Recent Columns By Mort Kondracke

If Policy Agendas Count in '08, Romney's a Winner - Mar 3, 2006

GOP Says Medicare Drug Plan Will Be a Plus by Nov - Feb 28, 2006

Bush, Congress Should Legalize NSA Surveillance - Feb 17, 2006

Iran, Iraq, Hamas Make 2006 Year Of Crisis for Bush - Feb 14, 2006

Frist Forecasts '06 Campaign Based On '02, '04 - Feb 11, 2006

Bush Domestic Agenda for 2006 Is 'Small Ball' - Feb 7, 2006

Bush, Dems Talk 'Good Will' But Prepare for War - Feb 3, 2006

Congress Should Not Extend All Tax Cuts - Jan 31, 2006

House GOP's 'Suburban Agenda' - Jan 27, 2006

Bush Should Push Medical Research Reform - Jan 24, 2006

NSA Data Mining Is Legal, Necessary, Chertoff Says - Jan 20, 2006

Health Care, Tax Cuts Top Bush's '06 Agenda - Jan 14, 2006

Bush Must Talk Sense To GOP On Immigration - Jan 10, 2006

Congress Should Give Power To Tap Terrorists - Dec 23, 2005

Bush Ending 2005 in Upturn - Dec 21, 2005

Despite Woes, GOP Confident About 2006 - Nov 29, 2005

Bucking the Tide, McCain Calls for More Troops - Nov 22, 2005

Will Democratic Charges Lead to Bush Impeachment - Nov 18, 2005

U.S Must Match Tsunami Relief Effort in Pakistan - Nov 12, 2005

It's Clear That No One Truly Wants To Reduce Deficits - Nov 9, 2005

Some Senators Act Like Adults, But Leaders Are Kids - Nov 4, 2005

Gerrymander Deals Could Keep House Republican in '06 - Nov 1, 2005

Tame Polarization Of Politics, Fix Our Redistricting System - Oct 28, 2005

Left-Out Moderates Could Rule, New Study Shows - Oct 25, 2005

Bush Iraq Policy, Flawed as It Is, May Still Succeed - Oct 21, 2005

Democratic Think Tank Mixes Ideas With Bush-Bashing - Oct 18, 2005

Will Senate OK A 'Self-Effacing' Court Nominee? - Oct 12, 2005

Will Bush Step Up on Immigration Issue? - Oct 8, 2005

Despite Woes, GOP Sees Opportunities To Recoup Before '06 - Oct 4, 2005

Democrats Plan To 'Go Positive' - But Not Until 2006 - September 30, 2005

Another Arkansas Governor Eyes Presidential Run - September 27, 2005

Congress Should Get Busy Promptly On Election Reform - September 23, 2005

Bush's Katrina Plan Ignores 500,000 Displaced Children - September 20, 2005

Roberts Comes Off In Scalia-Thomas Mold - September 16, 2005

Bush Can Recoup From Hurricane, But Can Democrats? - September 14, 2005

Katrina Is a Warning: U.S. Still Unprepared For Attacks - September 9, 2005

Bush Makes Better Case for Iraq War, But Needs Troops - September 7, 2005

2006 Ought to Be Great for Democrats, But Can They Deliver? - August 16, 2005

Can GOP Moderates Exert Power in Party Dominated by Right? - August 9, 2005

Will Bush Abandon Promise to Upgrade U.S. High Schools? - August 2, 2005

Does Bush Really Back New Energy, Environment Policy? - July 23, 2005

Will Frist Save Lives Or Please Right Wing In Stem-Cell Fight? - July 19, 2005

U.S. Faces Danger From Terrorists Traveling Legally - July 15, 2005

Bush, Senate Should Strive for Dignified Debate on Nominees - July 12, 2005

Young People Share 'American Dream.' Mistakenly? - July 5, 2005

Bush’s Iraq Speech Should Help Sustain Support for Policy - July 1, 2005

Negativism at Home Could Produce Defeat Of U.S. Policy in Iraq - June 28, 2005

Avian Flu Could Become Top '08 Issue. Seriously. - June 24, 2005

'Intelligent Design' Belongs in Church, Not Biology Class - June 21, 2005

