The Republican surrender

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 17, 2016 The Republican surrender has begun. Having described Donald Trump as an unacceptable, unconservative, dangerous demagogue, the party establishment appears to be making its peace with the man who keeps winning primaries. The Wall Street Journal editorial page argued vociferously against Trump for months, pointing out that he is … Continue reading

Why the center holds, barely

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 25, 2016 “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” It’s time to quote W.B. Yeats’s famous poem again. But this time, it really does seem that the political center is under intense pressure — from left and right — all over the Western … Continue reading

Sanders’s plans make Republicans look serious

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 18, 2016 A key sign of the Republican Party’s dysfunction in recent years has been its unwillingness to produce serious policy proposals. Instead, its leading lights routinely present outlandish plans that they know can never be enacted or in which the math simply doesn’t add up. What will Republicans do … Continue reading

America is being changed – but by whom?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, February 11, 2016 It is the line that might have sunk a presidential campaign. “[Barack Obama] knows exactly what he’s doing,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said at Saturday’s debate (again and again and again). “[He] is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country, to make America more like the rest … Continue reading

Trump and the Republican crack-up

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 12, 2015 Today’s conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump’s best days are behind him and that his poll numbers will soon descend. Maybe. But Trump has come to represent something fundamental about the Republican Party: the growing gap between its leaders and its political constituency. Even if he disappears, this … Continue reading

Republican candidates bash China at our own peril

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, September 3, 2015 As 17 Republican candidates try to get noticed, and 16 of them struggle to compete with The Donald, perhaps we should not be surprised to hear crazy rhetoric and outlandish ideas. In recent days, Chris Christie has proposed that all legal visitors to the United States be tracked … Continue reading

Let’s talk about bridges, not burrito bowls

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 23, 2015 The discussion of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has, so far, thoroughly explored her video announcement, restaurant choices, clothes, health, ethics and, of course, husband. Relatively little attention has been devoted to her ideas — or the ones that should animate her campaign. The easiest way for Hillary Clinton to … Continue reading