Richard North Patterson

Richard North Patterson is a lawyer, political commentator and best-selling novelist. He is a former chairman of Common Cause, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the board of the Renew Democracy Initiative, a bipartisan group dedicated to defending the principles of liberal democracy at home and abroad.


Articles by Richard North Patterson

January 14, 2020 5:38 am

Who Is Pete Buttigieg?

Generational talent, or ambitious shape-shifter?
Richard North Patterson
January 8, 2020 5:36 am

For the Democrats, It’s Biden—Or Chaos

It’s the damnedest thing: After a year wherein his campaign too often evoked Weekend at Bernie’s, a close look at…
Richard North Patterson
December 18, 2019 5:22 am

North Korea: A Case Study in Geopolitical Incompetence

Everything wrong with Donald Trump shows up in his diplomacy with North Korea.
Richard North Patterson
December 6, 2019 5:25 am

Trump’s Personal Pathology Is America’s Foreign Policy

The world is hostage to an unwell president.
Richard North Patterson
November 20, 2019 5:39 am

The Self-Pity of the Never-Warren Democratic Donors

Passing through the summer precincts of the privileged, one routinely heard the touching plaints of America’s most afflicted class: wealthy…
Richard North Patterson
November 8, 2019 5:27 am

Elizabeth Warren Is Trapped. And She Did It To Herself.

She wanted to run on reforming capitalism. Now she's stuck with socialized medicine as her biggest priority.
Richard North Patterson
October 14, 2019 5:10 am

How to Run Against Trump’s Racism

Donald Trump’s calculated racial incitements threaten minorities and dishonor us all. Given the rising threat of impeachment, Trump is likely…
Richard North Patterson
October 9, 2019 5:28 am

A Betrayal Too Far

Nothing captures the moral and geopolitical bankruptcy of Donald Trump’s Hobbesian worldview better than his rank betrayal of the Kurds.
Richard North Patterson
September 30, 2019 4:30 am

Democrats Should Stop Drinking Hemlock

When your opponent embraces egregiously unpopular policies, don't get in his way by showcasing your own.
Richard North Patterson
September 17, 2019 5:21 am

Democrats Should Run Against the Trump Economy

Trump's only "strength" is also a weakness.
Richard North Patterson