Jonathan Darman

Stories by Jonathan Darman

  • The Confessions of Eliot Spitzer, Cont.

    An update to our April 27 cover story: A journalistic flare-up over whether NEWSWEEK played a role in Eliot Spitzer's political rehab.
  • You Can’t Go Home Again

    Reagan called it the place where good Republicans go to die. But has the very idea of Orange County expired?
  • Robert Caro's Last LBJ Volume

    Robert Caro spent decades living LBJ's life. His goal with the last volume is the same as itwas with the first: to endure.
  • The NEWSWEEK Poll: Holding Steady

    Jonathan Darman reports:With less than two weeks left in the presidential contest, Barack Obama continues to hold a commanding double-digit lead over John McCain according to the latest NEWSWEEK Poll....
  • The GOP's Palin Problem

    If McCain loses, the GOP will have a head vs. heart decision to make about the party's veep pick.
  • What Millennials Should Ask of Obama

    Dear Young Americans:I won't tell you how special you are because you've heard it before. For the past nine months, the mainstream media have showered you with adulation. Before the Iowa caucuses, Barack Obama's campaign said you'd be his secret weapon, showing up for him like you'd never shown up for a presidential candidate before. Reporters didn't believe it; they'd seen that MTV special before, heard about the hidden youth vote and knew it never panned out.But you proved them wrong; you did pan out. You surprised the media, and the media like nothing more than a surprise. Since then it's been a nonstop lovefest—your reputation is secure as the most idealistic and engaged group of young people since the '60s, an optimistic lot who believe that Obama really is different from all the rest. You've made his rallies into cultural events, his candidacy into a movement. You've done what no one thought was possible: you've made politics seem cool again.So I don't have to tell you how...
  • The NEWSWEEK Poll: Drawing Even

    By Jonathan Darman With 53 days until Election Day, John McCain has pulled even with Barack Obama in the latest NEWSWEEK Poll....
  • Lieberman: ‘Moderately Liberal’?

    By Jonathan Darman Days before he takes the stage in St. Paul, Minn., at the GOP convention, independent Democrat Joe Lieberman’s being constantly rewritten on both the left and right. In a New York Times column last Monday, conservative commentator Bill Kristol floated the notion that Lieberman was still in the running to be John McCain’s running mate. Lieberman, Kristol said, could acclimate with the McCain era-GOP in spite of having a “moderately liberal voting record.”But conservatives who care more about a candidate’s economic orthodoxy than his support of the war in Iraq might have a hard time seeing what’s so moderate about Lieberman. In Connecticut, Lieberman has long counted on strong ties to organized labor, the bête noir of movement conservatives. In 2007, according to the National Journal, he supported a liberal economic agenda 76 percent of the time. The National Education Association, the powerful teachers union, gave Lieberman an “A” for 2007, and he supported...
  • What Rielle Hunter Told Me

    A seeker and a New Age spiritualist, John Edwards's other woman believed she could help him make history.
  • The Noble History of Flip-Flopping

    So it has already come to this. At the end of its first month, the great and noble general-election campaign of 2008 has been defined by a single question: who is the biggest flip-flopper? Barack Obama has reversed himself on campaign financing (he opted out of the public system that, as recently as last November, he swore to uphold) and on FISA legislation (he signed on to a compromise granting immunity to telecom companies that had cooperated with the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping after filibustering a similar measure last year). John McCain switched sides on offshore drilling—after years of opposing the idea, he announced last month that it would play a major role in his energy policy—and reminded us of earlier reinventions as a Bush tax-cut supporter and opponent of Roe v. Wade. True believers in both men are glum: if Mr. Maverick and Mr. New Politics won't stick to their principles, who on earth will?It is worth remembering, before the depression sets in too...
  • The Clintons in Defeat

    In defeat, the Clintons are remarkably adept at picking up the pieces.
  • A Tale of Two Cities, and Two Stadiums

    History repeats itself, but not without a few wrinkles. We make the connections—then pick them apart.The housing of 10,000 fire evacuees at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium drew comparisons with New Orleans's post-Katrina chaos. The Superdome had death and mayhem; Qualcomm had Starbucks and free massages. The unspoken (and bogus) insinuation: affluent, white San Diego behaved better than poor, black New Orleans.New Orleans tragically assumed citizens would flee the area altogether rather than stay in the stadium, even though 100,000 residents didn't have cars or any transport out. San Diego planned much better, using Reverse 911 calls to urge residents to flee. Qualcomm evacuees had ample space and more food than they could eat.The Superdome offered no escape. Surrounded by water, evacuees could not leave for days, even after electricity, food and water supplies dwindled. The storm blew part of the roof off the Superdome itself. Qualcomm was never in fire danger. Most shelter seekers...
  • A Reluctant Rebel's Yell

    Chuck Hagel wears pain on his face. The senior senator from Nebraska earned two Purple Hearts in Vietnam, where a mine blew out his eardrums and delivered a sharp burn up the left side of his head. When he is thinking hard, his brow droops low, weighted and weary; when he smiles, his eyes slip into thin slits. His brother Tom calls this Hagel's "running gear"--the thick mask of intensity he shows the world.That intensity was on display last Wednesday as he sat and stewed at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The panel was considering a resolution condemning President Bush's proposal to send 21,000 additional troops to Iraq; Hagel, a cosponsor of the resolution, would be the only Republican on the committee to vote for its passage. As he listened to his colleagues make their cases for and against the president's plan, Hagel told NEWSWEEK he noticed something missing: an acknowledgment that the Senate was talking about committing real troops, the men and women whose ...