Roll Call columnist covering 10th presidential race. Fellow at Brennan Center. Teaching at Yale. Coming June 14: My book Hustling Hitler on my con man uncle.

An Acceptance Speech for the Polls Rather Than the Ages — PHILADELPHIA -- If this election required Hillary Clinton to deliver a speech for the ages -- a speech that will be quoted for decades -- then her convention acceptance address fell far short. But if what was needed was a solid speech -- reaching out to every key constituency and punctuated with occasional good lines -- then Hillary did okay.

The Night the Democrats Found Their Voice — PHILADELPHIA - For all the oft-derided journalistic hype about defining moments and game-changers, occasionally there are points in a campaign when the pendulum dramatically changes direction. And when the history of this strange and frightening political year is written, 150 minutes in Philadelphia may have made all the difference.

Bernie's Dream: The Revolution Shall Never Die — PHILADELPHIA - It was Bernie Sanders' moment of sweet victory. Not a convention triumph -for that was never in the cards. But the moment when he could say with pride to a cheering Democratic convention, "Together, my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution - our revolution - continues."

Hillary Clinton's Challenge: Winning the Battle of False Equivalence — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the CNN Democratic Town Hall event at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call) PHILADELPHIA - With his white-knuckle approach to speechwriting - making changes in the text until the final millisecond - Bill Clinton as president always courted disaster.

Trump's Rendezvous with Destiny and Fear-Mongering — NEWTON FALLS, Ohio - This picturesque village of nearly 5,000 with an 1831 covered bridge is the kind of blue-collar place that Donald Trump was thinking about when he promised in his brass-knuckles acceptance speech, "I'm going to bring our jobs back to Ohio ... and all of America."

The Mood of Cleveland: All Yesterday and Tomorrow — CLEVELAND - Every convention embodies both the tug of nostalgia and the dream of coming political power. But never in memory has there been a political convention with so little use of the present tense.

Trump's Coronation Challenges Republican Speechwriters — CLEVELAND - What do you give to the man who has everything? Or in Donald Trump's case at this convention - how do you praise a man who floats through life in the warm glow of sublime self-love? How do you glorify a man who is so boastful that merely calling him a "great leader" would sound like a parsimonious plaudit?

Trump's GOP: Embracing Ill-Informed Bluster — CLEVELAND - The end of the last organized resistance to Donald Trump came late Monday afternoon with a heavy-handed gavel, angry cries of "Roll call vote" and a walkout by the Colorado delegation. But, in truth, the end came earlier when the sighs had it.

The Con Man Who Hoodwinked Hitler — Risible Rogue On the afternoon of the New Hampshire primary, in a motel just outside of Manchester, I wrote the final paragraph of my book, Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Fuhrer. Until then, Goffstown, New Hampshire had not been renowned as a literary inspiration, but the Courtyard Marriott was all the muse I needed.

It All Started in Atlantic City: A Half Century of Convention Memories — American political junkies and those with birthdays on Feb. 29 may be the only people in the world who reckon the years in units of four. This odd way of counting becomes particularly common around the presidential conventions as fragments from past campaigns come racing to the surface.
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Jul 29, 2016

A liberal columnist realizes her sons are part of Bernie Brigades. A great family conversation with @JillDLawrence: 

Jul 29, 2016

RT @JillDLawrence: .@MrWalterShapiro on Hillary's speech. She defied sexual stereotypes, but not the way you might think.  via @RollCall

Jul 29, 2016

I hope some comic tries to imagine Trump taking Anger Management seminars. Or, better yet, selling them. 

Jul 29, 2016

@SlidinDelta I'm afraid that we are talking past each other. I blame it on 140 characters.

Jul 29, 2016

@SlidinDelta What I was saying is that Thatcher was dead, British and now unknown to most Americans. Lincoln is merely dead.

Jul 29, 2016

Just remember that Bloomberg's wealth makes Trump look like the real-estate guy who owns Baltic Avenue in Monopoly. 

Jul 29, 2016

@SlidinDelta Next time you're in an airport go up to 10 people at random and ask them who Maggie Thatcher was.

Jul 29, 2016

.@tomwatson I saw the speech on TV in my hotel room. You can never judge a convention speech in the hall since the reaction doesn't matter.

Jul 29, 2016

@tomwatson Two examples: Bill Clinton 1992 and George Bush 1988.

Jul 29, 2016

@CorinneAM I guess we're doomed to eternally disagree. You said it was a Trump-like conspiracy that males didn't like her speech.

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