Andrew Romano

Stories by Andrew Romano

  • An Obama Landslide? Watch These States.

    Call them the Icing States. The candidates aren't visiting. The reporters aren't calling. And the rest of the country barely knows they exist....
  • FINEMAN: About Those 'Tightening' Polls...

     Over at "Race to the Finish," my fellow NEWSWEEK blogger Howard Fineman takes a look at the latest "traditional" Gallup tracking poll--which shows "Obama lead[ing] McCain by only two percentage points, 49 to 47 ...
  • The Filter: Oct. 29, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.HOW JOHN MCCAIN RAN AGAINST HIMSELF(Walter Shapiro, Salon)Just over the horizon lies an alternate universe in which John McCain...
  • The Cold Shoulder

    Spotted this morning on the I-95 overpass outside Obama's windy, rainy, 45-degree rally in Chester, Penn.:  GREENPEACE VOLUNTEERS:  [Shivering, dripping, rubbing hands together] STUMPER: Have you won any converts?  GREENPEACE VOLUNTEERS: Not really. STUMPER: Perhaps you should try "Increase Global Warming" instead. GREENPEACE VOLUNTEERS: [Silence, more shivering]  
  • Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor Heat, Nor Gloom of Night ...

    Obama rallies at Widener University in Chester, Pa.  CHESTER, Pa. -- Appearing this morning on the main quad of Widener University here in suburban Philadelphia, Barack Obama braved the blinding rain, rising mud and whipping, 40-degree wind to make one last push for the battleground state of Pennsylvania. But the sense I got sloshing through the crowd of more than 9,000--many of whom stood in the storm for hours before Obama even arrived--was that they didn't come out of concern for anything as prosaic as electoral math. They came because they hoped to witness history.Take Dot Wilson and her daughter Liz. When I caught up with the Wilsons, they were standing ankle-deep in the middle of a swampy outfield. Obama had just finished speaking. I asked what they thought.  "Barack was mesmerizing," said Dot. "Just mesmerizing." So I assume you'll be voting for him in Pennsylvania, right? "Oh no," said Dot. "We came up from Delaware." Turns out that Dot, like some 18 million othe...
  • What If Ridge Were on the Ticket?

    (Mary Altaffer / AP Photo) As longtime Stumper readers will recall, I suffered this past summer from an affliction that could only be described as Ridgemania--that is, the feverish belief that John McCain would be best served choosing former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge as his running mate, despite Ridge's pro-choice views.Now it looks like someone agrees with my previous arguments. His name? Tom Ridge. Asked on Friday if McCain should have picked him over Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the guy all but said yes. "I think the dynamics would be different in Pennsylvania," Ridge explained. "I think we'd be foolish not to admit it publicly." He added that McCain "had several good choices, and I was one of them."As McCain and Palin spend the day stumping across Pennsylvania, Ridge raises an interesting counterfactual question. Would the McCain campaign be better off--today, right now, with one week until the election--if Ridge were on the ticket? As always, hindsight is 20/20--especially ...
  • Barack the Redistributor!

    Today in Cleveland, John McCain made an interesting comment: “That’s what change means for the Obama administration. They’re redistributing. It means taking your money and giving it to someone else.”...
  • Will America Vote Against a 'Dangerous Threesome'?

    (Stephan Savoia / AP)Speaking this morning in Cleveland, Ohio, John McCain sharpened an argument that has emerged in recent days as a central element of the GOP's case against Barack Obama: that electing him president would give Democrats--or, more ominously, "liberals"--complete control over Washington. "This election comes down to how you want your hard earned money spent," he said. "Do you want to keep it and invest it in your future, or have it taken by the most liberal person to ever run for the Presidency and the Democratic leaders who have been running Congress for the past two years -- Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?" Together, he said, they represented a "dangerous threesome." McCain's basic premise is sound. Right now, Democrats narrowly control both chambers of Congress, and experts estimate that they'll pick up between 23 and 28 seats in the House and between seven and nine seats in the Senate. So if Obama wins, it's all donkeys all the time. That said, I'm not sure how...
  • Haass and Bloomberg: Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue

    In this week's NEWSWEEK, two of America's smartest policy wonks--Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg--send unsolicited letters to the next president of the United States. Haass warns of the international challenges ahead; Bloomberg tackles the economy. Below are key excerpts. But be sure to read the whole "President's Inbox" package; it's a important reminder that winning the election will be the easy part. The comments, as always, are all yours. HAASS: There are only two and a half months—76 days, to be precise— between...
  • The Filter: Oct. 27, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.CEDING THE CENTER(David Brooks, New York Times)McCain shares the progressive conservative instinct. He has shown his...
  • Should Gore's 2000 Comeback Give McCain Hope?

