GWEN’S TAKE

  • October 12, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Watching FRONTLINE’S “The Choice 2012” this week, I was reminded how drastically different the 2012 candidates for president are. One is the well-heeled scion of a prosperous and deeply religious family. The other is the son of a fleetingly present … Continue reading

  • October 5, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Rep. Todd Akin speaks to supporters during a fundraiser September 24 in Kirkwood, Missouri. Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images One of the most enduring tropes in political language is the use of the term “trickle-down.” It was widely used to … Continue reading

  • October 2, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Gwen Ifill moderating the 2008 vice presidential debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Don Emmert/Getty Images. Myth No. 1: “Voters use debates to decide.” For many voters, televised presidential debates serve to focus … Continue reading

  • September 28, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill 

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, right, rallies with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin on the campaign trail Sept. 24 in Kirkwood, Mo. Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images ST LOUIS — I haven’t been to the circus in … Continue reading

  • September 21, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    In the past twelve days, there have been 82 published election polls. Eighty-two. National, state-by-state and some partisan polls. And that’s just the presidential surveys. And we stopped counting on Thursday. Taken together, they tell of a good week for … Continue reading

  • September 14, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    It is always perilous for anyone running for commander in chief to get out in front of the man who already has the job. For Mitt Romney, this week has been a special test. Fresh off a pair of political … Continue reading

  • September 7, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Delegates from North Carolina react to Vice President Joe Biden’s speech during the closing night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention held at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Photo by Jared Soares for the PBS NewsHour. CHARLOTTE, … Continue reading

  • August 31, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Photo of Charlotte, N.C., by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images. Charlotte, N.C. | We dodged a hurricane, survived the gripping humidity and thrived for a week in the belly of the beast — a national political convention that one first-time attendee Sen. … Continue reading

  • August 24, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Workers put the finishing touches on the inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for the Republican National Convention Monday in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images Tampa | Florida politics has always been its own special … Continue reading

  • August 17, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Artur Davis listens to an audience question during a speech Sunday to Fredericksburg Young Republicans in Virginia. Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images. When I set out to write a book several years ago about a … Continue reading