GWEN’S TAKE

  • April 6, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    With the Republican primary campaign approaching its end, and more than two weeks before the next voting, there is immense temptation to begin speculating about running mates. I will resist. That seems the respectful thing to do when there are … Continue reading

  • March 30, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    I was never tempted to go to law school. But I love to parse language and reasoning, so listening to the audio of this week’s Supreme Court health care arguments was — in its nerdy way — actually quite enjoyable. … Continue reading

  • March 23, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    I’ve spent a fair amount of time this week pondering what it means to stand one’s ground. The term has taken on a new, disturbing meaning as the story of the shooting of an unarmed Florida teenager took on a … Continue reading

  • March 16, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Almost every Tuesday night this year, political junkies everywhere have gathered by the flickering light of their computer screens. We have pored over exit polls, tallied the minutes until results from Vermont to Hawaii and crunched delegate allocations. Invariably, we … Continue reading

  • March 9, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Remember those five things we asked you to watch Tuesday night? It turns out the voters decided to raise more questions than even we had. But here are the things we were watching for: 1. How weak or strong will … Continue reading

  • March 6, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    At the end of a long evening of introductions and speeches, President Bill Clinton liked to say that everything had been said but everyone had not yet said it. If you follow politics, you already may have read all the … Continue reading

  • March 2, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Michael Dukakis was the first politician I ever heard describe the presidential campaign as a “marathon, not a sprint.” But he was not the last. Since the first campaign I covered in 1988, I’ve always been sort of impressed by … Continue reading

  • February 24, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    PHOENIX | If there is one reliable source of applause to be found along the Republican primary trail this year, it is ignited by candidates who boast of being able to speak without a Teleprompter. The speech delivery device used … Continue reading

  • February 17, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill  

    I’ve often wondered what it meant that the month we set aside to take special note of African-American achievement is the one that’s usually only 28 days long. As a child, I took that kind of personally. As an adult, … Continue reading

  • February 10, 2012   BY Gwen Ifill 

    Updated 5:30 p.m. Friday | One of the things we tell our children is that life is all about choices. We celebrate this idea, because it is an essential part of the kind of ambition we want them to have. … Continue reading