Perry Bacon, Jr. is a veteran political journalist and commentator. He is currently a senior political reporter for NBC.

Previously, Perry has covered presidential campaigns, the White House and Congress for the Washington Post and Time Magazine. While at the Post, Perry covered the Obama White House and the rise of the Tea Party.


The Big Disconnect: The Actual Problems in America Are Often Not Discussed by Politicians
The Thing You Should Always Remember When You Think About Obama’s Presidency
The One Article I’ve Written I Hope the Next President Will Read
How Obama Accomplished Much of Al Sharpton’s Agenda While Almost Never Talking about Race

The Story That Shows Why American Politics Are So Weird Right Now
The One Thing I Was So Right About
The One Other Thing I Was So Right About
A Bunch of Things I Was Wrong About, in One Article
My One-On-One With Hillary Clinton
The Article I Wrote About a Future President That He Personally Complained About to Me
Obama Is The Exception and The Rule is Depressing
Our Racial Divide Is Shrinking But Still Huge
You Should Read Political Science Research, So You Don’t Blunder Like Obama Did. Or Presidents Polarize, So They Should Talk Less about Things They Care About
Most politicians are followers. This one led, and even presidents followed him

Missing Your Moment (GOP edition)
Missing Your Moment (Dem edition, still could change)
Obama Was Weak But Not Wrong: Presidents Should Use Their Pens, Phones, Convening Power and Whatever Else To Get Stuff Done
A Cool Day at the White House
A Kentuckian, An African-American, a Political Reporter and a Policy Junkie
My Second Favorite Piece
My Favorite Piece
You Say Partisan. You Should Say Effective. (Democratic edition)
You Say Partisan. You Should say Effective. (GOP edition)