Perry Bacon Jr.


Columnist covering the Biden administration, how the two parties are changing, local & state politics, race & identity

Education: Yale, BA in political science

Perry Bacon Jr. is a Washington Post columnist. He focuses on two major themes: the growing radicalism of the Republican Party and the right; and the efforts, mostly on the left and among Democrats, to create a more just, equitable society. Before joining The Post in May 2021, Perry had stints as a government and elections writer for Time magazine, The Post's politics desk, theGrio and FiveThirtyEight. He has also been been an on-air analyst at MSNBC and a fellow at New America. He grew up in Louisville and lives there now.
You can email him ([email protected]
Latest from Perry Bacon Jr.

Chat with Perry Bacon Jr. about politics and beyond

Perry's Q&A with readers starts at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday. Submit your questions now.

August 18, 2022

We have to stop saying ‘political’ when we mean ‘partisan’

The search at Mar-a-Lago highlights how our misuse of the word 'political' threatens public discourse.

August 12, 2022

How much should the DOJ disclose about the search of Mar-a-Lago? Perry Bacon Jr. answered your questions.

Read the transcript of Bacon's chat discussing the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago, the climate deal and recent primaries in Wisconsin and other states.

August 11, 2022

Meet some of the pro-abortion-rights Kansans who stunned the nation

They're not nearly as predictable as you think they are.

August 11, 2022

This young Wisconsinite could give Democrats a ‘real’ Senate majority

Barnes could become a model for progressive and Black candidates, who have to go out of their way to prove their electability.

August 5, 2022

Do Democrats only care about winning? Perry Bacon Jr. answered your questions.

Perry's Q&A with readers was at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday. Read the transcript.

August 4, 2022

The mini-Trumps are as big a threat to democracy as Trump is

We are not seeing democracy die in darkness, but rather democratic decline in the light.

August 2, 2022

Will Manchin’s proposal actually pass? Perry Bacon Jr. answered your questions.

Perry's Q&A with readers was at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday. Read the transcript.

July 28, 2022

Why progressive Democrats are losing ground

A focused centrist wing has used the past two years to put its party rivals on the defensive, but all is not lost for the left.

July 21, 2022

Democrats have to decide: Are they about change or the status quo?

Republican radicalism has created a big opening for a center-left coalition of the normal, but there are good reason the partnership isn't taking.

July 19, 2022