Why the Miami Dolphins Bullying Scandal Indicts The Whole NFL
February 17, 2014
A blockbuster report details how horrifically a Miami Dolphin lineman was bullied by his teammate. What does it say about the league?
Shallow Figure, Winner's Paid
January 23, 2012
If you haven't read it already, I recommend Jonathan Martin and John Harris' Politico piece about the "perfect mess" that Mitt Romney has created for himself by being so...darn perfect.
Does Newt Really Want to Be President?
December 15, 2011
A few days ago I saw Rick Tyler, the ex-Gingrich spokesman who joined a mass resignation from the former speaker’s campaign this summer, on MSNBC looking positively repentant.
Herman Cain, Sexual Harassment, And The Perception Gap
October 31, 2011
Last night, Politico reported some very serious accusations against a very frivolous candidate: While at the helm of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, Herman Cain allegedly sexually harassed two female subordinates, leading to their departure from the organization (along with financial payouts) and an agreement to remain silent about the circumstances thereof.
The Trash Talker: Why Rick Perry Will Thrive in Presidential Debates
September 07, 2011
A not insignificant portion of the national political establishment—consisting of panicky Democrats and Republicans alike—is hoping that Rick Perry’s commanding lead in recent Republican primary polls will wither under the lights of this month’s multiple presidential debates, beginning with tonight’s event at the Ronald Reagan Library in California.
The Perry Panic And the Draft Ryan Movement
August 19, 2011
The first week of the Rick Perry presidential campaign has put the Republican establishment in a full panic. Perry has defined himself as a full right-wing stereotype, an over-the-top George W. Bush impersonator. Much of the tension between Perry and party elites in Washington has been portrayed as the continuation of a longstanding grudge between him and the Bush circle.
The Overhyped Rise Of GOP Anti-Interventionism
June 20, 2011
Jonathan Martin and Ross Douthat both have excellent pieces today about the Republican Party's growing skepticism of neoconservative foreign policy. Douthat writes: Among conservatism’s foreign policy elite, Rubio’s worldview commands more support. But in the grass roots, it’s a different story. A recent Pew poll found that the share of conservative Republicans agreeing that the U.S. should “pay less attention to problems overseas” has risen from 36 percent in 2004 to 55 percent today.
Mitt Romney In Expectations Wonderland
March 25, 2011
Jonathan Martin explains Mitt Romney's strategy to win the GOP nomination: the former Massachusetts governor’s aim, according to multiple aides and advisers, is to exceed expectations his team is working feverishly to lower in Iowa, to come back strong with a win in New Hampshire, to survive South Carolina in part by picking up an off-setting victory in Nevada and then to settle in for what many described as “a slog” that they’ll emerge from thanks to superior money and organization. Mike Crowley doesn't know what to expect: If you're feverishly working to lower expectations in Iowa, maybe it
Palin Presidency Downgraded To Remote Danger
October 21, 2010
I've been assuming for a while that Sarah Palin is fairly likely to run for president, and reasonably likely to get the nomination if she does, and then if the economy is still bad she could win and then the country will crumble and suffer some apocalyptic disaster and the survivors will envy the dead. Anyway, Jonathan Martin has a terrific piece collecting some reporting about the flakiness, bordering on total dysfunctionality, of Palin's political operation. This is a huge relief: Take, for example, the case of Palin’s interaction with the campaign of Sen.
Why is Politico Reporting that Sarah Palin is a Pain in the Butt?
October 21, 2010
There's a fascinating Jonathan Martin story about Sarah Palin over at Politco today. Here's the gist of it: The election is two weeks away, but the campaign trail reviews of Sarah Palin already are in, and they aren’t pretty. According to multiple Republican campaign sources, the former Alaska governor wreaks havoc on campaign logistics and planning.