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MICHAEL BARONE is senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He has been a vice president of the polling firm of Peter D. Hart Research Associates, a member of the editorial page staff of the Washington Post, a senior writer with U.S. News & World Report, and a senior staff editor at Reader’s Digest.
Mr. Barone has been a co-author of The Almanac of American Politics since its first edition of 1972. He is the author of Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan (Free Press), The New Americans: How the Melting Pot Can Work Again (Regnery), Hard America, Soft America: Competition vs. Coddling and the Competition for the Nation’s Future (Crown Forum), Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America’s Founding Fathers (Crown Forum), and Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics (Crown Forum).
Mr. Barone received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Barbara Olsen Award from the American Spectator, and the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association. He has visited all 435 U.S. congressional districts and 54 foreign countries.
The election of 2016 prompted journalists and political scientists to write obituaries for the Republican Party—or prophecies of a new dominance. But it was all rather familiar. Whenever one of our two great parties has a setback, we’ve heard: “This is the end of the Democratic Party,” or, “The Republican Party is going out of existence.” Yet both survive, and thrive.