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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Dear special counsels, follow James Comey’s lead

Henry Olsen

Establishing a “Comey rule” would not mean that former presidents are above the law.

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The Washington Post / January 17, 2023

The view from Arizona, the nation’s most politically fascinating state

Henry Olsen

Arizona was once deep red, the home of conservative icon Barry Goldwater and reliably Republican. Few states have changed more, however, since Donald Trump entered politics in 2015.

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The Washington Post / January 10, 2023

How the next House speaker — whoever it will be — can govern the GOP

Henry Olsen

Leaders always reserve the power to expel malcontents from the party.

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The Washington Post / January 6, 2023

Five elections around the world you should pay attention to in 2023

Henry Olsen

Elections have consequences, and not just in the United States. Here are five elections that will occur around the world…

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The Washington Post / January 4, 2023

Mike Pence’s only path to the White House is through Trump

Henry Olsen

It is not his fault he has been given a poisoned chalice from which to drink, but he must know that only he can drink from this cup.

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The Washington Post / December 29, 2022

Why the GOP should support the terrible omnibus bill

Henry Olsen

It is unlikely Republicans would get anything better even if they waited to take control of the House.

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The Washington Post / December 21, 2022

Ronna McDaniel is not to blame for the GOP’s election failures

Henry Olsen

The real reason comes down to two words: Donald Trump.

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The Washington Post / December 20, 2022

Why the E.U.’s carbon border tax is a very bad idea

Henry Olsen

The E.U.’s approach might be climate-wise, but it’s freedom foolish.

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The Washington Post / December 14, 2022

Joe Biden’s ‘protectionism’ is good for America — if done carefully

Henry Olsen

Economic theories often sound good in the classroom but wilt under the pressures of democratic politics.

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The Washington Post / December 13, 2022

The U.S. can’t afford to let Saudi Arabia fall into China’s orbit

Henry Olsen

Freedom at home and abroad depends on the United States maintaining its globally dominant position in the face of Chinese competition.

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The Washington Post / December 9, 2022

Republicans should be willing to make a deal on immigration

Henry Olsen

Conservatives should ask themselves what they really want in immigration policy and how much they are willing to give to get some of it.

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The Washington Post / December 6, 2022

Apple is beginning to move out of China. It is an overdue reckoning.

Henry Olsen

China under Xi is not interested in adhering to the idea of natural human rights applicable to all people.

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The Washington Post / December 5, 2022

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