Alec MacGillis

Mitt Romney, Teen Barber
May 11, 2012

Unlike Paul Begala (“Once A Bully, Always A Bully,” Daily Beast) I’m not inclined to connect the story of Mitt Romney’s teenage homophobic cruelty to such adult cruelties as imposing layoffs on companies leveraged to the hilt by Bain Capital or making his dog Seamus ride on the roof of the family car. Clearly Romney had a mean streak in him back then.

Can There Be a Decent Center? What a Worthwhile Third Party Would Look Like
May 01, 2012

Other than the brief period when the concept of “President Newt Gingrich” looked slightly plausible, the strangest phenomenen in this otherwise predictable election season has been Americans Elect, a political “party” without a platform or a candidate, but with a likely place on the ballot in almost every state. For now, it may seem the only reasonable response to the benighted Americans Elect is to ignore it (as many clearly have).

Defending (George) Romney And "Mad Men"
April 02, 2012

Devotee though I am of Mad Men, I haven't had a chance to catch up with the first two episodes of its new season, so I'm hearing second-hand that Henry Francis, the aide to New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller who earlier rescued Betty from her marriage to Don (and now kind of regrets it because Betty's such a head case) last night--which is to say, in 1966, when this new season is set--called Michigan Gov. George Romney "a clown." Francis is shown saying into a telephone, "Well, tell Jim his honor's not going to Michigan.

Why Mitt's Wealth Matters: It's Policy, Not Envy
January 30, 2012

The purpose of President Obama's visit to the the University of Michigan on Friday was to promote the administration's new, and genuinely innovative, program for making college more affordable. But, along the way, Obama made a point about his own biography – and, implicitly, about Mitt Romney's: Michelle and I can still remember how long it took us to pay back our student loans. ... Your President and your First Lady were in your shoes not that long ago. We didn’t come from wealthy families.

Tonight: Follow TNR Writers On Twitter During The Debate
January 19, 2012

As the remaining GOP primary candidates slug it out in South Carolina tonight, be sure to follow TNR writers on Twitter for live analysis and commentary:  Jonathan Cohn: @CitizenCohn Alec MacGillis: @AlecMacGillis Noam Scheiber: @NoamScheiber Walter Shapiro: @WalterShapiroPD Matt O'Brien: @obsoletedogma And, of course, the official TNR twitter feed: @TNR

The Perverse Impressiveness of Romney's Victory
January 11, 2012

Has there ever been a bigger gap between a party’s enthusiasm for its presumptive nominee (very low in this case) and the ease of his path to the nomination? Romney emerges from New Hampshire with a win that won’t impress anyone, given his ties to the state and the relentlessness he showed in courting it.

Who Won Iowa? The Far Right.
January 04, 2012

The Iowa caucuses were full of last-minute drama: Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney were vying for the lead all night. At 1:50 a.m., Santorum was ahead by just four votes, with only a single precinct's tally still outstanding. Forty-five minutes later, Romney was back in front by eight votes, thanks to some guidance from a pair of precinct captains named Edith and Carolyn got the vote right.

TNR Editors' Picks: Best Books of 2011
December 23, 2011

Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World by John Szwed This book was published the day before New Year’s Eve, 2010, and I had not yet read it when I chose my best books of that year. With empathy but no defensiveness, Szwed shows Lomax to be something more than a musical imperialist and less than the benevolent patron of American folk culture.  - David Hajdu, Music Critic Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson I was hoping to be the lone end-of-year champion for this well-received but somewhat overshadowed debut novel, but the pesky New York Times beat me to it in their ten best list. S

A Musical Introduction to Our New Issue
November 29, 2011

As the December 15 edition of TNR was going to press, we realized that an unusual number of our articles made reference to, and bore echoes of, popular music. We decided, in fact, to put together the following musical addendum to the current issue. Our cover story, by senior editor Alec MacGillis, provides an in-depth look at Mitt Romney’s surprisingly volatile temper. One of the incidents described by MacGillis involved a confrontation between Romney and Sky Blu, a member of the party-rock duo LMFAO, aboard an Air Canada jet in February 2010.

Why Jon Huntsman's New Hampshire Performance Matters
November 11, 2011

[Guest post by Simon van Zuylen-Wood] Yesterday in this space, Alec MacGillis argued the GOP field is such a pitiful morass of second bananas, we should scrap the primaries altogether. He makes a compelling point: Herman Cain is on the brink of implosion and Rick Perry is back in the gutter after Oopsgate. Republican voters will soon have cycled through a full third of the field in search of a viable non-Romney, only to witness each candidate flame out. Well, what about Jon Huntsman, deemed Obama’s most worthy opponent by the paper of record?

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