January 2014

Gwen’s Take: Butterflies, Rainbows and Midterm Realities

Posted: Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:27pm

To applaud or not to applaud: a predictable State of the Union ritual [Photo: CNN].

The State of the Union speech gives Washington a chance to reacquaint itself with ritual. When else do we need to know the name of the House doorkeeper? What other extended opportunity do we get to study the body language of the president, the vice president and the speaker of the house -- in a single screen shot?


Gwen’s Take: Broad Strokes and Fine Lines

Posted: Thu, 01/23/2014 - 5:04pm

"Herblock: The Black & The White" is the new HBO documentary about the career of the legendary Washington Post political cartoonist.  [Photo: HBO].


Gwen’s Take: The art of the authentic apology

Posted: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 4:54pm

In many ways, it was a relief to hear New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declare he was apologetic, humiliated, embarrassed and sad after an odd tale of bridge and tunnel retribution exploded on his watch this week.

“I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution,” Christie said of the George Washington Bridge lane closures allegedly carried out by his staff last fall. “And I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here, regardless of what the facts ultimately uncover. This was handled in a callous and indifferent way.”