The Democrats’ problem is not the economy, stupid

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 29, 2017 The Democratic Party has reacted to its series of recent election losses by once again concluding that it needs a better economic message. As Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Sunday, “Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged and common-sense economic agenda.” The only disagreement within the party … 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

The GOP’s deafening silence on Trump

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, June 16, 2016 Once Donald Trump locked up the nomination, Republicans were confident about his next moves. He would tone down his rhetoric and pivot to the center. “Donald Trump understands that this is not a primary season anymore,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Trump aide Paul Manafort explained … Continue reading

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

Where were Republican moderates 20 years ago?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 3, 2016 A main cause of the rise of extremism in the world of Islam has been the cowardice of Muslim moderates, who for decades chose not to condemn bad ideas and ugly rhetoric. Fearing that they’d be seen as ideological weaklings, they’ve avoided confronting the cancer in plain sight. … 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

The GOP’s double-barreled revolt

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 28, 2016 To understand why the current conservative crack-up so confounds the Republican establishment, you have to recognize that the party is facing two separate but simultaneous revolts: one led by Ted Cruz, the other by Donald Trump. The first is well described by E.J. Dionne Jr. in his important … 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