Steve Phillips

@StevePtweets

is a bestselling author, columnist, and national political expert. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Brown Is the New White. He is also the founder of Democracy in Color, a political media organization dedicated to race, politics and the multicultural progressive New American Majority. Phillips is the host of “Democracy in Color with Steve Phillips,” a color-conscious podcast on politics. His new book, How We Win the Civil War, came out October 18, 2022. He is a regular contributor to The Nation.

Joe Biden, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, center, takes a 'selfie' photograph with supporters during a caucus night watch party in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.

Democrats Need to Have an Honest Talk About White People Democrats Need to Have an Honest Talk About White People

The party needs a sober, empirically grounded analysis of what we really know—and don’t know—about how best to expand support among white voters.

Sep 14, 2023 / Steve Phillips

Republican presidential candidate Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) greets guests

The GOP Is Not Gaining Black Voters The GOP Is Not Gaining Black Voters

The mainstream media has been harping on the implications of Black Republican candidates, but their influence on voters is not as significant as The New York Times suggests.

Jun 7, 2023 / Steve Phillips

Representative Barbara Lee

Don’t Count Barbara Lee Out of the California Senate Race Don’t Count Barbara Lee Out of the California Senate Race

The conventional wisdom says that Lee is the long-shot candidate in the blockbuster race. Here’s why that’s wrong.

Apr 17, 2023 / Steve Phillips

Incoming DCCC chair Representative Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.)

5 Questions the New DCCC Chair Needs to Answer 5 Questions the New DCCC Chair Needs to Answer

House Democrats have a new campaign chief. She needs to make a lot of changes. Here are some good places to start.

Feb 7, 2023 / Steve Phillips

Mark Kelly, Katie Hobbs, and Barack Obama on stage

How Did Arizona Turn Purple—and What’s Next? How Did Arizona Turn Purple—and What’s Next?

Big Democratic wins in 2022 in Arizona represent a promising trend, and progressives need to learn its lessons.

Dec 1, 2022 / Steve Phillips

Civil War Isn’t on the Horizon—the Original Battle Never Ended

Civil War Isn’t on the Horizon—the Original Battle Never Ended Civil War Isn’t on the Horizon—the Original Battle Never Ended

Those in the media sounding the alarm about civil unrest are right to be worried, but popular explorations of the term “civil war” don’t go far enough.

Oct 20, 2022 / OpinionNation / Steve Phillips

What’s Missing From Voting Data? Race.

What’s Missing From Voting Data? Race. What’s Missing From Voting Data? Race.

Despite a mountain of evidence affirming the centrality of race in US politics, it is essentially ignored in almost all electoral analysis.

Aug 11, 2022 / Steve Phillips

Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich and Al Gore

Democrats Can Break the “Midterm Curse” Democrats Can Break the “Midterm Curse”

Contrary to popular belief, incumbent parties aren't automatically fated to lose seats. Just look at 1998.

Jun 17, 2022 / Steve Phillips

SCOTUS nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

The Ketanji Brown Jackson Strategy The Ketanji Brown Jackson Strategy

By championing racial equality in the form of putting a Black woman on the Supreme Court, Democrats have energized their base and garnered the support of the American people.

Apr 7, 2022 / Steve Phillips

Greg Casar Texas

Are Latino Voters Actually Fleeing the Democratic Party? Are Latino Voters Actually Fleeing the Democratic Party?

In Texas, unapologetically progressive Latinx candidates saw victories across the state, contradicting the claims of an exodus from the Democratic Party.

Mar 9, 2022 / Steve Phillips

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