John Stoehr

John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition. Find him @johnastoehr.

Taking Democracy for Granted

June 17, 2019 /

The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer is always a must-read. Last week, he wrote a piece in keeping with key themes in the Editorial Board. Black Americans did not abandon liberal democracy because of slavery, Jim Crow, and the systematic destruction of whatever wealth they managed to accumulate; instead they took up arms in two world wars…

Is Trump Vulnerable to a Recession?

June 14, 2019 /

For his base, the economy may matter less than racism.

Carter: Trump Wants Dirt Because Americans Do, Too

June 14, 2019 /

Leave it to Stephen Carter to ask instructive questions. Still, I wonder whether this might not be a good moment to move from familiar and comfortable Trump-bashing to ask a larger question: Might it not be time we demanded that our political candidates and their supporters refuse dirt from any source, foreign or domestic? Might we not consider…

Liberals Are Not Mad Enough

June 13, 2019 /

The president implied that treason is OK.

‘I think I’d take it’: Trump says he’s open to taking foreign dirt

June 13, 2019 /

From USA Today: During an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Trump said Wednesday that he would likely take information about his 2020 election rivals from foreign adversaries, such as Russia and China. Trump also criticized FBI Director Christopher Wray and said the FBI “doesn’t have enough agents” to address foreign election meddling. This will…

Is ‘Overreach’ Dead?

June 12, 2019 /

A change in conventional wisdom might liberate Democrats.

Harris: Justice Dept. ‘Would Have No Choice’ But To Prosecute Trump After Presidency

June 12, 2019 /

From NPR this morning: California Sen. Kamala Harris says that if she’s elected president, her administration’s Department of Justice would likely pursue criminal obstruction of justice charges against a former President Donald Trump. I know lots of people will clutch their pearls in agony over “precedent” and “norms.” What are your thoughts? (By the way,…

You know what happens when you keep giving the benefit of the doubt to people who abuse it?

June 11, 2019 /

I’d given Joe Biden enough attention over the last week. But today I find I must use his latest remarks to make a point about an ongoing problem in Democratic politics. That problem is this: too many Democrats—especially elite Democratic donors—are far too willing to keep giving the Republican Party the benefit of the doubt.…

Biden Rewards GOP’s Bad Faith

June 11, 2019 /

He’s pretending the Republicans respect democracy.

Anti-Abortion = Fascism. Seriously.

June 10, 2019 /

I’m going to offer a thesis that’s familiar and (perhaps) unfamiliar. The familiar part: that anti-abortionists do not seek to protect the rights of “the unborn.” They seek control women and what they choose to do with their own bodies. Now the second, perhaps unfamiliar part: that seeking control women and what they choose to do…