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.

Taking Jesse Seriously — 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.

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

Phoning It In and Failing to Show: The Story of the 2014 House Primaries — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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? — 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 — 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 — 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.
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Jan 29, 2015

@derekwillis We agree. My only point is lack of big payout from digital ads for consultants slows their willingness to experiment.

Jan 29, 2015

@derekwillis My hunch is the money that campaign consultants make from TV ads is a big factor slowing transition to digital ad spending.

Jan 29, 2015

@MarkLeibovich Actually, I think old New Republic was infinitely better on diction than race. They had copy editors and...err...Marty Peretz

Jan 29, 2015

Bad sign for new New Republic: Its cover story on magazine's troubling racial history uses word "impactful." Yikes.

Jan 28, 2015

White House calls out Israeli ambassador as a GOP operative. And adds to Profile in Courage by doing it anonymously:

Jan 27, 2015

With corrupt Shelly Silver stepping down in NY, I wonder if de Blasio regrets calling him "man of integrity" when he was indicted last week

Jan 27, 2015

Read this on folly of early polls -- and repent: Why not do a poll on why smart reporters write about garbage polls?

Jan 26, 2015

Pyongyang probably has more vehicles on the road right now than NYC. This may be the city that never sleeps, but also where nobody drives.

Jan 26, 2015

@CrawfordStuff Yikes! Millions, billions. Pretty soon it adds up to real money.

Jan 26, 2015

Koch Brothers vow to spend $889 billion (and not a penny more) on 2016. What a glorious time to be a GOP consultant.

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