Dan Quayle

Joe Biden, the Most Powerful Vice President Since the Last Vice President
May 06, 2013

It's official: Joe Biden is history's most powerful veep. Just like all the others.

State of Play: The Video-Game Burning in Connecticut Can Only Backfire
January 10, 2013

The well-intentioned people of Southington, Conn., are only going to make things worse.

Here’s Why Paul Ryan Is No Jack Kennedy
October 12, 2012

Why Paul Ryan (actually, the Romney-Ryan tax plan) is no JFK (actually, the 1964 tax cut).

Television Anchors’ Reign of Tyranny Over Presidential Debates Must End!
October 11, 2012

Jim Lehrer is a terrible debate moderator, but he's not the only one.

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.

Breaking: Some Journalists Forced to Work on Hamster Wheels
July 10, 2012

Nothing gets journalists chattering like a debate about themselves, so I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise that my post yesterday about the fixation many news outlets have with being first attracted some notice. Nearly everyone who contacted me about the piece did so to say “Amen!” Except for the poor souls whose job it is to produce micro-scoops on a daily or hourly basis.

Second Thoughts
March 14, 2012

There are two Democrats running at the top of the ticket this year, and only one of them is President Barack Obama. When Joe Biden’s name first came up, in 2008, as a possible running mate, I told everyone I knew that it would never happen. When Obama did choose Biden, I braced myself for disaster. But Biden turned out to be the right guy for the job. People don’t appreciate what a surprising outcome this is. My reasoning back in 2008 was grounded in observable fact.

Granite-Faced Pragmatism -- And Concession
January 05, 2012

I'm soon headed to New Hampshire for the final days before the primary, but I figured I'd weigh in with a quick thought to add to Walter Shapiro's comprehensive assessment of the situation on the ground there, and Noam's argument that Tuesday's election does matter after all. Here it is: I'm having a hard time seeing how Rick Santorum substantially closes the gap with Mitt Romney with so little time to spare.

I Am Not For Herman Cain. Believe Me, I Really Am Not. But…
November 08, 2011

Nor was I for Ross Perot, a man who (as of 1992) had made a $3 billion dollar fortune and headed a major hi-tech corporation, actually two. But he was—let’s be frank (and rhyme)—a real crank. Frankly, I can’t remember whether many people took him seriously as a thinking politician. Still, with his money he seemed able to stake a claim on the attentions of the electorate and attracted the support of millions of voters who would not have gone to the polls were their choice limited to either George H.W. Bush or Bill Clinton.

I Love the Iowa Straw Poll—And I’m Not Ashamed to Say It
August 12, 2011

It’s hard to imagine a screwier and easier to criticize step on the way to pick a presidential nominee than the Republican quadrennial exercise in mobilization, purchased votes, and kitsch that is the Ames Straw Poll, in which candidates compete for the bragging rights for an event that will draw fewer than 15 thousand voters and has no formal relationship to actual delegate selection. And yet, the results are undoubtedly important.