Steve Hochstadt: Between our presidential elections every four years, the congressional races in the midterms give us the best reading, across the country, of how Americans divide themselves between Democrats and Republicans.
Steve Hochstadt: The likelihood of unusually heavy turnout had been discussed for months, but many polling places were unprepared for large numbers of voters.
Steve Hochstadt: Was it a big wave or a little wave or a ripple? Who even knows what those words mean applied to national elections? Numbers are better.
Steve Hochstadt: We make an enormous investment of time into the growth of our children. Observing my granddaughter and her parents day after day, I realize how important is patience to human life.
Steve Hochstadt: The problem is that a few prominent conservative opinion leaders, headed by our President, have gone way beyond incivility to hatred.
Steve Hochstadt: White men, what are you doing? Don’t vote for a sleazy liar, for an abuser of women, for a con man. Pay attention to what women around you think. Have some pride in being a man.
Steve Hochstadt: While national newspapers are weathering this storm, local newspapers are closing. Since 2004, about 1,800 local papers have closed or merged. The smaller the paper, the more likely it would close.
Steve Hochstadt: All of the prominent men who have suddenly found themselves held responsible for their treatment of women, from which they walked away for years, are outraged by their new plight.
Steve Hochstadt: This election campaign brings us a special seasonal offering of nationwide lying, the attack ad, on behalf of people hiding behind the people in tiny print.
Steve Hochstadt: More than 1 in every 8 Americans lives below the poverty level, over 40 million Americans. The greeter at Walmart, the young woman taking your food order, the shopper looking for day-old bread – they might all be poor.
Steve Hochstadt: The unprecedented success of female and minority candidates among Democrats comes from efforts to turn out voters who were absent in 2016.
Steve Hochstadt: In Trump’s first 18 months, 8 Cabinet secretaries had to resign, often for spending outrageous amounts of our tax dollars on themselves, a record turnover.
Steve Hochstadt: New discoveries constantly show that what we think we understand about nature is not quite right.