Category Archives: Campaigns

Posts on the topic of political campaigns.

The Anti-Congress: Why Chris Christie Is the Most Electable Man in Politics


Written for the Huffington Post: The President steps away from the podium, Beyonce belts out a few bars (or does she?), and then – without delay – comes the question: Who’s next? Somewhere in Trenton, a large man with a short … Continue reading

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An Endorsement With an Asterisk


Written for the Huffington Post, published October 31, 2012: It felt almost as surreal as it did cold. I was a shivering, wonderstruck ninth grader. He was just minutes into his turn at the helm of the world’s most powerful … Continue reading

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Barack Obama is Not Anti-Israel


Written for the Emory Wheel: I hear the conversation everywhere. Well, I suppose it isn’t so much a conversation as it is a statement. My Jewish friends say it all the time: “I’m voting for Romney because Obama doesn’t support Israel.” … Continue reading

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Four Thoughts on the First Presidential Debate


Written for the Emory Wheel: Though they shared a stage at the University of Denver on Wednesday evening, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama seemed in different worlds. Their tones presented an eerie, almost disconcerting dichotomy: Where Romney contested, Obama conversed; … Continue reading

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An Afterthought No More – How the Occupy Movement Can Become Politically Effective


Just after arriving at Union Station this afternoon, on a return trip from San Diego, I was driving through downtown Los Angeles. My parents, younger brother and I sped away from the train stop. Past Disney Hall. Past the Colburn … Continue reading

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The Politics of Empathy – How Obama Can Pass the American Jobs Act


The unsettling sounds of NPR hummed through the car on my drive to school this morning. “…poverty in the United States…at a new high…sixteen percent of Americans are impoverished…” Almost two months have passed since President Obama proposed the American … Continue reading

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Flake in Chief – Why Rick Perry’s “Executive Experience” is a Relative Term


As featured on the Huffington Post: Questionable executions and Ponzi scheme conjectures aside, Rick Perry and his proponents have hammered one talking point a little harder than most others: the candidate’s executive experience. Conservative advocacy group “One Term President” – … Continue reading

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The Irony of Framing the Debate – How Extremism Puts Things into Perspective


This piece won’t be as long as usual; it’s just a thought I had. In the wake of recent debates and campaign stops, it has quickly become clear that the Republican presidential field generally errs on the side of political … Continue reading

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Leaving God at the Door – Why Michele Bachmann Needs to Reaffirm Kennedy’s Promise


As featured on the Huffington Post: With Elai Shine First, she said it was a joke. Now, she’s saying it was a metaphor. One thing is clear: Michele Bachmann thinks that hurricanes happen because of welfare. Last week, shortly after … Continue reading

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Gingrich vs. the Media – The Battle He Can’t Win


It’s difficult to look back upon Sarah Palin’s unsuccessful vice presidential bid without calling to mind her relentless attacks on the “lame-stream media.” It seemed that every stump speech brought a new chapter of her vendetta against the press, with … Continue reading

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