Perry Bacon Jr.

Louisville

Columnist covering the Biden administration, how the two parties are changing, local & state politics, race & identity

Education: Yale, BA in political science

Perry Bacon Jr. is a Washington Post columnist. He focuses on two major themes: the growing radicalism of the Republican Party and the right; and the efforts, mostly on the left and among Democrats, to create a more just, equitable society. Before joining The Post in May 2021, Perry had stints as a government and elections writer for Time magazine, The Post's politics desk, theGrio and FiveThirtyEight. He has also been been an on-air analyst at MSNBC and a fellow at New America. He grew up in Louisville and lives there now.
You can email him (perry.bacon@washpost.com
Latest from Perry Bacon Jr.

Chat with Perry Bacon Jr. about politics and beyond

Perry's Q&A with readers starts at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday. Submit your questions now.

June 2, 2022

What have the 2022 primaries taught us? Perry Bacon Jr. answers your questions.

Perry's Q&A with readers starts at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday. Submit your questions now.

May 19, 2022

In Tuesday’s primaries, Democrats’ left and center wings both got wins

There is good news and bad news for both camps.

May 18, 2022

Why is Trumpism so popular? Perry Bacon Jr. answered your questions.

Perry's Q&A with readers was at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday. Read the transcript.

May 12, 2022

Trumpism is terrible. It also might be popular.

Opponents of the Republican Party's rightward turn are running into twin headwinds: human nature and U.S. history.

May 9, 2022

Was Vance’s win all that impressive? Perry Bacon Jr. answered your questions.

Read the transcript of Bacon's chat with readers.

May 5, 2022

The political case for forgiving student loan debt

The president should take the step for policy reasons, but the electoral math looks good for him, too.

May 2, 2022

What is your advice for Biden? Perry Bacon Jr. answered your questions.

Perry's Q&A with readers was at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday. Read the transcript.

April 28, 2022

Twitter is good. I hope Elon Musk doesn’t ruin it.

The social media platform is a place where powerful people — people like its new owner — are held accountable

April 26, 2022

Team Biden believed their own hype — and that has cost them

Biden’s victories in 2020 were not due to a brilliant strategy.

April 25, 2022