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Confidence, Conviction and Campaign 2012

Gwen's Take

I once covered a politician who was a very certain man.

He remained convinced throughout his public career that he knew best – certainly better than any naysayer, political opponent or reporter.

His certainty got things done, but you had to accept that his priorities and values were the correct ones. He acted first and accepted – but did not welcome -- questions later. He was a Democrat, but only because that’s how you got elected in Baltimore. And he was unwavering.

On the Radar: April 4, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

Meaning What You Say

Gwen's Take

It’s a familiar cycle. Voters say they want new faces and fresh thinking in Washington. But once the newcomers arrive in the nation’s capital, they discover themselves consigned to back benches and basement offices.

Reality soon sets in. It’s harder than it seems to get things done.

But in both the House and the Senate this year, first-termers are making their presence felt on deficit spending, defense budgets, anti-terror laws -- and even Big Bird.

On the Radar: November 16, 2010

Legacy: On The Radar

On the Radar: November 5, 2010

Legacy: On The Radar

On the Radar: November 4, 2010

Legacy: On The Radar

October 22, 2010

Weekly Show

Accusations and attack ads abound as midterm races get down to the wire. Karen Tumulty (Washington Post) reports on California’s contentious elections, Doyle McManus (Los Angeles Times) analyzes the too-close-to-call PA Senate race, Charles Babington (AP) discusses Obama’s last-minute campaign blitz. And Kate Zernike (New York Times) looks at the Tea Party’s impact on the 2010 elections.

On the Radar: October 21, 2010

Legacy: On The Radar

On the Radar: October 12, 2010

Legacy: On The Radar

October 8, 2010

Weekly Show

As both parties rush to fire up their bases, can Democrats regain their footing by November? Peter Baker (New York Times) and Michael Duffy (Time Magazine) discuss party strategies and the latest polling. David Wessel (Wall Street Journal) looks at why the economic recovery has stalled. And Joan Biskupic (USA Today) on whether protesting at military funerals constitutes free speech.