Stories by Rick Perlstein

Rick Perlstein is the Washington Spectator's national correspondent and the author of "Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus," winner of the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history, and "Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America" (2008), a New York Times bestseller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of the year by over a dozen publications.  subscribe to Rick Perlstein's feed

Posted on: Apr 19, 2016, Source: The Washington Spectator

The events that shaped Donald Trump's politics, and how he gained power.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2016, Source: The Washington Spectator

There's something in the air in New Hampshire. It just ain’t civility, competence and experience.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2016, Source: The Washington Spectator

The modern-day “tactical” movement is out of its mind.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2016, Source: The Washington Spectator

Where has this Obama been this whole time?

Posted on: Dec 7, 2015, Source: The Washington Spectator

Finding Donald Trump's appeal through 'The Apprentice.'

Posted on: Dec 2, 2015, Source: The Washington Spectator

For pundits, Trump is the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2015, Source: The Washington Spectator

On the ground in parts of America where pundits thought Sanders couldn't compete.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2015, Source: The Washington Spectator

An unsettling symbiosis between man and mob.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2015, Source: The Washington Spectator

The 39th president knew the forces unfettered campaign spending would unleash before anyone else.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2015, Source: The Washington Spectator

How Citizens United is turning the Republican Party upside down.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2015, Source: The Washington Spectator

There’s an enormous amount to learn in this juxtaposition about how conservatism works at its deepest levels.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2014, Source: Salon

From Cliven Bundy defeating the cops to "open carry" movement's menace, the left's timidity has spawned a nightmare.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2013, Source: The Nation

Is there a way to get past their scorched-earth approach to politics?

Posted on: Jan 30, 2013, Source: The Nation

Libertarian real estate developer wants to buy 982-acre Detroit park and start an independent nation, selling citizenships at $300,000.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2012, Source: Salon

Chicago isn’t seeing its teachers as greedy. They’re seeing them as a vanguard in the struggle against what might happen to the rest of the middle class next if they don’t speak up.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2008, Source: Campaign for America's Future

A splendid illustration of how conservatives launder lies across our political discourse.