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

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
August 28, 2019 5:02 am

Trump Exposes the Peril of Presidential Power Grabs

Congress has been yielding lawmaking authority for almost a century. But never before has a president abused the power of his office quite like this.
Richard North Patterson
August 21, 2019 4:55 am

Could Michael Bennet Make Us Sane Again?

He’s a pragmatist who cares about policy, and he wants to fix our political dysfunction.
Richard North Patterson
August 15, 2019 5:26 am

Why the Supreme Court Is Broken. And How to Fix It.

Can American democracy be eroding? Don’t our lives reverberate with the cacophony of engagement, anticipating the election of 2020? Isn’t…
Richard North Patterson
July 26, 2019 5:25 am

Trump’s Racist Electoral Chess Board

His racism is turning off lots of people, but mostly those who live in blue states that he lost in 2016.
Richard North Patterson
July 12, 2019 5:07 am

Pete Buttigieg and the Crucible of Race

Will the Eric Logan shooting derail Mayor Pete's presidential campaign?
Richard North Patterson