoning Donald Trump, declaring that they can’t possibly vote for the mogul on November 8. GOP senators, members of Congress, even the party’s previous nominees and presidents, including Mitt Romney Continue Reading…

Why we will all be singing the Benghazi blues…

On Thursday, when former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appears before the Senate Benghazi Committee for a new round of hearings, reporters with vivid historical imaginations will be pining for an epic battle. Melodramatic journalists may recall the 1950-1951 Kefauver Committee investigating organized crime, which introduced politicized television dramas to Continue Reading…

What Hillary Can Learn From Bill for the Democratic Debate

The trick is to combine substance with showmanship As Hillary Clinton prepares for the first Democratic debate on Tuesday, she should consult one of America’s most experienced presidential debaters: her husband.  More actor than orator, Bill Clinton was not the most eloquent debater. And his wife is the great family Continue Reading…

We’re Suckers for Hillary’s Redemption Story

As Clinton takes the debate stage Tuesday while seeking the presidency, it’s worth taking a look at how she has tapped into our love of redemption stories. As Hillary Clinton prepares for Tuesday’s Democratic debate, the big challenge she faces is that she is just not a natural pol—unlike her husband. Two Continue Reading…