Stories by Andrew Romano

  • The Filter: Sept. 24, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.ECONOMIC FEARS GIVE OBAMA CLEAR LEAD OVER MCCAIN IN POLL(Dan Balz and Jon Coen, Washington Post)More voters trust Obama to deal with the economy, and he currently has...
  • Gerson vs. Harris: Is Palin Prepared for the Presidency?

    In the latest print edition of NEWSWEEK, atheist author Sam Harris and former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson duke it out over the question of whether Sarah Palin is experienced enough to be president. I weighed in on the topic earlier this month, writing that "when it comes to...
  • The Filter: Sept. 23, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.THE DEATH OF POLICY(Michael Gerson, via Politico Playbook)[I]t is President Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, by proposing the massive government purchase of bad debt, who have assumed the mantle of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is John McCain and Barack Obama who are playing the role of Roosevelt's more timid, forgotten foils, ‘Martin, Barton and Fish.’ Having last week criticized the role of the Federal Reserve in bailouts -- demonstrating a tin ear of elephantine proportions -- McCain now calls for a bipartisan oversight board to review the government's rescue attempt. Mankind perishes. The world grows dark. McCain calls for a review board. Obama has been no better, responding with his usual mix of caution and blame. … The 2008 presidential campaign has become notable for its vacuity … It did not begin this way. Early in the campaign, McCain talked about his un-Republican environmental views and undertook a national poverty tour...
  • DARMAN: Here They Go Again

    As my NEWSWEEK colleague Jonathan Darman writes in the latest dead-tree mag, Rovean tactics alone do not win the Republican Party elections. This is...
  • The Filter: Sept. 22, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories. (FYI: I'm on the road right now, so I'll be getting a slightly later start on posting than usual. Thanks for reading, Andrew)POLICIES SOUND THE SAME, BUT GOALS ARE DIFFERENT...
  • The Filter: Sept. 19, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.WHY IT'S GETTING MEANPeggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal: ...
  • Palin's Favorability Rating? Still Slipping...

    Going down? On Tuesday, I reported that Sarah Palin's favorability ratings, which peaked shortly after the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, were starting to slip. Between Sept....
  • Spain: Did McCain Know What He Was Talking About?

     ¡Ay, caramba! All of a sudden, John McCain has a problem with Spain. In an interview Monday with Radio Caracol WSUA 1260AM, a Spanish-language station from Miami, the Republican presidential nominee was asked whether he would "be willing to invite President Jose Luis Zapatero to the White House." This should have been an easy question for McCain to answer--because he's answered it before. Speaking to a reporter from the Spanish newspaper El Pais back in early April, McCain said, "this is the moment to leave behind discrepancies with Spain." (President Bush has yet to hold a formal bilateral meeting with the center-left Zapatero, who withdrew troops from Iraq shortly after taking office in 2004.) "I would like for [President Zapatero] to visit the United States," McCain added. "I am very interested not only in normalizing relations with Spain but in obtaining good and productive relations with the goal of addressing many issues and challenges that we have to confront togeth...
  • Why I'm Glad I'm Not Traveling with Joe Biden Today

    (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert)From the pool report by Perry Bacon, Jr., of the Washington Post on Joe Biden's visit this morning to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio: [Biden] then approached the print pooler and said, “you look liked you played some, man.” As the print pooler was saying ‘no I didn’t,” the candidate moved closer, tapped his upper chest and said “you need to work on your pecs.” Stumper hereby nominates Joe Biden as America's first Frat Boy in Chief. What's next? Beer pong in the Lincoln Bedroom? Free Abercrombie and Fitch cargo shorts for visiting heads of state? A Chris Farley National Monument? We can only imagine what Biden would've said about Stumper's feeble T. Rex arms...
  • The Filter: Sept. 18, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.CAMPAIGN TRAIL REPORTERS SIDELINED...
  • The Obama-Biden Mind Meld?

    [youtube:VRZVKE0cnK8] As regular Stumper readers probably know by now, I'm totally addicted to "Bidenisms." By that I don't mean the stupid stuff that seems to slip from the Delaware senator's mouth as at semiregular intervals--like when he said that Barack Obama was "clean and articulate" last February. I'm talking about a different (and more frequent) verbal tic: the need to preface everything he says with a word or phrase meant to emphasize his own honesty. To date, I've collected about a dozen of these "I'm Being Candid" catchphrases. They include "literally" (often repeated several times in a row); "this is factual"; "I'm not making this up"; "I mean this sincerely"; "I'm serious"; "I'm not joking"; "this is not hyperbole"; "this is the God's honest truth" and "I mean it." The only thing that matters more to Biden than speaking his mind, it seems, is letting you know that he's speaking his mind....
  • McCain and Palin Pull Back the Curtain... A Little

    It was a moment of earth-shattering import--a brief, blinding instant when everything we ever thought we knew about the nature of the universe was suddenly thrown out the proverbial window. This morning as Alaska Governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin ducked into Karl's Restaurant and Deli in Cleveland, Ohio to greet a group of patrons, the press pool that's followed her every move for the past three weeks requested a reaction to the AIG bailout. And Palin--gasp!--actually responded. “Disappointed that taxpayers are called upon to bailout another one,”...
  • The Filter: Sept. 17, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.CANDIDATES PROMISE BROAD CHANGES FOR WALL STREET...
  • Where's Bill?

    [youtube:4sKhtO6CoeM]With the market in meltdown mode--the "worst financial crisis since the Great Depression," say experts--and Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama still struggling to make his economic message heard above the daily din of campaign distractions, we here at Stumper headquarters have a simple question to ask:Whither Bill? As in, Bill Clinton. Last Thursday, Obama and Clinton met for lunch in the latter's Harlem offices. Before sitting down to dine, they told a gaggle of reporters that the former president had agreed to start stumping for his possible successor later "this month." "I'm going out," he said. "Whatever I'm asked to do." The plan was for Clinton to hold regular campaign events in both rural and urban areas of...
  • Obama's $66 Million Month? Impressive--But He Still Has a Lot of Work to Do

    How can you make $66 million in one month and not be sitting pretty? If your name is Barack Obama. Announced Sunday, Obama's August fundraising haul was, simply put, stunning. Stunning because it broke the previous single-month money record. Stunning because it came from an unprecedented pool of 2.5 million individual contributors, including 500,000 first-timers. But stunning most of all because it may not be enough to establish a meaningful money edge over John McCain's Republican Party and justify the Democratic nominee's decision to opt out of public financing.The important...
  • The Filter: Sept. 16, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.CANDIDATES STRIVE TO BREAK THROUGH MEDIA FOG(Adam Nagourney, New York Times)[It's] one of the most frustrating...