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.

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.

Time to Invoke Mussolini: Trump’s Plan to Gut Government Agencies

Trump has gone so far as to call for “the termination of all rules, regulations and articles, even those found in the Constitution.”

Blowin’ in the Wind: Candidate Pence Twists in Trump’s Long Shadow

If Pence does run—and he’s traveling the primary election circuit like candidates do—he’ll add to the dynamic that currently favors Trump in 2024 as it did in 2016: the bigger the field, the more the anti-Trump vote will be split.

Biden’s Best: Can He Take it on the Road?

That is, the speech was aimed squarely at workers who used to form the base of the Democratic party but have migrated to the GOP.

2024: Dems’ Biggest Asset? Republicans

It’s a sure bet that House Republicans will help Democrats with extremist behavior and ham-handed management.

Midterm Lessons: Moderation Wins, Extremism Loses

It would be a mistake to conclude that all is well, and the electorate is regaining its senses.

Bainbridge Island Has Become a Restaurant Haven

For a community of just 25,000 people, we’re extraordinarily blessed with excellent dining places in various price ranges.