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Bill Schneider
Bill Schneider, a leading U.S. political analyst, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow and Resident Scholar at Third Way. Along with his work at Third Way, Bill is the Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University and is a contributor to the AL Jazera English network. Bill was CNN's senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009 and was a member of the CNN political team that was awarded an Emmy for its 2006 election coverage and a Peabody for its 2008 coverage. Schneider has been labeled "the Aristotle of American politics'' by The Boston Globe. Campaigns and Elections Magazine called him "the most consistently intelligent analyst on television.''

Entries by Bill Schneider

Why a Demagogue Is More Dangerous Today

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 7:10 PM


"I think it's dangerous,'' Hillary Clinton said in October. "[Donald Trump's] demagoguery is no longer amusing.''

Demagogues like Trump are nothing new in American politics. We've had plenty of them -- Huey Long, Joe McCarthy, George Wallace. But they've never gotten...

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Victim or Sellout?

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 1:24 AM

House Speaker John Boehner's departure is being greeted differently inside and outside of Washington. Outside of Washington, Boehner's a sellout. Inside Washington, he's a victim.

Outside of Washington, Boehner's resignation is a moment of triumph for conservatives. Ever since Republicans captured the House of Representatives in 2010, conservative frustration...

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Weekend at Bernie's 2

(96) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 10:34 PM


We've seen this movie before. In 2008, to be precise. But this time, the ending may not be the same. Bernie Sanders versus Hillary Clinton in 2015 looks a lot like Barack Obama versus Hillary Clinton in 2008.

In fact, we've...

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The Un-Obama

(156) Comments | Posted August 23, 2015 | 6:07 PM

Donald Trump is the un-Obama. A lot of Americans see President Obama as weak and ineffectual. They see Trump as just the opposite. The extreme opposite -- not just self-assured, but cocky.

Trump told his campaign rally in Alabama last week, "The reason I have this really...

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Say It Ain't So, Joe

(32) Comments | Posted August 2, 2015 | 3:20 AM


A Biden for President campaign is probably doomed. Not because of who Joe Biden is but because of what he is: vice president of the United States. Voting for Biden would mean voting for a third term for Barack Obama.


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Walker = Bush?

(16) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:41 PM

The new George W. Bush isn't named Bush. He's named Walker.


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is being called rash and reckless, especially this week when he pledged to terminate the nuclear deal with Iran on the first day of...

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Donald Trump: Resistance Leader

(86) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 6:32 PM

There's a reason why Donald Trump is stirring up the Republican race. The Republican Party has become a resistance movement, and Trump is leading the resistance.

What it's resisting is the rise of the New America. That's the coalition of groups that were historically marginalized: immigrants, racial and religious minorities,...

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A Two-Oxymoron Race

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 6:54 PM

"Tough liberal'' and "nice conservative'' sound like oxymorons. They defy political stereotypes. But the ideal Democratic candidate is a tough liberal. And the ideal Republican candidate is a nice conservative. Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are aiming to meet those standards.


The stereotype...

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Rebellion in the Ranks

(21) Comments | Posted June 13, 2015 | 6:30 AM

President Obama made a spectacular miscalculation on the trade vote.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) tells the story that when he first served in Congress, House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip'' O'Neill, his Massachusetts colleague, urged Markey to vote for a energy bill that was unpopular in New England but important to...

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Divide and Conquer

(66) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 10:51 PM

The new rule in American politics is divide and conquer. That's how Barack Obama got re-elected in 2012. It's how Hillary Clinton and Scott Walker are aiming to win in 2016.

You run on issues that define the election as "us" versus "them." You use the campaign to rally your...

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Time for a Pro

(57) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 9:52 PM

What's the most important problem facing the country today? Answer: government. In the latest CBS News-New York Times poll, "politicians and government" edges out
"the economy" as the top issue on voters' minds.

"The system is broken," former New York Gov. George Pataki said when...

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The 'Who Lost Iraq?' Issue

(8) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 2:34 AM

Republicans have plenty of candidates running for President but not many issues. President Obama won't be on the ballot. The economy is improving. Social issues no longer work for Conservatives. What else is there? Answer: foreign policy.

Republican contenders are ready to stage a full-scale assault on President Obama's foreign...

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Ideological Cleansing

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 11:14 PM

The party that loses the White House next year will face an existential crisis.

Suppose Republicans lose again. They will have lost three presidential elections in a row. After Democrats lost three in a row in 1988, the party was forced to acknowledge, "We can't go on like...

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Losing Our Religion

(9) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 2:20 AM

"Losing My Religion'' is not just a song by R.E.M. It's also a fact of American life.

That's the message of a survey of more than 35,000 Americans just released by the Pew Research Center. The key finding: the number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation...

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Victory for Downton Abbey

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 4:07 PM

Downton Abbey won.

The surprise triumph of Britain's Conservative Party was driven by English nationalism. Not British nationalism -- English nationalism. St. George's Cross and all that.


The election saw an English backlash against the surge of Scottish nationalism...

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The Past Is a Burden -- For Jeb, Not Hillary

(53) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 9:22 AM

"Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for President by promising to take us back to yesterday.'' Marco Rubio (age 43) said that when he announced he was running for President this month, one day after Hillary Clinton (age 67) announced she was running.

Scott Walker (age...

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Rand Paul: Contender or Curiosity?

(132) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 9:44 AM

What are the chances that Sen. Rand Paul will get elected President next year? Look at it this way: Sen. Paul's is running for re-election to the Senate at the same time he is running for President. That doesn't show a lot of confidence in his presidential prospects.

Paul is...

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The Fight Rages On... In the GOP

(43) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 7:32 PM

It's not over. True, Indiana and Arkansas have backed down from "religious freedom'' laws that legitimize anti-gay discrimination. And the U.S. Supreme Court may rule this year that same-sex marriages are legal in the entire country.

But even then it won't be over. One sentence in

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Fighter or Deal Maker?

(8) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 3:10 PM

Both parties face a choice for 2016. Will they nominate a fighter or a deal maker?

For Republicans, it's likely to come down to a choice between two candidates. For Democrats, it's likely to be a battle over one candidate. Will they nominate Hillary Clinton the fighter or...

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Jewish Voters: Values Trump Interests

(9) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 5:25 PM

Conservative columnist Ed Rogers recently wrote in The Washington Post, ``I don't know why American Jewish support is so lopsided in favor of the Democrats.'' Here's why.

Jews have conservative interests and liberal values. Most Jews vote their values. So do a lot of other voters whose...

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