Jimmy Carter

Has Benghazi Opportunism Run Its Course?
October 21, 2012

Will Romney keep trying to score points off of the Benghazi attack at the final debate, or has the Libya card played itself out?

Ben Affleck’s “Argo” Is Brilliant
October 16, 2012

The hostage crisis wasn't the disaster you've been led to believe -- and Ben Affleck's new film gets that

Two Issues Romney Needs to Stop Obsessing Over
October 02, 2012

For Romney, talking about the economy means talking about small businesses and the national debt. One problem: Voters don't care.

The Aimless Career of James Carter IV
September 20, 2012

Before Jimmy Carter's grandson found the secret Romney video, he was a drifting, unmotivated policy researcher. Now, he's found his calling.

Obama’s Speech Was Too Much of a Humblebrag
September 07, 2012

Obama's speech was effortful, uninspiring, and humblegragging.

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.

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

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No, the Election Isn't Just a Referendum on Obama
April 15, 2012

In his TNR column last week, my esteemed colleague and mentor William Galston expressed one of the more regularly repeated convictions about presidential politics: Reelection campaigns are a referendum on the incumbent. As he wrote: One of the best established findings of contemporary political science is that in presidential contests involving an incumbent, the incumbent’s record is central to the public’s judgment.

The Art of the Comeback: The Case For Newt's Continued Campaign
February 03, 2012

The irresistible human impulse is to find meaning amid the chaos of the cosmos. But some external events defy rational categorization. So it was with Thursday afternoon as Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney—an event so bizarre that the tight-lipped Romney was forced to admit, “There are some things you can’t imagine in life.

The Zombie Candidate: What Newt’s Campaign Looks Like Going Forward
February 01, 2012

After last night’s bitter defeat, Newt Gingrich is vowing to stay in the presidential race for a long, long time (“six to eight months” he said in Florida yesterday). Of course, that’s what candidates usually say just before and immediately after bitter defeats (see Jon Huntsman’s “Ticket to Ride” sound bite after finishing a poor third in New Hampshire), even if they have every intention of cutting a deal with a better-positioned candidate and getting off the campaign trail.