Howard Fineman

Scott Walker's Real Motive
February 26, 2011

I don't doubt that Scott Walker genuinely wants to close Wisconsin's short-term deficit, and he also thinks that busting the public union will make it easier to curtail spending over the long run. On the other hand, you have to be pretty naive to ignore his political motivations. Howard Fineman really advances the ball here: The real political math in Wisconsin isn't about the state budget or the collective-bargaining rights of public employees there.

Keep Your 16 Grand, You Freaks
March 16, 2010

Howard Fineman reports that Dennis Kucinich will vote for health care reform. Kucinich may be crazy but he's not... well, he is kind of stupid. Okay, he may be crazy and stupid, but he's not completely indifferent to the plight of the disadvantaged. So he's got that going for him. National Review's Daniel Foster has been pre-spinning: I figured that Kucinich would vote "no" so long as the bill got to 216. That he might now vote yes tells you as much about the Democrats whip problems as anything. Riiight. Picking up another vote is bad news for the Democrats.

Ingratitude, Thy Name Is Fineman!
June 16, 2009

I'm not quite sure what you'd call the opposite of logrolling, but whatever it is, Howard Fineman does it: What Newt brings now is what he's always brought: a savagely acute sense of how to attack The Powers That Be (as long as they are Democrats); a history professor's sweeping feel for societal trends; and a grifter's gift for claiming expertise about certain things he doesn't really know at all. (That would probably include my book, which he was kind enough to blurb; I admit to a sneaking suspicion that he never read a word of it.) Ouch. P.S.

Is Huck Going To Lose His Cool?
December 21, 2007

Iowa City, Iowa One of the big topics of conversation among the reporters following Huckabee is if or when the famously thin-skinned governor will lash out at someone in a way that sets him back. I personally don't think it's going to happen. The Huckabee campaign isn't the most disciplined operation, to say the least. And Huckabee is hardly the most disciplined candidate. (That honor probably goes to Romney--or at least it did before the "definition of saw" fiasco.) But if there's one thing Huckabee knows absolutely can't happen, it's some kind of blow-up.

Golden Mean
July 03, 2000

Fall 1999 was a miserable time for Vice President Al Gore. Facing an unexpectedly strong primary challenge from Bill Bradley, Gore's listless campaign seemed to exist only to provide fodder for a series of withering assessments by a snickering press.

Crying Without Tears
March 10, 1996

Campaign Journal: Dole and Buchanan in 1996.