Andrew Romano

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  • Liveblogging... and Beyond

    NEWSWEEK editors Carl Sullivan, Mark Coatney, Arlyn Tobias Gajilan and Patrick Enright are liveblogging tonight's vice-presidential debate HERE.For my preview, click HERE. I'm in St. Louis, watching live--from the press file. I'll be back after the show with my analysis.  
  • Two from the Road...

    ITEM! When Sen. Joe Biden's campaign plane landed at Signature Flight Support in St. Louis this afternoon around 4:00 p.m Eastern, Gov. Sarah Palin's plane was still on the tarmac. How did I know? Because Palin's plane actually says "McCain-Palin"--unlike Biden's, which features the name of Minneapolis's low-cost Sun Country carrier: Wasn't Obama supposed to be the candidate with all the cash?ITEM! The meal on board Joe Force One this afternoon was the appropriately named "Philadelphia Executive Pack": a cheesesteak or chicken cheesesteak with a soft pretzel and Tastykake on the side: Clearly this was some sort of pre-debate comfort food for Sen. Biden, who lives well within the suburban orbit of Philadelphia. (As it was for Stumper, who grew up on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River.) My only question is whether it was the "Breakfast of Champions" sort of comfort food--or more like a last meal. Hotcha! Thank you ladies and germs. I'll be here all week. 
  • From the Department of Preaching to the Choir

    Spotted last night around 9:45 p.m... in Brooklyn, NY... on Bravo... during "Project Runway"... Obama's preemptively defensive new health care ad, which casts his plan as the moderate middle ground between "government run health care, higher taxes" on the left and "insurance companies without rules denying coverage" on the right:[youtube:jnk8minM3Qg]Who knew that Obama was targeting upscale, Bravo-watching Brooklyn fashionistas? A bold move, I say. A bold move.Next thing you know John McCain will be going after the military vote. In Oklahoma. 
  • No Doubts in Delaware

     WILMINGTON, Del.--After climbing into a taxi outside Wilmington's Amtrak station just now--I'm flying out to St. Louis with the Obama campaign--the first thing I did, naturally, was ask my cab driver about the depot's most famous customer: Joe Biden.Have you ever seen the senator in person? I said, assuming he had. Biden never fails to mention--in what's become stump shorthand for his blue-collar roots--that he rides the train home from Washington every night the Senate is in session.I wasn't disappointed. "All the time," said Calvin Peters, a wide grin spreading across his face. "Just last night, in fact. Sometimes I see him at the 7-Eleven, sometimes he's shopping at the grocery store. At the station, he talks to the cops or even the other cab drivers. And he always makes sure to say hello to Mr. Chen, who owns the Presto! Cafe."So I'm guessing you're going to watch tonight's debate? "Oh, yeah," said the 29-year old. "Absolutely. I can't wait." When I asked who was going to...
  • The Filter: Oct. 2, 2008... Veep Debate Edition

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.BIDEN VS. PALIN: PITFALLS GALORE(Jonathan Martin vs. Ben Smith, Politico)Between Sarah Palin, with her repeated missteps in a series of...
  • The Audacity of Blame

    [youtube:bsSo7sC9M2s]John McCain's latest ad is a marvel of modern political audacity. ...
  • McCain's Iowa Interview: More Pointless than Peevish

    [youtube:kHcPXfgD4jM]It's all the buzz this afternoon among Beltway types: video clips of John McCain speaking to the the Des Moines Register editorial board yesterday that objective observers are billing as "a hard-edged McCain that is rarely seen on film"--and that more partisan reviewers are calling "shocking... mean... nasty... rude... [and] arrogant." According to them, it's rated R--for really, really enraged. "Wow!" says one commenter over at the Politico. "Wait till this shi...hits the [mainstream] press!"Did McCain make a mistake in the DMR interview? Absolutely. Does it have anything to do with his performance? Not in my view.It's not that McCain doesn't get kind of peeved in the clips. He does. It's just that I don't think he seems surly enough to even marginally impact what moderate, undecided voters think of him. Will die-hard Obamans see evidence here of McCain's "temperament problem"? Sure. But that's what they want to see. Clearly hoping to stoke the "McCain is...
  • Could Indiana Go Blue?

    Picture a swing state. Got it? Good. Chances are it looks peninsular, like Florida. Or triangular, like New Hampshire. Or maybe even amoeboid, like Ohio....
  • The Filter: Oct. 1, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.NEW VOTERS LIKE OBAMA, BUT MAY NOT SHOW UP AT POLLS(Sara Murray, Wall Street Journal)A nationwide poll of Americans who are eligible to vote for the...
  • Palinsanity

    (AP Photo / Henny Ray Abrams) Wall Street Journal, Sept. 29. 2008, re: the media's unfair coverage of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: From her campaign's perspective, Gov. Palin isn't getting media attention for her contributions. For example, with foreign leaders last week [at the United Nations], she had detailed conversations about the national-security and global implications of the energy crisis, one adviser said. Stumper, Sept. 23, 2008, re: Palin's visit to the UN: Originally, the McCain campaign indicated that two editorial journalists--Elizabeth Holmes of the Wall Street Journal and CNN embed Peter Hamby--would be allowed to attend the so-called “pool sprays” before Palin’s conclaves, which are basically "glorified photo opportunities during which journalists can snap photos and film footage and–if they’re lucky–shout a question or two at Palin"... But an hour before the events, the McCain campaign decided to bar both Holmes and Hamby, claiming that the sprays were appropriat...
  • Ad Hawk: 'Bipartisanship?' Spare Us.

