David Ellis

Today’s Lesson for America’s Children: Good Behavior Is for Losers
Democrats, the party of children and families, have to begin accounting for their failures

A stunned crowd at the Nevada Democrats' election night watch party watch as Donald Trump delivers his victory speech. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“What are we going to tell the kids about this?”

For many Americans, the worst moment of election night wasn’t the 3 a.m. victory speech by Donald Trump. In the hours that followed, parents stole into the rooms where their children slept and counted the hours before the school day began on Wednesday, dreading the conversation to come.

Win or Lose, Clinton Offers a ‘How Not To’ Study on Campaign Messaging
Nation still waits for a clear explanation of her goals as president

Two decades’ worth of Republican character assassination have left Hillary Clinton with limited choices for a campaign persona, writes David Ellis. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Here’s quiz for the eve of this election — can you summarize in one sentence Hillary Clinton’s prime justification for being elected president Tuesday?

Me neither.

Cruz Refines the Reagan Myth That Trump Refuses to Adopt
'Freedom agenda' served as cover to deploy words outside current playbook

Though he's a flawed messenger, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz used his Republican National Convention speech to craft a new vintage of the Ronald Reagan myth, writes David Ellis. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Republican gathering in Cleveland has been a convention like no other, loosely organized, off message and marked by shocks such as the theatrical throwdown between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.  

Those headlines obscure the similarities Cleveland shares with previous party conclaves. At the most basic level, conventions are group therapy sessions where the faithful convince themselves of their own lies.  

Al Franken Returns to Comedy
In enemy territory, Minnesota senator cracks wise on Trump and his cohorts

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has avoided public displays of humor during his time in the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Al Franken's long years of comedy omertà are over.  

The former "Saturday Night Live" star has been resolutely serious since arriving in Washington as Minnesota's junior senator in 2009.