Writing Archive

Testaments to Better Times Still Stand Solid in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — As a Washington sports fan, I’ve never had much nice to say about Pittsburgh, but on a recent visit to the city for the Winter Classic I was impressed by the solidness of it.  As I sat in Heinz Field watching the Caps handily dismantle the Pens 3-1 in front of 68,000 fans, [...]

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Republicans Roll from the Eastern Shore to the Western Slope

It was a well-rounded rout, from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to the Western Slope of Colorodo.  The map went red last night from the mountains of Idaho to the swamps of Louisiana, from New England to Las Vegas, from the Orlando burbs to the Dakota prairies.  Freshman like Tom Perriello and committee chairman like [...]

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Who Has the “Shoelace” Mojo in the Midwest this Fall?

Who would have thought a year ago that Rich Rodriguez would be more popular than Obama in Michigan at this point?
The No. 17 Michigan State Spartans will travel to Ann Arbor tomorrow to take on the 18th-ranked Michigan Wolverines at the Big House. Conversation in the lot will undoubtedly be about Denard “Shoelace” Robinson and his Heismann [...]

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Mapping Out the Team of Rivals Ticket

While the White House is busy denying an Obama-Clinton 2012 ticket, it’s worth revisiting the old rivals’ 2008 primary map and considering where a joint ticket might actually gain traction.
Clinton’s comparative advantage over Obama is with women, working class whites, and Hispanics. Adding her to the ticket would be aimed at strengthening Obama’s prospects [...]

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New York State of Mind

When athletes are acquired by New York teams, the fans and pundits always question how they’ll stand up in the tough New York spotlight. Sports is a lot like politics in many ways, and its looks like Upstate Republican Carl Paladino is getting the full heat of that Manhattan media grilling.
After an encounter with [...]

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In Politics, Sometimes It’s Good To Be A Waffler

One of the best parts of working in politics is the food. Many lucky reporters, operatives, and candidates have taken down Maytag blue cheeseburgers in Newton, fried clams at Ray’s in Rye (h/t Gagnon), chowdah at Petey’s in Rye (h/t JB), pulled pork at Hudsons in Lexington (h/t Hamby), shrimp & grits at the [...]

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Walking Through Congressional Districts… Via Google Maps

Street View is the latest product from Google that both amazes and alarms us. By taking millions of photos from the back of a Chevy Cobalt, Google has brought the images of far-flung neighborhoods to the comforts of our own laptops. It’s also caught some pretty funny scenes on film, including …

A Cleveland [...]

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Obama Pulling out of North Dakota

The AP is reporting that “Barack Obama, who has deployed more than 50 staffers in North Dakota in an attempt to become the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since 1964, is pulling out.”
I can’t say I’m surprised.
But I can’t say I agree — If I was David Plouffe I’d pony up the [...]

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Western Values

One of the interesting things about American federalism is that regional issues often gain outsized influence in Washington.
Corn ethanol is now an integral part of American energy policy thanks to the Iowa caucuses. The Cuban trade embargo had withstood nine presidential administrations due to voters in South Florida. Outsourcing is a flashpoint issue [...]

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Are We a Nation of Wasillas or Chicagos?

George W. Bush won Ohio in 2004 by running up the vote in the rural parts of the state. He dominated towns of under 10,000 people from the Miami Valley to the Ohio River Valley, trumping John Kerry’s GOTV operations in a handful of urban Democratic cities like Cleveland, Akron and Toledo.
Could 2008 look [...]

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