Fletcher McClellan


As his single term ends, the reckoning of Donald Trump begins | Fletcher McClellan

By: - January 20, 2021

History is usually not kind to one-term presidents, and Donald Trump will be no exception.


America needs a smooth Trump-Biden handoff. It’s not going to get one. Why that matters | Fletcher McClellan

By: - January 5, 2021

As discombobulated as the Obama-Trump transition was, the Trump handoff to President-Elect Joe Biden is far worse.


The 2016 prez race taught us there’s only one we can count on: Not counting on anything in 2020 | Fletcher McClellan

By: - September 15, 2020

Experts tell you to ignore the day-to-day campaign outrages and focus instead on the fundamentals. Unless nothing is fundamental anymore.


Ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for Trump. Why hasn’t he heard it yet? | Fletcher McClellan

By: - August 13, 2020

A political zombie, Donald Trump rants and rants and nobody listens.Trump quit being president, but in his mind, he belongs on Mount Rushmore.


Trump, monuments and the failure of memory | Fletcher McClellan

By: - July 28, 2020

Trump has no interest in the past, except to pass a memory test. Voters must remind him of that failure of memory this November.


Umpire, ideologue, politician or institutionalist? Will the real John Roberts please stand up? | Fletcher McClellan

By: - July 15, 2020

Roberts has aligned with liberal justices on only a handful of cases in his Supreme Court career, enough to maintain a facade of impartiality


What 2020 does — and doesn’t — have in common with 1968 | Fletcher McClellan

By: - June 18, 2020

Sudden economic downturns and U.S. responses to foreign attacks or threats triggered three of the five turbulent years prior to 2020. One year – 1968 – featured domestic social and political turmoil.


How New Zealand conquered the coronavirus | Fletcher McClellan

By: - June 2, 2020

Strong, decisive leadership by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is credited for much of the progress. She banned all foreign travel into the country and imposed a nationwide lockdown.


A second Trump term will be just as bad as we fear | Fletcher McClellan

By: - May 19, 2020

We already know that President Donald Trump has no respect for government institutions. A 2004 Philip Roth novel foreshadows a Trump second term.


The big difference between Trump and state governors? Only one of them is capable of governing | Fletcher McClellan

By: - April 21, 2020

The nation's governors have proven they can lead. The White House needs to give them the tools they need to lead their states out of the pandemic.


When the floodgates opened: The politics of COVID-19 relief | Fletcher McClellan

By: - April 7, 2020

Decades ago, the University of Michigan political scientist John Kingdon argued that policy change results from a convergence of three streams of activity.


COVID-19 Pandemic: Leaders are emerging from Trump’s shadow to calm a nervous nation | Fletcher McClellan

By: - March 25, 2020

Governors, mayors, Congressional leaders, and humanitarians are filling a vacuum left by the absence of presidential leadership for the last two months.