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Carl Bernstein

Entries by Carl Bernstein

Voter Beware: Of Ralph Nader

(608) Comments | Posted November 1, 2008 | 7:51 PM

The game of "What If?" history is almost always a useless, speculative exercise - and always definitive on the question of Ralph Nader in the presidential election of 2000, and the history of the world thereafter.

What if Nader hadn't gotten a passel of votes in Florida? Al Gore...

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Ayers and the McCain-G. Gordon Liddy Symbiosis

(473) Comments | Posted October 13, 2008 | 3:19 PM

Does John McCain "pal around with terrorists?"

Certainly McCain's continuing "association" and relationship with the convicted Watergate burglar and domestic terrorist G. Gordon Liddy might suggest that is the case, if we are to apply the standards drawn by the McCain campaign.

In 1998, Liddy gave a fundraiser...

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What the Palin-Biden Debate Really Told us

(336) Comments | Posted October 3, 2008 | 11:03 PM

Who won the Palin-Biden debate? Barack Obama, I suspect.

Who was the big loser? In an historic fortnight that had already underscored his erratic nature, John McCain.

The fact that Palin was able to string her sentences together last night - which she couldn't manage to do in her unscripted...

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The Palin Pick -- The Devolution of McCain

(622) Comments | Posted September 25, 2008 | 4:53 PM

In one of our many conversations as we crisscrossed the country during his campaign for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, John McCain said to me, "I've always tried to act on what I thought was the best for the country. And that has guided me.... The only thing I...

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What Will a Hillary Clinton Presidency Look Like?

(214) Comments | Posted April 13, 2008 | 6:26 PM

What will a Hillary Clinton presidency look like?

The answer by now seems obvious: It will look like her presidential campaign, which in turn looks increasingly like the first Clinton presidency.

Which is to say, high-minded ideals, lowered execution, half truths, outright lies (and imaginary flights), take-no prisoners politics, some...

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Hillary Clinton: Truth or Consequences

(429) Comments | Posted March 26, 2008 | 1:59 PM

Hillary Clinton has many admirable qualities, but candor and openness and transparency and a commitment to well-established fact have not been notable among them. The indisputable elements of her Bosnian adventure affirm (again) the reluctant conclusion I reached in the final chapter of A Woman In Charge, my biography of...

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An Analysis on Clinton After Iowa

(102) Comments | Posted January 5, 2008 | 3:56 PM

Let's be frank: There are more than a few levels on which what has happened in Iowa -- and its carryover -- is the Clintons' worst nightmare. The shining aspect of the Clintons' politics has always been their understanding of the tragedy of race in America. Each has spoken eloquently...

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