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).

A Bad Beat for Republicans—But Not Fraud

Plenty of Republicans and Trump fans are crying foul at the number of congressional seats that have moved towards the Democrats since Election Day. Insinuations or outright accusations of orchestrated voter fraud fill my Twitter feed. I understand why people are upset—but there’s no hanky panky afoot. Our election system is broken, but

By | 2018-11-30T22:42:18+00:00 November 29th, 2018|

Arizona Illustrates the RINO Revenge

Arizona’s Senate race was perhaps the most surprising, and disturbing, midterm result for Republicans and Trump fans. Many struggle to understand how Barry Goldwater’s home state will send a former pink tutu-wearing antiwar activist to Washington. The answer is instructive regarding what Trump Republicanism must do to build a majority. The biggest reason

By | 2018-11-14T22:40:43+00:00 November 13th, 2018|

How Trump Might Persuade Immigrants to MAGA

President Trump’s focus on reducing immigration and controlling our borders is central to his agenda and appeal. That's why Trump backers should read conservative writer Reihan Salam’s new book, Melting Pot or Civil War? As the son of immigrants from Bangladesh, Salam’s endorsement of an immigration policy very similar to that of Trump’s

By | 2018-10-03T21:06:14+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|

Trump Must Revive the Greatness Agenda Before It’s Too Late

President Trump cannot change America unless he assembles a strong, majority coalition behind him and his policies. So advocates of a Greatness Agenda should worry that his job approval ratings have dropped significantly in the past month. It’s a warning sign. Despite a roaring economy, Americans remain wary of the president and are

By | 2018-09-19T21:54:03+00:00 September 18th, 2018|

Take Salena Zito Seriously and Literally

Intramural food fights about journalistic practices normally don’t attract my attention. The journalists I know, right and left, have their biases but are mostly honest and good at what they do. But the recent assault on Salena Zito’s integrity is different. That’s because Zito’s reporting chops aren’t what’s really at issue. What’s really

By | 2018-09-07T21:01:01+00:00 September 6th, 2018|

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|