Michael Scherer

Dishonest Is As Dishonest Does
April 02, 2008

The McCain campaign is punching back against Obama's use of McCain's 100 years comment. From Time's Michael Scherer: After weeks of dismissing these statements, McCain's advisors went on the attack this week, hoping to turn the episode into an opening to impugn Obama's credibility. "It's absolutely dishonest," Schmidt said, an adjective he repeatedly invoked. "It's old style Chicago politics. I guess that is how they play politics in Chicago," he said at another point. He even offered some faint praise, before sticking in the knife. "Sen.

Mitt Romney, Dork
January 28, 2008

When I wrote this Romney profile last year, I remember pressing members of his inner circle on why they chose to run him as an arch-conservative rather than the relatively non-ideological technocrat he'd been when he was Massachusetts governor. The most candid answer I got was from Ron Kaufman (last seen getting batted around during the infamous Johnson v. Romney blow-up), who explained: “It’s hard to say, ‘Vote for Mitt, he’s competent.’ That doesn’t have a lot of sizzle.” But the Romney people have belatedly discovered that maybe GOP voters don't want sizzle after all.