Columnist who has covered presidential races since 1980. Fellow at Brennan Center. Teaching at Yale. Writing book on con-man great uncle who cheated Hitler.

Here’s how we beat the billionaires: The simple campaign reform Sheldon Adelson & the Koch brothers fear

salon.com — Politics, as the Republicans are again learning, always offers a crash course in humility. The GOP establishment is currently paying for years of courting Donald Trump (Mitt Romney flying to Las Vegas to receive his endorsement in 2012) as the King of the Comb-Overs flirts with a third-party run.
Aug 04, 2015

Republican elites worry about Super PAC influence on 2016 GOP primaries. Here's a solution that won't help Democrats: bit.ly/1KOO4I4

Aug 04, 2015

RT @MrWalterShapiro: Republican elites worry about Super PAC influence on 2016 GOP primaries. Here's a solution that won't help Democrats: bit.ly/1KOO4I4

The Corn Ultimatum

newrepublic.com — On August 13, the Iowa State campus in Ames will become the center of the political universe, as thousands of Republicans participate in what is frequently ballyhooed as the season's most important campaign event.
Jun 11, 2015

The enduring case against the Iowa Straw Poll: bit.ly/1FUoOem I wrote it right before Iowa crowned President Michelle Bachmann.

Taking Jesse Seriously

content.time.com — Any American child can grow up to be President. That idealistic sentiment began as part of the catechism of democracy, but through generations of rote it has degenerated into a kindergarten fable. Adults, of course, know the truth.
Jan 02, 2015

(Backstory of the TIME “Jesse?!?!?” cover: Jackson shocked everyone by winning Michigan. content.time.com/time/magazine/… cc @MrWalterShapiro)

Mario Cuomo's 1984 convention speech provides a guide for liberals

theguardian.com — At the 1984 Democratic Convention in San Francisco - a wan gathering of a doomed political party - New York governor Mario Cuomo delivered a full-throated liberal response to triumphant President Ronald Reagan. Eloquently challenging conservative go-it-alone economics, Cuomo defined the Democratic Party's credo as the shared obligations of a family: "We are bound one to another."
Jan 02, 2015

Great @MrWalterShapiro piece on Cuomo and "all the hopes he embodied for a liberal presidency that never was": theguardian.com/us-news/2015/j…

Jan 02, 2015

RT @AlexKoppelman: Great @MrWalterShapiro piece on Cuomo and "all the hopes he embodied for a liberal presidency that never was": theguardian.com/us-news/2015/j…

Jan 02, 2015

RT @AlexKoppelman: Great @MrWalterShapiro piece on Cuomo and "all the hopes he embodied for a liberal presidency that never was": theguardian.com/us-news/2015/j…

Jan 02, 2015

.@MrWalterShapiro on Mario Cuomo: He defined liberalism for the ages, but never put it to the test in a WH campaign bit.ly/1vD92PT

Jan 02, 2015

RT @JillDLawrence: .@MrWalterShapiro on Mario Cuomo: He defined liberalism for the ages, but never put it to the test in a WH campaign bit.ly/1vD92PT

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.
Sep 30, 2014

Read @JillDLawrence and my report on the 2014 House primaries -> bit.ly/1vtlsxk Then see us talk about it at Brookings at 2pm.

Sep 30, 2014

It's out! "Phoning It In and Failing to Show: The Story of the 2014 House Primaries" by me and @MrWalterShapiro bit.ly/1rCmZQz

Sep 30, 2014

RT @JillDLawrence: It's out! "Phoning It In and Failing to Show: The Story of the 2014 House Primaries" by me and @MrWalterShapiro bit.ly/1rCmZQz

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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.
Sep 16, 2014

RT @BillMoyersHQ: Eric Cantor and Andrew Cuomo remind us why politicians need to learn to say ‘no’ to campaign cash bit.ly/1sWuF05

