Briefing the UK’s Election – and Why it Matters to Americans

The 2016 election, it would seem, has been going on for years. In contrast, the British just managed to pull theirs off in a few short months. In a surprise, the Conservatives won a decisive victory – and there are good reasons for Americans to pay attention. Continue reading

The Electoral System is Broken, Time for Something Radical – Part I

Pessimism about campaign finance reform is well-placed. It’s a problem that an overwhelming majority of Americans can see, and that politicians readily pay lip service to. But if you’re waiting for Washington to fix it, you’re going to be waiting a long time. If anything is going to get better, it’s going to take something radical. Continue reading

Time for Rand Paul’s Political Obituary

Rand Paul just declared has candidacy for President, and is possibly the most intriguing of this year’s candidate stable. Equipped with a potent activist base and ideas that resonate with a diversity of voters, it might seem premature to declare the end of his presidential candidacy, but The Fog of Policy thinks it helps to call a spade a spade: Rand Paul will never be President. Continue reading

Smoke and Fire: Scandal, Incompetence, and Politics as Usual

Sometimes, you get a brushfire but no smoke. And last week in North Carolina, we got a spark. On Tuesday, establishment Republican Thom Tillis defeated a Tea Party challenge from Greg Brannon to become the GOP’s candidate for this fall’s Senate race. And for my money, that race produced what should have been last week’s big scandal story. Continue reading