Andrew Romano

Stories by Andrew Romano

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    Why John Boehner Could Be a Good House Speaker

    John Boehner, the 10-term Republican congressman from Ohio and current House minority leader, seems like a pleasant enough fellow. He enjoys a good round of golf. His voice is smooth and sonorous. His resplendent ocher tan never fades, even in winter.
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    Responsible Rider

    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is small, stiff, and unimposing, so why is he attracting legions of fans? Hint: it’s not the motorcycle.
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    Why the GOP Will Raise Taxes

    Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But someday soon, political and fiscal forces will conspire to make tax hikes very hard for Republicans to resist.
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    How Mitt Romney Is Taking Advantage of the Mosque Controversy

    While Palin and Co. are using the Ground Zero mosque controversy to burnish their far-right bona fides, Romney is seizing on the kerfuffle as an opportunity to do something else entirely: prove that he’s the only grown-up Republican in the 2012 race.
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    Even Springsteen Couldn't Make Jersey This Cool

    At times, New Jersey can seem like the least romantic of states. OK, make that all of the time. So the idea of tastemakers and trendsetters taking their cues from the Garden State has always seemed ridiculous. Especially in the most Jersey-phobic place on the planet: New York City.
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    What Would Reagan Really Do?

    Some Republicans want to impose a Reaganite purity test on this fall’s candidates. Today, though, the 40th president himself wouldn’t pass it.
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    Poll: Afghanistan War Hurting Obama's Support at Home

    The troubled war in Afghanistan is a growing political problem for President Barack Obama. According to a new NEWSWEEK Poll, the lasting impact of his decision to fire Gen. Stanley McChrystal—a move most Americans support—has been to raise doubts about the war and undermine confidence in the commander in chief.
  • Is Chris Christie the Best Governor in America—or the Worst?

    Chris Christie is on a crusade in New Jersey to cut spending, balance the budget, and find a conservative solution to the state's current fiscal crisis—and he's making a lot of enemies along the way. Is this the future of the GOP?
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    I Do, Too

    While my colleagues get the details about marriage right, they miss the big picture. Or at least my big picture. For them, the irrationality of marriage is the reason why modern men and women shouldn't get hitched. For me, it's the reason they should.
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    Tuesday's Primaries: None of the Narratives Apply

    As mandated by the laws of punditry, the day after a big election is usually spent trying to reduce the previous evening's results into one easily digestible narrative. But last night's results from California—and from the rest of the country—defy easy categorization. Maybe that's for the best.
  • The Dems’ Secret Plan to Hold Congress

    Everyone says that the Democratic Party is going to lose scores of congressional seats in November’s midterm elections—even the Democrats themselves. But behind the scenes, the party is doing everything it can to ensure that its losses aren’t nearly as bad as the pundits expect. Will the plan work?
  • Another Dent in the Anti-Incumbent Narrative

    Tuesday's contests in Alabama, Mississippi, and New Mexico have given the pundits yet another opportunity to prattle on about "anti-establishment" fever. But here's what the results really tell us about the 2010 midterms.
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    Rand Paul Loses His Allies

    You'd think, amid all the hubbub, that Paul could count on the support at least one set of allies: his fellow libertarians. But even they are turning against the Kentuckian. What did he do wrong now?
  • Palin-Backed Candidate Falls in Idaho Primary

    Last night, almost no one in Idaho was happier than the supporters of a state representative named Raul Labrador. That's because Labrador managed to come from behind to defeat Vaughn Ward 48 percent to 39 percent in the First District's Republican House primary, even though Ward, a former Nevada state director for John McCain '08, had outraised Labrador nine-to-one ($1.5 million to $173,000) as a top-tier member of the GOP's "Young Guns" program—and had received Sarah Palin's coveted endorsement as a result.
  • Now Pelosi and Reid Want C-Span to Broadcast the FinReg 'Debate.' Sheesh.

    Earlier today, I gently mocked Barney Frank's proposal to televise the FinReg conference committee meetings. My argument: given that the real negotiations will still take place behind closed doors, TV cameras will probably do more to boost partisanship than transparency:...
  • Will Televising Financial-Regulation Debate Help?

