Henry Olsen

Senior Fellow

Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

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Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

Mr. Olsen is an opinion columnist for The Washington Post, where he writes daily pieces focusing on politics, populism, foreign affairs and American conservative thought. He is also the author of The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism and The Four Faces of the Republican Party, co-authored with Dante Scala.

Mr. Olsen was previously an editor at UnHerd.com and a regular contributor to American GreatnessCity Journal, and World Magazine. Mr. Olsen’s work has been featured in many prominent publications, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalNational ReviewThe Guardian, and The Weekly Standard.

His predictions of the 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 elections were particularly praised for their remarkable accuracy. In the 2016 campaign, he accurately identified the factors fueling the rise of Donald Trump early in the race, and his election-eve predictions were among the most accurate of any major analyst or commentator.

Mr. Olsen has worked in senior executive positions at many center-right think tanks. He most recently served from 2006 to 2013 as Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative, at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously worked as Vice President of Programs at the Manhattan Institute and President of the Commonwealth Foundation.

Mr. Olsen started his career as a political consultant at the California firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich. He then worked with the California State Assembly Republican Caucus before attending law school. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and as an associate at Dechert, Price & Rhoads. He has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Comment Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review.

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Props for Biden’s Masterful Ukraine Policy

Henry Olsen

It appears that Biden has reinvigorated NATO and brought the Europeans closer to our views on China.

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The Washington Post / November 17, 2022

Where the Pro-Life Movement Goes from Here

Henry Olsen

Every movement for social change takes decades to triumph.

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The Washington Post / November 14, 2022

I was wrong about the midterms. Here’s what I missed.

Henry Olsen

Look to Trump, and he brings the party down.

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The Washington Post / November 9, 2022

My Predictions for the 2022 Midterm Elections

Henry Olsen

Republicans sit on the precipice of a historic moment.

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The Washington Post / November 7, 2022

Three Ways to Gauge Midterm Races as the Election Draws Near

Henry Olsen

The last two weeks of an election are always filled with sound and fury.

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The Washington Post / October 24, 2022

Liz Truss’ Resignation is a Warning for Republicans

Henry Olsen

Republicans need to pick a 2024 nominee who has both intellectual depth and genuine courage.

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The Washington Post / October 20, 2022

The Democrat House Majority is Probably Cooked

Henry Olsen

Democrats are currently favorites in only three of the nine Biden-GOP toss-ups, well short of where they need to be to hold the House.

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The Washington Post / October 18, 2022

Spending Data Suggest GOP Edge in Midterms

Henry Olsen

The combined spending patterns of the two parties paint a picture of Republicans nationally leading.

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The Washington Post / October 12, 2022

Liz Truss Displays Limousine Conservatism

Henry Olsen

British Prime Minister Liz Truss, in a speech at her party’s annual conference on Wednesday, attempted to show that her…

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The Washington Post / October 7, 2022

Herschel Walker’s alleged hypocrisy on abortion likely won’t matter

Henry Olsen

The choice between Warnock and Walker isn’t a hard one for Republicans or pro-lifers.

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The Washington Post / October 4, 2022

Brazil’s polls massively underestimated populist appeal. Sound familiar?

Henry Olsen

National populism’s continued appeal worldwide should force global elites to rethink their tired approaches to problems.

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The Washington Post / October 3, 2022

Biden’s student debt plan will likely be defeated in court. Good.

Henry Olsen

Biden’s specious justification flies in the face of the separation of powers.

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The Washington Post / September 29, 2022

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