Latest from Paul Waldman

Democrats can’t defeat the pandemic alone. It’s time for Republicans to step up.

Why are so many Republicans treating their own vaccinations like a shameful secret?
  • May 14, 2021

Memo to Democrats: Sing the praises of the safety net

While Republicans try to end enhanced unemployment benefits, the fact that we've been able to supply them should be celebrated.
  • May 13, 2021

We’re trapped by the GOP’s commitment to lying. There may be no way out.

When Trump left office things didn't get better. They got worse.
  • May 13, 2021

Biden is reaching out to Republicans. But his real target is Joe Manchin.

The president has to create space for the senator from West Virginia to vote for an infrastructure bill.
  • May 12, 2021

Why Republican voter suppression may contain the seed of its own undoing

Their incompetence doesn't excuse their malevolence. But it does offer a silver lining.
  • May 12, 2021

Ted Cruz just sent a very important message to Joe Manchin

Even if you're naïve enough to think Republicans are willing to cooperate, you can't believe it will happen on election reform.
  • May 11, 2021

Why do some deluded Democrats think raising taxes on the rich is a bad idea?

It's a political winner and always has been. Yet some moderates are still terrified of Republican criticism.
  • May 11, 2021

Why the Biden administration’s embrace of transgender rights isn’t controversial

Republicans would like to turn this into a repeat of 2004, when they mobilized opposition to same-sex marriage. But they can't.
  • May 10, 2021

Republicans think they won’t pay a price for assaulting democracy. Here’s why.

They'll probably take back the House next year and maybe the Senate too, no matter how unhinged they get.
  • May 10, 2021

The bad jobs report frames the stakes in the big economic fight to come

Should the government create jobs and make it easier to keep them, or tell lazy moochers to get off their duffs?
  • May 7, 2021