John Peeler: The first comprehensive immigration law set quotas by national origin, intended to return the ethnic mix of the country to something like what it had been about the time of the Civil War.
John Peeler: The thing is, his base is holding. About 40 percent of the public still approve of his performance.
John Peeler: However witless the Trumpster was, it knew what it had been programmed for, and it didn’t need Dr. Bannon anymore. It was perfectly capable of destroying everything on its own.
John Peeler: It is breathtakingly foolish for Trump to expect Pakistan to become an accessory to a policy that explicitly treats Islam as the enemy.
John Peeler: While 95 percent of taxpayers may see some short-term reduction, their taxes will go up again in just a few years.
John Peeler: Jones won by turning out the voters: the Alabama Department of State reports turnout at 40.46 percent of registered voters, remarkably high for a special election. Most observers were expecting more like 25 percent.
John Peeler: One of the dwindling advantages of being old is that you remember a lot. I remember how behaviors that now qualify as sexual harassment were taken for granted in many workplaces.
John Peeler: Even though Trump is operating in a country with a far deeper democratic political culture, he seems to aspire to Putin’s domination through manipulation and intimidation.
John Peeler: No matter whether he is removed from office by impeachment or serves out his term, he has already put in place a fundamental change of course for this country, a shift that will take years, at best, to undo.
John Peeler: Trump is unique in American political history in that, having reached the pinnacle of power with minority support, he has also made no serious effort to expand his base.
oing back at least to Professor Woodrow Wilson’s classic study, Congressional Government (1885) people trying to make sense of the U.S. Congress have focused on the role of interest groups (or “special interests” in today’s political discourse) in shaping public policy in ways that often run counter to the “public interest.” Interest groups (like the […]
John Peeler: Of the potential candidates out there, Warren is best positioned to mobilize Democrats and progressives across the lingering divides of 2016.
John Peeler: That a politician would lie about sexual misconduct is not that shocking. What’s shocking is that he’s likely to be elected anyway by an Alabama electorate with a large contingent of religious conservatives.