Perry Bacon Jr.

Louisville

Columnist covering the Biden administration, how the two parties are changing, local & state politics, race & identity

Education: Yale, BA in political science

Perry Bacon Jr. is a Washington Post columnist. He focuses on two major themes: the growing radicalism of the Republican Party and the right; and the efforts, mostly on the left and among Democrats, to create a more just, equitable society. Before joining The Post in May 2021, Perry had stints as a government and elections writer for Time magazine, The Post's politics desk, theGrio and FiveThirtyEight. He has also been been an on-air analyst at MSNBC and a fellow at New America. He grew up in Louisville and lives there now.
You can email him (perry.bacon@washpost.com
Latest from Perry Bacon Jr.

Chat with Perry Bacon Jr. about politics and beyond

Perry's Q&A with readers starts at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday. Submit your questions now.

December 15, 2022

Values-based politics are winning politics for Democrats

Many prominent Democrats remain deeply attached to two campaign approaches that haven’t been very successful.

December 7, 2022

Is Nancy Pelosi a failure? Perry Bacon Jr. answered your questions.

Perry's Q&A with readers was at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday. Read the transcript.

December 1, 2022

Suburbanites are saving the Democrats in Georgia — and elsewhere

The electoral transformation of Cobb County is part of a broader shift happening in American politics.

November 28, 2022

What drove the Democratic Party’s strong performance? Not its leaders.

Millions looked past sky-high inflation and a leadership team that spent much of its time courting people who would never vote for Democrats.

November 21, 2022

Nancy Pelosi’s strategies were flawed. Democrats must move on from them.

The Democratic Party must move on from cautious, centrist, uninspiring Pelosi-style politics.

November 17, 2022

Will Republicans really abandon Trump? Perry Bacon answered your questions.

Perry's Q&A with readers was at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday. Read the transcript.

November 17, 2022

The midterms were good news for Democrats … and democrats

The party might lose one or both houses of Congress. But Democrats came out to support democracy, and some independents joined them. That's worth celebrating.

November 10, 2022

Do debates mean anything? Perry Bacon Jr. answered your questions.

Perry's Q&A with readers was at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday. Read the transcript.

November 10, 2022

4 things to know about America’s crucial swing voters

One thing for sure we know about them: They're not reliably centrist.

November 6, 2022