The President figured out how to leverage a thumping victory from relative weakness.
The Risks of Reviving a Revived Economy
The 2% economy—what caused this slow-growth cycle and what might cure it—was the make-or-break issue of the 2012 presidential election. It’s also the most pressing issue for the President now.
The House of Representatives
Republicans keep the upper hand in the lower chamber
Voting with the 1%
For the seven years I’ve lived in L.A., I thought it was rustic and warm that I voted in the living room of the ranger’s house in Griffith Park. Then I realized I didn’t move to L.A. to be rustic and warm; I moved here to
The Money Spent
What fueled the priciest election in U.S. history
How to Rebuild Trust — and Infrastructure
Over the course of this campaign, commentators on both sides of the political divide seemed to agree on one point: this was a campaign about nothing. Barack Obama’s supporters wanted him to lay out a detailed and ambitious …
The Debate That Mattered
The 2012 campaign can be properly divided into B.D. and A.D.: Before Denver and After Denver. On 1 B.D.—you may know it as Oct. 2—Barack Obama was cruising in the battleground polls. A successful convention had lifted him all …
Obama’s Mandate For Moderation
We have reached a turning point in American history. It is no longer possible for a rural, regional, racially monochromatic political party to win the presidency. We are now, manifestly, a different country. The South, though a …
All The Right Moves…and Some Wrong Ones
Obama’s smart moves and big errors
Why the GOP Will Double Down on a Losing Strategy
The thing about an Etch A Sketch is that the picture never looks real. Mitt Romney‘s attempt to draw one self-portrait for the Republican primaries and a different one for the general election left voters unconvinced that he knew …
It’s always fun to check in with Rush Limbaugh after a big Republican loss–and today was no exception. He was whiny apoplectic, especially when it came to the difficulty of appealing to non-white voters. Isn’t Condoleezza Rice enough? He screamed. Isn’t Marco Rubio enough?