Negative 'Deanism' Hurts Democrats' Rebound Prospects - June 14, 2005

Will Bush's Idealism Lead U.S. To Lose 'War With Islam'? - June 7, 2005

As Senate Returns To Angry 'Normal,' What Will Get Done? - May 31, 2005

2008 Rivals Frist, McCain Both Won In Nuclear Deal - May 27, 2005

Amid Hyperbole On Senate Floor, Some Talk Sense - May 24, 2005

PBS, NPR Deserve Federal Funding, But Need Balance - May 21, 2005

Democrats Can't Just Criticize On Social Security - May 17, 2005

Moderates May Win On Stem Cells, But Not Much Else - May 13, 2005

Both Parties Should Halt Before Blowing Up Senate Traditions - May 10, 2005

Democrats Can't Win When 'No!' Is Party's Dominant Message - May 3, 2005

Democrats Still Don't 'Get It' On Religion - April 28, 2005

Congress Must Increase Bush's Science Budget - April 26, 2005

A Tale of Two Hardliners: Ratzinger in Rome, DeLay in D.C. - April 21, 2005

Before Firing 'Nukes,' Senate Should Debate Bush's Picks - April 18, 2005

Voters Favor Work-Permit Immigration Reform - April 11, 2005

Bush’s Polls Droop Despite Successes In World, Economy - April 7, 2005

Medical Fact Should Decide Terri's Fate, Not Partisan Posturing - March 28, 2005

Bush Should Talk Up Social Security Protections for Poor - March 23, 2005

Army, Marines Need Priority in Rumsfeld's New Defense Review - March 19, 2005

Medicaid Needs Reform Now. Cuts Can Wait - March 16, 2005

Expect Mideast Foes Of Freedom to Stage Violent Counterattacks - March 11, 2005

U.S. Has Scored Bipartisan Successes In War for Colombia - March 8, 2005

Bush Can Win the Social Security Fight. Here's How - March 4, 2005

Bush, Congress Must Combat Medical Lawsuits and Errors - February 18, 2005

Democrats Should Get Ahead of Bush On Tax Reform - February 16, 2005

Budget Focus On Short-Term Politics, Not Long-Term Future - February 11, 2005

Democrats Yield Social Security Initiative to Bush - February 8, 2005

Democrats Look Weak Calling For Iraq 'Exit' - February 4, 2005

Sen. Clinton Shows How Democrats Can Woo 'Heartland' - February 1, 2005

Bush, Democrats Conspire to Hand Huge Debt to Kids - January 27, 2005

GOP Will Deploy Bush's '04 Army To Sway Congress - January 17, 2005

Bush Is Right To Push Jan. 30 Elections in Iraq - January 11, 2005

Social Security 101: Private Accounts Should Earn You More - January 6, 2005

Immigration Reform an Issue Worthy of Bush's 'Boldness' - December 14, 2004

Drug Industry Must Change Its Ways To Improve Its Image - December 7, 2004

Colin Powell Can Once Again Put Kids Atop the U.S. Agenda - November 23, 2004

To Win, Dems Need to Face Reality, Reform Their Message - November 19, 2004

Arafat's Legacy: A Palestinian 'Culture of Suicide' - November 15, 2004

Democrats Need To 'Get Religion.' It's Not Scary - November 10, 2004

Victory Gives Bush Mandate to Unite A Divided Country - November 5, 2004

Registration Wars In Ohio, Florida Produce a Draw - October 28, 2004

Voters Prefer President Bush, But Only Narrowly - October 26, 2004

'Wild Cards' Could Make the Difference In White House Race - October 23, 2004

Right Now, Bush Scares Voters More Than Kerry - October 19, 2004

Reeve's Cause Wasn't Just Stem Cells, But Research - October 15, 2004

Bush & Kerry Must Tell Voters: U.S. Can't Quit Iraq for Years - October 13, 2004

Have the Debates Actually Changed the Race? - October 8, 2004

