Gwen's Take

Romney’s Veepstakes: Searching for Mr. (or Ms.) Right

Posted: July 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I am about to break a promise I made to you. I said this would be a safe space, one that would not turn itself over to rank speculation about the vice presidential sweepstakes.

But the candidates for president have invested so much time and energy trying to change the subject from whatever they don’t want to talk about this week that it has become nearly impossible to land anywhere else.

Cheers and Jeers At the NAACP Convention (And Why Candidates Like Them Both)

Posted: July 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

You have probably already heard that they booed Mitt Romney and cheered Joe Biden at the NAACP convention in Houston, Texas this week. Here is why it goes much deeper than that.

I’ve covered my share of NAACP conventions over the years. The attendees are aggressively middle-class, overwhelmingly well-churched, and incredibly well-informed. They are also mostly Democrats.

But educated, churchgoing middle-class people are also usually pretty polite. They boo when they feel they have been goaded.

Our Messy Liberties, Then And Now

Posted: July 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

On the Fourth of July, I poured a cup of coffee and started my day reading the Declaration of Independence at my kitchen table. Out loud.

You should try it. It’s one thing to think you know what it says. It’s another thing to hear the words come back at you in your own voice.

We all remember the opening phrases -- “When in the course of human events...” and “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal….” But how many of us recall how in-your-face the rest of the document is?

Washington’s 100-Degree Day of Contempt, Constitutionality & the Rule of Law

Posted: June 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I can say quite honestly that Thursday was among the most dramatic days I’ve ever seen unfold in Washington.

Understanding that I was too young to witness the Kennedy funeral or the Nixon resignation firsthand, watching the Supreme Court uphold a sweeping health care law hours before the House of Representatives voted to find an attorney general in contempt of Congress -- for the first time ever--- was riveting.

The Apple War: How One Man Took On The Nation's Divisive Politics

Posted: June 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Greg Clement saved the Brunswick, Ohio apple orchard and restaurant he now owns from foreclosure last year. He grew up there and decided to use his experience launching a successful software firm to save a piece of his childhood.

So when Mitt Romney's campaign advance team came to town scouting out a place for a rally, Clement was thrilled to offer up picturesque Mapleside Farms, with its acres of apple trees and sweeping views of the Appalachian foothills.

Gwen with Greg Clement (NewsHour)

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