Andrew Romano

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  • The Filter: March 14, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.MAVERICK WANTS TO PAINT BLUE STATES RED...
  • Videos of the Day

    OBAMA: Forget those false (and politically malicious) "Obama is a Muslim" rumors. Now the Illinois senator's unusual name has been linked to another "exotic" entity: the small town of Obama, Japan, known the world over for its delightful "lacquered chopsticks."No word yet on whether the connection has destroyed Obama's chances with the crucial "bigoted South Pacific combat veterans" demographic. Then again, something tells us they were going to vote for John McCain anyway.CLINTON: Back in February, Stumper mercilessly mocked the creator of "Hillary4U&Me," a painful, over-choreographed pro-Clinton "music video." " Sadly, the video, which was made by Texas volunteers, does not aspire to the same level of Three's Company-era professional polish as "Hillary4U&Me"--and so, despite ourselves, we find it kind of adorable. The awkwardly improvised lyrics, the sporadic clapping, the fist-pumping...
  • The Filter: March 13, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.MCCAIN TO MEDIA: LET'S STAY TOGETHER(Mike Madden, Salon)The "Straight Talk Express" that McCain rode through New Hampshire and Massachusetts Wednesday was a swankier version than the one he had two months ago, with red velvet couches and slabs of marble holding lights to the walls. Eight reporters, plus Joe Lieberman, squeezed into the back lounge with McCain for an 80-minute trip from Portsmouth, N.H., to Boston, while his press secretary sat in the hallway... The tone was conversational, and it felt less adversarial than on other campaigns where candidates don't spend as much time with reporters. (Like Obama, for instance, who walked away from a tense press conference last week, growling, "I just answered, like, eight questions.") ... McCain clearly likes having the press around, more than most politicians do. Never mind that he jokingly calls reporters "Trotskyites" and "jerks."...
  • Expertinent: The Political Psychology of Race and Gender

    Talk about good timing. A week ago, Cornell law student Gregory S. Parks emailed me a law review article that he had just coauthored with university professor Jeffrey Rachlinski. The subject? "Unconscious race and gender bias in the 2008 election." In addition to their legal studies, both Parks and Rachlinski (whose academic efforts have focused on the influence of human psychology on decision-making by courts, administrative agencies and regulated communities) boast Ph.Ds in psychology. On Monday, I decided to call them up for a chat. The next day, of course, race and gender consumed the national conversation (yet again) when Clinton supporter and former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro told a California newspaper that "if Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position." Revisiting my conversation with Parks and Rachlinski this morning, I realized that many of the questions we covered--who's battling the more difficult biases? is the ...
  • Ferarro's Remarks? Bad News All Around.

    Guess what? Everyone loses.   At March 7, 7:52 a.m., the Daily Breeze of Torrance, Calif. printed an interview with former Democratic vice presidential candidate and current Clinton finance committee member Geraldine Ferraro in which the pioneering politician said something about Clinton's main rival, Barack Obama, that was both baffling and offensive. "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she said. "And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."  As if running as a black man named Barack Hussein Obama was, like, easy. More than four days later, at 5:03 this afternoon, Obama spokesman Bill Burton emailed reporters a statement slamming Clinton for "refus[ing] to denounce or reject Ms. Ferraro" and demanding that her campaign remove Ferraro from its finance committee. "She has once again proven that her ca...
  • What to Watch in Mississippi

    The outcome in today's Magnolia State primary is unlikely to surprise anyone. Unless the laws of politics--and mathematics--suddenly collapse in on themselves, Barack Obama should defeat Hillary Clinton by relatively wide margin. Five polls taken over the last week show Obama leading Clinton by an average of 18 points; on March 6 an InsiderAdvantage survey posted a smaller spread of plus six for Obama--spurring stories like this--but by March 9 the public opinion firm had him up by nearly 20. The major reason for Obama's lead: a Democratic electorate that's 56 percent African-American. When blacks, who typically vote for Obama four- or five-to-one, make up a majority of voters, as they did in Georgia (51 percent), Alabama (51 percent) and South Carolina (55 percent) it's very, very hard for anyone else to win--let alone come close. That said, if you can tear yourself away from the coverage of Eliot Spitzer's sex scandal, Mississippi is still worth watching....
  • The Stumper Superdelegate Watch, Part IV of ???

