Thomas Gift

  • Permalink Gallery

    The January 6 hearings show that if democratic backsliding can happen in the US, then it can happen anywhere

The January 6 hearings show that if democratic backsliding can happen in the US, then it can happen anywhere

Share this:

The January 6 committee — a US House panel charged with investigating the 2021 Capitol insurrection — held its first day of hearings last week. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift explains key take-aways from the proceedings, how the news is playing to an international audience, and what the findings could mean for US domestic politics heading into the 2022 […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Pennsylvania’s primary results reflect voters tired of establishment politicians

Pennsylvania’s primary results reflect voters tired of establishment politicians

Share this:

Several states across the US held primaries on Tuesday, but perhaps none was more closely watched — or garnered more media attention — than the elections held in Pennsylvania. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift, a native of the Keystone State, explains why Pennsylvania is a bellwether for national politics and why all eyes should be on it to understand […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Joe Biden had a successful State of the Union address, but he needs more than rhetoric to change the fate of Democrats in the 2022 midterms

Joe Biden had a successful State of the Union address, but he needs more than rhetoric to change the fate of Democrats in the 2022 midterms

Share this:

With his approval numbers dipping below 40 percent, President Joe Biden needed a “reset” from his State of the Union address last evening. Did he accomplish that goal? In this Q&A, Thomas Gift analyzes Biden’s prime time speech before Congress, memorable moments from his remarks, and whether Biden can build on his momentum in time to turn around Democratic […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    One year on, the extremist beliefs which led to the 6 January US Capitol insurrection remain.

One year on, the extremist beliefs which led to the 6 January US Capitol insurrection remain.

Share this:

Today marks one year since the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines the consequences of one of the most momentous days in American politics in the last generation. 
Broadly speaking, how has America changed since January 6th, 2021?
If anything, I’d argue that polarization has worsened in America and that the threat of […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Why the results of today’s California recall election could have national implications

Why the results of today’s California recall election could have national implications

Share this:

California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom will today try to avoid becoming the second leader of the state in two decades to have his position recalled. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines the motivation behind the recall, what the process entails, and the potential implications for California—and the country.
What’s the impetus behind the California recall?
The push for Governor Gavin Newsom’s […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Biden’s mishandled Afghanistan withdrawal is unlikely to have a large effect on the 2022 midterms

Biden’s mishandled Afghanistan withdrawal is unlikely to have a large effect on the 2022 midterms

Share this:

In the wake of what many experts have criticized as a mishandled withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden is now looking to move the narrative elsewhere. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines the likely political fallout from Afghanistan on the White House, how it will affect the president’s domestic priorities, and the potential consequences for the […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Biden’s meetings with the G7 and Putin made little concrete progress, reflecting the President’s focus on domestic rather than foreign policy.

Biden’s meetings with the G7 and Putin made little concrete progress, reflecting the President’s focus on domestic rather than foreign policy.

Share this:

Joe Biden’s recent trip to Europe—with included meetings with G7 allies in the UK and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva—was the American president’s first major foray onto the world stage since taking office. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift gives his overview of Biden’s trip. He explains what issues were discussed, why we shouldn’t be surprised that the meetings […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Why compromise is inevitable for Biden’s big infrastructure plans

Why compromise is inevitable for Biden’s big infrastructure plans

Share this:

Last week, President Joe Biden unveiled a federal budget totaling $6 trillion, which includes significant new spending on infrastructure. If passed in its entirety, the budget would increase federal spending as a portion of the economy to historic heights — reaching sustained levels not seen since World War II. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines the implications of this […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill is ambitious, but unlikely to pass without compromises with Republicans and moderate Democrats.

Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill is ambitious, but unlikely to pass without compromises with Republicans and moderate Democrats.

Share this:

Last week, President Joe Biden announced an ambitious infrastructure plan that he hopes will form the basis of his next major legislative achievement. The $2.3 trillion proposal would devote money toward upgrading America’s roads, bridges, and airports, but also contains other, more controversial provisions that critics say Washington can’t afford. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines what the bill […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    An impeachment acquittal will embolden Trump’s supporters and frustrate Democrats.

An impeachment acquittal will embolden Trump’s supporters and frustrate Democrats.

Share this:

This week, Donald Trump will be the first US president in history to face a second impeachment trial. Although many experts think that a “not guilty” verdict is a foregone conclusion, recent polling suggests that a majority of Americans think that Trump should be convicted and barred from holding federal office. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines Trump’s approval […]

This work by LSE USAPP blog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported.