October 2012

Gwen Ifill debunks five myths about presidential debates

Posted: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 2:39pm

First published in the September 30, 2012 edition of the Washington Post.

(Gwen Ifill moderates the 2008 vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin and Joe Biden).


Election Countdown: By the Numbers

Posted: Thu, 10/25/2012 - 6:58pm

I’ve got to admit I could not contain my excitement when an aide to a Massachusetts Senate candidate shared with me her campaign survival secret: an app that counts down to Election Day.

Regardless of whether it’s 25, 14, 12,or 10 days, hours, or minutes -- what’s not to like about knowing the end is in sight?

And in an election year where no outcome is certain, hard numbers provide a certain comfort, or at least the illusion of control.


Why Binders and Big Bird Don’t Matter

Posted: Thu, 10/18/2012 - 5:53pm

Gwen Ifill interviewed Massachusetts senate race candidates Scott Brown (R) and Elizabeth Warren (D) earlier this week in a segment for Newshour.


How Do You Solve A Problem Like Todd Akin?

Posted: Thu, 10/04/2012 - 5:44pm

One of the most enduring tropes in political language is the use of the term “trickle down.”

It was widely used to describe Ronald Reagan’s budget, which was based on the idea that cutting taxes at the top could benefit those in the middle and at the bottom.

At this week’s debate, Mitt Romney went with a variation of the term, accusing President Obama of supporting “trickle down government.”

But the real trickle down this election year can be found in a handful of down-ballot races that could tip the partisan balance in Congress, especially in the Senate.


Why Is Anybody Still Undecided?

Posted: Thu, 10/11/2012 - 4:19pm

Watching FRONTLINE’S “The Choice 2012” this week, I was reminded how drastically different the 2012 candidates for president are.