The region is reeling from a blow delivered by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) head James Simpson last week that the FTA was likely to declare the Rail to Dulles Project unfit for federal funding. An extension of Metrorail to the region’s premier, and growing, international airport, has been contemplated for […]
Nicholas F. Benton: The Cost of Jilting Florida Dems
What’s with the Democrats disenfranchising their own voter base in Michigan and Florida?
Anything But Straight: Obama’s Tightrope Act
A few months ago, my organization TuthWinsOut.org caused a national uproar after we criticized Barack Obama for embracing “ex-gay” singer Donnie McClurkin. The Christian crooner was part of Obama’s gospel tour of South Carolina, which was an attempt to lure African American voters away from the Clinton campaign.
David Brooks: The Voters Revolt
The Reagan administration had its pragmatists and its so-called ideologues. It had James Baker as well as Ed Meese.
Anything But Straight: Robots Need Not Apply
The most notable legacy of the New Hampshire primary will be the soiled reputations of leading pollsters and political consultants. For at least the past two decades we have worshiped at the altar of these glorified statisticians. Now the truth is out – these know-it-alls – don’t know much more […]
Nicholas F. Benton: The Lesson of New Hampshire
If any of the media pundits who acknowledged they were completely wrong in handicapping the Democratic primary in New Hampshire last week had any self respect, they would have followed their post-mortem, self-effacing admissions of ineptitude by saying something like the following:
David Brooks: McCain and Obama
SALEM, N.H. — Both Barack Obama and John McCain attract independents. Both have a candor that appeals to voters and media-types alike. Both ask their audiences to serve a cause greater than self-interest. Both offer a politics that is grand and inspiring.
David Brooks: Road To Nowhere
The most impressive thing about Mitt Romney is his clarity of mind. When he set out to pursue is party’s nomination, he studied the contours of the Republican coalition and molded himself to its forms.
Anything But Straight: Florida Marriage Battle
With Republicans deeply dissatisfied with their presidential candidates they have turned to chicanery to try to steal the 2008 election. This time, they have recruited surrogates on the Religious Right to place a constitutional amendment banning gay unions on the ballot. Although they deny their intentions are politically motivated, it […]
David Brooks: Hunting For An American Clement Attlee
The 2008 presidential election has fundamentally shifted, but it hasn’t been because of events in Iowa and New Hampshire. It’s because of events everywhere else.