Robinson: Jeb Bush's tone-deaf remarks reminiscent of Romney

By Eugene Robinson July 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Jeb Bush ought to be running away with the Republican nomination. He isn't, and his persona as a national candidate looks increasingly — how shall I put this? — Romneyesque.

Robinson: Sanders could make Democratic primary interesting

By Eugene Robinson July 10, 2015 6 a.m.

Is Bernie Sanders the political reincarnation of Eugene McCarthy? I doubt it, but let's hope he makes the Democratic presidential race interesting.

Robinson: Renewed privacy allows us to hang up on NSA surveillance

By Eugene Robinson June 5, 2015 6 a.m.

I made a phone call at 12:01 a.m. Monday, and it felt good. For the first time in years, the number I dialed on my iPhone was not captured and stored in a massive government database.

Robinson: Iran framework deal changes Middle East for the better

By Eugene Robinson April 10, 2015 6 a.m.

The framework agreement over Iran's nuclear program dramatically changes the Middle East. Hard-liners and hawks may complain all they want, but things will never go back to the way they were.

Robinson: U.S. intervention in Mideast can make things worse

By Eugene Robinson April 3, 2015 6 a.m.

As gung-ho "experts" press President Obama to do this, that or the other in the Middle East, keep a simple rule in mind: Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won't work — and surely will have unintended consequences.

Robinson: Among Republicans, Jeb Bush is the man to beat

By Eugene Robinson March 27, 2015 6 a.m.

With Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas becoming the first A-lister to throw his hat in the ring for president — in his case, I'm picturing a Napoleonic bicorn rather than a fedora — it's time to handicap the race for the Republican nomination. I see it as Jeb Bush vs. the field, and I'm not ready to put my money on Bush.

Robinson: What do Republicans want? Even they don't know

By Eugene Robinson March 20, 2015 6 a.m.

It's been just a few weeks since Republicans took full control of Congress, but already it is safe to say they have no earthly idea of what they want to accomplish.

Robinson: Obama patronized in remarks on religion, terrorists

By Eugene Robinson February 13, 2015 6 a.m.

There is no doubt that President Obama's remarks about Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast last week were historically accurate. But they were also — let's face it — glib, facile and patronizing.

Robinson: Republicans' criticism of Obama budget ignores reality

By Eugene Robinson February 6, 2015 6 a.m.

To understand why the centerpiece initiative of President Obama's budget makes so much sense, imagine that U.S. corporations decided to bring home — in cash — the estimated $2 trillion in profits they are stashing overseas to avoid paying taxes.

Robinson: Hottest year on record begs sanity on climate change

By Eugene Robinson January 23, 2015 6 a.m.

We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Barack Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress — some of them cynical, others clueless — in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.

Robinson: Romney? Clinton? 2016 campaign feels all too familiar

By Eugene Robinson January 16, 2015 6 a.m.

Run, Mitt, run! You too, Jeb, and please bring along the whole roadshow of perennial Republican also-rans. Across the aisle: Go for it, Hillary! What all of you see so clearly is that the nation desperately wants to be led forward into the past, or back to the future, or something.

Robinson: It's time for the GOP to be the 'responsible' party

By Eugene Robinson January 9, 2015 6 a.m.

With Republican majorities in both houses, the new Congress should begin by focusing on traditional GOP priorities: Improving the nation's sagging infrastructure, reforming an unwieldy tax code, and finding ways to boost middle-class opportunity.

Robinson: GOP can't kick bad habit of associating with racists

By Eugene Robinson January 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Here's some advice for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise that also applies to the Republican Party in general: If you don't want to be associated with white supremacists and neo-Nazis, then stay away from them.

Robinson: Don't blame legitimate criticism for madman's actions

By Eugene Robinson December 26, 2014 6 a.m.

It is absurd to have to say this, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, activist Al Sharpton, and President Obama are in no way responsible for the cold-blooded assassination of two police officers Saturday in Brooklyn. Nor do the tens of thousands of Americans who have demonstrated against police brutality in recent weeks bear any measure of blame.

Robinson: End to isolationism a good thing for Cuba's people

By Eugene Robinson December 19, 2014 6 a.m.

President Barack Obama's historic opening to Cuba is long overdue — and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship's demise. Critics of the accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed miserably for half a century could ever work.

Robinson: Apologists aside, CIA knew using torture was wrong

By Eugene Robinson December 15, 2014 6 a.m.

The "debate" over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings. The torturers and their enablers may deny it, but they know — and knew from the beginning — that what they did was obscenely wrong.

