Reid Cherlin

So Long, Jay Carney
May 30, 2014

A farewell to Obama's outgoing press secretary.

'Veep' Is a Nihilist Satire, and It's More Accurate than You Realize
April 03, 2014

 Before, the joke was that the vice president had no power. Now the joke is politics itself. All of it.

The Worst Wing
March 24, 2014

Inside the unhappiest White House office.

Please, Liberals: Stop Abusing 'A Tale of Two Cities'
January 02, 2014

It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines—and now it's a cliche with no connection to a great book.

The Best Part About the Shutdown Ending: Our National Parks’ Instagram Feed Is Back
October 18, 2013

Over the course of the shutdown, the closure of the National World War II Memorial and its periodic, Bastille-style forcible reopening became a sort of emblem of the whole sordid affair.

Barack Obama: Great Orator, Lousy Television
September 11, 2013

When the president of the United States plans a military strike, the received wisdom says he is supposed to address the nation to tell us about it.

Washington's Going to War ... And Chuck Hagel's in Brunei
August 29, 2013

An intervention in Syria is expected to take over American airwaves any day now, but here on the sun-baked coast of Borneo, all there is to see are the choreographed pleasantries of small-bore diplomacy. Ten American reporters have accompanied U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to the tiny nation of Brunei (anthem: “God Bless the Sultan”), where he is attending a conference of Southeast Asian defense officials, even while back at the Pentagon the wheels of the war machine he commands are beginning to grind in earnest.

End the White House Press Briefing!
July 22, 2013

It's an unholy charade.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Weiner
May 29, 2013

Images of Anthony Weiner’s face, to say nothing of his other parts, have achieved a certain ubiquity in the last few months.