Are Crossroads et al. Pulling Back From Romney?
September 20, 2012
Are the big-money outside groups pulling back at all on their spending for Mitt Romney and instead shifting their focus to down-ballot Republicans?
The Estranged Marriage Between Elizabeth Warren and Occupy Wall Street
September 05, 2012
Tim Pierce/FlickrLast fall, when many Democrats still hoped that the Occupy Wall Street movement would become a left-wing Tea Party, Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren seemed to be the politician best positioned to benefit from the suppo
The NRSC Has Pulled All Its Missouri Airtime. Take That, Cynics!
August 29, 2012
The NRSC has given up on the Missouri Senate race. Here's what that says about the outer limits of indecency in 2012.
Why Mitt Romney Wants to Be Like James K. Polk
August 28, 2012
Romney's looking to the 11th U.S. president as a model. Does it have anything to do with Polk's importance to Mormon history?
Romney’s Losing Strategy
August 27, 2012
TAMPA—As they assemble in Tampa, the Republicans should consider not just whether they can win back the presidency in November, but whether they can create a viable majority that can endure past an election cycle. But they won’t. Mitt Romney and his party are oblivious to their longer term prospects.
The Campaign’s Biggest Buckrakers
August 24, 2012
AFTER THE SUPREME COURT issued its Citizens United decision in 2010, money poured into the U.S. electoral system like never before. Ten billion dollars will likely be spent on the 2012 race, up from $7 billion in 2008—making electioneering one of the few U.S. growth industries in an ailing economy. Campaigns and super PACs have already spent $332 million on TV advertising in the presidential race alone (three-quarters of that sum on negative ads). This avalanche of cash has caused a lot of angst about the future of democracy.
August 02, 2012
THERE WAS ONCE A TIME, not so very long ago, that, whenever Elizabeth Warren sat down with a liberal interviewer, a lovefest was practically guaranteed. “I know your husband’s backstage. I still wanna make out with you,” Jon Stewart purred in early 2010 to the then-60-year-old Harvard professor whose rimless glasses perpetually slip down her nose. But when Warren appeared recently at Boston’s Kennedy Library to discuss her bid for the U.S. Senate with local public-radio fixture Christopher Lydon, the conversation wasn’t so effusive.
June 22, 2012
IN EARLY JUNE, a small group of Barack Obama's top fund-raisers gathered for an urgent meeting in a bar on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. They had been summoned to town for a briefing from campaign manager Jim Messina to the several dozen moneyed men and women who make up Obama's finance committee. But, in a classic example of Citizens United-era subterfuge, a handful of the attendees slipped away from the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel in the South Loop and headed to the bar.
June 08, 2012
IN MARCH 2011, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, opened its new Watergate Gallery—the portion of the museum devoted to the constitutional crimes for which President Nixon will always be known. For years, visitors had seen an extended apologia for Nixon, which absurdly suggested that Democrats planned to impeach him in order to make House Speaker Carl Albert president.