The country is frighteningly polarized. This is why.

Wednesday’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice was a ghastly example of the political polarization that is ripping this country apart. Political scientists have shown that Congress is more divided than at any time since the end of Reconstruction. I am struck not simply by the depth of partisanship these days, but increasingly also by … Continue reading

Why Donald Trump is different

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 3, 2016 Over the course of this campaign, I have heard from many people who have cheered my opposition to Donald Trump. But others have objected, arguing that I was being biased, that Hillary Clinton has many flaws as well. So let me try to explain, one last time, why … Continue reading

Why has Trump run such a bad campaign?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, October 27, 2016 As this presidential election draws to its close, I keep wondering: Why has Donald Trump run such an ineffective campaign? Trump began with three big advantages. The Democrats were seeking a third consecutive term in the White House, something that a political party has achieved only twice in … Continue reading

Can Republicans be rational, not tribal?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, September 29, 2016 Donald Trump is a strange standard-bearer for Republicans. He espouses few of the party’s traditional positions and disavows most of its icons. Almost every important conservative publication — National Review, the Weekly Standard, Commentary — opposes him, as do most leading conservative pundits, from George Will to David … Continue reading

Why we are all deplorables now

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, September 15, 2016 Whether you put them in a basket or not, the question of this election is: Who are Donald Trump’s supporters? One way to answer that question is to widen its scope beyond the United States. Trump is part of a broad populist trend running across the Western world. … Continue reading

The politics of the future: Be open and armed

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, July 7, 2016 If Tony Blair is remembered in history only for his support of the Iraq War, that will be a tragedy. The former British prime minister was one of his generation’s most important political leaders, bringing the left out of the wilderness and reshaping it for the post-Cold War … Continue reading

Can Hillary Clinton win?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 9, 2016 Hillary Clinton has had a good run in recent days. She delivered her best speech yet, secured the Democratic nomination, beat Bernie Sanders in California and received President Obama’s endorsement. But will this last? Can she win in November? Some scholars believe that the outcome of a presidential … 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

Can political turmoil be a sign of strength?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 21, 2016 DAVOS, Switzerland — Conversations here at the World Economic Forum might begin with the global economy, but sooner or later they turn to Donald Trump. The Republican primary contest has gotten everyone’s attention. Some remain entertained, but many of the people I’ve spoken with are worried. As one … Continue reading