Columnist who will soon be covering 10th presidential race. Fellow at Brennan Center. Teaching at Yale. Writing book on con-man great uncle who cheated Hitler.

Phoning It In and Failing to Show: The Story of the 2014 House Primaries

brookings.edu — Too often impressions of congressional primaries are based entirely on the outcomes of high-profile Senate races, write Jill Lawrence and Walter Shapiro. Rather than making conclusions based on a handful of headline races, Lawrence and Shapiro create a fuller picture of the 2014 midterm election cycle by evaluating more than 200 candidates in over 60 House primaries.

Sometimes Candidates Should Just Say No to Campaign Cash

billmoyers.com — A version of this post first appeared at Brennan Center for Justice. The gathering at a Capitol Hill Starbucks at 8:00 on the morning of June 10th remains the most memorable scene from Campaign 2014. As reported by the Washington Post , House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was holding his regular monthly fund-raising meeting with a group of lobbyists.

The PAC to End All PACs Is a Farce

politico.com — Tuesday’s Democratic House primary in Arizona’s Seventh District is what the local weekly Phoenix New Times calls “a battle between Latino royalty in Phoenix.” The leading contenders for the safe Democratic seat of retiring Ed Pastor are long-time Maricopa County supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and former state representative Ruben...

Joni Ernst’s role in sex assault case questioned

politico.com — In recent days, Iowa Senate hopeful Joni Ernst has pitched herself as a leader-in-waiting on the hot-button issue of sexual assault in the military, telling Time that she experienced harassment firsthand while serving and calling for investigations into sexual misconduct to be removed from the chain of command.

Super PACs: The Nominating Committees of the Future

brookings.edu — Even though they have come to dominate political campaigns, Super PACs and their shadowy counterparts are barely old enough to qualify for pre-kindergarten. Since these big-bucks independent groups have only been legal since 2010, we are still groping to understand the long-term role that Super PACs are apt to play in congressional politics-especially primaries.

The Primaries Project: Are the Dems on Xanax?

brookings.edu — In the midst of the upheaval in the Republican party recently, it would be easy to forget that the Democrats are also having primary elections. In this post, reporter Walter Shapiro observes that the Democrats have swapped robust policy debates for bland statements in support of Social Security and Medicare.

The First Bimbo

slate.com — She is the most famous person since Helen Keller to achieve her notoriety without uttering a single public word. Not long ago, she toured an art exhibition at a private gallery on Manhattan's Upper East Side. "She was sweet and charming," recalls the artist, who is a friend of mine....

The good old days of the Nixon campaign

cjr.org — Maybe it's the summer doldrums, or the Barack Obama campaign's continual pain-from-Bain refrain, or the speculative no-news-here if-clauses surrounding Mitt Romney's vice presidential search. But whatever the cause, I am caught in a wave of nostalgia for the old-fashioned innocence of Richard Nixon's 1968 campaign-the one where he didn't break into Democratic headquarters.

Can the media avoid inaugural over-hype?

cjr.org — After Bill Clinton took the oath of office for the second time in 1997, a USA Today columnist burbled, "Clinton's inaugural address should be regarded as the opening bell of his final campaign to win a measure of historical greatness... By that standard, Clinton deserves two-and-a-half cheers for his decision to frame his speech around a renewed appeal for racial...

How right is the (1st round of) CW about 2012?

cjr.org — Theodore White's The Making of the President 1960 was published in hardcover in July 1961, a breakneck pace in an era when manuscripts were edited by hand. Of course, by contemporary standards, that timetable seems as languid as waiting on the docks for the latest news from Europe to be delivered by clipper ship.
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Dec 21, 2014

@Timodc There's no justification. This is junk polling because results this far out are not predictive of anything. Ask President Lieberman.

Dec 19, 2014

@Margoandhow Download all Vera Lynn's songs from World War II. I was listening to them tonight. They perfectly captured the myth of Britain.

Dec 19, 2014

@Margoandhow Thank you for crediting the 97-year-old Vera Lynn who may be the most important World War II figure still alive.

Dec 19, 2014

With January 20th SOTU, I can imagine Obama line, "Two years from today we will inaugurate a new president. But in the meantime I intend..."

Dec 19, 2014

Smartest Jeb Bush/Hillary Clinton column of the month. From @JillDLawrence. Read it -> bit.ly/13IAupw

Dec 19, 2014

If anyone believes that sex scandals began with Gary Hart, please read obits of the ever-quotable Mandy Rice-Davies: bit.ly/1AA2SnS

Dec 19, 2014

Long after the Profumo Affair, Mandy Rice-Davies said, "My life has been a long descent into respectability." bit.ly/1AA2SnS

Dec 18, 2014

@BeschlossDC There's a song in Sondheim's "Follies" about show girls going to Tony's. This picture showed me that it was a real night spot.

Dec 18, 2014

Biggest 2016 question: Can the 45th president govern? Ending Dysfunctional Decade in DC should be top issue. Column: bit.ly/1AvdHrr

Dec 17, 2014

Add Marissa Mayer to long list of failing executives who foolishly brag about getting only 4 hours sleep a night: nyti.ms/1uVaWLj

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