The Toughness of Nancy Pelosi

Barack Obama probably has a lot of good stories about Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, who announced, in a speech on the floor of the chamber on Thursday, that she would not seek a leadership role in the next Congress. One of them, which Obama told in his memoir “A Promised Land,” involves […]

Why Arizona Is a Hotbed of Election Conspiracy Theories

I spent the first week of November, 2020, at a gun range outside Prescott, Arizona, taking a class in tactical firearm skills. On Tuesday of that week—Election Day—after practicing speed reloads, I sat in my hotel room and watched the returns. After Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden, I went to sleep. The state […]

Pollsters Have ‘No F*cking Idea What’s Going to Happen’

If the pollsters and handicappers end up being spectacularly wrong on Election Night, there’s one group that won’t be too surprised: the pollsters and handicappers themselves. The 2022 midterms could go exactly as modeled—a 20-some-odd-seat pickup for Republicans in the House and maybe a 51-49 GOP Senate—but the people who watch these races the closest […]