Gwen's Take

The Danger of The Sweeping Conclusion

Posted: October 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Breaking News: Herman Cain has endorsed Mitt Romney.

If that's news to you, it's because it happened four years ago. Thanks to Conor Friedersdorf at the Atlantic for the reminder that everything old is new again.

Controlling The Stage: A Politicians' Primer

Posted: October 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Politics is not an ego-free business. And why should it be?

I got a taste of that this week as New Jersey’s Chris Christie and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took themselves out of Presidential consideration. I saw the other piece of that formula when I interviewed Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt at the Washington Ideas Forum.

Longing for a Knight: Isn’t Someone Going to Ride To The Rescue?

Posted: September 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm

It took a proud Jersey girl in the audience--- now living in California and quoting her Italian mother--- to declare what some Republicans across the country are saying to Chris Christie. “She told me to tell you. You gotta run for President,” the woman said. Many reporters wanted to know how he’d respond to that as well.

Debate Night: When the Questions Count As Much As The Answers

Posted: September 23, 2011 at 10:11 am

Updated:  Friday, Sept 23-10am

If you are a political junkie like me, there can never be too many candidates’ debates. FOX? CNN? MSNBC? Have at it. The more they talk, the more we learn.

But as someone who has gotten the chance to moderate a debate or two, or three, I find myself focusing on the questioners – the handful of journalists and commentators who get to steer the conversation.

Searching for Bottom: Why Everybody Had A Bad Week

Posted: September 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm

"I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day." -- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

By now it is old news that the President of the United States is in a deep political hole, with daylight growing ever farther away. He doesn’t have gum in his hair yet, but it’s doubtful the White House would admit it if he did.

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