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) RealClearpolitics.com, mainly to advance the cause of political reform.

Don’t Pack the Supreme Court. There’s A Better Way to Fix It

“We add three justices—next time around we lose control, they add three justices,” Biden said at a primary debate last October. “We begin to lose any credibility…the court has at all.”

Riposte to Peggy Noonan: Did you Watch the Same Convention I did?

Much of that convention agenda was directed straight at the people Noonan said the Democrats had been ignoring—those fearing foreclosures, a second wave of COVID, no schools, more shutdowns, job losses, and food shortages. Has Trump shown the slightest interest in such people? Does he have any plan to help them? I haven’t heard it.

How To Save Democracy From President Trump

The delays in delivering mail-in ballots will make all but certain it will take days or even weeks to declare final voting results—a chaotic period during which Trump may well try to declare the results (if he loses, as polls now indicate he will) invalid.

Our Corrupt Political Industry And How To Fix It

US politics is controlled iron-fistedly by a “duopoly”—of, by and for the Republican and Democratic parties, their donors, allied special interests and scores of vendors, pollsters, ad writers, idea suppliers and friendly media outlets.

Memo To Biden: Get Generous, Get Specific, Name Your Cabinet

Numerous reports indicate that Biden has wisely dropped the theme of restoring “normalcy” and has shifted to a New Deal-style expansion of federal programs. But up to a point.

Working to Save Democracy: Seattle’s David Domke Mobilizes Volunteers

UW Professor (on leave) David Domke, founder of a 2,000-volunteer, Seattle-based activist group, Common Purpose Now, is working to expand voter participation and elect Democrats all over the country this year.

Why Hasn’t Washington Adopted Ranked Choice Voting?

FairVoteWA, the citizens group urging adoption of the system, urged the state Democratic Party to use it in its multi-candidate March 9 primary, but for unexplained reasons it declined, even though its 2018 platform calls for its adoption, presumably statewide.

The Debate: Democrats Still Looking for a Unifying Candidate

All the candidates think that they are the best equipped to beat Trump in November. But pointing out the stakes might concentrate Democratic voters’ (and Independents’ and moderate Republicans’) minds on the imperative of defeating Trump.

Only 16% Of Us Trust Government. What To Do?

This book’s signal contribution is its organization around 10 discrete actions to reform the corrupted system, with compelling evidence of why each is necessary.

Democratic Voters Swing Left, But Moderates Still Have an Edge

Political analyst William Saletan thinks the moderates are winning the nomination, but the liberals have won the decade. He's partly right.

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