E.J. Dionne Jr.

Washington, D.C.

Columnist covering national politics

Education: Oxford University, D.Phil.; Harvard University, BA

E.J. Dionne Jr. writes about politics in a twice-weekly column for The Washington Post. He is also a government professor at Georgetown University, a visiting professor at Harvard University, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio and MSNBC. His book “Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country” was published by St. Martin’s Press in February. Before joining The Post in 1990 as a political reporter, Dionne spent 14 years at the New York Times, where he covered politics and r
Latest from E.J. Dionne Jr.

Nancy Pelosi explains: San Francisco values are American values

Her faith-based wager on openness to different versions of being American has been a good bet.

May 14, 2023

There’s a war raging. It’s against normal politics.

The breakdown of normal has been a long time in gestation.

May 7, 2023

Biden is inviting us to argue about freedom. We should.

Freedom has been largely a Republican battle cry, but the president is reclaiming it.

April 30, 2023

McCarthy’s debt ceiling plan is theater unworthy of a high school gym

When it comes to negotiating federal spending, McCarthy is no John Boehner.

April 23, 2023

Gun absolutists don’t trust democracy because they know they’re losing

Republicans put their gun worshipping on full display at last week's NRA convention.

April 16, 2023

In Chicago and Wisconsin, voters rebuke Trump’s GOP

In very different ways, elections in Wisconsin and Chicago sent a message: The Republican Party has become toxic for a significant swath of the electorate.

April 5, 2023

Cecilia Rouse did her best to make democracy educational again

Cecilia Rouse, Biden's departing chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, explains why the economy doesn't function without the government.

April 2, 2023

Why we’re still stuck in Trump’s world

There is a madness running through our nation’s public life. It's built into the structure of American politics and the belief system of Republican voters.

March 26, 2023

First, Biden was FDR. Now he’s Clinton. (Spoiler alert: He’s neither.)

Maybe Joe Biden is just Joe Biden, and maybe it’s neither the 1930s nor the 1990s anymore.

March 19, 2023

Why we should all be liberal: The power of an adjective

The adjective “liberal,” Michael Walzer writes in '"The Struggle for a Decent Politics," “determines not who we are but how we are who we are.”

March 12, 2023