Connie Britton: The Blue States’ Red State Dream Girl
October 10, 2012
She's back, y'all.
Can Bob Woodward Save Mitt Romney?
September 26, 2012
There's an amusing Beltway notion that undecided voters are highly informed types who, say, read Bob Woodward. A new Romney ad buys in.
Nobody Likes Mitt
September 13, 2012
If Romney loses, it’ll be because voters don't like him. That doesn't mean they're being superficial.
It’s Time to Retire the Late-Night TV Wars
August 23, 2012
Why do we still care about the timeline of late-night TV programming?
President Obama’s team perhaps once hoped to reenact Ronald Reagan’s triumphant 1984 march to reelection. But it’s now clear that they’re condemned to repeat George W. Bush’s much less inspiring campaign in 2004. The playbook is clear: A barrage of negative advertising to define your opponent before he can define himself; a stream of issues and events to mobilize your base; and a meticulous ground game to squeeze every last vote out of the base come November.
Today, President Obama announced he supports gay marriage. The president revealed his position in a much-anticipated interview with ABC. Previously, the president had claimed that his stance was “evolving.” There weren’t many people who actually believed him—the notion that his views were shifting a little bit every day was always kind of ridiculous—but the politics of the issue are dicey, and campaign season is a risky time to announce a major policy shift.
Mitt Romney's Sinking Approval Ratings
April 02, 2012
Last week was a pretty good one for Mitt Romney. He moved ahead of Rick Santorum in the polls in Wisconsin. His lead in national polls of Republicans increased as well. And he continued to get prominent endorsements from star conservatives like Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, indicating a party moving in his direction. But despite all this encouraging news, there was a cloud on Romney’s horizon: his terrible approval ratings. How terrible?
Democratic Overconfidence, Meet The Long Commute
March 12, 2012
At several points in recent weeks, as President Obama’s approval ratings inched steadily upward and the nice big job-creation numbers started rolling out, I found myself in the position of raining on the liberals’ parade. Obama’s prospects were brightening, but one thing could still seriously challenge that, I’d tell those celebrating his rise: gas prices. And as obvious as that observation might sound, I noticed that it was often shrugged off.
When Clueless Wealth Stops Being Funny
March 08, 2012
All of us, yours truly certainly included, have had our fun so far this campaign over Mitt Romney's cluelessness about his extreme wealth, the litany of lines that betray just out of touch a life spanning Cranbrook Prep, Bain Capital and La Jolla has made him. But in today's Boston Globe, columnist Joan Vennochi offers a tart reminder that there are implications to this cluelessness that aren't funny at all.