GWEN’S TAKE

  • May 27, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    It never gets old listening to Bill Clinton. Like a thoroughbred watching the race from the sidelines, he is always champing at the bit to get back on the track. That became clear once again this week when I was … Continue reading

  • May 20, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    The past several days have handed me a cluster of excuses to return to one of my favorite topics: what happens when politicians speak in code. Known in some circles as dog-whistle politics – saying one thing intended to be … Continue reading

  • May 4, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    My flight from Seattle had just touched down at Reagan Washington National airport late Sunday night when I clicked on my BlackBerry. It immediately began buzzing with an alarming stream of emails and tweets. An hour later, the president would … Continue reading

  • April 29, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Imagine how proudly gratified I was this week to scroll through my Twitter feed and discover that Barack Obama and Sarah Palin have so much in common. On the day that Donald Trump was touring the New Hampshire seacoast by … Continue reading

  • April 22, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    I once covered a politician who was a very certain man. He remained convinced throughout his public career that he knew best – certainly better than any naysayer, political opponent or reporter. His certainty got things done, but you had … Continue reading

  • April 15, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    A few weeks ago, I mused in this space about why anyone would want to be president. This week, I had an epiphany. And so did Rep. Paul Ryan. To understand this, it helps to be a student of the … Continue reading

  • April 8, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    As the shutdown showdown approached its third or fourth climax late this week, I found myself in Flint, Mich., the former General Motors manufacturing powerhouse, where the unemployment rate still stands at nearly 12 percent and people can be forgiven … Continue reading

  • April 1, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    AMES, Iowa | I have this little theory that has long served me well. Everything, I believe, is politics. Politics determines whether your children go to school or to jail; whether they eat or starve; whether their futures will improve … Continue reading

  • March 25, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Every four years, as I set off to cover another presidential election cycle, I secretly ask myself: Why do any of these people want to be president? Consider the choices that have faced the current president just within the last … Continue reading

  • March 18, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    I was sitting behind the wheel on Pennsylvania Avenue Thursday afternoon in the kind of traffic clog that those of us who live in Washington, D.C., have become accustomed to. The clamor of sirens signaled that President Obama’s motorcade was … Continue reading