Sep 16, 2014

Sometimes Candidates Should Just Say No to Campaign Cash bit.ly/1r5rL9b via @BillMoyersHQ

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...
Nov 06, 2014

RT @MrWalterShapiro: Larry Lessig's Super PAC was wiped out on Tuesday: politi.co/10rjlOr Despite fanfare, I saw it coming in August: politi.co/1tE9QWV

Aug 26, 2014

Larry Lessig's over-hyped Mayday PAC is performance art -- a silly venture showing limits of Super PACs. My column: politi.co/1qesByd

Aug 26, 2014

The over-hyping of Larry Lessig's Mayday PAC. It's arrogant and almost certainly ineffectual. My new column: politico.com/magazine/story…

Aug 26, 2014

The PAC to end all PACs is sputtering into a farce, @MrWalterShapiro says in an eye-opening column focused on #az07 politi.co/1qewLq4

Aug 26, 2014

RT @jon_rauch: "The PAC to End All PACs Is a Farce." Mayday PAC is "performance art," says @Mr.WalterShapiro. politico.com/magazine/story…

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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.
Aug 26, 2014

RT @politico: Joni Ernst's role in sexual assault case involving a soldier under her command is questioned politi.co/1tELbB7

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.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @EKamarck: Are SuperPACs the nominating cmtes of the future? @MrWalterShapiro uncovers SuperPAC influence on vetting candidates brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/p…

Jul 24, 2014

@djere @WDTnews Here is corrected version of Brooking blog post that gives prooper credit to WaterTOWN paper: bit.ly/1lzxBcp

Jul 29, 2014

RT @BrookingsInst: Super PAC donors believe that because they're rich, they know more about politics than the pros.—@MrWalterShapiro: brkn.gs/1AuUvM0

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.
Jun 13, 2014

Xanax or Seinfeld? Pick your metaphor. @MrWalterShapiro examines the debate-free Dem primaries of 2014 bit.ly/1joFxvR @BrookingsInst

Jun 13, 2014

No loud battles over Wall Street. No fiery fights over NSA spying. The Democrats are on Xanax. My Brookings column: bit.ly/1hTyAIA

Jun 13, 2014

RT @JillDLawrence: Xanax or Seinfeld? Pick your metaphor. @MrWalterShapiro examines the debate-free Dem primaries of 2014 bit.ly/1joFxvR @BrookingsInst

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Sep 03, 2015

RT @NormOrnstein: Read Matt Kohut's birthday tribute to his father, the great Andy Kohut, currently facing huge health challenges. medium.com/@besmonte/bloo…

Sep 03, 2015

Important difference with Bush "gotcha" questions in 1999. America was at peace then -- and not bombing ISIS. twitter.com/daveweigel/sta…

Sep 03, 2015

RNC legal analysis admits Trump pledge is political statement, not legally binding. So 3rd party threat still there: bit.ly/1KuyvbO

Sep 03, 2015

Just another reminder that Ross Perot was Pericles compared to an egomaniac who only reads stories about himself. twitter.com/RosieGray/stat…

Sep 03, 2015

@danconley Okay, I get the hint. I'll go cold turkey through Labor Day. Unless there is provocation.

Sep 03, 2015

Wouldn't it be simpler for everyone to have just one TV news station (like North Korea) broadcasting nothing but Trump 24 hours a day?

Sep 03, 2015

So that's where they were keeping the Rose Law Firm billing records. twitter.com/ktumulty/statu…

Sep 03, 2015

If somehow you need a primer on political grotesquerie of Trump, this Economist editorial is a good place to start: econ.st/1Vzafat

Sep 03, 2015

RT @elisefoley: I wonder if there’s an alternate universe where the Confederacy lasted and whether we’d have lots of undocumented immigrants from the south.

Sep 03, 2015

Q for Trump: Harry Truman said the presidency was like the sun, moon and planets falling on him. You think it's easy. So was Truman a Loser?


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