E.J. Dionne Jr.

Washington, D.C.

Columnist covering national politics

Education: Oxford University, D.Phil.; Harvard University, BA

E.J. Dionne writes about politics in a twice-weekly column for The Washington Post. He is also a government professor at Georgetown University, a visiting professor at Harvard University, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio and MSNBC. His book “Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country” was published by St. Martin’s Press in February. Before joining The Post in 1990 as a political reporter, Dionne spent 14 years at the New York Times, where he covered politics and repor
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Say it loud, Democrats: Economic issues are ‘values’ issues, too

Republicans want to complain about "big spending." Democrats should shift the conversation to shared economic values such as care for children, workforce training and educational opportunity.

December 5, 2021

The Supreme Court’s pro-gun, pro-life problem

Conservative jurists are ready to expand states’ rights when it comes to limiting or banning abortion but equally prepared to block states from enacting gun laws.

December 1, 2021

The hypocrisy argument on the filibuster is itself phony

No Democrat or progressive who has flipped on the filibuster is pretending they didn’t.

November 28, 2021

Proper thanks to our Afghan allies requires more than words

Veterans of the long war in Afghanistan are at the forefront in welcoming Afghan refugees.

November 24, 2021

The GOP bets on resentment over problem solving

McCarthy is fully aware that the dominance of a resentment narrative serves Republicans' interest.

November 21, 2021

A fragile truce in Catholic bishops’ war over Biden

A split remains over Pope Francis's vision.

November 17, 2021

Why do Democrats let Republicans set the terms of debate?

Democrats have been tearing themselves apart over the controversies Republicans want them to talk about.

November 14, 2021

Asking military service of so few takes a toll on our democracy

We also need to take stock of the burdens that 20 years of war have imposed on a limited share of American families.

November 10, 2021

Democrats avoided defeating themselves. Now they must defeat the plutocratic populists.

Passing the infrastructure bill was essential. But the lesson of Tuesday's elections is that Democrats must find a way to attract working-class voters.

November 6, 2021

What can Democrats expect from Youngkin in Virginia? Opinions columnists answered your questions.

Columnists David Byler, E.J. Dionne, Henry Olsen and Karen Tumulty answered reader questions.

November 4, 2021