    Breaking news! John McCain and Barack Obama agree--at least in theory.In response to the surprising collapse yesterday afternoon on Capitol Hill of the Bush Administration's $700 billion plan to bailout the imploding financial industry, both McCain and Obama called for--wait for it--"bipartisanship." Speaking this morning at an economic roundtable in Des Moines, Iowa, McCain bemoaned "the lack of resolve and bipartisan good will among...
  • So Who's Winning Now?

    The current Real Clear Politics electoral map reflects the latest polls; it is not a prediction of the outcome ...
  • The Filter: Sept. 30, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.IN BAILOUT VOTE, A LEADERSHIP BREAKDOWN(Jackie Calmes, New York Times)The collapse of the proposed rescue plan for the teetering financial...
  • Free Sarah!

    [youtube:r36Xc0GG4iQ] In an item last Thursday about Sarah Palin's increasingly incoherent interview performances, I suggested that John McCain had mishandled his vice-presidential nominee. My take:Palin is an unknown quantity--and by sequestering her from...
  • The Peanut Gallery

    (Chip Somodevilla / AP) Hi everyone,It's Friday night and I feel alright... because Barack Obama and John McCain are about to debate. (Yes, I just quoted from Montell Jordan.) I'll be handling the post-debate duties for NEWSWEEK tonight, so check back around 11:30 for my instanalysis. Until then, feel free to weigh in on the up and downs in the comments below. Consider it your own NEWSWEEK liveblog. Something tells me you'll have plenty to say.This, apparently, is how we do it.  Thanks for reading,Andrew
  • The Expectations Game, Vol. 3

    Starring in the latest round of pre-debate Expectations Gaming--read Vol. 1 here and Vol. 2 here--is top...
  • The Bull Leaves the China Shop

    (Gerald Herbert / AP) In a statement emailed to reporters at 11:24 this morning, John McCain spokesman Brian Rogers announced that the "McCain campaign is resuming all activities and the Senator will travel to the debate this afternoon." I'm thinking of suing for whiplash. At first, I was willing to give McCain the benefit of the doubt on his "amazing gambit." As I wrote yesterday, if he, Obama and Bush had emerged from Thursday's White House summit having ratified the fragile preliminary agreement between Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the Administration, congressional Democrats and Senate Republicans--four of the five parties necessary for consensus--I would've said "no harm, no foul." McCain may have been irrelevant, but at least he wouldn't have been a destructive force. In that case, debate away. But instead he's proven to be a bull in a china shop--or, more accurately, a bull that 1) misleadingly says the china shop is in disarray before he enters; 2) vows not to leave ...
  • The Debate: It's On

    Here's the full text of the extraordinarily bizarre statement just put out by McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. To me, it almost seems as if McCain is saying that he's decided to debate BECAUSE Washington wasn't reaching a bipartisan consensus--a stark reversal from his earlier insistence on not debating unless such a consensus was reached. For my analysis of McCain's zig-zag, click here.For Holly Bailey's report on the run-up to the announcement, click here.  ...
  • The Expectations Game, Vol. 2

    In the first installment of our pre-debate Expectations Game series, we focused on the transparently fulsome praise flying back and forth between the Obama and McCain camps in advance of tonight's clash at Ole Miss--the point of which, of course, was to convince the press and the public than anything short of a Cicero-level performance from their rival would represent the most abject of disappointments. But we neglected to provide any examples of that other Expectations Game mainstay: preposterous self-deprecation. Here, then, is Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs trying to spin reporters yesterday in Washington into believing that Obama is the worst debater in the history of the world:...
  • Wolffe: Getting Ready to Rumble... Or Not Rumble

    My NEWSWEEK colleague Richard Wolffe reports on Barack Obama's preparations for tonight's (possible) presidential debate. Obama in Florida. (Chris Carlson / AP) Ensconced this week in his hotel near Tampa, Florida, Barack Obama...
  • The Filter: Sept. 26, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.MCCAIN LEAPS INTO A THICKET(Adam Nagourney and Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times)As a matter of political appearances, the day’s events succeeded most...
  • Opportunity Knocks...

    [youtube:mvOrNqkSXyA] Hot on the heels of John McCain's request to postpone Friday's inaugural presidential debate comes this press release from Bob Barr, who says he's " more than willing to step in to participate" in McCain's absence. How generous.In case you're wondering, Bob Barr is running for president. As a Libertarian. Who is Bob Barr? you ask. A former Republican congressman from Georgia who led the impeachment efforts against President Bill Clinton, he's probably most famous nowadays for appearing in the Borat movie to accept a block of cheese made from Borat's wife's breast milk. That's right: the little guy with the mustache and glasses who bears an unsettling resemblance to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr.Take it away, Bob. Your 15 minutes seconds begin... now:With the recent proposal of Senator John McCain to postpone the first ...