TOWARD A MORE PERFECT CONSTITUTION

Ideas to Revitalize America's Governing Document

Like almost all Americans, I grew up believing in the Constitution--every bit of it. But having chosen American politics as my primary passion in life, over decades of daily thinking about the issues that confronted the nation, I gradually began to see that parts of the system were no longer...

MORE NOTES ON THE STATE OF POLITICS

Last week the Crystal Ball published the first installment in an intermittent series of observations on a variety of 2008 political and campaign topics. In addition to our usual essays focusing on one subject, which will still appear regularly, we offer these morsels as a "low cal" supplement for political...

NOTES ON THE STATE OF POLITICS

Jefferson aficionados know the Man of the Millennium only penned one book in his lifetime, Notes on the State of Virginia. Many of Jefferson's observations in that volume still hold fascination today, and we recommend it to you. For our part, with a bow to the Rotunda and a nod...

2007 STATEHOUSE ROCK

Who will be "The King" and why you should be listening

With political pundits and concerned citizens focusing on the 2008 presidential and congressional contests, the 2007 election season has been lost in the shuffle. But, there are three revealing governorships on the ballot this November (Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi), and at least one of them (Kentucky) may turn out to...

Jerry Falwell and the Politics of Double-Edged Swords

PLUS: A Kentucky Barn Burner?

Religion is well beyond the scope of the Crystal Ball (thank goodness), but there is no denying the intersection of religion and politics in America. In 1928 Democrat Al Smith lost in part because of his Catholicism, and John F. Kennedy nearly lost in 1960 for much the same reason....

More from THE SIXTH YEAR ITCH

Additional Chapter Excerpts from the New Book on the 2006 Midterms

Following up on last week's preview, the Crystal Ball is happy to share more content from The Sixth Year Itch, a new book containing original chapters by political scholar and commentator Larry J. Sabato, as well as contributed chapters by prominent journalists and scholars who are on the political frontlines....

THE SIXTH YEAR ITCH Hits Shelves

Chapter Excerpts from the Newly Available Book on the 2006 Midterms

The Sixth Year Itch contains original chapters by political scholar and commentator Larry J. Sabato, as well as contributed chapters by prominent journalists and scholars who are on the political frontlines. Each essay offers trenchant commentary and unique insights into the campaigns, the issues and the strategies of parties and...

Crystal Ball Condolences for Virginia Tech

The Crystal Ball will not publish this week in honor of our friends and colleagues at Virginia Tech, and in memory of the student and faculty victims and their families. The insanity of senseless death is no stranger to any sector of society, here or abroad. But all of us...

The War on Night People

Rarely does a political analyst stray from electoral politics--but this is war. And there's a direct connection to politics. This war isn't on terrorism; it's on "night people"--the tens of millions of us who thrive at night and dread mornings every bit as much as Dracula. Based on personal observations...

The Conservatives’ Days of Malaise

A quick peek inside the base's team huddle

I'm sure some very wise person once said that the best time to measure the true character of a party is in its moment of defeat, not its moment of triumph. And so it was with keen anticipation and curiosity that the Crystal Ball attended this past weekend's Conservative Summit,...

White House 2008: The Republicans

Can the GOP win a third consecutive presidential term?

Last week the Crystal Ball tackled the Democratic candidates for President in 2008--figuratively, at least (click here: https://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/LJS2005022401). Now we turn our attention to the possible Republican presidential wannabes. Before we analyze specific candidates, remember that in 2008 the GOP will be completing eight years as the governing party in...

White House 2008: The Democrats

The nomination battle between the liberals and the moderates

And so it begins anew: the quadrennial orgy that eventually results in the birth of a president. Over the decades the presidential gestation period has lengthened dramatically. While the "hidden campaign" to be the next president has always consumed the entire term of the incumbent, only in the past couple...

So To…The SOTU

Every four years the president treats the country to twinned rhetorical flourishes. First comes the poetry, in the form of the Inaugural Address. Then the prose follows, in the State of the Union address. Vigorous warfare between Democrats and Republicans has been waged without surcease, save for a few blessed...