Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a PPI senior fellow, as well as managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, an online forum.



By / 11.21.2014

The intensely partisan heat that has arisen from the president’t executive action on immigration makes speculation inevitable over its future political implications. Putting aside immediate public opinion on the action (negative just prior to the announcement but shallow and potentially “turnable”), which could evolve, the impact it could have on the 2016 cycle is considerable. […]


By / 11.19.2014

A renewal of the 2008 debate over Obama, Hillary Clinton, race and the Democratic Party began with a rather underwhelming presentation by an HRC booster determined to show how her demonstrated appeal to white voters would enable Democratic to expand the electoral battlefield in 2016.   As you may recall, during the 2008 primaries she […]


By / 11.18.2014

While the presidential cycle technically began on November 5, and the “invisible primary” of donors and elite players is well underway, the first really notable events are usually in Iowa.  And what will almost certainly be the first “cattle call” of the cycle in Iowa will, significantly, be held by Rep. Steve King in conjunction […]


By / 11.14.2014

As the 2016 presidential cycle undeniably (except for those in denial) arrives, the remarkable fact most discussed is that no one has yet really emerged to take on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.  But an equally remarkable fact is how wide open the GOP race is, with a field of possible candidates that just keeps on […]


By / 11.13.2014

After every election comes a sea of interpretation, some of it deliberately overstated to create a “mandate” (or the lack of one!) and project the results into the future, and some of it simply wrong-headed or questionable.  At TPMCafe today, yours truly did some “myth-busting” about several of the things we are hearing, including (1) […]


By / 11.11.2014

The U.S. Supreme Court interrupts this post-election rumination period with a surprising and potentially fateful acceptance of a legal challenge to the subsidies being made available to eligible people (roughly 5 million of them) in the 36 states utilizing the federal exchange for the Affordable Care Act.  Taking up a case doesn’t mean accepting its […]


By / 11.7.2014

How did Republicans win their midterm victory? The Senate takeover, as noted here often, was to a large extent the product of a pro-Republican landscape made even more promising by midterm turnout patterns. Only in Iowa and Colorado did Republicans win Senate seats in states won by Obama in 2012.   The extent of the […]


By / 11.5.2014

So beneath the headlines of a Republican “sweep” or “wave” is a complicated election which we’ll discuss in two posts: one dealing with the results themselves, and other focused on the underlying dynamics and implications. GOPers obviously achieved their goal of taking control of the Senate, winning seven Democratic seats without losing any of their […]


By / 11.4.2014

It’s finally arrived, and while the drama of Senate control coming down to two runoffs and two caucusing decisions by independents may not fully come to pass, there’s a fair amount of intrigue. Nearly all professional forecasters are now predicting that Republicans will win control of the Senate by somewhere between one and three seats, […]


By / 11.3.2014

I’ll have a more complete election preview tomorrow, but for now wanted to point out some fine differences between states in how they handle early voting that could affect when we actually know the results of some key Senate races. In Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, and New Hampshire votes cast by mail must be received […]