Michael Barone (pundit)

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Michael Barone
Michael Barone Policy Exchange 2014 (cropped).jpg
Barone in 2014
Born (1944-09-19) September 19, 1944 (age 77)
NationalityUnited States
EducationA.B., Harvard University, 1966
LL.B., Yale Law School, 1969
OccupationSocial historian, lawyer, opinion writer
EmployerWashington Examiner, American Enterprise Institute, Fox News
Notable work
The Almanac of American Politics
TelevisionFox News Channel
The McLaughlin Group
(m. 1975⁠–⁠1985)

Michael D. Barone (born September 19, 1944) is an American conservative political analyst, historian, pundit and journalist. He is best known as the principal author of The Almanac of American Politics, a highly detailed reference work on Congress and state politics; it has been published biennially by National Journal since 1972. The Almanac has been called "definitive and essential for anyone writing seriously about campaigns and Congress."[3] Barone is also a regular commentator on United States elections and political trends for the Fox News Channel. In April 2009, Barone joined the Washington Examiner, leaving his position of 18 years at U.S. News & World Report.[4] He is based at the American Enterprise Institute as a resident fellow.[5] He has written several books on American political and demographic history.


Barone was born in Highland Park, Michigan, the son of Alice Katherine (née Darcy) and Charles Gerald "Jerry" Barone, MD, a surgeon.[6] His father was of Italian descent and his mother of Irish descent.[7] He graduated from Cranbrook School in 1962. He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard College in 1966 and a law degree from Yale Law School in 1969, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school he clerked for Judge Wade H. McCree of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Although he has been conservative as an adult, in the 1960s he worked as an intern for Jerome Cavanagh, the Democratic mayor of Detroit.[8] He was also a supporter of George McGovern in 1972.[9] In 1975 Barone married Joan Shorenstein. She died at age 38 in 1985 after a 10-year battle with cancer.

Political analyst[edit]

Barone is a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, where he writes a twice weekly column and contributes to their blog. His column is nationally syndicated by Creators Syndicate.[10] He is also a frequent contributor during Fox News Channel's election coverage. His political views are generally conservative. Barone has said he is not religious, although he is sympathetic to and respectful of social conservatives.

His commentary has been concerned with the topic of immigration. Perhaps partly as a result of being a descendant of Italian immigrants, Barone takes an optimistic view of contemporary immigration into the US. He says that Hispanic immigration has parallels to the Italian experience and that, given the right circumstances, current and future Hispanic and other immigrants can become Americanized and assimilated, just as the Italians were.

In November 2008, Barone said journalists criticized Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin because "she did not abort her Down syndrome baby." Barone later said he was "attempting to be humorous and ... went over the line."[12]

Barone has been covering the 2020 presidential election through numerous opinion pieces published in the Washington Examiner.[13] Barone argues in 2020 that national presidential nominating conventions are no longer needed or useful. He welcomes their replacement by virtual conventions with minimal participation. They were useful before the advent of television in 1952, he says:

National conventions no longer serve their original purpose, or the uses the parties and the press have made of them in the past half-century. The national conventions were, for their first 130 years, a unique communications medium. They were the only place and time where party politicians could communicate frankly and bargain personally. They were the only place where people could discover which candidates had genuine support and which just gave lip service.[14]


External video
video icon Booknotes interview with Barone on Our Country, April 22, 1990, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Barone on The New Americans, June 27, 2001, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Barone on Shaping Our Nation, October 17, 2013, C-SPAN
video icon Washington Journal interview with Barone on Shaping Our Nation, November 24, 2013, C-SPAN
video icon Washington Journal interview with Barone on How America's Political Parties Change (and How They Don't), October 20, 2019, C-SPAN
video icon Panel discussion on How America's Political Parties Change (and How They Don't), October 23, 2019, C-SPAN

He is the author of several books:

  • Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan (Free Press, 1990)
  • The New Americans: How the Melting Pot can work Again (Regnery Publishing, 2001)
  • Hard America, Soft America: Competition vs. Coddling and the Battle for the Nation's Future (Crown Forum, 2004)
  • Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval that Inspired America's Founding Fathers (Crown Publishers, 2007), a popular history of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and how it led to the American Revolution.
  • principal co-author, The Almanac of American Politics, (published biennially 1972–)
  • The New Americans: How the Melting Pot Can Work Again (Regnery Publishing, 2012)
  • Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics (Growth Forum, 2013)
  • How America’s Political Parties Change (and How They Don’t) (Encounter Books, 2019)


  1. ^ a b "Michael D. Barone". The Complete Marquis Who's Who (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Marquis Who's Who. 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-09. Gale Biography In Context.
  2. ^ "Joan Barone, 38, a producer of 'THE CBS EVENING NEWS'". New York Times. March 12, 1985.
  3. ^ Pareene, Alex (2010-11-23) War Room's Hack Thirty – No. 16: Michael Barone, Salon.com
  4. ^ "Michael Barone joins The Washington Examiner as senior political analyst". Washington Examiner. April 6, 2009. Retrieved 2011-12-10.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "AEI - American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise". AEI.
  6. ^ "Charles "Jerry" Barone M.D.'s Obituary on Lansing State Journal". Lansing State Journal.
  7. ^ Right Wing News: "An Interview With Michael Barone" by John Hawkins February 3, 2012
  8. ^ ""Mitt Romney: Out of the '50s", Michael Barone (usnews.com)".
  9. ^ "The Race Isn't Necessarily Over for Barack Obama and John McCain – Michael Barone". usnews.com. 2008-10-09. Archived from the original on 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  10. ^ "Partisan Divide: Eggheads Get What They Wished For, by Michael Barone". 2 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Michael Barone Articles - Political Columnist & Commentator - Michael Barone". Townhall.
  12. ^ "Barone: Media wanted Palin abortion – Mike Allen and Andy Barr". Politico. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  13. ^ "Michael Barone | AEI Scholar". AEI. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  14. ^ Michael Barone, "Goodbye, After Nearly Two Centuries, to the National Conventions" Rasmussen Reports July 24, 2020

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