A conversation with Washington Post reporter Jason Horowitz about the scattered, scarred alumni of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
During her brief time in politics, Reshma Saujani has reinvented herself pretty radically.(2)
In a big interview with the Washington Post about gun control, Mayor Michael Bloomberg portrayed his opponents as extremists who rile their base with false stories about government plans to seize people's guns.(1)
"No wonder Republicans are livid with the early coverage of the 2012 general election campaign," Politico wrote in its much-discussed, indirectly argued story today headlined "To GOP, blatant bias in vetting."
Does any of this matter, politically? Is this important, say, compared to the recent revelation from another Washington Post writer that Mitt Romney, when he was in high school, bullied a gay student? (That question is already being asked by people who very much want the answer to be "yes.")(1)
Is politics like a single-elimination basketball tournament, or a school that grades on the curve?
The Washington Post's The Fix has created NCAA-style brackets for the 2016 presidential race. Ranked number 1 for the Democratic Party is Andrew Cuomo. The Democrats' number 2 is Martin O'Malley., For Republicans, 1 and 2 are Marco Rubio and Chris Christie.)
Dave McKenna, who recently concluded a 26-year stint as the sportswriter for Washington City Paper, the district’s premiere alternative newspaper, spent nearly his entire speaking time at a Gelf Varsity Letters reading last week discussing one of the thousands of articles he has written.(1)
Here is a conspiracy theory: The mayor is displeased with the idea that his national relevance is fading, and is seeking to make an implicit argument that, in fact, his national relevance is growing.
1) In a piece about the mayor's attempts to grapple with Occupy Wall Street, New York magazine's Chris Smith described the ways in which it had shown the mayor to be somewhat out of political fashion, since we've moved from "the terror error to the income-inequality era," and that, related, "Bloomberg is Wall Street."
2) Kevin Sheekey told the Daily Beast that Bloomberg was destined for things that are bigger than the mayoralty, comments that were noted, with appropriate clarity, by Politico's Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman.
This afternoon, The Washington Post reported that President Barack Obama has been doing exceedingly well with small donors, outpacing his Republican rivals and, more significantly, beating his own record-breaking small-donor pace from 2008.
It's a great story for the Obama campaign. And it happens to be almost diametrically opposed to a Nick Confessore story in the New York Times in September about how Obama was not doing well with small donors, and was nowhere near his small-donor pace from 2008.