Paul Waldman

Washington, D.C.

Columnist covering politics

Education: Swarthmore College, BA in Political Science; University of Pennsylvania, PhD in Communication

Paul Waldman is an opinion writer for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, he worked at an advocacy group, edited an online magazine, taught at university and worked on political campaigns. He has authored or co-authored four books on media and politics, and his work has appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines.
Latest from Paul Waldman

This Democrat is fired up and ready to defeat Kyrsten Sinema

This Democrat is running for Kyrsten Sinema's Senate seat in Arizona with a blunt style.

February 6, 2023

Want to cut spending, Republicans? Liberals have some ideas for that.

The GOP wants to slash the federal budget, but won't say how. Here's what the left would cut.

February 2, 2023

The GOP presidential contenders don’t want to have a beer with you

It was dumb to ask which candidate you'd want to have a beer with. But this is worse.

January 31, 2023

Republicans want to ‘negotiate’ over the debt ceiling? Bring it on.

But "Give us some of what we want and we won't destroy the economy" isn't a real negotiation.

January 27, 2023

The new face of ‘the personal is political’

When it's all about consumer choices, are we focusing on what matters?

January 23, 2023

Republicans are proving they’re no ‘workers party’

It's one thing to claim, as Kevin McCarthy has said, that “we’re the workers party.” It’s another to use your power to help workers.

January 18, 2023

6 things people believe about politics that are totally wrong

No. 1: No, members of Congress don't have to read the bills they vote on.

January 16, 2023

How progressives found their way to real power in Biden’s Washington

The left got more out of the first two years of the Biden presidency than anyone expected. Here's why.

January 12, 2023

What the right’s war on ‘wokeness’ in the military is really about

It's not about the real needs of warfighting.

January 9, 2023

Why fearmongering about deficits might be losing its sting

Yes, Republicans control the House. But the dynamics have changed since the Obama years.

January 5, 2023