Andrew Romano

Stories by Andrew Romano

  • Roadtrippin' with Rudy

    BOCA RATON, Fla.—Rudy Giuliani has seen better days.Take, for example, Dec. 16, 2007, the day CNN and Gallup released a national poll showing Giuliani crushing his rivals for the Republican nomination by 11 points. Or, for that matter, any day before Dec. 16, 2007, when he led the field by as much as 24. In every single poll. Here in Florida, one need only look to Jan. 7—a mere three weeks ago—to find Giuliani up by seven. If you scroll back to November, the margin expands to 21.But alas. Today, Giuliani trails Mitt Romney and John McCain by seven in the Sunshine State and places a distant fourth in national surveys behind McCain, Romney and Huckabee. If the early-state voters are to be trusted, Giuliani is currently a less viable contender for the GOP nod than Ron Paul. America's Mayor finished sixth in Iowa, fourth in New Hampshire and sixth again in South Carolina; Paul at least managed fifth-place finishes in the Hawkeye and Palmetto States.It's not hard to see why....
  • The Filter: 1.27.08

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories--live from the Hilton Garden Inn in lovely Boca Raton, Florida.THE NEWSWEEK ROSTER:JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF(Evan Thomas and Suzanne Smalley)Bill Clinton has morphed from statesman into attack dog. Everyone's barking back—except, perhaps, the voters.HERE AN F.O.B., THERE AN F.O.B.(Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball)Since leaving office, Bill's gotten by with a little help from his friends. Now he's re-examining his circle.I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME SNORE(Julia Baird) In a new book, 30 female writers critique Hillary Clinton. Again. And again. And still miss the point. ROMNEY: 'LOOK AT MY RECORD'(Howard Fineman)Romney wants to fix the economy and Washington, but first he has to repair his own reputation.OBAMA PLAYS OFFENSE(Jonathan Alter)The senator tells NEWSWEEK he's 'not going to back down.' But he knows he'll get knocked around.EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE(Arian Campo-Flores)As...
  • An Obama 'Rout '

    From the AP: Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton...
  • It's Palmetto-State Primary Time!

    Dear reader(s), We almost didn't make it. A full week has passed since the last nominating contests, forcing Stumper to resort to nutty indulgences like "spending time with friends" and "taking a shower" to deal with the effects of withdrawal. But finally the day has come; while I type, South Carolina Democrats are heading to the polls to vote for their candidates of choice. As with Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Michigan and the South Carolina Republican contest, we'll spend the day looking at "what's next" for the remaining contenders as they depart Gamecock Country and fan out across the continent in advance of Feb. 5's coast-to-coast Super Tuesday bonanza.Thanks for reading,Andrew 
  • This Is What Happens When You Show Up Late to an Event on the Eve of a Primary

    You sit on the floor outside. And get your picture taken doing it.   Why, you ask, was I late? Three words: Maurice's Gourmet Barbecue. Yes, again. How can something so wrong feel so right? Photo from yesterday's John Edwards event in Columbia by Robert Willett of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer. For the rest of his gallery, click here.
  • Ad Hawk: Quick, Mitt, Hide the Windsurfing Photos

    On Jan. 1, we noted some eerie overlap between current Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his Democratic predecessor John Kerry. Both hail from the Bay State. Both speak French. Both grew up wealthy. Both lack the common touch. Both had fathers in government. And both are "rather robotic in person, with stentorian voices permanent stuck on the 'politician' setting." Two weeks later, top McCain strategist Steve Schmidt added another similarity to the list: they're both "flip-floppers. " Now the McCain camp is taking the Kerry analogy one step further--and it may be one step too far. That's right, ladies and gentlemen--they're breaking out the windsurfing (see ad above)."Where does Mitt Romney stand?" asks the voiceover. "Whichever way the wind blows." Kerry, you'll remember, was fond of the water sport, and Bush's opposition researchers soon seized on it as a devastating metaphor for his shift...
  • The (Primary Eve) Filter: 1.25.08

    A (quick) round-up of this morning's must-read stories.THE CLINTONS' PATRONIZING STRATEGY (Jonathan Alter, Newsweek)WHO'S SIDE IS JOE LIEBERMAN ON? (Jeffrey Bartholet, Newsweek) WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE GOP RACE? (RealClear Politics) GIULIANI: BIG APPLE FLAVOR AT THE FLORIDA DELI (Washington Post) HAS GIULIANI BLOWN IT? (National Review) EDWARDS RISES IN S.C. Polls (The State) FOR EDWARDS, A ROLE AS A POSSIBLE KINGMAKER (Wall Street Journal) DEMOCRATS TEST MESSAGES IN EARLY NATIONWIDE ADS (New York Times)THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN'S SILENT SHAKE-UP (New Republic)CLINTON CAMPAIGN SEES VALUE IN KEEPING FORMER PRESIDENT IN ATTACK MODE (New York Times) CLINTON, OBAMA BACK OFF ATTACKS (Washington Post) CLINTON'S DEPRESSING ASSAULT ON OBAMA (Washington Post) THE HOARSE RACE: WHEN CANDIDATES LOSE THEIR VOICES (Wall Street Journal) 
  • GOP Debate: Playing It Safe

    Here's NEWSWEEK'S Holly Bailey from Boca Raton with a report on last night's Republican snoozefest... or, um, "debate":Maybe Fred Thompson should have stayed in after all. His droll...
  • Slideshow: On the Rope Line

