Latest from David Karol

Abortion will remain a national issue no matter what the Supreme Court does

Moral issues cannot be contained at the state level — and abortion wasn’t before Roe, either.

December 20, 2021

Why would Pelosi step down? Parties don’t usually throw out congressional leaders after electoral losses.

House and Senate leaders are judged by other qualities — like fundraising or legislative skill.

June 30, 2017

No, Republican opposition to Trump won’t hurt Democrats

Trump won over Republican voters, not independents.

February 21, 2017

How campaign finance law makes senators early lame ducks

The trend toward earlier retirement announcements and the growth of the permanent campaign were not goals of campaign finance reformers in the 1970s.

March 2, 2015

What Mitt Romney’s withdrawal says about parties and presidential nominations

Romney had the money, but not the support of party elites.

January 30, 2015

Charles Schumer’s flawed diagnosis of polarization

Schumer's faith in the "Top Two" primary isn't supported by the evidence.

July 23, 2014

Robert Strauss is dead, but political parties are alive and well

National Party organizations matter more now than they did in Robert Strauss's day.

March 21, 2014