The Week: Most Recent Politics Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 31 Oct 2014 08:40:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Politics Posts from THE WEEKFri, 31 Oct 2014 08:40:00 -0400Why millennials don't vote<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Whether or not you're the kind of person who regularly seeks out political discourse, you're likely inundated with campaign ads on television, radio, or even promoted into your Twitter timeline. I once put my name and email on a list at a Barack Obama campaign event in 2008, and I'm not sure I've gone a whole day since without some sort of email from the Democratic Party asking me to knock on doors or donate money (overwhelmingly the latter). Politics are everywhere we turn.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-693c3e52-3f66-3278-a842-4068eb6e52fb">In the </span>internet age with information and opinions at our fingertips, combined with the incessant 24-hour television news...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Danielle ChiltonFri, 31 Oct 2014 08:40:00 -0400If Democrats abandon immigration reform after Tuesday's likely loss, they will turn 2016 into a debacle<img src="" /></P><p>If the latest polls and predictions are to be believed, the real question on Nov. 4 is not whether Republicans will win the Senate, but by how much.</p><p>Democrats really do have Obama to blame for this. With the president's approval rating sputtering after the administration's bungling of, ISIS, and Ebola, it's no wonder GOP voters are more fired up and ready to go than the Dems. But President Obama will ruin his party's presidential prospects in 2016 too if he allows the deflating midterm results to spook him into scaling back or abandoning his long-promised executive action on immigration...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/shikha-dalmia" ><span class="byline">Shikha Dalmia</span></a>Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:08:00 -0400What if Leo Strauss was right?<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Maybe it was Irving Kristol's fault.</p><p>When the intellectual godfather of neoconservatism pointed to Leo Strauss as a seminal influence on his thinking, the stage was set for a seemingly endless season of journalistic silliness.</p><p>I can just imagine how it started.</p><p>"Why are the neocons in and around the Bush administration so intent on overthrowing Saddam Hussein?" asks an intrepid reporter some time during the fall of 2002. "I just don't get it."</p><p>"Hey, look at this: Bill Kristol's father refers to Leo Strauss in this 1995 memoir," a colleague in the newsroom responds. "I've heard that Strauss...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/damon-linker" ><span class="byline">Damon Linker</span></a>Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:06:00 -0400How the South's ugly racial history is haunting ObamaCare<img src="" /></P><p>Mississippi, considered the sickest state in the U.S., is suffering terribly under ObamaCare. Not because of the law itself, though the state's officials would have you believe that it is destroying freedom in America. Rather, because reactionary conservatives who have an iron grip on power would rather waste millions of dollars than help their state's poorest citizens &mdash; most of whom are black &mdash; get health insurance.</p><p>That's the disturbing takeaway from this amazing piece for <em>Politico</em> by Sarah Varney, which details how Mississippi Republicans, led by Gov. Phil Bryant, fought ObamaCare...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryan-cooper" ><span class="byline">Ryan Cooper</span></a>Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:05:00 -0400When disease becomes political: The likely fallout from Ebola<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Could the Ebola scare affect the election? It may seem a bit crass to even address this question, but it's rare we see a national panic over a deadly disease erupt so close to an election, and candidates are already using the disease as a possible campaign issue. Just what effect might this have?</p><p>Probably the most direct analogy we have for this within U.S. politics is the outbreak of the Spanish Flu in 1918-19. Of course, in terms of sheer numbers, that was nothing like the current Ebola scare. The Spanish Flu killed half a million people &mdash; roughly half a percent of the American population...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Seth MasketThu, 30 Oct 2014 08:47:00 -0400The real lesson of the looming Martha Coakley disaster<img src="" /></P><p>Yes, Martha Coakley is that bad.</p><p>The Massachusetts attorney general is most famous for blowing a huge lead in 2010 to lose the commonwealth's special Senate election for the late Ted Kennedy's seat to Scott Brown &mdash; then a no-name Tea Partier best known for driving a truck. And while next Tuesday's gubernatorial contest is much closer, she seems poised to follow up her 2010 debacle with a loss to Republican Charlie Baker in this year's governor's race.</p><p>While only one major survey has Baker ahead by anything like a comfortable margin, Coakley has trailed in six of the last eight polls. A...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/w-james-antle-iii" ><span class="byline">W. James Antle III</span></a>Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:08:00 -0400Yes, the Federal Reserve is politicized -- and that's a good thing<img src="" /></P><p dir="ltr">In a speech earlier this week, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen mentioned a few reasons why economic inequality, which is at historic highs, could be problematic, going so far as to suggest that the gap between rich and poor may not be "compatible with values rooted in our nation's history, among them the high value Americans have traditionally placed on equality of opportunity."</p><p dir="ltr">Pretty mild stuff, right? Yet conservatives promptly lost their minds.</p><p dir="ltr">Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute captured the outraged tenor of the right's response, saying Yellen was in danger of becoming...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryan-cooper" ><span class="byline">Ryan Cooper</span></a>Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:05:00 -0400While Obama skulks, Hillary soars<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The optics in the run-up to the midterms are startling: A two-term Democratic president is being treated like an outcast by his own party while his would-be Democratic successor is being treated like a rock star as she traverses the country on behalf of Democratic candidates.</p><p>A beleaguered President Obama, buffeted by criticism of his handling of everything from ISIS to Ebola and stuck with an approval rating in the low 40s, is living the curse of a second-term president. Just as former President George W. Bush became an albatross to his party, Obama has become a painful liability to many Democratic...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric PianinWed, 29 Oct 2014 12:24:00 -0400How Chris Christie flubbed his big chance at a comeback<img src="" /></P><p>New York City handled its first case of Ebola with aplomb. As soon as the victim, Dr. Craig Spencer, notified authorities of his symptoms, he was whisked into isolation at Bellevue Hospital, while health officials tracked his previous movements to determine whether anyone else had been infected. The city's "carefully planned response was a world apart from the scene that unfolded in a Dallas hospital last month," wrote <em>The New York Times</em>. As a result, Ebola in New York City has so far been restricted to Spencer.</p><p>But if the city's health department exhibited a degree of competence and professionalism...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -04003 ways the lackluster midterms could radically change the role of money in politics<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>At least since the first "billion-dollar election," in 1996, money in politics has seemed like one of those perpetual problems that we wring our hands about but never fix. The numbers are always shocking, and the solutions always inadequate to the challenge.</p><p>But skyrocketing numbers are only part of the story. We often focus on how money affects elections &mdash; and it does. But it's also true that <em>elections</em> affect the role of money and the influence it creates. The rise of intense partisanship, for example, with few independents and swing voters, changes the way money is used &mdash; encouraging...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Mark SchmittWed, 29 Oct 2014 08:40:00 -0400