Andrew Romano

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  • Clinton Camp: Hillary's 'Going to the Convention'

    Here's NEWSWEEK's Suzanne Smalley with a dispatch from the spin room. CLEVELAND, Ohio—So much for feeling honored to share the stage with Barack Obama (as Hillary Clinton said almost sweetly at the University of Texas debate last Tuesday, a comment which many people saw as a valedictory signaling the end of her campaign). Last night, Hillary Clinton 5.0 was on stage at Cleveland State University, taking on Obama and NBC News moderators with equal venom. There were audible gasps in the campus's large ballroom, a.k.a. "press file center", when, seemingly out of nowhere, a furious Clinton snapped after NBC anchor Brian Williams cut off a 16-minute policy debate on health care by asking her about her positions on NAFTA. Clinton, who may have been frustrated that she couldn't land a decisive blow on health care—her pet issue and one on which her campaign believes she clearly bests Obama—complained that she always gets questioned first. That may be true, but...
  • The Filter: 2.27.08

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.COMBAT IN CLEVELAND: A Complicated Challenge on One Side; a Single Task on the Other (Nagourney, New York Times)In Crucial State, a Contentious Debate (Washington Post)Hillary Clinton Plays Victim Card (Simon, Politico)20th Debate: Reality Show or Spinoff? (Stanley, New York Times)Obama Tells Clinton: 'I Don't Whine' (Politico)No Pain, No Gain (Corn, Mother Jones)The Clang-Fest in Cleveland (Scheiber, New Republic) TEXAS TWO-STEP VOTE COULD TRIP UP CLINTON(June Kronholz, Wall Street Journal)How is this for irony: Sen. Hillary Clinton, the ultimate Democratic...
  • McCain's '100 Year' Conundrum

    Sure, the Straight Talk Express ain't what it used to be. But John McCain is still startlingly candid on occasion. Take today, for example. At an event in Rock River, Ohio, the Arizona senator told the crowd that to win the White House he must convince a war-weary country that U.S. policy in Iraq is succeeding--and if he can't, "then I lose. I lose." "I don't think there's any doubt that how [voters] judge Iraq will have a direct relation to their judgment of me," he added. McCain, of course, is right: his fate is tied to Mesopotamia. (If the president thing doesn't work out, Mac, perhaps you should consider a slot with the McLaughlin Group.) But it's not only--or even mostly--what happens on the ground in Baghdad that matters. In truth, McCain's White House chances may have more do with another candid admission, and how strongly it influences voters' judgment--not of Iraq, but of the candidate himself: "Make it 10...
  • Fear Not, Hillary. Stumper Readers to the Rescue!

    Last Friday, I told the good readers of Stumper to imagine they were political consultants newly drafted by Hillary Clinton to pilot her comeback. "The advice came fast and furious (rest assured, it's no different at Clinton HQ in Arlington). Over the weekend, I sifted through more than four dozen smart, substantive suggestions, and here's the most interesting stuff I found:1) Be a Mother: This was by far the most common response, and I agree that Clinton would be well served by "being herself" as much as possible. Neither I--nor the commenters--think this means something as simple as "showing her softer side." Instead, Clinton should strive to recapture the tone and style she displayed to great effect at the end of last Thursday's debate in Austin: supportive and compassionate, yet steely. The commenters called it maternal, and I think they're right. "The problem with Ms. Clinton's Campaign was that as soon as she found her...
  • How Stumper Would Save the Clinton Campaign

    Easy. Replace Bill Clinton with Tina Fey.(I'll post the best of your campaign strategies in just a few.)  Damn you, NBC-Universal. Or should I say "Sheinhardt Wig Company." No more Fey on the YouTube, so try this link for your fix. 
  • The Filter: 2.25.08

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.THE NEWSWEEK ROSTERWITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE...(Evan Thomas and Michael Isikoff)McCain's denial that he had a romantic relationship with a lobbyist was firm, but it invited a game of catch me if you can.HILLARY SHOULD GET OUT NOW(Jonathan Alter)Clinton has only one shot—for Obama to trip up so badly that he disqualifies himself.HAND-TIED BY THE TIMES(Howard Fineman)In running for president, John McCain loses his voice.HOW THEY HAVE LOST(Jonathan Darman)In defeat, the Clintons are remarkably adept at picking up the pieces.OBAMA: GOOD FOR THE JEWS?(Michael Hirsh and Dan Ephron)Hillary Clinton's surrogates are questioning Obama's commitment to U.S.-Israel relations. THE BEST OF THE REST: SOMBER CLINTON SOLDIERS ON AS HORIZON DARKENS(Patrick Healy, New York Times)To her longtime friends, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton...
  • The Stumper Superdelegate Watch, Part I of ???