    Reporting last week that Barack Obama's secret stash of 50 delegates was, according to the campaign, a myth, I floated an intriguing conspiracy theory: that perhapsI'm starting to suspect that I was on to something. On March 4, the Obama campaign announced three new superdelegate endorsements. The following day they added a pair of names to their rolls, and followed up on Thursday with two more. Pausing for the weekend--when readers and reporters aren't paying much attention--they resumed the steady superdelegate drip this morning with two further statements of support, strategically filed from Mississippi (which votes tomorrow) and North Carolina (May 6). For those of you who are keeping score at home, that's nine supers for Obama since March 4--nearly a fifth of his supposed cache--at a rate of 1.5 per day (or about 2 per weekday). Overall, Obama has netted 52 party poobahs since Super Tuesday. Clinton's quarry? Two--and zero since Texas and Ohio. Who...
  • The Filter: March 10, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories. Be sure to check out NEWSWEEK's Hillary Clinton cover package with essays from women inside and out the magazine (including Tina Brown), plus Evan Thomas on Clinton, Howard Fineman on Pennsylvania and Jonathan Alter on his mother's dilemma....
  • Obama Wins Wyoming

    As expected, Barack Obama takes another Western caucus. Going by last month's North Dakota results (61-38 Obama), yesterday's margin of victory--again, 61 percent for Obama to 38 percent for Clinton--was exactly as I'd projected. According to CNN, that should net Obama three delegates, cutting Clinton's March 4 edge in half. If Obama wins Mississippi on Tuesday by 20 to 30 points (seven to nine delegates)--a reasonable expectation given his blowouts in Georgia and to a lesser extent Alabama--he'll not only completely erase Clinton's recent gains but will essentially make Pennsylvania meaningless in terms of delegates. Clinton would have to win by more than six to regain any ground, and even then, she'd still trail by 140 or so.But don't expect my friends in the media to play up that particular storyline. Only six weeks to go! 
  • Clinton Backer Supports a 'Dream Ticket'

    Stumper, March 5: Pennsylvania Governor (and Clinton supporter) Ed Rendell, March 7: Brownstein: Do you think it would make sense for the winner to offer the Vice Presidency to the loser, either way?...
  • The Filter: March 7, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.GO ALREADY!(Jonathan Chait, New Republic)She would need 15 more Ohios to pull even with Obama. She isn't going...
  • More on the Florida/ Michigan Delegate Mess

    For Arian's original report, click here. By Arian Campo-Flores The delegate dispute continues to heat up. On Wednesday, Gov. Crist and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm released a joint statement calling on the national parties to seat their states' delegates. "It is intolerable that the national political parties have denied the citizens of Michigan and Florida their votes and voices at their respective national conventions," the statement read. "Today, we each will call upon our respective state and national party chairs to resolve this matter and to ensure that the voters of Michigan and Florida are full participants in the formal selection of their parties' nominees." On Thursday, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson chimed in, warning Howard Dean that the DNC is facing the "biggest train wreck you've ever seen" if the delegate standoff isn't resolved. In a letter to Dean, he said that the committee should either accept the results of the...
  • OMG! Obama Isn't Ready to Lead, Says Adviser! Or Not.

    We media types love our soundbites--especially when they're taken completely out of context.At 10:46 this morning, Kate Phillips of the New York Times posted a video on the paper's Caucus blog under the headline "Obama Aide: Neither Candidate Ready for 3 a.m. Call." I've reposted it above. The clip shows Susan Rice, a foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama, comparing her boss's foreign policy experience to Hillary Clinton's "against the tableau" of the latter's attention-getting 3:00 a.m. ad, which sought to cast doubt on Obama's readiness for office in the run-up to Texas and Ohio last week. “Clinton hasn’t had to answer the phone at three o’clock in the morning and yet she attacked Barack Obama for not being ready,'’ says Rice in the clip. “They’re both not ready to have that 3:00 a.m. phone call.”Embarrassing? Yes. The whole story? Not really. As Phillips noted, it was "[Clinton's] campaign"--disguised,...