E.J. Dionne Jr.

Washington, D.C.

Columnist covering national politics

Education: Oxford University, D.Phil.; Harvard University, BA

E.J. Dionne Jr. writes about politics in a twice-weekly column for The Washington Post. He is also a government professor at Georgetown University, a visiting professor at Harvard University, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio and MSNBC. His book “Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country” was published by St. Martin’s Press in February. Before joining The Post in 1990 as a political reporter, Dionne spent 14 years at the New York Times, where he covered politics and r
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Raphael Warnock, with Herschel Walker’s help, is now a national voice

Warnock's victory will transform him into a major voice in the Democratic Party, which hopes to make more inroads in the South with a multiracial coalition.

December 7, 2022

Biden, Macron and the end of the Reagan-Thatcher era

The new global alignments show a shared urgency within democratic countries about climate change and about rebuilding their industrial capacity.

December 4, 2022

Kevin McCarthy is caught in Trump’s vicious cycle

It's easy to say that Republicans should toss Trump overboard. But the weaker the former president makes the party, the harder it is to displace him.

November 30, 2022

Divided government demands creativity. Here are 3 ways to get things done.

The GOP House will make it difficult for progressive legislation. Democrats need to be creative when thinking about what’s possible over the next two years.

November 27, 2022

An obsessive’s thank you to those who aren’t consumed by politics

Between a flight from politics and a view that politics is everything lies a sturdy basis on which to live our lives with some joy and fulfillment.

November 23, 2022

Why Kevin McCarthy should still watch Nancy Pelosi’s goodbye

The minority leader skipped the speaker's speech announcing she was stepping down. But he has a lot to learn about what made her consequential.

November 20, 2022

Republican woes are about a lot more than Trump

Many Republican leaders have decided they can’t win with Trump, and can’t win without his voters. This dilemma explains why they are tongue-tied on policy.

November 16, 2022

Forget DeSantis. Whitmer and Shapiro are defining the future.

Like Ron DeSantis, two Democrats, Gretchen Whitmer and Josh Shapiro, won landslides in states that Trump carried in 2016.

November 12, 2022

The GOP offered rage and Trump. The country said no.

President Biden had one of the most successful midterm elections in history, because nearly half of the voters said he was not a factor in their choice.

November 9, 2022

Biden and Obama reunite for unfinished business in Pennsylvania

Biden and Obama have spent 14 years as the twin guardians of their party’s coalition, each drawing on the other’s strengths to balance his weaknesses.

November 6, 2022