Salena Zito Columns

Ending political 'one-upmanship'

LIGONIER George West has no doubt that he lives in the greatest country in the world. His view is not some throw-away political line ...

At the base of Trump's support

RUFFSDALE If you drive anywhere in Pennsylvania, from the turnpike to the old U.S. routes to the dirt roads connecting small towns like Hooversville with ...

Where does populism go from here?

Democrat J. Sterling Morton, an agriculture secretary under President Grover Cleveland, wrote in 1900 about how he would vote in the coming presidential election between ...

The facts are on Ryan's side

MANNS CHOICE, Pa. People who don't live in small towns, such as this one in Bedford County, don't understand that fools are not suffered lightly. ...

The road to the White House

PHILADELPHIA Near Chambersburg, on the 437-mile trip over the Lincoln Highway, a man named Eric, 54, sat in a diner and told how politics has ...

Where to from Cleveland, Philadelphia?

CLEVELAND Who are we as a nation right now, right in this moment? Hard to define, isn't it? We could use a cliché — "We ...

The 'knowns' & 'unknowns' in the race for president

CLEVELAND Monday's opening of the Republican National Convention is not the first time our country has stepped into the political unknown in this city. The ...

Can we retire our 'politics of the ridiculous'?

WASHINGTON No one here seems to get it. Ask, and you get the same befuddled look on every face. Same goes for Los Angeles, Chicago, ...

Independence and the enduring legacy of George Washington

JUMONVILLE, Pa. Rain began pouring that day in the way it does in the hollows here that makes man and beast wonder whether everything atop ...

Keep those eyes on bellwethers Ohio & Pennsylvania

Perception and reality are two different things in politics. On paper, Republicans Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio should be losing in ...

Orlando attack re-exposes the great American divide

SMITHTON, Pa. Gunshots echoed across the mountains hugging the valley cut by the Youghiogheny River as anglers, boaters, bikers and day-hikers enjoyed the Great Allegheny ...

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