Gwen's Take

Covering the oil disaster

Posted: June 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

As President Obama struggled to assert control over what is clearly an uncontrollable situation, I had the chance to assess the unspooling oil disaster dilemma this week by talking to folks living with it, and folks watching from afar.

If White House officials listened to either conversation, they will detect that their greatest enemy may be the uncapped well, but the second greatest is despair.

Unconventional Wisdom

Posted: June 11, 2010 at 8:38 am

I am frequently wrong. Now there’s an admission you won’t hear that often from someone who makes a living in Washington.

But this most recent round of primary results reminded me of all of the times I have assumed outcomes and wound up on the wrong end of a prediction. There are sitting members of Congress who still give me the hairy eyeball when we meet because I underestimated them once. This is the real reason I am not a pundit. I hate being wrong, and am so good at it.

The Perils of Ambition

Posted: June 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm

On a hot summer day in 2008, I visited the Civil Rights Institute in downtown Birmingham with the man who thought he was going to be Alabama’s first African American governor.

California Post - Schwarzenegger: A Left Coast Fable

Posted: May 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I was strolling through the town square in the pretty, precious town of Mill Valley, California last weekend, reporting on California’s gubernatorial race, when I realized I might have to change my mind about politics.

Only a few weeks ago, I told an audience in Tampa, Florida that, when it comes to news value, their state is the gift that keeps on giving. (Think Elian Gonzales, Charlie Crist, the 2000 recount). Politics is never boring in the Sunshine State.

When Washington Insiders Become Outsiders

Posted: May 20, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Every few years, national politics seems to get a jolt. Tuesday’s elections in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas proved once again how Washington insider status can be a two-edged sword. One man’s experience can be another’s complicity – especially in times of national voter discontent.

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