Michael Barone, a political analyst and journalist, studies politics, American government, and campaigns and elections. The principal coauthor of the annual Almanac of American Politics (National Journal Group), he has written many books on American politics and history. Barone is also a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner.
The Daily Caller reports that a government-funded study by the New York University psychology department concluded that conservatives are more likely to be racist than liberals. Why? Because, reporter Robby Soave writes, “Mixed-race people are more likely to be considered black by conservatives, who are subconsciously attempting to ‘justify racial divisions.’”
Are Americans becoming more libertarian on cultural issues? I see evidence that they are, in poll findings and election results on three unrelated issues: marijuana legalization, same-sex marriage, and gun rights.
A thoughtful reformer targets the traditional rules of an aging institution that has retarded progress in the past. Time to modernize those rules, the reformer says, and prevent obstruction in the future.