E.J. Dionne Jr

Questioning our questions

It is a mark of our pluralistic moment that I learned of an old joke among rabbis from the writings of a great Christian scholar,...

Stop freaking out about everything

Meg Greenfield, the late Washington Post editorial page editor, counseled against writing in “High C” all the time. By this she meant that an editorialist...

Christmas joy without piety

I once told a favorite pastor of mine that I liked him because he wasn’t too pious. As soon as the words were out there,...

Obama’s legacy will be decided in 2016

Politics in a democracy is a team sport that leans heavily on individual high performers. This explains the paradoxical closing of President Obama’s most difficult...

Obama keeps bailing Boehner out

How often will President Obama come to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s rescue even when Republican leaders aren’t willing to give much in return? And...

Will we torture again?

Can we now say with confidence that our government will not use torture again and that Americans in the future will rise up to prevent...

Talking past each other on race

The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves. But it is the same conversation...

Welcome to ‘the imperial Congress’

President Obama issued a veto threat last week against a corporate tax-cutting orgy that promised the world to many powerful interests but did little for...

Obama and the other electorate

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has said that President Obama would “poison the well” for legislative action on immigration reform by unilaterally issuing executive orders....

Don’t govern on fantasies

When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins. Remember this when you hear talk of making the next two years a miracle of bipartisan comity....