Politico’s ‘Obama to Destroy Romney’ Piece Is, Well, ‘Weird’

There’s a lot of chatter–and presumably more to come–about this Politico story today (8/9/11): Obama Plan: Destroy Romney By Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin August 9, 2011 04:29 AM EDT Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s reelection campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early-stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee. It’s a safe bet that the Obama campaign, being a political campaign, will engage in some pretty rough stuff. But this piece makes it sound like something terrible […]


June 2007 Flashback: The Clinton/Giuliani Election

I noticed a few stories in today’s USA Today (6/13/11) about supposed Republican front-runner Mitt Romney. There will be plenty more of this to come–horserace commentary based on polling that’s being done in order to give journalists a reason to talk about one candidate more than another, which candidate has “momentum” and so on. It’s worth remembering that the polling at this stage of the race is useless. Actually, it’s probably worse than that, since the political press corps obsesses over this trivia at the expense of doing any actually useful reporting about the candidates. I wanted to find a […]


To WaPo, Planet’s Fate Is a ‘Second-Tier Issue’

The Washington Post had a piece yesterday (6/9/11) on Mitt Romney’s views on global warming. It serves as a reminder that Republican political candidates are under enormous pressure from the right-wing base of the party on this issue–any politician who’s ever suggested that climate change is a problem, or backed efforts to address it, is in trouble. This is an important thing to point out. But that doesn’t mean the Post thinks climate change is important. See the article’s lead sentence: It seemed like a straightforward question on a second-tier issue: Would Mitt Romney disavow the science behind global warming? […]


Fortune Journalist–and Mitt Romney Adviser?

Sasha Issenberg reports in the Boston Globe (3/2/10) that Fortune magazine Washington bureau chief and Fox News pundit Nina Easton advised Republican Mitt Romneyon his recent book No Apology. Easton told the Globe that she “offered some writer’s advice on things like structure and how to better tease out themes in his writing.” This isn’t the first time Easton has had conflict-of-interest issues; her husband was a media consultant to Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, and earlier worked for John McCain’s bid, entanglements that Easton dealt with by avoiding writing about her spouse’s boss (L.A. Times, 3/19/07). As Issenberg notes: Many […]