    From the AP: The Democratic superdelegates are starting to follow the voters — straight to Barack Obama. In just the past two weeks, more than two dozen of them have climbed...
  • Strong Signs in the Lone Star State for Obama

    If Hillary Clinton wants to kickstart a comeback, she needs to win Texas on March 4. But don't take it from me. Just ask her most devoted surrogate--some guy named Bill Clinton. "If she wins Texas and Ohio, I think she will be the nominee," the former prez told a crowd in Beaumont on Wednesday. "If you...
  • The Return of Ralph

     In presidential politics, John McCain is (or was, as recently as last November) what one would call an "underdog." Mike Huckabee might fairly be labeled a "long shot." Ron Paul? A beloved, well-funded impossibility. And then there's Ralph Nader. If you haven't checked up on the anti-corporate crusader since, say, 2004, you might be surprised to learn that, on Jan. 30, he went to the trouble of launching a presidential exploratory committee. That's right--"presidential." As in, the United States of America. And now, according to an email sent this morning to supporters (hat tip to Ben Smith) it's looking like Nader has convinced himself that the third time's the charm. As you know, we've been exploring the possibilities in recent weeks. And here's one question that keeps coming up: What's been pulled off the table by the corporatized political machines in this momentous election year? Answer: Cutting the huge,...
  • Pop Quiz, Hotshot: How Would You Save the Clinton Campaign?

    In last night's pre-debate huffing and puffing, every pundit agreed: Hillary Clinton needs to change the course of the Democratic contest. But no one knew how, exactly. By evening's end, it was clear that Clinton herself was divided, veering from comity to canned critiques to compassion--and doing nothing to knock Obama off his stride.What would you do differently? Imagine. You’re a political consultant, drafted this week by Clinton’s campaign to help pilot her comeback. Your candidate has lost the last 11 primaries by sizable margins. And the demographic groups who once flocked to your side—women, voters with incomes below $50,000, Latinos—have begun straying into your rival’s camp. The veterans in your candidates inner circle are at odds—some feel salvation lies in going negative, while others fear that a scorched-earth strategy would divide the party and do lasting damage to her legacy. So, newcomer, what’s the game plan? How should Clinton spend the next two weeks, in...
  • The Filter: 2.22.08

    A round-up of this morning's must read stories. DEBATE TAKES ON CONTENTIOUS AIR(Patrick Healy and Jeff Zeleny, New York Times)Mr. Obama, buoyed by 11 straight victories in the most recent...
  • Stumper Liveblogs the Democratic Debate! Now!

    The headline pretty much says it all. When Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama face off tonight in Austin, I'll be here at Newsweek.com covering every little glare, gaffe and gotcha moment in breathless, blinkless liveblog fashion. The best part? You can join in.  Thanks to good folks at CoveritLive, you can send me your comments, reactions and analysis as the action unfolds--and I'll incorporate the smartest, funniest stuff into my coverage. Got a question? I'll try to answer it. Want to play pundit? Be my guest. Go here to chime in now.Thanks for reading,Andrew 
  • Has the Times 'Awoken a Sleeping Giant' with the McCain Story?

    Having spent five-and-a-half years in the Hanoi Hilton, John McCain knows a thing or two about being a victim. But playing the victim for political gain? That's something the steely senator has always shied away from, and rightfully so....
  • The Filter: 2.21.08 ... McCain Shocker (or 'Smear') Edition

    A round up of this morning's must-read stories.FOR MCCAIN, SELF-CONFIDENCE ON ETHICS POSES ITS OWN RISK (Jim Rutenberg, Marilyn W. Thompson, David D. Kirkpatrick and Stephen Labaton, New York Times) Early in Senator John McCain’s first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers.A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers,...
  • The Filter: 2.20.08

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.YESTERDAY'S RESULTS(In case Stumper is your only source of election news. I'm flattered.)Wisconsin (D)Obama: 58 percentClinton: 41 percentHawaii (D)Obama: 76 percentClinton: 24 percentWisconsin (R)McCain: 55 percentHuckabee: 37 percentPaul: 5 percentWashington (R)McCain: 49 percentHuckabee: 22 percentPaul: 8 percentWISCONSIN AND HAWAII HAND VICTORIES TO OBAMA(Patrick Healy and Jeff Zeleny, New York Times)Senator Barack Obama decisively beat Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Wisconsin...
  • McCain, Victorious, Takes Aim at Obama--Again

    Here's Holly Bailey reporting from John McCain's Wisconsin victory party (in Columbus, Ohio). Without a real rival for the Republican nod--sorry, Mike Huckabee--the Arizona senator is using the windows of free, uninterrupted air time after his primary wins to attack the man he's expecting to face next November--Barack Obama. If his past two performances are any indication, McCain plans to focus his fire on Obama's "inexperience" and two most controversial foreign policy ideas--his willingness to meet with leaders critical of America and carry out strikes against terrorists in Pakistan. (Hillary Clinton also takes issue with Obama's positions here.) Obama's response? “John McCain’s remarks tonight shows why he’s offering nothing more than a third term of George Bush’s policies," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton in an email to reporters. "More fear-mongering, more than a century of war in Iraq, and more budget-busting tax cuts for the...
  • The Best Hillary Fan Video (Until the Next Hillary Fan Video)

    And by best we mean worst. (Hat tip to Wonkette) If you love adolescent lyrics and off-key, high-pitched, vibrato-heavy warbling, you'll love "Hillary Clinton--Making Our Dreams Come True." Personally, I miss "Hillary4U&Me." The less I say--other than "beware"--the better. But I do have a few factual quibbles. Despite what ron0iQRe claims, I suspect the senator from New York has, in fact, "heard the word impossible" at some point over the past six decades.  Also, this time there time for chance. There is always time for chance. I'll leave it at that. "Enjoy."