Kerry Wins Debate, Stays Alive, and Can Still Win Election - October 5, 2004

Despite Charges, Democrats Still Lead In Low-Blow Dept. - September 30, 2004

Iraq Is Foremost, But Other Issues Deserve Debate - September 27, 2004

Kerry Still Hasn't Made His Case On Iraq Strategy - September 24, 2004

Kerry Needs Clarity On Iraq, Then Onto Economy, Health - September 20, 2004

Darfur Genocide Shows U.N. Isn't Reliable in Crisis - September 16, 2004

Confusion Reigns About What Kerry Would Do in Iraq - September 13, 2004

Bush, Kerry Are Tied, And Neither Has Closed the Deal Yet - September 10, 2004

'Swift' vs. 'Smear' Leaves Race Even. It's Time for Substance - August 31, 2004

Democrats Have A Wedge Issue: Stem-Cell Research - August 17, 2004

Kerry Leads Bush On Domestic Vision, Not Foreign Policy - August 2, 2004

Democrats Needed 'Positive Approach' And Are Delivering - July 30, 2004

Bush Should Try To Trump Kerry On Health Care - July 23, 2004

Beyond Iraq, Voters Need Debate on U.S. Foreign Policy Future - July 21, 2004

Bush Trails Kerry On 'Vision Thing,' But Plans Catch-up - July 15, 2004

Edwards, Kerry Smile While Moore and Gore Stoke 'Bush Hatred' - July 13 2004

Clinton Book Gives Kerry Minimal Help - June 24, 2004

Facts to Fight Back On Iraq-Al Qaeda Tie - June 21, 2004

50 Years After Brown, Black Schools Still Lag - June 17, 2004

Bush, Kerry Should Tell Us How They'd Fill Reagan's Shoes - June 15, 2003

Bush and Reagan - So Alike, But Gaps Could Doom Bush - June 11, 2004

Media Bias Keeps 'Good' Iraq News From U.S. Public - June 7, 2004

U.S. Needs Iraqis To Come Forward In Support of Policy - June 1, 2004

Democrats Smell Kerry Victory - But It's Too Soon - May 24, 2004

Congress, Media Could Talk U.S. Into Iraq Defeat - May 21, 2004

Demagoguery Aside, Outsourcing of Jobs Is a Real Threat to U.S. - May 18, 2004

Advice to Kerry: Steal Bush's 2000 'Uniter' Theme - May 13, 2004

Abuse in Iraqi Prisons Does Not Justify Rumsfeld's Ouster - May 11, 2004

Drug Reimportation Can Kill Americans. We Can Do Better - May 7, 2004

It's a Tie: Bush Loses on Iraq, Kerry on Image - May 4, 2004

Bush, Kerry Avoid Domestic Issue No. 1: Boomer Retirement - April 30, 2004

Bush Survives Iraq Attacks, 9/11 Accusations - April 19, 2004

Bush's Bioethicist Worries About Fruits of Science - April 15, 2004

Iraq Isn't Vietnam-And Saying It Is Hurts U.S. Troops - April 13, 2004

Kerry, Congress Should Fight Bush Science Cuts - April 7, 2004

To Voters, Bush's Post-9/11 Record Trumps Pre-9/11 - March 30, 2004

Spanish Election Shows Bush Fails At Public Diplomacy - March 25, 2004

Believe It or Not, There's Agreement On Foreign Policy - March 23, 2004

Does Economic Curse Lurk Over House of Bush? - March 18, 2004

Mandatory Insurance Could Solve Health Crisis, Aid Politicians - March 15, 2004

Could Gibson's 'Passion' Have Political Fallout - March 11, 2004

Turnout Figures Show Kerry Needs Zip in His Veep - March 8. 2004

Democrats Have Defined Bush — Now, It’s His Turn - March 4, 2004

Democrats Lead By Miles in 2004 'Smear' Campaign - March 2, 2004

Bush, Kerry Make A Deadly Duo For Health Research - February 24, 2004

The Wonder Is Why Bush Polls Aren't Even Worse - February 20, 2004

Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Would Defile Constitution - February 18, 2004

