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Jimmy Carter

  1. past is prologue
    Joe Biden Is Not Jimmy Carter, and This Is Not the 1970sThe right’s facile comparisons of the two presidents miss the vastly different circumstances facing Biden and distort Carter’s record.
  2. past is prologue
    Biden May Bounce Back Like Other Presidents HaveHistory shows that presidents usually get reelected unless they are unlucky, or, like Donald Trump, they work hard at alienating voters.
  3. economy
    When America Had a Moral Panic Over InflationThe economic crisis of the 1970s has valuable lessons for Joe Biden.
  4. democrats
    If Democrats Don’t Exploit This Trifecta, Another Could Be Far AwayDemocrats will probably lose their governing trifecta in 2022, and it won’t get easier in 2024 or 2026. Historically, they don’t come along often.
  5. afghanistan
    The Fall of Saigon Didn’t End Gerald Ford’s PresidencyEvents in Kabul are bringing back memories of 1975. Will Joe Biden get through his crisis as the 38th president did back then?
  6. inflation
    Why Inflation Panics Are Poison for Progressive PoliticsLessons from the Nixon era.
  7. obituaries
    Fritz Mondale, Public ServantThe old-school liberal and party loyalist redefined the vice-presidency.
  8. politics
    Biden Builds Popularity by Focusing on COVID Relief PlanThe COVID-19 stimulus is more popular than Biden himself. That is the key to his stable job-approval rating so far.
  9. covid-19 vaccines
    Ex-Presidents Come Together to Promote COVID Vaccination … Except TrumpTrump whining as the other former presidents work together on a PSA tells you everything you need to know about his historical uniqueness.
  10. president’s job approval
    Record Polarization Underlies Biden’s Otherwise Normal Job Approval RatingBiden’s impossibly popular among Democrats, and improbably unpopular among Republicans. His relative strength among independents could be key.
  11. end times
    Trump’s Job Approval Plunging as He Leaves OfficeTrump’s support is in free fall, but is high enough among Republicans to keep them from dumping him. Biden enters office with a bit of a honeymoon.
  12. capitol riot
    Could the 14th Amendment Ban Trump From Holding Office Again?Even if a Trump political comeback isn’t blocked by impeachment, his incitement to insurrection may make him subject to a ban meant for Confederates.
  13. presidential job approval
    Will Joe Biden Get a Public Opinion ‘Honeymoon?’He’ll probably be more popular at the start of his presidency than Trump was. How much that helps him achieve his agenda is another matter.
  14. vision 2020
    How Georgia Became the Ultimate Battleground StateGeorgia Democrats have slowly come back after brief successes under Carter and Clinton. But in the January Senate runoffs, they have their big chance.
  15. vision 2020
    Biden’s Popular-Vote Win Is Beginning to Look More ImpressivePercentage-wise, he did better than any Democrat not named Obama in a half century.
  16. vision 2020
    Will 2020 Be Jimmy Carter’s Revenge?The Democratic South is rising again, but this time it’s multiracial and progressive.
  17. religion
    Why Being Catholic Isn’t Special in Politics AnymoreJoe Biden isn’t appealing to Catholic tradition in his bid to become the second Catholic president. But that’s the American way.
  18. kennedy dynasty
    The Fall of the Kennedy Dynasty Took More Than Just One NightJoseph Kennedy III’s loss to Ed Markey was just the latest in a long series of setbacks for the storied political family.
  19. vision 2020
    The 48-Year Journey of Joe Biden’s Democratic PartyAt the moment he accepts the nomination, Biden and his party have evolved into a proud force for diversity and progressivism.
  20. vision 2020
    Trump’s Train to Reelection Is on the Wrong TrackThe percentage of Americans who like the direction of the country under Trump is very low, just like it was for past incumbent losers.
  21. past is prologue
    Remembering the Reagan-Ford ‘Co-Presidency’ That Could Have BeenIf you find Biden’s veep selection process boring, look back 40 years to a wild ride at the Republican convention where Reagan eventually picked Bush.
  22. george floyd
    Read What Presidents Obama, Bush, Carter, and Clinton Said About George FloydEvery living former president has weighed in on the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent nationwide unrest.
  23. politics
    Partisan Polarization Reaching Record LevelsTrump’s more popular with Republicans than Reagan, less popular with independents than Carter. It’s not just elites who are polarized.
  24. foreign interests
    Trump Puts Business Above Democracy and Human Rights. So Did Jimmy Carter.As Iran’s pro-business dictatorship faced an uprising, Carter’s administration urged it “to kill as many demonstrators as necessary,” documents show.
  25. vision 2020
    Buttigieg’s Electability Argument: Only Young Outsiders Win for DemocratsMayor Pete is comparing himself to past winners Carter, Clinton, and Obama, which is clever but not exactly a slam-dunk argument.
