Henry Olsen

About Henry Olsen

Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a think tank in Washington D.C. He is also an editor at UnHerd.com where he writes about populism and politics around the world. He is the co-author, with Dante Scala, of The Four Faces of the Republican Party (Palgrave, 2015) and is the author of The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism (HarperCollins, 2017).

Ohio Squeaker Shows GOP Has A Lot To Learn About Winning

Republicans and Trump supporters needed some good political news, and they got it Tuesday night in the special election for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. Republican Troy Balderson’s narrow, one-point win doesn’t mean a “red wave” is swelling. Instead, the results contain both good and troubling news for President Trump and his party. Rather

By | 2018-08-08T23:18:26+00:00 August 7th, 2018|

The Blue-Collar Elephant in the Room

There's an elephant in the Republican Party’s  midterm room. Discussion about how to close the yawning generic ballot gap has focused on building the wall, selling the tax cuts, and emphasizing how President Trump has delivered on judicial nominees and deregulation. All of these issues are of particular import to Republicans and the

By | 2018-08-04T20:53:09+00:00 August 3rd, 2018|

What Is America’s Role in the World Now?

President Trump’s Helsinki press conference set off a global firestorm. The president quickly backtracked on some of his comments and now the Kremlin is demurring about attending a fall summit in Washington. The current controversy seems to be over, but as usual, the hullaballoo is overlooking the most important question: What should America’s

By | 2018-07-25T23:57:31+00:00 July 25th, 2018|

The NeverTrump Dilemma

After “CBS Evening News” anchor Walter Cronkite said he no longer trusted America’s leaders regarding the Vietnam War, President Lyndon Johnson supposedly remarked, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.” A month later, on March 31, 1968, Johnson stunned the nation by dropping his re-election bid. So should President Trump and the

By | 2018-06-26T23:54:51+00:00 June 27th, 2018|

A Tax Cut Worthy of a Worker’s GOP

Republican Congressional leaders are talking about voting on a second tax cut bill later this year. The tax cuts passed last year were made permanent for corporations but will expire in 2025 for individuals. The leaders’ proposal would make the personal income tax changes permanent, too. This is much too timid. Americans worry

By | 2018-05-02T23:42:11+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|