James Hohmann

Washington, D.C.

Columnist covering politics, policy, the law and other matters

Education: Stanford University, B.A. in History

James Hohmann writes an opinion column for The Washington Post. In his previous role as a national political correspondent, he was the author of The Daily 202, The Post's flagship political newsletter; the voice of The Big Idea podcast, the paper's premier morning news audio briefing; and the anchor of PowerPost, a vertical focused on the intersection of politics and policy. Hohmann covered local news for The Post in the aughts and returned in 2015 after six years at Politico. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News and San Jose Mercury News. A historian by training,
Latest from James Hohmann

The Democrats have a ‘candidate quality’ problem, too

Left vs. center: The surprise election outcome obscures a deeper Democratic problem.

November 16, 2022

In Wisconsin, Tony Evers made a virtue of being dull

An unsung Democrat cruises to reelection in Wisconsin.

November 11, 2022

GOP Hispanic outreach could be decisive in these Biden districts

Yesli Vega is running against Abigail Spanberger, one of five Democrats running for reelection in districts Biden would have carried by seven points in 2020.

November 7, 2022

How Republicans plan to make a comeback in New England

The GOP’s likeliest path to the House majority runs through some of the bluest states.

November 4, 2022

The Pennsylvania Democrat with a winning message on crime

Democrats must confront their denial about rising crime.

October 27, 2022

Ken Paxton is America’s worst attorney general. He’ll win anyway.

No Democrat has won statewide in Texas since 1994. Beating Paxton should have been Democrats’ chance to end the drought.

October 11, 2022

Biden’s not yet the undertow Republicans expected

Biden isn't as popular as Democrats generally. So he is staying out of sight.

October 2, 2022

What Biden can teach the king

Both in their 70s, the two men might find they have a great deal in common, at least in this moment.

September 16, 2022

Republicans retreat on abortion, for now

Republicans are trying to abandon their pro-life positions. Will it work?

September 1, 2022

In New York, Democrats chart a new, centrist course

Dan Goldman does not have the standard profile of a Democratic congressman from Manhattan.

August 24, 2022