George H.W. Bush
The GOP’s Unreckoning With The Disappeared Dubya
August 29, 2012
The most surreal part of the Tampa convention is surely the total absence of George W. Bush -- and the bizarre video he sent in Wednesday night.
Romney Cribs from the GOP’s Willie Horton Playbook
August 27, 2012
1988 all over again? Romney accuses Obama of cultivating a welfare "base."
August 24, 2012
Four more years! Until Joe runs for president, that is.
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.
Love Classic Republican Foreign Policy? Vote For Obama
July 25, 2012
Pundits and, for that matter, the Obama campaign were right to ding Mitt Romney’s foreign policy address Tuesday for banging the table instead of putting anything substantive on it. But what could Romney do? Obama has given him almost nothing to work with.
Between the Lines
July 13, 2012
SOME VICTORIES prepare the ground for more victories; others lay the basis for future defeats. The great question for liberals about the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is which kind of victory it is. John Roberts’s decision to spare the ACA at least allows the president this fall to claim health reform as a major achievement. But the chief justice’s new limits on the scope of the Commerce clause and federal spending powers may put future reforms at risk of being struck down and require liberals to rethink their approach to national policy.
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.
The Blind Spot in Romney's Economic Plan
April 29, 2012
Editor's Note: Today TNR begins a series of items examining the details of Governor Mitt Romney's policy agenda. First up is the economy—specifically, how Romney proposes to boost growth and employment. Later installments will look more closely at Romney's plans to change the tax code and his ideas about organized labor, as well as other proposals including health care and energy. Will anybody pay attention to policy quesitons like these? We hope so. Substance doesn't always get the attention it should in presidential campaigns.
Outtakes from the Bush Romney Endorsement
March 30, 2012
There was something slightly poignant, slightly comical about George H.W. Bush's endorsement of Romney yesterday. This sequence in particular (via Mike Allen's replay of the pool report): As your pool was being ushered out, Romney pointed to a portrait, of the two presidents Bush staring off into a distance, that hung in the far corner of the office. ‘I love that picture over there of the two presidents,’ he said. ‘Father and son. That’s quite a, that’s quite a legacy.’ Bush pointed to the same wall, where a blue flag was encased in glass.