Stories by Jim VandeHei

American politics goes off the rails

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Forget your personal political views for one minute. It’s hard to argue politics — White House politics, congressional politics, now Supreme Court politics — hasn't gone full crazy.

Be smart: Democracy isn't just messy — it’s dirty. And getting dirtier. 

The GOP's growing identity crisis

An illustration of a Republican elephant cut down the middle
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

The Republican Party is suffering an identity crisis that poses acute short- and long-term risks: President Trump, with 38% approval in Gallup, is giving the party a constricted appeal, with the danger of continuing high-profile defections.

Why it matters: In a 50-50 nation, marginal defections can incapacitate a party.

Dems plot massive campaign if Kavanaugh falls

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

If Brett Kavanaugh's nomination sinks, Democrats would turn the midterms into a referendum not just on President Trump but also women’s rights, abortion and the future of the Supreme Court, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: In what Republicans believe is an increasingly unlikely scenario where Kavanaugh tanks, Dems believe they can juice turnout — already hitting record levels — by playing off the huge public attention to the court, and Roe v. Wade in particular.