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The Candidate

What Do We Do Now?: Why Our Leaders Are Better at Campaigning Than Governing

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

What does it really take to be mayor of New York City or president of the United States? Are we measuring the candidates based on those criteria or something else entirely? If the answer is the latter, we are destined to keep getting officials who are very good at campaigning, but perhaps not as skilled at governing.

My Favorite Campaign Movies

Danny Strong | Posted 10.21.2012 | Entertainment
Danny Strong

In the heart of a particularly negative presidential campaign, I've compiled a list of my personal favorite campaign movies.

Why Cultural Literacy Is Dying

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2011 | Home
Marshall Fine

Critics are cultural historians of a sort, trying to tie the present to the past. Audiences, however, apparently don't give a rip. Or, at least, the audience that seem to matter most now, people in their 30s or younger.

Pundits, Bloggers, Activist Leaders Thinking of Running for High Office? Think Again

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Aside from new friends on the far right, poor Mickey Kaus is getting less attention as a supposed candidate for the U.S. Senate than he did as a writer.

What One Learns from Politicos Who Watch Movies...

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Steve Clemons

Lindsey Graham hosted a movie night a couple of years ago and his selection was Seven Days in May. Other hosts were Jane Harman and Susan Collins who picked Thelma and Louise.

Corrupting Habit

Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler

Since the fall of 1969, media discourse has been dominated by debates about the news as a spin zone. But we think this argument over bias has obscured a far more fundamental reality.

I'll Pass On The Rubber Glove

R.T. Eby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
R.T. Eby

I understand Barack Obama's stance on FISA. But when I look at his defense of the position, I imagine the men behind him, including an adviser wearing a rubber glove who has been probing the electorate.