Andrew Romano

Memo to John Kerry: Don't Quit Your Day Job

When Republicans say that Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists," they've clearly crossed the line. But what about when a Democrat implies that John McCain is an incontinent old codger?

The Meaning of Obama's New Money Advantage

When Barack Obama recently announced that he'd shattered the single-month money record by raising $66 million in August, we said we were "impressed." But we also noted that to keep pace with John McCain and the Republican National Committee, "Obama and the DNC must rake in another $200 million or so before Nov. 4, which divies up as $100 million per month--or $17 million more than the $83 million they raised together in August." Our conclusion?

Why the Powell Endorsement Might Actually Matter

[youtube:9LbLxja4UHY] As you've probably heard, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell, a Republican, endorsed Barack Obama for president yesterday on "Meet the Press." I'm a little late on this--alas, I spent the weekend without my trusty laptop--but I still thought it'd be worthwhile to post a few quick thoughts on what the announcement accomplishes.

The Filter: Oct. 20, 2008

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.THE POWELL ENDORSEMENT: HURTS MCCAIN, HELPS OBAMA(Marc Ambinder, The Atlantic) In that order, I think. (1) It deprives McCain of a day to win the news cycle.

FINEMAN: Will Powell Endorse Obama?

UPDATE: It's a yes. Here's Powell speaking to reporters after his appearance this morning on "Meet the Press," where the former Secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a Republican, declared his support for Barack Obama and chided John McCain for the negative tone of his campaign:[youtube:9LbLxja4UHY] Original item follows: My fellow NEWSWEEK blogger Howard Fineman says...

Obama Says 'Remember New Hampshire.' Should We Bother?

During a fundraising breakfast at Manhattan's swanky Metropolitan Club yesterday morning, Barack Obama delivered an unusually dour message to some of his top contributors. "For those of you who are feeling giddy or cocky or think this is all set, I just have two words for you: New Hampshire," he said. "I've been in these positions before when we were favored and the press starts getting carried away and we end up getting spanked." Obama was referring to his nearly three-point loss to Hillary...

McCain's New York State of Mind

UPDATE, Oct. 18: So I see that MSNBC has linked to this item under the headline "Is the Old McCain Back?" For the record, I don't have anything to do with MSNBC's editorial decisions, and if you read the piece, you'll see that I never actually pose that question.

A NEWSWEEK Trifecta

I hereby request that you divert your attention from Stumper--difficult, I know--and check out three excellent articles that have cropped up on NEWSWEEK.com in the past 24 hours.

The Filter: Oct. 17, 2008

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.POLLS CAUSE CAMPAIGNS TO CHANGE THEIR ITINERARIES(Adam Nagourney and Jim Rutenberg, New York Times)Confronting an increasingly bleak electoral map, top aides to Senator John McCain said Thursday that they were searching for a "narrow-victory scenario" and would focus in the final weeks on a dwindling number of states, using mailings, telephone calls and television advertisements to try to tear away support from Senator Barack Obama.

Why 'Joe the Plumber' Matters

Wurzelbacher fields questions from the press outside his Holland, Ohio, home (Madalyn Ruggiero / AP Photo) As you've probably ascertained by now, the real star of last night's debate wasn't Barack Obama, or John McCain, or Bob Schieffer.

The 'Evil' Eye

Pop quiz, hotshot: Whose peepers are peeking out at us over the words "America Must Look Evil in the Eye" on this new mailer from the Republican Party of Virginia?

Caption Contest!

Given all the talk about acorns, plumbers and washed-up terrorists, we here at Stumper headquarters thought that you, our beloved readers, could use a little comic relief.

The Kitchen Sink Debate

Originally posted Oct. 16 at 12:15 a.m. (Charles Dharapak / AP) HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.--That loud clanging you heard coming from Hofstra University tonight? It was the sound of a kitchen sink soaring from stage left, where Republican nominee Sen.

