Mike Crowley

Welcome to The Stump
September 28, 2011

If you thought there was something missing from the 2012 campaign season, something that made it less compelling or uplifting than the cycle of four years past, well, today we are here to fill that void: we are resurrecting the Stump. Four years ago, I was an avid reader of TNR’s campaign blog from the outside, following Noam Scheiber and Mike Crowley’s posts in my capacity as a political reporter for the Washington Post.

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

House Republicans: Cut Food Stamps, Not Farm Welfare
March 16, 2011

When Ronald Reagan cut the budget in 1981, his budget director famously promised to attack "weak claims, not weak clients." The record of carrying out that pledge was mixed. The current Republicans aren't even bothering to make that promise.

Blogging the State of the Union
January 27, 2010

Hi everyone--Mike Crowley here. I'll be blogging throughout the State of the Union tonight. Not liveblogging, exactly (Update: I succumbed), but refresh this thread for regular updates on the latest Speech of Obama's Life. Then, stay tuned to tnr.com for more fully-baked reactions from your other TNR favorites. (Click here for a transcript of Obama's speech and see below to read Jonathan Cohn's live Twitter coverage.) 9:13pm Black Tuesday tested the courage of our convictions? Hmm.

That's It, I'm Leaving
January 21, 2010

Well, not really. I'm embarking on a family vacation for a few days. I'll be back Wednesday. In the meantime, several of my colleagues, including Mike Crowley, Michelle Cottle, Noam Scheiber, and John Judis will be chipping in. And Amanda Silverman, the brains behind this operation, will be posting a lot of the sort of material that you all thought I've been coming up with. See you Wednesday.

In Which I Triple Down on Kennedy, Health Care
August 28, 2009

Okay, in for one blog item, in for three... The emerging CW on Kennedy and health care is that his death either doesn't change or worsens the Senate math because the people who hold the key votes--Republicans and moderate Democrats--don't hail from states where there's much of an outpouring of goodwill. As my colleague Mike Crowley puts it today, subbing in for the apparently human (who knew?) Mike Allen in Politico's "Playbook": Will there be a “Kennedy effect” that pushes health care through? Not likely.

Gates And Chu--will They Sink Obama's Nuclear Policy?
February 03, 2009

As Mike Crowley points out, Barack Obama has been conspicuously sluggish in appointing a nonproliferation team--something that's giving nuclear policy experts jitters. In addition, two of Obama's other decisions are unsettling from a nonproliferation perspective. One is the appointment of Steven Chu as Secretary of Energy. While telegenic, brilliant, and exciting for the environmental lobby, Chu is untutored in nuclear-weapons policy--a conspicuous lacuna given that 80 percent of the Energy Department's funding is used to manage the U.S. nuclear-weapons complex.

We Are All Featherweight Boxer Raynell Williams
August 15, 2008

First it was Georgia. Now, along comes another issue seemingly tailor-made for John McCain to obsess over: corrupt, pro-Chinese Olympic boxing judges. There's not yet proof, but the Washington Post reports that Olympic judges look like they've tilted to China all week--enough for the U.S. boxing team to call a foul.

Huckabee In The Elephants' Graveyard
December 08, 2007

A recent incident in Greenville, SC reminds me why it's unlikely that Mike Huckabee will make it to the nomination. (Though a liberal can always hope.) As Mike Crowley explained last month, when the GOP establishment dislikes an insurgent candidate--and they haven't liked one since Ronald Reagan--they use legendarily vicious smear tactics to kill his candidacy in South Carolina. When Mike wrote his piece, South Carolina looked like a toss-up because the Republican establishment was about evenly divided between Romney, Giuliani, Thompson, and McCain.