Jonathan Chait

Political Columnist, Intelligencer

Jonathan Chait has been a political columnist at New York since 2011 and writes the newsletter &c. He is the author of Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail.

  1. the national interest
    DeSantis Forced to Say Why He Enjoys Denying Health Insurance to Poor FloridiansThe banality of “normal” American conservatism briefly surfaces.
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    Let’s Compare How Trump and Biden Treat Indicted Crooks on Their Own SideRepublicans won’t admit it, but Biden is respecting DOJ independence.
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    ‘Biden or Bust’ Is a Risky Strategy to Save DemocracyThe unconvincing case for complacency.
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    Now Liberals Are Unskewing Polls, TooStop it, the media isn’t faking the close race.
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    Trump Throws Anti-Abortion Activists Under the BusWhat Trump’s moderate abortion rhetoric says about the presidential race.
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    Challenging Biden Is Risky. So Is Nominating Him.A serious primary challenge could test and strengthen the president’s reelection campaign.
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    Mitt Romney and the Doomed Nobility of Republican ModerationThe party’s last antiauthoritarian walks away.
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    Republicans Already Told Us Impeachment Is Revenge for Trump“They did it to us!”
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    Trump’s Economic Plan: Raise Taxes on the Middle Class, Cut Them on the RichRepublican populism remains extremely fake.
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    Why Isn’t a Mainstream Democrat Challenging Biden?The demand for a different option is robust. What is mystifyingly absent is the supply.
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    Republicans Attacking Trump As ‘Unelectable’ Is Just So PatheticIt’s not only weak, it’s not even true.
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    Samuel Moyn Can’t Stop Blaming Trumpism on LiberalsLiberalism Against Itself makes an incoherent attack on liberalism.
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    Democrats Can’t Fix Their Minority-Voter Problem If They Don’t Understand ItMoving left will only make the party whiter.
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    Even Clarence Thomas’s Law Clerks Can’t Defend His MisconductA truly pathetic letter vouches for the disgraced justice while ignoring his scandals.
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    What I Got Wrong About DeSantis vs. TrumpThe personality cult is even cultier than I had thought.
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    ‘Lock Them Up’ Is Now the Republican Party’s Highest GoalIt’s no longer about policy or even culture war but prosecutorial revenge.
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    Lindsey Graham: Don’t Indict Trump, or Impeach Him, or Vote Against HimThe opponents of criminalizing Trump’s coup attempt prefer to hand him power.
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    Donald Trump Tells Georgia Witness Not to TestifyWhat could this possibly indicate about his guilt or innocence?
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    Clarence Thomas Just Happens to Have Many Generous Billionaire Close FriendsHe can’t help it if he’s lucky.
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    Prosecuting Trump Will Only Make Republicans Crazier, Warns Law ProfessorHow much crazier can they get, though?
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    College Sports Is a Failed Experiment in Anarcho-capitalismThe NCAA has all the money and none of the sense.
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    Ron DeSantis Renounces Trump’s Craziest Election LieAt least he admits the Venezuelans didn’t steal the election.
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    Are Democrats Tricking Republicans Into Nominating Trump?Conservative elites driven to madness by DeSantis’s collapse.
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    Pence Makes It Clear Why It’s Necessary to Prosecute TrumpThe GOP punishes the man who was “too honest,” not the coup leader.
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    The Democrats Can’t Wave Away Their Hunter Biden ProblemHow the party can clean up the Supreme Court and address the president’s son’s ethics scandals.
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    Ron DeSantis’s Nazi Outreach Is a Strategy, Not an AccidentStaffer Nate Hochman was fired for creating a post with white-supremacist imagery.
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    Conservatives Have a New Master Theory of American Politics“The long march through the institutions” is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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    Democrats Learned From Their COVID Errors. Republicans Didn’t.Democrats on school closing, Republicans on vaccines: a case study.
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    DeSantis Finally Takes Real Questions, But He Won’t Answer ThemIt’s a start.
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    There’s a Simple Reason Voters Aren’t Crediting Bidenomics (Yet)It takes time for perception to match reality.
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    Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Conspiracy Theories Finally Get Around to the JewsCOVID-19 was “ethnically targeted”? Uh, sure.
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    Anti-Anti-Trumpers Say the Character Issue Between Biden and Trump Is a TieEvery Trump flaw must have an equal and opposite flaw in his rival.
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    GOP’s Bombshell Anti-Biden Witness Has a Wee Credibility ProblemRepublicans have a habit of imputing all of Donald Trump’s crimes to Trump’s opponents, but this is really on the nose.
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    In Defense of Independent Opinion JournalismThe ‘hack gap’ between right and left has been closing.
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    Non-white Moderates Are Real Democrats — Not GOP PawnsSuggesting otherwise is simply denial.
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    The Last Republican PoliticianCan John Roberts stave off a Democratic assault on the Supreme Court?
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    After Affirmative Action, We Can Still Fix the Education PipelineShrinking the education gap is the best answer.
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    Community Input Is Not Always What Democracy Looks LikeClimate activists are entitled to protest but not entitled to win.
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    John Durham Admits He Knows Little About Russia ScandalNo wonder he thought the FBI was doing a witch hunt.
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    Samuel Alito’s Ethics Defense Is Even Less Persuasive Than His Legal RulingsSupreme Court justice exempts himself from ethics requirements.
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    Trump Defense: I Committed Obstruction to Save Golf PantsThis is a very, very bad reason to go to jail.
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    Joe Biden May Face Two Spoiler Candidates in 2024Cornel West is running and No Labels is getting ready to.
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    Ron DeSantis Wants More Honoring Confederates, Less Funding for Black HistoryRon DeSantis Wants More Honoring Confederates, Less Funding for Black History
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    Why Republicans Want a Nakedly Partisan Justice DepartmentNeutral law enforcement is a losing game for them.
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    Republicans Now Say Bathrooms Are a Great Place to Store Military Secrets“There are 33 bathrooms at Mar-a-Lago! So don’t act like it’s in some random bathroom.”
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    Why Was Trump So Intent on Keeping ‘My Boxes’?Conservatives assume he would never do anything dangerous or bad with military secrets.
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    Why No Amount of Evidence Will Make Republicans Admit Trump’s GuiltA paranoid party and its mobster president.
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    Mike Pence Says Trump Can Commit All the Crimes He WishesEnforcing the law would be “divisive.”
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    National Study Shows Charters Outperform Traditional SchoolsEducation-reform skeptics’ favorite fact is officially false.
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    The GOP’s Authoritarian AccelerationInternal resistance to its anti-democratic turn has all but vanished.
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