Tom Edsall

Romney’s Secrecy: Did He Get Away With It?
October 31, 2012

Mitt Romney has gotten away with refusing to give up more than two years of tax returns, and much other standard disclosure. Or has he?

George W. Bush Never Played the Race Card. That Hasn’t Stopped Mitt Romney.
August 28, 2012

Say what you will about George W. Bush, but he never played the race card. Can we say that about Romney?

Health Care Reform As Poker
March 10, 2010

A few years ago, Tom Edsall wrote a great Diarist for TNR arguing, based on his years of playing poker in Washington, that Republicans are better players than Democrats: Republicans are much less risk-averse than Democrats, and taking risks is crucial to poker. Howard Baker noted that Ronald Reagan's 1981 tax cut was a "riverboat gamble." The GOP has consistently demonstrated a willingness to risk high deficits, especially to cut taxes that fall on their biggest donors. The party advocating preemptive war is not likely to be cowed by a big bet.

The Geithner Plan: Tailor-made For A Poker Analogy
March 31, 2009

Tom Edsall helpfully breaks down the Geithner plan into terms he knows very well: Normally, a poker player has to pay full value for every chip, $1 for a $1 chip, $100 for a $100 chip, and so forth. In the Geithner game, the rules are different. A player acquiring $84 worth of "chips" only puts up $6.