Jonathan Cohn
Senior Editor

This Blog Post Will Become Obsolete In...
November 04, 2008

...well, not too long. But, just after 10 p.m., note that Obama has now gone ahead in Virginia with returns from the D.C. suburbs still coming in. The numbers in Florida continue to look good, too. --Jonathan Cohn 

Msnbc Calls Pennsylvania For Obama
November 04, 2008

Just now. A big deal, assuming it holds up. New Hampshire, too. Update: CNN not calling PA yet...  --Jonathan Cohn 

What They're Saying
November 04, 2008

"A total repudiation of the Republican brand." That's Joe Scarborough on MSNBC moments ago, commenting on projections of big Democraic gains in the House. --Jonathan Cohn 

The Ghost Of Fdr
November 04, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio--By far my most colorful interview of the day was with Garth Turpening, a retired tool grinder from a truck parts company.  Turpening is 95 years old. This is the 19th presidential election in which he has voted.  He remembers voting for Franklin Roosevelt. And, like a lot of people who came of age during the Great Depression, he still identifies the Democratic Party with the New Deal programs FDR signed into law. "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for them," he told me, pulling out the Social Security card he first got so many decades ago.

The Turnout In Toledo
November 04, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio--I arrived at this polling station late, around 9:30 a.m., and expected to see a line. There was none. People were coming and going at a steady pace, but nobody had to wait long to cast their ballots.  The elections workers here told me the story was different three hours earlier, when the station opened. About a hundred people were in line and it took more than an hour to clear them. A replay is likely late in the day. Overall, they told me, they're projecting turnout will reach 80 percent. Of course, more than a fourth of those people cast their ballots early. --Jonathan Cohn 

More Ohio Impressions: Did Mccain Reach Swing Voters?
November 04, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio--As I wrote earlier, most the voters I saw at this predominantly white, working- and middle-class polling place were backing Barack Obama. But not all of them. Out of the twenty-three voters who spoke with me, six said they'd voted for John McCain. They seemed no less informed about the campaign, no less sure of their impressions, and no less willing to talk about them. Two were veterans. Charles Tackett was wearing a faded, military green hat bearing the USMC logo.

First Impressions: Ohio Clinton Country Likes Obama
November 04, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio--I didn’t expect Sue Wolfinger to tell me much. Forty-five and trim, and wearing a blue zip sweatshirt, she looked like she was in a hurry as she left her polling place this morning. While she agreed to answer a few questions, her expression and body language suggested I’d get a few perfunctory words, at best. But it turns out Wolfinger had a lot to say. Her family is down to one paycheck, after her old employer, a security firm, downsized. And her husband’s job isn’t exactly secure. He works at a local Chrysler plant, one of several automobile factories in Toledo.

Dogs And Cats Living Together...mass Hysteria!
November 03, 2008

If Barack Obama wins tomorrow, chances are you'll hear a lot of skeptics warning that he'll have to fight Congress if he want to push through ambitious spending initiatives. They'll note that many of the newly elected House and Senate members are joining the Blue Dog Coalition, which focuses on fiscal responsibility. They'll also note that Bill Clinton faced the same problem in 1993, when he took office. But the analogy breaks down for a number of reasons--no least among them, changing opinions in the Democratic brain trust.

Mccain Refines His Tax Argument. It's Still Wrong.
November 02, 2008

Sometime in the last ten days or so, John McCain distilled his argument about taxes to this line: "Senator Obama is running to punish the successful. I’m running to make everyone successful." It's not a new concept. The idea that higher taxes will suffocate the economy has been a staple of conservative widsom for a long time now. But for most of the campaign, McCain wasn't really focusing on the link between higher taxes and (supposedly) lower growth. Instead, he was focusing on the moral outrage of the government taking people's money.

The Cruelest Cut
October 30, 2008

Ten days ago, the campaign’s unofficial referees came down pretty hard on Barack Obama and his campaign. The issue was Medicare--specifically, Obama’s accusation that John McCain intends to slash the program.McCain’s advisers have insisted he would do no such thing. agreed, calling Obama’s claim “false” and “not true.” The Washington Post came to the same conclusion, giving Obama "three pinocchios" for "significant factual errors." I respect both Factcheck and the Post's policy writers. Attempting to verify campaign boasts is a difficult, thankless job they generally do well.