  26. vision 2020
    Pete Buttigieg Wooing Moderates in Hope of a Biden CollapseBut the successful Democratic moderates of the past all had solid African-American support, which Mayor Pete famously lacks.
  27. ufos
    Jimmy Carter Saw a UFO on This Day in 1973Carter promised to come clean on UFO intel if elected president, but like all of them, he backtracked.
  28. vision 2020
    McGovern Didn’t Lose in 1972 by Going Too Far Left. Neither Will 2020 Democrats.The popular narrative of McGovern’s 1972 run is riddled with misconceptions. The risks Democrats run in 2020 have nothing to do with “McGovernism.”
  29. vision 2020
    What Does the History of Black Primary Voting Tell Us About 2020?It’s not totally clear whether Harris or Booker will perform like Barack Obama in 2008 or like Al Sharpton in 2004.
  30. vision 2020
    Jimmy Carter Is Emerging As a Role Model in the 2020 PrimariesNot only is his name no longer a political slur, Democratic candidates are actively trying to emulate him.
  31. vision 2020
    Is the DNC ‘Winnowing’ Potentially Strong 2020 Presidential Candidates?The party can’t make everyone happy, but yes, there have been some late bloomers who did well despite poor early polls.
  32. vision 2020
    Could Biden’s Opposition to Federal Abortion Funding Bring Him Down?Backing the federal abortion-funding ban used to be bipartisan — but now Biden is embracing a stance that’s increasingly anathema to Democrats.
  33. confederacy
    Celebrate Racism! It’s Jefferson Davis’s Birthday in AlabamaAnd yet you wonder why this state enacted an aggressively reactionary abortion law?
  34. donald trump
    Trump Says He’s ‘Always Liked’ Jimmy Carter Despite Insulting Him for YearsAfter Carter complimented Trump on his handling of the U.S.-China relationship, President 45 walked back years of insults lobbed at President 39.
  35. historical revisionism
    Yes, Candace, the Southern Strategy Is RealIn an egregious statement of historical revisionism, right-wing controversialist Candace Owens denies some very basic facts.
  36. what’s past is prologue
    How Jimmy Carter’s Election Previewed Trump’sAs Carter becomes the oldest ex-president, it’s useful to remember how strange and unusual his rise to the White House actually was.
  37. vision 2020
    4 Reasons Democrats Will Have a Front-runner Soon — and 3 They Won’tMore than likely someone will eventually stroll to the nomination in 2020. But maybe not so fast and maybe not at all.
  38. 2020 presidential election
    Looks Like the 2020 Democratic Presidential Field Could Be the Largest EverIn the past, very large presidential fields have produced unusual results, and more often than not, defeat.
  39. 2020 presidential election
    Joe Biden May Be the Last Hurrah for Moderate DemocratsBarring a Biden nomination, the time seems ripe for progressives to take the wheel in the Democratic Party, and for moderates to fall in line.
  40. 2020 elections
    Could a Huge Field Lead to the Democrats Nominating Their Own Donald Trump?A huge upset by an outsider on the Democratic side is possible but not terribly likely.
  41. 2020 elections
    Is Cory Booker the Candidate of the Christian Left?Booker’s political gospel could be discomforting to secular progressives and the Christian right as well.
  42. the national interest
    Poll: Barack Obama Was the Greatest President of Our LifetimeWhy haven’t Democrats exploited the popularity of their recent presidents, and the unpopularity of Republican ones?
  43. The Powerful Myth of the Would-Be President RFK, 50 Years LaterRobert F. Kennedy promised a kind of mind-bending coalition of minorities and white working-class voters that progressives still crave.
  44. Trump Can Win in 2020. But History Tells Us It Won’t Be Easy.Yes, incumbents usually have an advantage. They usually are more popular than Donald J. Trump though.
  45. Who Represents MLK’s Legacy Today?Barack Obama was an heir to King’s political legacy, but it’s clear now that he didn’t occupy the Promised Land of equality, either.
  46. A Democratic Wave in the Midterms Could Expose Trump to a 2020 Primary ChallengeTrump stands athwart the GOP like a colossus right now. But like him, his party doesn’t like losers.
  47. RIP John Anderson, the Last Liberal RepublicanHe began running for president as a Republican in 1980. Four years later, he had left the party.
  48. Trump’s Approval Ratings: How Low Can They Go?The answer could swing the midterm election.
  49. Get Used to Justice Gorsuch — He Might Still Be on the Supreme Court in 2050Officially sworn in today at age 49, he is young enough to threaten the record for longest SCOTUS tenure.
  50. Bill and Hillary Clinton Will Attend the Trump InaugurationThey will do so out of a sense of duty, say two well-placed sources.
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