     Sometimes strategists say the darndest things. As Dan Balz reports in this morning's Washington Post...... McCain's team dismisses the most dire polls -- those showing the race...
  • The "B" Hoax

    Funny how a quickly a non-story can become a story. When reports...
  • Reductio Ad Absurdum

    (Stephan Savoia / AP Photo)Via Jonathan Martin, I see that John McCain floated a rather curious criticism of Barack Obama this afternoon in Florida:...
  • Rocky Mountain Low

    [youtube:OwARpaKHx_w] When we weighed in Tuesday on reports that McCain insiders now consider Colorado "gone"--that is, breaking for Barack Obama--there was considerable pushback from the campaign's Crystal City headquarters. Unfortunately, actions speak louder than words. As a top McCain strategist told CNN's John King earlier this week, "Most of us have a hard time counting on Colorado." Now, it seems, they're not.A pair of reports released this afternoon reveal that both the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee have decided to drastically slash their ad spending in the Centennial State. According to Evan Tracey of the Campaign Media Analysis Group, McCain ran 195 spots this past Monday, ...
  • Is This Really a 1 Point Race?

    Do you believe that the evangelical share of the electorate will skyrocket from 23 percent in 2004 to 44 percent on Nov. 4? Or that John McCain will clobber Barack Obama by 52 points among voters under 25? ...
  • The Filter: Oct. 23, 2008

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.MCCAIN LAMBASTES BUSH YEARS(Joseph Curl and Stephan Dinan, Washington Times)Sen. John McCain on Wednesday blasted President Bush... whose unpopularity may be dragging the Republican Party to the brink of a massive electoral defeat. "We just let things get completely out of hand," he said of his own party's rule in the past eight years... McCain lashed out at a litany of Bush policies and issues that he said he would have handled differently as president... "Spending, the conduct of the war in Iraq for years, growth in the size of government, larger than any time since the Great Society, laying a $10 trillion debt on future generations of America, owing $500 billion to China, obviously, failure to both enforce and modernize the [financial] regulatory agencies that were designed for the 1930s and certainly not for the 21st century, failure to address the issue of climate change seriously," Mr. McCain said... aboard his campaign plane en...
  • Sam Says: 'Young Voters, Get Mad'

    I'm a "young voter"--as are many of Stumper's most avid readers. So I thought it'd be worthwhile to direct your attention to the latest opus from NEWSWEEK's brilliant financial columnist Robert Samuelson: a cogent, impassioned explanation for why those of us under 35 should forget about "hope" and "change" and start demanding that the next president overhaul government retirement programs. Sam may not be young--but he's right. Listen up, kiddies:...
  • The Price of 'Palin Couture'

    (Stephan Savoia / AP Photo) As the old saying goes, "Clothes make the man"--or woman. But can they unmake her as well? Despite a war in Iraq, another in Afghanistan and a world economic system teetering on the brink of collapse, the good people of Washington D.C. are chattering this afternoon about one thing and one thing only: Sarah Palin's wardrobe. As the Politico first reported last night, the Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 "to clothe and accessorize" Palin since she joined the GOP ticket in late August--a sum that includes purchases of $49,425.74 from Saks Fifth Avenue, $75,062.63 from Neiman Marcus, $9,447.71 from Macy's and $5,102.71 from Bloomingdale's. For Republicans, this is a nightmare. To put it mildly. Palinites, of course, will claim that Palin's new duds are irrelevant. The RNC's expenditures weren't illegal or anything, they'll say. Politicians always invest in clothing and makeup. Which is correct--except that it ignores how Amer...
  • The Bradley Effect? Fuggedaboutit.

    George Rose / Getty Images Or so says FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver--who, as I reported earlier this cycle, has a pretty impressive track record when it comes to predicting election outcomes. As Silver writes in an exclusive NEWSWEEK.com analysis, John McCain and the GOP shouldn't count on the polls overestimating Obama's level of support: "examples like Bradley and Wilder are nearly a quarter of a century old, and there's no proof that the Bradley effect still exists." A key excerpt:Everyone remembers New Hampshire, when nearly all polls predicted a big win for Obama, but Hillary Clinton emerged victorious...What fewer remember is what happened two weeks later in South Carolina. In that case, the Pollster projection had Obama winning by 15 points—but he won by 29. That 14-point error was actually of greater magnitude than the mistake in New Hampshire, if less noticeable because the polls hadn't picked the wrong horse. South Carolin...
  • The Importance of Pennsylvania

     The headline posted on CNN.com last night was crystal clear: "McCain Camp Looking for Way to Win Without Colorado." Unfortunately for McCain, how he'd actually go about winning without Colorado is not.According to CNN Chief National Correspondent John King,  "two top [McCain] strategists and advisers" now say "that situation in [Iowa, New Mexico and Colorado] looks increasingly bleak" and that Crystal City is examining "an Electoral College strategy heading into the final two weeks that has virtually no room for error." That's putting it mildly. Especially because the campaign seems to be counting on Pennsylvania. It's no surprise that the McCain camp has all but conceded Iowa and New Mexico, where Obama leads by 11.8 and 8.4 percentage points, respectively; observers have long considered the Hawkeye State (where Obama is seen as a native son) and the Land of Enchantment (where Obama dominates among Latinos) as out of McCain's reach. But Colorado is a shock. In 2000,...