    BEAUFORT, S.C.--Shots from the Obama post-game show at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort: Eye to Eye: Obama spots Stumper in the crowd  Speaking of security, it's been particularly intense here in South Carolina. I followed Obama in Iowa and New Hampshire without any static, but so far today the police or Secret Service guys have... ... nearly removed and destroyed a backpack I left unattended for 15 seconds. ... barred me from returning to my car for ten full minutes because Obama was departing from the same lot. ... locked me out of both the media and public entrances to a high-school rally after I arrived five minutes late.  ... and shouted me down, pulled up beside me on motorcycle and turned me back when I walked down a driveway they'd blocked off to vehicles. I wonder if the threats that earned Obama the earliest Secret Service detail in election history are worse here than elsewhere. Or maybe it's just because Stumper looks so menacing. 
  • Rocky Onboard, McCain Informs the Country That He Is, In Fact, Gonna Fly Now

     Contributed by Holly BaileyThe biggest news on the campaign trail today is not the smackdown between Bill Clinton and Barack Obama or the almost too close to call Florida GOP primary. This morning came word that John McCain has gotten the endorsement of Sylvester Stallone. That’s right: Rambo digs the Straight Talk. “I like McCain a lot. A lot,” the actor told Fox News. “You know, things may change along the way, but there’s something about matching the character with the script. And right now, the script that’s being written and reality is pretty brutal and pretty hard edged like a rough action film, and you need somebody who’s been in that to do deal with it.” Dude! Sly does have a point: That script, I mean the world, is a scary place. It’s hard to imagine a ‘roided up Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee parachuting into the jungle with a pocketful of grenades and a makeshift crossbow and ripping the hearts out of bad guys. Rudy Giuliani, maybe. Or Ron Paul, if he ditched the blimp,...
  • Hey Hillary, Forget Iowa and New Hampshire. Welcome to New Jersey.

     HACKENSACK, NJ--The good people of the Garden State are, to borrow a phrase, "fired up." And I suppose you could say they're "ready to go" as well.Last night, Hillary Clinton came to Hackensack for her first major New Jersey rally of the cycle--and the fervor reached levels typically reserved for candidates named "Barack Obama." The queue snaked hundreds of yards from the front door of the Bergen Academies high school to the far reaches of the parking lot; dozens gave up on getting a seat and could be seen retreating to their cars even before the event began. Amped as the atmosphere was, though, I suspect that the hubbub arose less from her fame and senator-next-door status than something more fundamental: the novel allure of seeing a real, live presidential candidate--any presidential candidate--in a state that hasn't had a say in the nominating contest since... well, ever. (Or at least in my lifetime.) Losing to Obama by 12 in the Palmetto...
  • The (Headin' Back to South Carolina) Filter: 1.24.08

    A (quick) round-up of this morning's must-read stories.EDWARDS STRUGGLES FOR ATTENTION, EVEN IN NATIVE STATE (USA Today) THOMPSON: 'A LACKLUSTER CANDIDATE' (Newsweek) ROMNEY, MCCAIN TAKE LEAD IN FLORIDA; TAX TALK PERVADES (Washington Post)ROMNEY LEADS IN ILL WILL AMONG GOP CANDIDATES (New York Times) ROMNEY'S WALLET KEEPS HIM IN THE RACE (Wall Street Journal) THE CHINKS IN GIULIANI'S 9/11 ARMOR (Los Angeles Times) GIULIANI FINDS SNOWBIRD FRIENDS IN FLORIDA, BUT IS HE WINNING OVER VOTERS? (New York Times) HUCKABEE ALIENATES GOP IN ARKANSAS (Washington Times) SOME IN PARTY BRISTLE AT CLINTON'S ATTACKS (Washington Post) OBAMA PULLS PUNCHES VS. CLINTONS (Politico) 
  • Factchecking the Democratic Slugfest

    If you thought the insults, accusations and attacks would stop after Monday night's feisty Democratic debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C.--well, you were wrong. Yesterday, Hillary Clinton reiterated her debate-night swipes at Obama on a host of issues, including Ronald Reagan, Iraq and health care. The goal: to undermine Obama's greatest strength--the perception that he's not a typical politician--by painting him as a timid, flip-flopping panderer (i.e., a typical politician). In response, the Obama camp said Clinton and her husband are "willing to say anything, distort anything, and twist anything in order to win an election." I am rubber, you are glue... Undeterred, Clinton is out today with a radio ad in South Carolina pounding Obama again for noting that the "Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years,” and Obama goes negative for the first time--on bankruptcy, NAFTA and economic stimulus--in...
  • The Filter: 1.23.08

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.CANDIDATE TURN ATTENTION TO GYRATING MARKETS(Adam Nagourney, New York Times)The weakened economy and the turmoil in financial markets have helped...
  • Hillary Likes Me. She Really, Really Likes Me.

     It's always nice to get an email from Hillary Clinton, because even though she's sort of standoffish on the trail, she really, you know, opens up when she's rocking the Microsoft Outlook.Take this morning, for example. At 11:50 a.m., I received a message from "Hillary Clinton" titled "The next debate." Hillary, it seems, was just dying to ask me something. "One of my favorite moments in any debate -- like the one we had last night -- is ...
  • MC Mitt in da Hizzouse

    An MP3 download of the Baja Men's 2000 novelty hit "Who Let the Dogs Out?": 99 cents.Some 'bling bling': Between $1.00 and $1 million.Seeing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney utter both phrases at a Martin Luther King Birthday celebration in Jacksonville, Fla. yesterday: Priceless."Dogs" at the start; skip to 2:30 for the "bling." This is why YouTube exists. 
  • The Filter: 1.22.08

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.MERCHANTS OF TRIVIA(Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone) Stripped of its prognosticating element, most campaign...
  • Wolffe: Turning Up the Heat

    NEWSWEEK's Richard Wolffe on tonight's heated Democratic debate:Family therapists might want to study the two Democratic...
  • The Filter: 1.21.08

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.THE NEWSWEEK ROSTER IN THE SHADOW OF BUSH (Evan Thomas)The...