Keith Boag

American Politics Contributor

Keith Boag writes about American politics and issues that shape the American experience. Keith was based for several years in Los Angeles and now, in retirement after a long career with CBC News, continues to live in Washington, D.C. Earlier, Keith reported from Ottawa, where he served as chief political correspondent for CBC News.

Latest from Keith Boag


Strong third-party candidate for U.S. president rattles nervous anti-Trumpers: Keith Boag

One can imagine Democrats have greeted the news of Justin Amash's third-party presidential run with concern, believing they've already suffered through one third-party nightmare in the last presidential election and don't need another, writes Keith Boag.

Bernie Sanders's 2020 disappointment offers sobering lesson for Trump: Keith Boag

If you've been following the Democratic presidential primary and were surprised by Bernie Sanders's exit this week, it might be because pundits misled you about the strength of his campaign, Keith Boag writes.

'Wartime president' Trump isn't calling all the shots in U.S. battle against COVID-19

Donald Trump likes to say he feels like a "wartime president" battling an "invisible enemy," as though he were in command of the fight against COVID-19 in the U.S. However, as Keith Boag explains, it's often the governors and Congress making key decisions that could decide the outcome of the crisis.

Coronavirus puts a spotlight on the moral compass of America

No country has invested as heavily as the U.S. in the idea of itself as a land where freedom to pursue opportunity is paramount. But in a time of crisis, that creed can stray into the desperate territory of "every man for himself," writes Keith Boag.

Democrats might have the edge over Trump, whether or not they want to believe it 

Trump will have some advantages for the general election that could keep him in the Oval Office for another four years. Then again, there are ample signs he is in trouble.  

As the 'Dirtbag Left' reaches Super Tuesday, the ground is shifting under their feet

The campaigns of three candidates who have withdrawn from the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidency were important parts of the Dirtbag Left's strategy for electing Bernie Sanders. On Super Tuesday, the group's earlier excitement appears at best premature.

Sanders surge in crowded Democratic field echoes Trump's 2016 rise

Democrats in 2020 are going through the same sort of identity crisis that Republicans went through with Donald Trump in 2016: An outsider, openly contemptuous of the party machine and its direction, is facing a fractured field of rivals.

Did a 'socialist' win New Hampshire? Can anyone but an 'oligarch' catch him?

Is Sen. Bernie Sanders really a socialist? Is billionaire Michael Bloomberg really an oligarch? Does any of that matter for the November election?

With Biden struggling, this is not the primary campaign many Democrats expected 

According to the most recent polls, Pete Buttigieg, the former South Bend, Ind. mayor is expected to finish second behind Sen. Bernie Sanders, while former vice-president Joe Biden struggles ahead of Tuesday's primary.

Bolton bombshell threatens to blow Trump defence off course

If Republicans agree to let former national security adviser John Bolton testify at the Senate impeachment trial, who could be next?

Trump's defenders emboldened by their certainty of a win: Keith Boag

The crucial distinction between any other trial and the Senate's trial of Donald Trump: The verdict is effectively already in. So Republicans are dispensing with trial conventions and making their case in the court of public opinion.

For Democrats in 2020, winning isn't everything — it's the only thing

In hyperbolic, hyper-partisan America, some Democrats fear the country as they know it will disappear if Donald Trump is re-elected; some Republicans fear civil war if he isn't.

Trump already told us he sees war with Iran as a distraction from a faltering presidency: Keith Boag

Donald Trump admitted years ago, before he became U.S. president, that he saw war with Iran as a clever ploy to distract attention from a faltering presidency in an election year, Keith Boag writes.

Robert Mueller says the report is his 'testimony' — and it doesn't exonerate the president

Robert Mueller, who avoided the media during his probe of 2016 election interference, finally appeared before cameras Wednesday. What he said wasn’t new — but by underlining the necessity and purpose of the investigation, and spelling out its conclusions, he was clearly trying to turn attention back to Congress.

Despite Trump's scaremongering, socialism is gaining a foothold in America

There has been a lot of talk about the rise of socialism in U.S. politics, thanks to the profile of people like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But broader interest in "people over profits" has been brewing for a while, writes Keith Boag.