The Filter: Oct. 16, 2008

A round-up of this morning's must read stories.EDGY MCCAIN SHEDS NO NEW LIGHT(John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei, Politico)John McCain's challenge at the final debate was to present his case for the presidency in a new light.

Taxi Talk

One of my favorite parts of hitting the campaign trail is chatting with cabdrivers, who always seem especially eager to discuss politics. (Listening to talk radio all day will do that to you.) Take my cabbie this evening out on Long Island.

Cracking the ACORN Case

Acorn + Mickey Mouse = The Most Adorable Political "Scandal" in Recent Memory. It may also be one of the most pointless. In recent days, conservative activists and right-leaning media outlets like FOX News and Matt Drudge--who led his influential site with the Mickey Mouse story yesterday afternoon--have tried to raise a ruckus over the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a liberal nonprofit/lobbying group--it typically fights on behalf of poor people for free school lunches...

Obama: What, Me Worry?

Three signs of confidence from the Obama camp: I. Ad Wars: While outspending McCain three-to-one on television advertisements between Oct. 7 and Oct. 13, Obama dramatically increased his disbursements in a wide swath of red states as well--"evidence," as the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza writes, "that he is almost entirely on offense with just three weeks left before election day." Here's Chris:In Florida, for example, Obama is now spending just shy of $5 million a week on television -- a...

McCain's Mission Impossible

This, apparently, is it. After eighteen months and 40 (!!!) face-offs, the 2008 presidential debate season comes to a close tonight with the third and final showdown between Messrs.

The Filter: Oct. 15, 2008

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.OBAMA, MCCAIN SEEK LEADER'S IMAGE IN FINAL DEBATE (Liz Sidoti, Associated Press) Barack Obama and John McCainwill both pursue the image of a strong leader in troublesome economic times as they meet Wednesday night for their third and final presidential debate.

Don't Call It a 'Comeback'

Breaking news! John McCain is about to make a comeback. Unless, of course, he isn't. Nearly 20 days have passed since a national poll showed McCain leading Barack Obama.

Are You Ready for Some Theme Song?

[youtube:MNj2Frskab8](Video via Jmart) Judging by the polls, Sarah Palin may not propel John McCain to the presidency. But at least she'll make the path to Election Day a little more melodious.

The Filter: Oct. 14, 2008

MCCAIN IS LOOKING FOR ANOTHER COMEBACK(Mark Z. Barabak and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times)John McCain unveiled a feisty new campaign speech Monday, but the talk of change and promise of a fist-shaking fight to November failed to allay Republican concerns that the presidential race may be slipping beyond his grasp.

Should McCain Worry About West Virginia?

Barack Obama's sizable advantages in both national and battleground surveys have held steady for at least a week. So it's only natural that the chattering classes would start to get antsy.

What McCain Should Do, Vol II: The 'Bulworth' Moment

[youtube:cWhHZwKCiIs]In the first installment of our new "What McCain Should Do" series--which seeks to bring you the smartest and savviest in unsolicited advice for the struggling Republican nominee--we highlighted Ross Douthat's plan for a "Bailout for Main Street." McCain should "announce that in light of the epic crisis, he's going to postpone his entire domestic agenda (such as it is) for, say, two years in favor of a short-term but expensive stimulus package aimed directly at the middle...

Is Pennsylvania a Done Deal? Fineman Says Yes.

In his latest "Race to the Finish" post, my fellow NEWSWEEK political blogger Howard Fineman writes that while all the major presidential players spent their weekends in Pennsylvania, only the Democrats have a shot at winning.

The Odds on 'President McCain'

Last week, I compared battleground polling from the first week of Oct. 2004 to that election's eventual outcome--and the current contest. What I found is that a state's polling average on or around Oct. 10 is a pretty accurate predictor of who will win on Election Day--and by how much.

The Filter: Oct. 13, 2008

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories. BARACK'S COOL POP(John Heilemann, New York)The implosion of the financial system has been to Obama's incalculable political benefit—that much is beyond dispute.

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