Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

Rubio’s Bad Foreign Policy Judgment

Like Clinton, he invokes his foreign policy record as if it were something to be proud of, but in the eyes of many Republicans it is exactly the opposite.

Posted February 11th, 2016

Trump’s Support Keeps Growing

Trump’s support has been consistently underestimated or dismissed, and yet it has continued to increase.

Posted February 11th, 2016

Trump’s New Hampshire Win

Trump isn’t constrained by the limits of party or movement orthodoxy.

Posted February 10th, 2016

The GOP Establishment’s Worst-Case Scenario Is Here

The GOP “establishment” was repudiated last night by almost half of the voters, and the best chance to slow down Trump’s progress towards the nomination was squandered.

Posted February 10th, 2016

New Hampshire Results

Leaders in both parties have been sternly rebuked, and they deserve to be.

Posted February 9th, 2016

A “No-Fly Zone” in Syria Is Still Insane

A “no-fly zone” would first require the U.S. to destroy Syrian and Russian air defenses, putting us at war with both states.

Posted February 9th, 2016

The Republican John Edwards

Both the Edwards and Rubio arguments are exceedingly superficial, and so are the candidates that make them.

Posted February 9th, 2016

What To Expect in New Hampshire

“Establishment” fratricide will continue, and Trump and Cruz stand to benefit.

Posted February 8th, 2016

Bloomberg 2016: An Awful Idea That Won’t Die

Bloomberg’s views seem guaranteed to make him unacceptable to just about every constituency.

Posted February 8th, 2016

The “Establishment” Candidates and Rubio’s Trust Deficit

His rivals see him as untrustworthy, and so they are understandably unwilling to entrust the fortunes of the party to him.

Posted February 8th, 2016

The Disingenuous Saudi “Offer” to Fight in Syria

The Saudis are trying to sucker the U.S. into agreeing to fight their war for them.

Posted February 8th, 2016

Rubio’s Bad Debate

The conceit that Rubio is the best candidate for the general election looks a lot less credible than it did before the debate.

Posted February 8th, 2016

The Awful State of Republican Foreign Policy Debate

The candidates seemed to be unanimously in favor of every bad idea mentioned.

Posted February 8th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Is Trump a realist? Leon Hadar considers the evidence and concludes that …

Posted February 5th, 2016

Foreign Policy and the Democratic Debate

Clinton may be able to give a more fleshed-out debate answer, but we also know that she is more likely to get the U.S. involved in unnecessary wars than her rival.

Posted February 5th, 2016

Gerson’s Revisionism on the Gang of Eight Bill

Rubio rejected the thing that supposedly makes him broadly appealing, and abandoned the effort as soon as it became politically dangerous for him.

Posted February 5th, 2016

The Continuing Woes of the “Establishment”

We shouldn’t discount the effect of personal animus and bitterness when thinking about what these candidates may do.

Posted February 4th, 2016