Links: Senator Warren at midterm; a former pro-life Democrat; Texas border policy

In The New Yorker, Isaac Chotiner interviews Michael Kazin about his new history of the Democratic Party. Kazin always has some smart things to say, and his diagnosis of some of the problems facing Democrats today rings true. But I want to draw attention to his opening comment on history: “First of all, I think institutions are really important and historians don’t write enough about them.” Amen.

At The Hill, Catholic University of America politics professor John Kenneth White predicts a Republican sweep this fall, but that their anticipated victory shouldn’t be seen as a “prelude” to GOP dominance as have been the midterm elections of 1894 and 1934. He also doesn’t think it will necessarily be an “intermediate” election, similar to the midterm elections in 1946 and 1982 when the party that did not control the White House voted gained control of Congress, but the presidency was out of reach for future cycles. Instead, White concludes, the parties are at a sort of stalemate.

In the New York Times, Senator Elizabeth Warren urges her fellow Democrats to get to work passing much-needed legislation if they are to avoid a midterm beating. She writes:

Strengthening the authority of regulators to end price gouging, break up monopolies and introduce a windfall tax is a good start. Only in Washington, where America’s biggest corporations spend billions to stifle reality, are these ideas controversial. Throughout America, these are popular plans.

I hope his colleagues in Arizona and West Virginia are listening, as well as the president! Democrats need to put a few more wins on the board.

At New Jersey Insider, a report on AJ Oliver who was kicked out as chairman of the Morristown Democratic committee because he holds pro-life views. Democrats for Life of America sent a letter to Democratic National Chairman Jamie Harrison asking if it made sense to push loyal Democrats out of the party. The question should be rhetorical, but unfortunately there are those who would rather lose to the Republicans than tolerate a pro-life Democrat among them.

At Politico, author Jeff Greenfield delves into George Orwell’s theory that “cranks” among socialists accounted for the party’s inability to connect with average workers, and applies that idea to the situation for Democrats today. today. “Why is it [Orwell’s] account, however old-fashioned some of the language is, relevant to the condition of the Democratic Party today? asks Greenfield. the price of admission, but the most important point is the one that, if not confronted, will sink the Democrats.

From the Texas Political Project, Executive Director Jim Henson examines Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to inspect all trucks crossing the border from Texas, which caused major supply chain disruptions. In the context of his re-election effort, however, and the popularity of anti-immigrant extremism among the GOP base, highlighting Abbott might do him little harm politically and might improve his image if he ran for president.

In the Journal of the American Revolution, editor Don Hagist does extensive research to learn about the British soldiers who marched to Lexington and Concord in 1775, engaging in the battle that would spark the American Revolution. Most surprising to me was the age of the soldiers: of the 202 men whose age could be determined, only 38 were 25 or younger while 53 were between 31 and 35 and another 40 between 36 and 40.

From Architecture Daily, a look at a renovated office building in Neuilly-sur-Seine, which not only integrated three buildings, but opened up indoor and outdoor spaces to create a dynamic new space. I love working from home, but I might feel differently if I had an office in a building like this. Just wonderful.

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