Too Bad Bush's Poor Polls Will Improve - He Deserves 'Em - February 12, 2004

Centrist Lieberman Never Had a Chance - Too Bad for America - February 6, 2004

Like Blair, Bush Should Welcome Outside Intel Probe - February 3, 2004

'Comeback Kerry' Now Faces Intense Scrutiny of Record - January 30, 2004

The Future Belongs To Who? Bush Has Lead Among Young - January 20, 2004

Greenberg Book Shows Democrats Way to Win - in 2008 - January 16, 2004

Bush, Campaign Team Operate as if 2004 Will Be Close Race - January 13, 2004

'Bush Hatred' Will Hurt Democrats More Than Its Target - January 9, 2004

Dean Is McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis - A Trifecta of Losers - January 6, 2004

Bush's 'Big' Plan For '04 Should Be 'A Healthy U.S.' - December 17, 2003

Gore, Dean Form 'Anti-Clinton' Party, Well Left of Center - December 12, 2003

2004 Shaping Up To Be McGovern Versus Reagan - December 9, 2003

Needing World's Help, Bush Should Say, 'I've Changed' - December 3, 2003

Fight Isn't Over Despite Passage Of Medicare Bill - December 1, 2003

Bush Should Resist Backing Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment - November 24, 2003

Democrats Offering Huge Gift to GOP On Medicare Drugs - November 21, 2003

Iraq Isn't Vietnam - Let's Hope It's Like The Philippines - November 19, 2003

Bush Vows to Stay In Iraq, But Iraqis Have Cause to Doubt - November 14, 2003

GOP Has Scored Major Gains In Swing States - November 11, 2003

Iraq Reconstruction Is a Noble Cause That Mustn't Fail - November 7, 2003

Clark Is Missing Chance to Shine With Plan for Iraq - October 31, 2003

Will Any Democrat Dare to Propose Entitlement Reform? - October 29, 2003

Congress, Bush Close to Caving In On Drug Imports - October 24, 2003

At Last, Bush Counters Bad News From Iraq With Good - October 21, 2003

Will Democrats Take 'Bug Out' Stance on Iraq? - October 17, 2003

Immigration Delays Could Cost Bush Latino Votes in 2004 - October 14, 2003

Media, Bush At Fault For Faulty Reporting On WMD Findings - October 10, 2003

The Bush Administration's Battle Against Bad News - October 7, 2003

Iraq Is Not Just Bush's War - U.S. Needs to Win It - October 3, 2003

Hillary Faces Test - Is She a Clinton Who Keeps Pledges? - September 23, 2003

Ashcroft-Bashing Could End Up Hurting Democrats - September 12, 2003

In Latino Debate, Democrats Convey Message of Weakness - September 9 , 2003

Iran, North Korea Are Bigger Threats Than Iraq Ever Was - August 19, 2003

It's Up to Senate To Undo House Damage to Research - August 12, 2003

Democrats Lose By Pandering To Unions On Free Trade Issue - August 8, 2003

'Frontrunner' Dean Drives Democrats to Anti-Bush Extremes - July 29, 2003

Supreme Court Lets Elites Off Easy On Racial Equality - June 30, 2003

Bush Should Order U.S. Forces to Help Keep Peace in Liberia - June 26, 2003

Iraqi WMD Probes Are Too Important For Party Warfare - June 20, 2003

Iran Is Worse Than Iraq - But U.S. Lacks Plan - June 17, 2003

Bush Fails to 'Sell' His Foreign Policy To World's People - June 10, 2003

This Could Be the Year For a Medicare Bill - June 6, 2003

Bush Must Press Saudis to Deliver On Anti-Terror Vows - May 28, 2003

Democrats, CEOs Outpace Bush On Health Reform - May 22, 2003

Bush's Post-Iraq Performance Open to Criticism - May 19, 2003

Contrary to Critics, Bush Foreign Policy Isn't 'Unilateralist' - May 6, 2003