Mort Kondracke

Morton Kondracke is a retired Washington, DC, journalist (Chicago Sun-Times, The New Republic, McLaughlin Group, FoxNews Special Report, Roll Call, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal) now living on Bainbridge Island. He continues to write regularly for (besides PostAlley), mainly to advance the cause of political reform.

How Third Party Efforts Could Get Trump Elected

The bottom line: third party candidates pose a deep threat to Biden and, if Trump wins, to democracy.

Biden and Age: A Backup Plan for Dems?

Even though Democrats are (and ought to be) nervous about the 2024 race, no leader has even hinted that Biden should step aside. Democrats and Biden deserve a few months to turn things around.

How Joe Biden Can Get his Campaign Rolling

Democrats need to mount a massive drive to reverse low enthusiasm among their voters, especially compared to Republicans. Biden has the correct formula for doing that— “don’t compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative.”

Trump: Senility or Fascist-in-Waiting? (Both?)

In my view, the only way Biden could eke out a victory in 2024 is to make this a “choice” election (as opposed to a referendum on Biden's first term), emphasizing Trump’s craziness and plans for a second presidency.

Jim Jordan’s Rise: What it Says About Today’s GOP

Jordan was the House member most involved in helping Donald Trump in his attempted overthrow of the 2020 presidential election results, which is to say to overthrow one of the bedrocks of American democracy.

Immigration Reform: Some Ideas…

There are good suggestions making the rounds for improving the situation—far more effective and politically popular than Republicans’ punitive, all-enforcement approach—but Biden needs to advance them forcefully, visibly, and soon.

The Misunderestimations of Wednesday’s Presidential Debate: Winners and Losers Edition

Which candidate was the most severely misjudged in post-debate punditry: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. 

A Third-Party Candidate Would Likely Re-Elect Trump

No Labels is relying on an utterly false justification for considering a centrist challenge to likely major party candidates Trump and Joe Biden -- the assertion that both parties are dominated by extremists. Only the GOP is.

Binging on Fareed Zakaria

It’s the best in-depth TV examination I know, and it covers the most important issues facing the US and the world – except for the danger now facing our democracy.

No Dice on No Labels: Why I Changed my Mind About a Third-Party Candidate in 2024

One reason for my change of mind is that without political reform—especially widespread adoption of ranked choice voting—I doubt Independents can win, especially the presidency.