Robinson: What America's police agencies don't want you to know

By Eugene Robinson December 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Michael Brown's death was part of a tragic and unacceptable pattern: Police officers in the United States shoot and kill civilians in shockingly high numbers. How many killings are there each year? No one can say for sure, because police departments don't want us to know.

Robinson: Elizabeth Warren has look of a presidential candidate

By Eugene Robinson October 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn't running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to. The Massachusetts Democrat has become the brightest ideological and rhetorical light in a party whose prospects are dimmed by malaise. Her weekend swing through Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa to rally the faithful displayed something no other potential contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Hillary Clinton, seems able to present: a message.

Robinson: Airstrikes against Islamic State fail to accomplish much

By Eugene Robinson October 17, 2014 6 a.m.

It's not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can only be seen as failing.

Robinson: Congress must do duty, authorize war on Islamic State

By Eugene Robinson October 3, 2014 6 a.m.

President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate.

Robinson: If she plans to run, Hillary Clinton must share her vision

By Eugene Robinson September 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why?

Robinson: Unrest shines light on invisible African-Americans

By Eugene Robinson August 22, 2014 6 a.m.

The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise.

Robinson: Cheney, Bush made Iraq mess that Obama has to fix

By Eugene Robinson August 15, 2014 6 a.m.

As President Obama struggles to deal with the crisis in Iraq, it's useful to remember who gave the world this cauldron of woe in the first place: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Robinson: Ukraine disaster vindicates Obama's choices on Syria

By Eugene Robinson July 25, 2014 6 a.m.

The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Barack Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention.

Robinson: U.S. leads next industrial revolution with coal rules

By Eugene Robinson June 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Even for people who don't believe in it, climate change just got real. It's about time.

Robinson: Obama needs to clean house in wake of VA scandal

By Eugene Robinson May 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Finally, an authentic scandal: incompetence and deception at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Given what we know so far, more heads need to roll — and a criminal investigation should be launched.

Robinson: Dems should be more happy about accomplishments

By Eugene Robinson May 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Democrats, if you want to win in the fall, take some advice from Pharrell Williams: "Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth."

Robinson: Dems have a strong message, must work on delivery

By Eugene Robinson March 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Here is what Democrats should learn from their party's loss in a special House election in Florida last week: Wishy-washy won't work. Republicans are obviously going to make opposition to the Affordable Care Act the main theme of their campaigns this fall. Democrats will be better off if they push back hard — really hard — rather than seek some nonexistent middle ground.

Robinson: Saber-rattling is meaningless, empty gesture to Russia

By Eugene Robinson March 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Let's be real. It's one thing to say that Russia's takeover of the Crimean Peninsula "cannot be allowed to stand," as many foreign policy sages have proclaimed. It's quite another to do something about it.

Robinson: GOP out of step when it comes to immigration reform

By Eugene Robinson February 14, 2014 6 a.m.

The Republican Party was supposed to be getting its act together for the midterm election. Instead, judging from the disarray on immigration reform, things may be getting even messier.

Robinson: There's only one logical explanation for global warming

By Eugene Robinson January 31, 2014 6 a.m.

Another insane cold wave -- not the infamous "polar vortex," but its evil twin — is bringing subzero and single-digit temperatures to much of the nation. And global warming may be even more extreme, and potentially more catastrophic, than climate scientists had feared.

Robinson: Defining the NSA, debunking the agency's apologists

By Eugene Robinson January 10, 2014 6 a.m.

President Obama's anticipated reform of the National Security Agency's practices needs to go beyond ending the mass surveillance of innocent Americans' phone calls. He should force the agency to think less about the quantity of information it gathers and more about the quality.

Robinson: GOP is on wrong side both economically and morally

By Eugene Robinson January 3, 2014 6:01 a.m.

WASHINGTON — To 1.3 million jobless Americans: The Republican Party wishes you a Very Unhappy New Year!

Robinson: In close two-man race, Snowden is person of the year

By Eugene Robinson December 27, 2013 6 a.m.

There are really just two possible choices for person of the year. I want to say Pope Francis, but I've got to go with Edward Snowden.

Robinson: American people must demand freedom from NSA

By Eugene Robinson December 20, 2013 6 a.m.

It seems our elected officials have no intention of reining in the National Security Agency's mad-scientist quest to know everything about our communications and movements. If we want our privacy back, we're going to have to fight for it.

Robinson: Mandela served as conscience of nation — and world

By Eugene Robinson December 13, 2013 6 a.m.

