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Hey, GOP: Watch Your Back With Matthew Scully
August 30, 2012

Memo to Romney-Ryan speechwriters John McConnell, Lindsay Hayes, and Stuart Stevens: Watch your back around this guy Matthew Scully! Scully, who with McConnell is credited with writing Paul Ryan’s crowd-pleasing convention speech, is a former White House speechwriter and author of a well-regarded book, Dominion, that urges humans to show greater respect for the animal kingdom. The animal Scully most emulates is the black widow spider.

Today Is The Most Important Day of The Campaign
August 30, 2012

Romney's chances have been hampered by abysmal favorability ratings and tonight is his best chance to turn it around.

Tampa Strategy
August 24, 2012

Mitt Romney is an imperfect candidate who has been badly served by a strategy that has failed to contest President Obama’s predictable attacks, leaving the former governor poorly positioned heading into the conventions. What he must do now is follow in the footsteps of another governor who challenged a sitting president and used his convention to revive his chances: Bill Clinton. After Romney secured the nomination, the Obama campaign launched a concerted negative advertising campaign to tar Romney’s reputation.

Romney’s Lost August
August 23, 2012

The Romney campaign needed to shake things up in August. They didn't.

The Definitive Guide to the Medicare Debate
August 22, 2012

My best effort to cut through the Romney-Ryan doublespeak on Medicare and explain what they really want.

The Conservative Legal Stars Who Presaged John Roberts' Health Care Decision
August 17, 2012

John Roberts's Obamacare decision followed conservative reasoning that even Paul Ryan should support.

Romney’s Utterly Mendacious (and Effective) New ‘Welfare Queen’ Attack
August 08, 2012

“Tough on Kids; Weak on Work.” That was Bill Clinton’s regular and emphatic judgment on the Republican attitude on welfare reform as he vetoed two congressional GOP bills before cutting the deal that became the landmark 1996 law. This was no mere rhetoric. As a welfare policy wonk in the 1990s I can attest to the fact that Republican interest in welfare reform was focused on everything other than work: punishing illegitimacy, creating absolute time limits for eligibility, devolving responsibility for the indigent to the states, and saving money for the federal government.

What Happened to Europe?
August 02, 2012

ABOUT FIFTY YEARS AGO, in 1961, Jean-Paul Sartre complained about the state of Europe. “Europe is springing leaks everywhere,” he wrote. He went on to remark that “it simply is that in the past we made history and now history is being made of us.” Sartre was undoubtedly too pessimistic.

Angry at the Arizona Abortion Ruling? Blame Democrats Too.
August 01, 2012

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge James A. Teilborg upheld an Arizona law banning abortions 20 weeks after a woman’s last period. The law, which was signed by Gov.

Obama’s Skills on the Campaign Trail Explain His Haplessness in the White House
July 23, 2012

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