    This morning, Politico reported that Democrats are now seeking to finish FinReg by resurrecting "the House-Senate conference committee"--and that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, "even wants C-SPAN there to capture their decision making and expose members who vote with Wall Street."
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    The Rorschach Test

    In the days leading up to Tuesday's electoral extravaganza--which featured heated Senate primaries in Kentucky, Arkansas, and Pennsylvania, plus a bellwether special election in the Keystone State's 12th District--the national political press struggled to find a fitting name for the event. "Turbulent Tuesday" was Politico's pick. "Incumbent Armageddon" was The Fix's.  For awhile, I stayed out of the debate. But now that the results have finally come rolling in, I feel confident that there's only one phrase that accurately captures what happened at the polls today: The Rorschach Test.  That's right: the old psychological evaluation that involves showing inkblots to subjects and asking them to describe what they're looking at. In this case, the inkblots were the day's marquee election contests--and the subjects were political partisans on both the right and the left. Everyone sees what he wants to see. Conservatives will be...
  • Why Tomorrow's Primaries Won't Be a Big Deal—No Matter What Happens

    Prepare yourself. Political types are billing tomorrow as a Super Duper Tuesday of sorts—"a date that ranks as the most important of the election calendar so far," according to Politico's Charles Mahtesian. That means, of course, that there will be some banner election contests: Democratic Senate primaries in Pennsylvania and Arkansas, a Republican Senate primary in Kentucky, and a special election to fill the late John Murtha's congressional seat, again in the Keystone State. But even more, it means that there will be a lot of people like me taking to the airwaves and the Internet to tell people like you what "really's going on here."...
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    Tweet the Press

    I was not excited. My editor had just stepped into my office to discuss a new assignment. The NEWSWEEK brass is interested in Twitter, he told me, but they’re looking for an original way to cover it—which is where you come in. OK, I thought. Fine. For a youngish reporter like me, this is standard operating procedure.
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    Even Reagan Wasn't a Reagan Republican

    In the year and a half since Barack Obama was elected president, Republicans nationwide seem to have given up on the whole governing thing and chosen instead to play a long, rancorous game of “I’m More Conservative Than You Are.”
  • Absurdly Premature Watch, Vol. 15: Sarah Palin, Still a Politician

    News flash! Sarah Palin has endorsed Carly Fiorina in Carlyfornia's California's Republican Senate primary race, and her Tea Party supporters, who tend to side with Fiorina's more conservative rival, Chuck DeVore, are not at all pleased with the decision. As Politico's Andy Barr reports: Palin’s Facebook page is littered with comments opposing her endorsement of Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard. “The only REAL CONSERVATIVE is Chuck DeVore. Fiorina is a RINO [Republican in name only] and wedon't need any more of those in [California],” one irate commenterwrote. “Why wouldn't you back Chuck DeVore???” “Sorry Sarah but I think Chuck DeVore is the conservative candidate youshould be supporting,” added another, who was followed up by a DeVoresupporter who wrote: “I don't agree with this endorsement AT ALL! Whatare you thinking Sarah?” Hate to say I told you so guys, but, well, I told you so. For anyone who's been paying attention to...
  • Why the Media Ignored the Nashville Flood

    As you may have heard, torrential downpours in the southeast flooded the Tennessee capital of Nashville over the weekend, lifting the Cumberland River 13 feet above flood stage, causing an estimated $1 billion in damage, and killing more than 30 people. It could wind up being one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history....
  • The Tea Party Is Now Irrelevant in Indiana

     Even though most nonpoliticos probably blinked and missed it—and by "blinked" I mean "watched the American Idol contestants butcher the music of Frank Sinatra"—last night just so happened to be the first Super Tuesday of the 2010 election season. The primary battles in North Carolina and Ohio ended rather predictably, with Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher winning the Democratic Senate nod in the Buckeye State and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall topping rival Cal Cunningham in North Carolina's complimentary contest. But that was OK, because no one was really interested in those races anyway. The marquee show was in Indiana, where a three-way Senate battle between the establishment pick, former GOP senator Dan Coats, and a pair of Tea Party-flavored rivals, former representative John Hoestetler and State Sen. Marlin Stutzman, promised to reveal where the Republican Party was now, and where it was going (or something like that). So what happened?A cursory search of...
  • Why Dems Need to Have More Trust in Government

    At their best, charts and graphs are more than just the Y axes and X axes and data points that make them up. They're narratives in number form. In that sense, the most interesting statistical story I've read lately is the Pew Center's interactive map of Public Trust in Government: 1958-2010—both for explaining how we got here, politically speaking, and for predicting why President Obama's first year in office may prove to be the last gasp of activist Democratic governing in a long time.   The overarching narrative here is pretty simple. Back in 1958, more than 70 percent of Americans said they trusted government to do the right thing "most of the time" or "just about always"; six years later, in the wake of President Kennedy's assassination, that number was approaching 80 percent. What happened next is familiar: Vietnam, "the '60s," Watergate, Jimmy Carter, and the rise of movement conservatism. By the time Ronald Reagan...