The 2020 election results were far from a mandate for a sweeping Democratic legislative agenda.

Many Democrats these days are understandably upset at the recent actions of two prominent senators, Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ). The pair of centrists are working to significantly pare down — and even take entire chunks out of — Biden’s massive social spending programs in the “reconciliation bill.”…


And these attitudes are not exclusive to one side.

A new survey from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics shows that while there is general agreement among Americans of various political persuasions on several key policy matters, these issues are not what motivates many of them. Rather, for significant numbers of liberals and conservatives, their resentments toward/fears of…


Hey, folks! I’ve been messing around with the format of these posts for some time now, trying to determine the best way to continue sharing content I think is worth highlighting while taking into account my increasingly busy work and personal schedules. For now, I’ve decided to narrow this series…


The gut-wrenching images coming out of Afghanistan over the past several days have suddenly thrust American’s longest (and oft-forgotten) war back into the international spotlight. What has happened over there during the past two decades of war is extremely complicated, and I won’t pretend to be an expert of Afghanistan…


Signs point to “probably not.”

In the 2022 midterm elections, Missouri will host an election to replace retiring Republican U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. Normally, not many national political observers would give much thought to the race to succeed him. Given how red Missouri has become in recent years, most would probably assume the seat will…


One of the major COVID-related stories of recent weeks has been about how the slowing demand for the vaccine may be causing the U.S. to hit a wall on its way to achieving herd immunity. In fact, the New York Times published a somewhat alarmist-sounding piece this week, titled “Reaching…


Well, folks, it’s finally here: on Friday, North Carolina will be the first state in the nation to begin mailing absentee ballots to voters for the 2020 election. Polling has shown that a majority of Americans plan to vote early this year, either in person or by mail. …


And can the answer tell us anything about Democrats’ electoral fortunes in the state moving forward?

On Tuesday night, Missouri became the latest state in which voters expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act after their Republican-controlled state government refused to do so. For those who follow Missouri politics, the map at the end of the night showing support versus opposition to the measure — Amendment…


So, we’ve finally arrived at a point that many of us have been anticipating (dreading?) for a long time. After a recent series of bad headlines, and with poll after poll showing him getting crushed by Joe Biden, the president of the United States is now threatening to postpone the…


And why that doesn’t necessarily mean the former vice president isn’t still in good shape.

There have been a host of polls over the past couple of weeks, both nationally and in various states, showing Joe Biden opening up a massive lead over Trump — sometimes by double-digit margins. Couple that with Trump’s abysmal approval ratings recently and some may be tempted to conclude that…

Michael Baharaeen

Political analyst focused on electoral politics, Congress, demographic trends, polling, public policy, and political history.

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