Stirewalt on Politics

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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Stirewaltisms: Bear-ly Working

Too often, our leaders take the easy way out and do nothing except cater to their most committed voters.

Stirewaltisms: Rejection of Extremes on Roe May Determine Midterm Costs

Plus, Kathy Barnette blows up the Pennsylvania Senate primary.

Stirewaltisms: Relax, Have a Julep

Just like with the Run for the Roses, this month’s primaries are producing lots of rank speculation.

Stirewaltisms: Fears of Downturn Point Dems to Midterm Oblivion

Democrats are in trouble even with a growing economy. A stagnant economy or recession would multiply the political pain enormously.

Stirewaltisms: Joe Biden, Man in the Iron Mask

Biden keeps denying himself an advantage with persuadable voters while simultaneously showing Democrats that he is ineffectual.

Stirewaltisms: Trump’s Faction of One

The former president doesn’t care what happens to the Republican Party in Pennsylvania, Georgia, or anywhere else.

Stirewaltisms: Second City? What a Pity!

Are the Democrats really considering Chicago for their 2024 convention?

Stirewaltisms: With Consultants Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

How operatives like Steve Schmidt make our politics worse.

Stirewaltisms: Wee Bits for St. Patrick’s Day

Plus: Rejected ballots in Texas and Senate primaries get nasty.

Stirewaltisms: Hypernational Politics Dim Governors’ Chances

Why the Senate has become a safer path to the presidential nomination.

Stirewaltisms: Ukraine Scandal Catches Up to Trump

Volodymyr Zelensky has become a household name in America, and there is no more ambiguity about the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Stirewaltisms: What Will Voters Make of the Ukraine Invasion?

Voters very much care about consequences of international affairs, even if they shrug at the underlying cause.

Stirewaltisms: It’s Time for an Age Limit for Federal Office

Plus: McConnell digs in, Hispanic women for Trump, and remembering P.J. O’Rourke.