Fletcher McClellan

Fletcher McClellan

Opinion contributor Fletcher McClellan is a political science professor at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa. His work appears biweekly on the Capital-Star’s Commentary Page. Readers may email him at [email protected], and follow him on Twitter at @mcclelef.


Here’s why the Jan. 6 committee’s public hearings won’t reprise Watergate | Fletcher McClellan

By: - June 10, 2022

Sad to say, the Jan. 6 Committee investigation may find that we have lost the capacity for outrage. 


Pa. voters wanted to burn the House — and Senate — down this primary season | Fletcher McClellan

By: - May 25, 2022

Will there be anything left of our institutions by November?


Alito just threw the Dems a midterm lifeline. Will they use it? | Fletcher McClellan

By: - May 5, 2022

Mobilization for future elections, fueled by stories of women denied control of their bodies, is the best hope for pro-abortion advocates.


‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ sheds light on abortion politics in Pa. | Fletcher McClellan

By: - April 19, 2022

Abortion rights are on the ballot this year. The movie underscores the importance of safe, legal access.

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy Virtually Addresses Congress On Current Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

Biden’s toughest choices on Ukraine, Russia lie ahead of him | Fletcher McClellan

By: - March 31, 2022

It's only a matter of time before Americans decide Biden is spending too much time on foreign affairs and not enough on domestic issues.


The future of the U.S. is on the ballot. Democrats must step up and defend it | Fletcher McClellan

By: - February 22, 2022

Many Republicans have concluded they can only win through suppressing votes, taking control of election machinery, and whitewashing history.


What the assault on elections in the U.S., Hong Kong have in common | Fletcher McClellan

By: - February 6, 2022

Both are authoritarian-inspired. And the U.S. is not immune -- unless we are vigilant.


At the end of Year One, can Joe Biden build back his presidency? | Fletcher McClellan

By: - January 20, 2022

Yes, things look bleak. But there are two, concrete steps Biden can take to salvage his presidency.


How four songs about time explain our current politics and what’s at stake | Fletcher McClellan

By: - October 5, 2021

Much of our politics and government is framed, even forced by time, whether it is a legal or self-imposed deadline.


Constitution Day 2021: What Would James Madison Think? | Fletcher McClellan

By: - September 17, 2021

The future President of the United States is credited with drafting the Virginia Plan, which became the blueprint from which the delegates worked. Madison advocated a strong national government with independent powers, more than what it was granted under the nation’s first constitution, the Articles of Confederation.


Johnson had Vietnam. Bush had Iraq. Biden has Afghanistan | Fletcher McClellan

By: - August 25, 2021

The Afghanistan fiasco coincides with other events that signal the return of polarized politics-as-usual


Yes, we should be teaching critical race theory in public schools | Fletcher McClellan

By: - August 10, 2021

In short, there is no critical race theory crisis in our public schools. It’s entirely made up. Just like the Big Lies about election fraud in 2020.