Stirewalt on Politics

Every Saturday, Chris Stirewalt, a political news veteran, uses his decades of experience to provide context (and some humor) when explaining what happened this week in national politics.

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Democrats Can’t Shake Chicago Blues

The power of self-deception in politics.

Out of Sorts

Our political homogeneity makes primaries more important than general elections, and that creates problems.

A Lot of Hot Air

Everyone is reacting predictably to Trump’s indictment even before we know the actual charges.

Republicans Know the 1-2-3s of Trump Scandals

Attack, minimize, and move on.

Stirewaltisms: Erin Go Biden

How the president reversed his fortunes in a year.

Stirewaltisms: Fail Fast

The most valuable attribute in a candidate might be knowing when to quit.

Stirewaltisms: The Space Between ‘Back the Blue’ and ‘Defund the Police’

How Republicans botched the issue of police brutality, and Democrats have botched the issue of crime.

Stirewaltisms: Can DeSantis Go the Distance?

Media speculation about his candidacy heats up.

Stirewaltisms: The Problem of Policy in Politics

What happens when politicians decide that getting power to do the right things makes it necessary to say the wrong things.

Stirewaltisms: An Experiment in Negative Partisanship

If nothing else, the State of the Union highlighted how our awful politics got that way.

Stirewaltisms: Iowa Down, But Not Out

Three years ago today the political world watched in horror as the Iowa Democratic Caucuses turned into a high-tech wreck.

Stirewaltisms: Aaaaaand They’re Off …

Did you really think 2024 would get off to a slow start?

Stirewaltisms: In Favor of Quitting Loud

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is stepping down.

Stirewaltisms: Hold on Loosely, But Don’t Let Go

Advice from Paul Ryan to Kevin McCarthy—and everyone else who seeks power.

Stirewaltisms: Four Lessons From the Ziggy Stardust Caucus

Practical takeaways from an impractical performance.

Stirewaltisms: Of Gifts and Grifts

While many of us want to pull back from the excesses of political savagery, others plunge headlong into the bloody fray.