Melanie Mason

The Border Fence Folly
June 30, 2008

In this political season, immigration is the issue that everyone’s taking pains not to discuss. The presidential candidates are merely paying the same lip service to border security. Congress has all but abandoned comprehensive immigration reform, and the Bush administration continues to pile all their immigration-policy eggs in the border-security basket. But that doesn’t mean nothing is happening.

All Oprah All The Time
December 13, 2007

How do we know that Obama got mileage out of Oprah? He's got a town hall this afternoon with Oprah's BFF, Gayle King . Future events include a press avail with her personal chef, Art Smith. The girls of her South African Leadership Academy will be in the spin room after this afternoon's debate. --Frank Foer

Rudy Loses His Foil
December 13, 2007

I totally buy this Martin/Smith special on how Hillary's stall has sapped the life force from Rudy. --Frank Foer 

Hillary's Parking Lot Obstacle
December 13, 2007

Adam Nagourney notes the Obama camp's vastly superior Iowa expertise. And in my experience, those guys do have a stunningly deep knowledge of the minutae of the state that dates back decades.  But Hillary has a much bigger problem on her hands. When you caucus, you don't just dump a secret ballot into a slot. Caucuses are social events and individual decisions on caucus night are shaped by social pressures. Gephardt veterans like to describe how their 2004 free fall occurred in the moments between the time that caucus-goers parked their cars and sat down to do the evening's business.

Conservatives Still Hate Mccain
December 12, 2007

The National Review endorsement of Romney is a very important development for...John McCain. On paper, McCain is the perfect candidate for NR--a far, far better fit than Romney. But Rich Lowry and NR played a pretty loud role in the effort to squash the McCain insurgency--can you still use that word in a political context?--of 2000. The fact that NR couldn't bring itself to embrace McCain is a good sign of how much vestigial hostility the movement still feels towards him. Even if McCain took New Hampshire, it's still difficult to imagine him rallying the movement behind him. --Frank Foer

What Exactly Is Our "broken System"?
December 12, 2007

  On October 17, 2007, John Edwards told an audience in Keene, New Hampshire the following :  Here’s the truth: the system in Washington is broken. Money is corrupting our democracy. Lobbyists and the special interests they represent are pouring millions of dollars into the system, and stopping the change we need dead in its tracks. Our founding fathers intended our government to do the will of the people. But today, it’s doing the will of the special interests instead. There is, I think, much truth in former-Sen.

Al Gore's Nobel Speech: The Full Text
December 10, 2007

Al Gore accepted his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway today.  You can find the full text of his acceptance speech here. --The Editors

Wishful Thinking Alert
November 29, 2007

November 15: France's Conseil constitutionnel judges unconstitutional a proposed law authorizing social scientists to gather statistical information on ethnicity, on grounds that it would violate Article 1 of the French Constitution: "La France est une R

D.c.'s "modern Epidemic"
November 27, 2007

Ben Smith has an interesting item today about Hillary Clinton's newfound support for federal financing for needle exchange programs--a shift from the position of the Clinton administration in the 1990s. Smith points out that needle exchange isn't a central issue in the '08 campaign--not by a long shot--but a new report on Washington's AIDS infection rate proves that needle exchange and other HIV/AIDS prevention methods deserve more attention.

(fictional) Angsty Teens For Paul!
November 20, 2007

I recognize that the long campaign season has proven challenging for political writers looking for new angles on the same old story, but this post by Andr