George W. Bush
Exploding the Reagan 1980 Comeback Myth
September 12, 2012
After an Obama bounce prompted a wave of articles about Romney’s dwindling chances, Romney’s pollster Neil Newhouse published a memo detailing the case for a comeback. Perhaps the most striking element of the memo was the complete absence of polling data, but his strained reconceptualization of the 1980 race was also highly unusual. Newhouse contended that Carter led by nearly 10 percentage points in late October and asserted that this year would see a rerun of that campaign.
Why the New Pre-9/11 Disclosures Matter
September 11, 2012
If nothing else, the NYT report today of additional pre-9/11 warnings about Al Qaeda serves to puncture our disconcerting national amnesia.
Obama’s Speech Was Too Much of a Humblebrag
September 07, 2012
Obama's speech was effortful, uninspiring, and humblegragging.
Power of the Incumbent: Why Obama’s Re-Election Would Be Truly Historic
September 06, 2012
If Obama wins in November, we will have the first run of three consecutive presidents who've won re-election since the early 1800s.
This Should Be Obama’s Answer to ‘Are You Better Off?’
September 04, 2012
Why it's legitimate to ask whether Americans are better off, and how Obama should answer.
Is This Election Killing Political Satire? Ask Nicki Minaj
September 04, 2012
Have we become unable to appreciate a good political joke coming from anyone but Jon Stewart?
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.
The thousands of reporters who departed the nation’s capital to cover the Republican National Convention in Florida have done an admirable job covering an important political event. But a big story taking place in the national media’s own backyard, one arguably even more important than the convention, slipped by almost entirely unnoticed: the federal court case pitting South Carolina against the Department of Justice over the state’s controversial Voter ID law.