The Electoral College’s Trump dilemma

In making what is likely to be the most consequential decision of this transition period, Donald Trump couldn’t resist petty vindictiveness. Mitt Romney was briefly...

The default candidate

Hillary Clinton may be the weakest prohibitive favorite ever to run for the presidency. She is generally given strong odds of beating Donald Trump in...

Good riddance, 2016

Viewing 2016 in retrospect — doing so is unpleasant, but less so than was living through it — the year resembles a china shop...

GOP, RIP?

The Republican Party came to life as the bastion of “Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Speech, Free Men.” It was a reformist party dedicated...

Statistics on Obama’s impact in Indiana

For only the second time in American history, we’ve witnessed the conclusion of a third consecutive two-term presidency. Barack Obama handed the levers of...

Purdue has the president America needs

Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana and current president of Purdue University, knows that no one in the audience is there to hear a...

Is the gun lobby finally cornered?

A political crisis is usually preceded by an intellectual and moral crisis. Dominant ideas that once seemed to hang together lose their hold when...

It can’t be ‘Spring Training’ already

Hey, Major League Baseball! Last time I checked spring didn’t officially begin until March 20. So when I heard that “Spring Training” had begun I...

The sobering evidence of social science

The report was so “seismic” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s word — that Lyndon Johnson’s administration released it on the Fourth of July weekend, 1966,...

Gov. Holcomb staking out his own policies

One would be hard-pressed to recall an Indiana governor who didn’t get off to a good start. Governors are elected on a virtual personal...