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.

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

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....
May 06, 2014

"Like many impressionable young women...Monica fell under the sway of bad companions." My 1999 verdict still stands: slate.me/1nlqebm

May 06, 2014

RT @MrWalterShapiro: "Like many impressionable young women...Monica fell under the sway of bad companions." My 1999 verdict still stands: slate.me/1nlqebm

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Jul 31, 2015

"If you prick us, do we not bleed? ... If you wrong us, shall we not revenge?" twitter.com/maggieNYT/stat…

Jul 31, 2015

@JamesFallows Some of it obviously is starting from such a low base. But from the fast attack on Trump to his speeches, I'm oddly impressed.

Jul 31, 2015

Despite near-invisible poll numbers, Perry is my nominee to come out of GOP race with the most improved reputation. twitter.com/greenfield64/s…

Jul 31, 2015

@johnastoehr I will be teaching at Yale during comically ill-named Spring Semester. But I'm in NY and will probably make cameo in New Haven.

Jul 31, 2015

@johnastoehr That was my big point. So much time wasted writing speculative pieces based on assumption nothing will change before election.

Jul 31, 2015

In 2013, pundits would have sooner bought the George Washington Bridge than predicted Chris Christie might miss a 10-way debate cutoff.

Jul 30, 2015

@HowardMortman Growing up, the mayor of my home town of Norwalk, CT, was Irving Freeze.

Jul 30, 2015

Tremendously smart series of questions about Internet shaming raised about America's most unpopular dentist. twitter.com/kashhill/statu…

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