His smile was like sunshine, but Nelson Mandela was made of steel. It was his strength of character, repeatedly tested throughout his long and impossibly full life, that made him one of the towering political figures of our time.

Robinson: Obama's drone war counts as a great moral failure

By Eugene Robinson December 6, 2013 6 a.m.

U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries may be militarily effective, but they are killing innocent civilians in a way that is obscene and immoral. I'm afraid that ignoring this ugly fact makes Americans complicit in murder.

Robinson: Sisters asunder in the Cheney family over gay marriage

By Eugene Robinson November 22, 2013 6 a.m.

Looks like the holidays are going to be, shall we say, a bit awkward for the Cheney family.

Robinson: Someday, these will be viewed as the good old days

By Eugene Robinson November 15, 2013 6 a.m.

The economy is growing much faster than expected. Inflation is basically nonexistent. The federal budget deficit has been slashed dramatically. The stock market is reaching all-time highs. One of our long-running wars is over and the other is winding down. The status of the United States as the world's pre-eminent economic and military power is unchallenged.

Robinson: Sound and fury over Obamacare’s rollout will fade

By Eugene Robinson November 4, 2013 6 a.m.

It takes chutzpah, or perhaps just an extraordinary lack of self-awareness, to argue vehemently that a program should never be implemented — and then complain it isn’t being implemented well enough. But that seems to be the new Republican position: We want the Affordable Care Act, and we want it now.

Robinson: Way to fight debt crisis is through growth, not cuts

By Eugene Robinson October 25, 2013 6 a.m.

It's fine to talk — eventually — about chronic deficits and mounting debt. But now that our government is up and running again, the nation's first priority should be economic growth.

Robinson: Latest report reinforces urgency about climate change

By Eugene Robinson October 4, 2013 6 a.m.

Skeptics and deniers can make all the noise they want, but a landmark new report is unequivocal: There is a 95 percent chance that human-generated emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are changing the climate in ways that court disaster.

Robinson: Republicans' greatest fear is that Obamacare will work

By Eugene Robinson September 27, 2013 6 a.m.

To understand the crisis in Washington, tune out the histrionics and look at the big picture: Republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government — and perhaps even refuse to let the Treasury pay its creditors — in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to keep millions of Americans from getting health insurance.

Robinson: So far, Obama has demonstrated lack of will on Egypt

By Eugene Robinson August 23, 2013 6:01 a.m.

There may be little the United States can do to end the savage bloodletting in Egypt, but at least our nation can be loyal to its ideals by bearing witness and telling the truth. In this, President Obama has failed.

Robinson: Law needs to catch up in order to protect our privacy

By Eugene Robinson August 16, 2013 6:01 a.m.

President Obama's message about the government's massive electronic surveillance programs came through loud and clear: Get over it.

Robinson: U.S. policy should result in fewer terrorists, not more

By Eugene Robinson August 9, 2013 6:02 a.m.

If the new, decentralized al-Qaeda is such a threat that 19 American embassies, consulates and other diplomatic posts have to be shuttered for a week, we have a decade of wrongheaded U.S. policy to blame.

Robinson: 'Party of no' says yes to obstructionism as political tool

By Eugene Robinson August 2, 2013 6:01 a.m.

The bad news is that approval ratings for both the president and Congress are sinking, with voters increasingly frustrated at the partisan impasse in Washington. The worse news is that in terms of admiration for our national leaders, these may come to be seen as the good old days.

Robinson: Unfortunately, Obama can't lead discussion about race

By Eugene Robinson July 19, 2013 6:01 a.m.

We should talk honestly about unresolved racial issues, such as those exposed by the Trayvon Martin case, but President Obama is not the best person to lead the discussion. Through no fault of his own, he might be the worst.

Robinson: House should bring Senate immigration bill up for vote

By Eugene Robinson July 5, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Of course it's amnesty. The whole point of comprehensive immigration reform is to bring 11 million undocumented men, women and children out of the shadows, which means giving them some kind of legal status, which amounts to amnesty. Otherwise, why bother?

Robinson: No good can come of U.S. joining proxy war in Syria

By Eugene Robinson June 21, 2013 6:01 a.m.

In Syria, the Obama administration seems to be stumbling back to the future: An old-fashioned proxy war, complete with the usual shadowy CIA arms-running operation, the traditional plan to prop up ostensible "moderates" whose prospects are doubtful and, of course, the customary shaky grasp of what the fighting is really about.