(Un)Conventional Wisdom

Edward Kennedy speaks at the 1980 Democratic National Convention. (Image from YouTube video, uploaded by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)
Robert David Sullivan June 06, 2016
The liberal lion is now remembered for his speech rather than his snub of Carter.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally on June 2 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Robert David Sullivan June 04, 2016
Anti-government populism threatens the norms of a democracy.
Hillary Clinton stands alone in promising to continue President Obama's steady course. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Robert David Sullivan May 24, 2016
Only Hillary Clinton and her supporters say the nation is seaworthy.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Eugene, Ore., on May 6. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Robert David Sullivan May 18, 2016
A decade after Stephen Colbert coined the word, “truthiness” has conquered a presidential race.
Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic Party, face suspicions that they've given up on economic growth. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Robert David Sullivan May 05, 2016
Identity politics make some feel they're being sacrificed in the New Economy.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a primary night news conference Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Robert David Sullivan May 04, 2016
The G.O.P. doesn't want experience, the Northeast is hot again and more fallout from the presidential primaries.