Andrew Romano

Stories by Andrew Romano

  • 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...
  • ALTER: Are McCain's War Wounds Really to Blame for His 'Computer Illiteracy'?

    Last Friday, I posted an item called "Obama Plays the Age Card (Again)" that was critical of Chicago's efforts to portray McCain as unfit to occupy the Oval Office simply because he's not yet a fluent computer user. As I wrote at the time, the Obama camp's "Still" ad exaggerated some of McCain's past statements and ignored others in a subtle attempt to paint the Arizona senator as not only "out of touch" but senile. In an update added later that day, I noted that there might be another reason--beside incuriosity--why McCain isn't yet maintaining his own MySpace page: his war wounds. In 2000, the Boston Globe reported that "McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes," while Forbes Magazine later added that even though "McCain is an inveterate...
  • The Filter: Sept. 15, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories. BANK MELTDOWN WALLOPS CAMPAIGNS(Mike Allen, Politico)America's banking instability could upend the final 50 days of the...
  • Kliff: A Letter from the Forgotten Campaign

    By Sarah Kliff The blogs lit up over pigs with lipstick. But Joe Biden? As America spent the week deconstructing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the spotlight seemed to skip over the senior senator from Delaware--i.e., the other vice-presidential nominee. One recent poll asked Americans which candidate they would most like to have dinner with; only 7 percent chose Joe as their dinner date. The media wasn't exactly clamoring to get cozy with him either. This week, I spent four days in Biden's traveling press entourage. I was one of  just seven reporters following him--two from print publications and the rest from major television networks. We took to calling ourselves the JV team. One morning a rumor spread among us that the Straight Talk Two (one of McCain’s chartered planes) was overweight and the campaign was asking reporters to volunteer to fly commercial. Meanwhile, Air Biden usually hovered around one-third occupancy. Each of us took up our entire row--and we gave a life-sized...
  • You Want Service Initiatives? We've Got Service Initiatives.

    Sometimes I think all the outrage directed at the MSM is misguided. But sometimes it's warranted. Case in point: last night. On the seventh anniversary of Sept. 11, both Barack Obama and John McCain went on stage at Columbia University here in New York to discuss the theme of national service. It wasn't the sexiest subject, the candidates didn't even appear together and there was little partisan rancor to feed the press's endless appetite for drama. But as the Washington Post's Michael D. Shear and Jonathan Weisman noted this morning in the lede of their report on the event, both candidates did "pledg[e] to inspire a new commitment to public service." More specifically, they "Promis[ed] National-Security Initiatives"--that is, new policy proposals meant to encourage "service through teaching, the military, the Peace Corps and faith-based volunteering." Unfortunately, Shear and Weisman didn't bother to tell their readers anything about said policies. Instead, we got McCain ...
  • Memo to the Candidates: Stop Talking About Earmarks. Please.

    This election could wind up being about a lot of things. The economy. The war in Iraq. Whether Sarah Palin's mooseburgers are better than Barack Obama's chili. But there's at least one thing that it won't be about:Earmarks. Our...
  • The Politics of Stupidity

    Years from now presidential historians will look back on Sept. 9 as the day the 2008 campaign got completely and utterly stupid....
  • The Filter: Sept. 10, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.CAMPAIGNS ADJUST THEIR PACE TO MEET SHORT SEASON(Adam Nagourney, New York Times)Senators John McCain and Barack Obama...
  • Romney: 'I Had a Sense It Wasn't Going to Be Me"

    The media may have thought that Mitt Romney was a finalist for the job of John McCain's running mate. But Romney himself recently told NEWSWEEK that he wasn't so easily fooled. "I had a sense it wasn't going to be me," he said in an interview with Stumper and assorted colleagues last week in St. Paul. For months, speculation to the contrary was intense. On June 30, the Politico's Mike Allen reported that "Romney is at the top of the vice presidential prospect list for John McCain," and 50 days later, on Aug. 20, both Time's Mark Halperin and New York magazine's John Heilemann wondered aloud--or, rather, online--whether McCain's ongoing flirtation with pro-choice pols like Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge was really "a bit of elaborate gamesmanship designed to make Evangelicals more grateful than they otherwise might be for the selection" of Romney, "a running mate who, despite being pro-life, the religious right has some qualms about." But as it turns out, Romney knew he wouldn't get t...
  • The Filter: Sept. 9, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.OBAMA FANS OUT, MCCAIN STAYS PUT(Peter Nicholas, Los Angeles Times)...
  • So Who's Winning This Thing?

    The current Real Clear Politics electoral map; it reflects the latest polls and is not a prediction of the outcome...
  • The Filter: Sept. 8, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.THE SIXTY-DAY WAR(John Heilemann, New York)The implications of McCain’s Hail Mary were puzzling at a glance. Was...
  • The Cheaper Seats

    About the time John McCain was accepting the Republican presidential nomination last night, this photo came across the wires:(PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)In case you haven't fully familiarized yourself with the glamor shot in the upper left-hand corner of this page, that's yours truly in the front row of the Xcel Energy Center's media workspace, second from the left. I'm flanked (from left to right) by my NEWSWEEK colleagues Adam Kushner, Holly Bailey and Carl Sullivan. We had the best press seats in the house.Speaking of the media and seating, I just boarded the 9:18 Northwest flight from Minneapolis to New York-LaGuardia and, lo and behold, spotted Anderson Cooper and Diane Sawyer sitting in the same row up in first class. Stumper, on the other hand, has been relegated to seat 25B. Second row from the back of the aircraft. Middle seat.  One must know one's place. I'll be in transit for much of the rest of the day--and probably sleeping for the rest. Expect lighter-than...