Andrew Romano

Can the Tea Party Really Cut Spending by 40 Percent?

Tea Party candidates love to talk about fiscal austerity. They say that President Obama has been on a dangerous spending binge, and that only they have the fortitude and courage to stop him. But they rarely get specific about how, exactly, they intend to balance the budget. Thankfully, one candidate now has. The only problem? His specifics are bonkers.

How Tea Partiers Get the Constitution Wrong

Tea Partiers engage with the Constitution in such a selective manner that they're clearly relying on it more as an instrument of self--affirmation and political division than a source of policy inspiration. Welcome to the new culture war.

Why John Boehner Could Be a Good House Speaker

John Boehner, the 10-term Republican congressman from Ohio and current House minority leader, seems like a pleasant enough fellow. He enjoys a good round of golf. His voice is smooth and sonorous. His resplendent ocher tan never fades, even in winter.

Responsible Rider

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is small, stiff, and unimposing, so why is he attracting legions of fans? Hint: it's not the motorcycle.

Why the GOP Will Raise Taxes

Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But someday soon, political and fiscal forces will conspire to make tax hikes very hard for Republicans to resist.

On Taking Advantage of the Mosque Controversy

While Palin and Co. are using the Ground Zero mosque controversy to burnish their far-right bona fides, Romney is seizing on the kerfuffle as an opportunity to do something else entirely: prove that he's the only grown-up Republican in the 2012 race.

Even Springsteen Couldn't Make Jersey This Cool

At times, New Jersey can seem like the least romantic of states. OK, make that all of the time. So the idea of tastemakers and trendsetters taking their cues from the Garden State has always seemed ridiculous. Especially in the most Jersey-phobic place on the planet: New York City.

What Would Reagan Really Do?

Some Republicans want to impose a Reaganite purity test on this fall's candidates. Today, though, the 40th president himself wouldn't pass it.

Poll: Afghanistan War Hurting Obama's Support at Home

The troubled war in Afghanistan is a growing political problem for President Barack Obama. According to a new NEWSWEEK Poll, the lasting impact of his decision to fire Gen. Stanley McChrystal—a move most Americans support—has been to raise doubts about the war and undermine confidence in the commander in chief.

I Do, Too

While my colleagues get the details about marriage right, they miss the big picture. Or at least my big picture. For them, the irrationality of marriage is the reason why modern men and women shouldn't get hitched. For me, it's the reason they should.

Tuesday's Primaries: None of the Narratives Apply

As mandated by the laws of punditry, the day after a big election is usually spent trying to reduce the previous evening's results into one easily digestible narrative. But last night's results from California—and from the rest of the country—defy easy categorization. Maybe that's for the best.

The Dems' Secret Plan to Hold Congress

Everyone says that the Democratic Party is going to lose scores of congressional seats in November's midterm elections—even the Democrats themselves. But behind the scenes, the party is doing everything it can to ensure that its losses aren't nearly as bad as the pundits expect. Will the plan work?

Another Dent in the Anti-Incumbent Narrative

Tuesday's contests in Alabama, Mississippi, and New Mexico have given the pundits yet another opportunity to prattle on about "anti-establishment" fever. But here's what the results really tell us about the 2010 midterms.

Republicans Think Sestakgate Could Hurt Obama. Are They Right?

Watergate. Contragate. Monicagate. Troopergate. And now ... Sestakgate? For the past few days, Republicans have been buzzing about Joe Sestak's claim—now a few months old—that the Obama administration offered him a job in D.C. in exchange for dropping out of the Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania and (theoretically) letting establishment pick Arlen Specter cruise unopposed to victory. (Of course, Sestak refused, which is why he's now the nominee.) Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs...

Rand Paul Loses His Allies

You'd think, amid all the hubbub, that Paul could count on the support at least one set of allies: his fellow libertarians. But even they are turning against the Kentuckian. What did he do wrong now?

Palin-Backed Candidate Falls in Idaho Primary

Last night, almost no one in Idaho was happier than the supporters of a state representative named Raul Labrador. That's because Labrador managed to come from behind to defeat Vaughn Ward 48 percent to 39 percent in the First District's Republican House primary, even though Ward, a former Nevada state director for John McCain '08, had outraised Labrador nine-to-one ($1.5 million to $173,000) as a top-tier member of the GOP's "Young Guns" program—and had received Sarah Palin's coveted...

Now Pelosi and Reid Want C-Span to Broadcast the FinReg 'Debate.' Sheesh.

Earlier today, I gently mocked Barney Frank's proposal to televise the FinReg conference committee meetings. My argument: given that the real negotiations will still take place behind closed doors, TV cameras will probably do more to boost partisanship than transparency: Democrats will seize on the TV time to declare that any Republican who refuses to vote for the bill—which is what all of the as-yet-unnamed conferees are expected to do—is an enemy of Main Street.

Will Televising Financial-Regulation Debate Help?

This morning, Politico reported that Democrats are now seeking to finish FinReg by resurrecting "the House-Senate conference committee"--and that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, "even wants C-SPAN there to capture their decision making and expose members who vote with Wall Street."

A Republican Wins in Blue Hawaii. So What?

And so it ends, not with a bang but a whimper. Yesterday, Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, a Republican, won the special election in Hawaii's First Congressional District to replace Rep.

Purity May Be Rand Paul's Greatest Strength. But It's Also His Greatest Weakness.

Rand Paul is a purist. If his qualifications for that title were ever in doubt, they're not anymore. Less than 36 hours after Kentucky Republicans chose Paul as their 2010 U.S. Senate nominee, the Bowling Green ophthalmologist has now plunged head first into a scalding vat of political hot water by declaring that the 1964 Civil Rights Act should not have prohibited private business owners from discriminating against potential customers because of the color of their skin.

The Rorschach Test

In the days leading up to Tuesday's electoral extravaganza--which featured heated Senate primaries in Kentucky, Arkansas, and Pennsylvania, plus a bellwether special election in the Keystone State's 12th District--the national political press struggled to find a fitting name for the event. "Turbulent Tuesday" was Politico's pick. "Incumbent Armageddon" was The Fix's.  For awhile, I stayed out of the debate.

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