David Greenberg

David Greenberg, a professor of history at Rutgers University, is the author, most recently, of Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency. He is a contributing editor to Politico and tweets at @republicofspin.


A Consequential Presidency

Bill Clinton rescued his party from near obscurity a quarter century ago. Democrats would be wise to closely examine the lessons of his tenure as they set out to rebuild after the devastating 2016 elections.

Why Conservatives Hate Bush

f I were a Bush administration insider, I’d be scrambling right now to get my book contract. No path leads more surely to critical acclaim these days than the White House confessional. What the insiders are trafficking in, however, isn’t the usual gossip about infighting or turf wars but a matter of considerably greater importance:… Read more »

Its a reprieve, not a pardon

Despite taking a big hit at the polls, polls, Republicans (and the commentariat) are already starting to read their better-than-expected showing as a kind of victory. Theyre suggesting that Americans arent really fed up with GOP complacency and arrogance, that the partys governing formula only needs tweaking, not rethinking. But, as history suggests, that would… Read more »

The Forgotten Imagemeister

For a man so influential in so many realms of society–politics and religion, journalism and business– Barton slid into obscurity after his death with surprising speed. To be sure, scholars have flocked to him as a subject. Essays about Barton by Leo Ribuffo, Jackson Lears, and the late Warren Sussman have become staples of graduate-school… Read more »

The Triumph of Anything Goes

An oft-quoted quip of Bush’s–“If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator”–certainly doesn’t reflect any plan of his to abolish democratic procedures or principles. But it does reveal his impatience with those procedures and principles. Bush and his team have shown contempt for… Read more »