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Robert David Sullivan is a senior editor at America magazine.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, is greeted by supporters as she arrives to a presidential primary election night rally, Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
(Un)Conventional Wisdom
Robert David Sullivan
Democrats should resist the temptation to seek a comeuppance for “angry white guys” this November.
Edward Kennedy speaks at the 1980 Democratic National Convention. (Image from YouTube video, uploaded by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)
(Un)Conventional Wisdom
Robert David Sullivan
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)
(Un)Conventional Wisdom
Robert David Sullivan
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)
(Un)Conventional Wisdom
Robert David Sullivan
Only Hillary Clinton and her supporters say the nation is seaworthy.
Politics & Society
Robert David Sullivan
Here are some of the ways in which President Obama has steered the United States by at least a few degrees.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Eugene, Ore., on May 6. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
(Un)Conventional Wisdom
Robert David Sullivan
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)
(Un)Conventional Wisdom
Robert David Sullivan
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)
(Un)Conventional Wisdom
Robert David Sullivan
The G.O.P. doesn't want experience, the Northeast is hot again and more fallout from the presidential primaries.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates primary wins at a rally last Tuesday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
(Un)Conventional Wisdom
Robert David Sullivan
Voters outside the managerial class don't always vote for the candidate with the best resume.
The ultimate conventional pick, Democrat John W. Davis.
(Un)Conventional Wisdom
Robert David Sullivan
Today's smoke-filled rooms would not produce moderate or broadly popular nominees.