Politics Magazine

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 8, August

A Calvin Coolidge Potholder ... Going Once ... Twice: Now Here's an Auction for Political Junkies
A dam Gottlieb has a busy schedule. On weekdays, he visits elementary school students, passing around his extensive collection of political memorabilia for young politicos to admire. Weekends are set aside for flea markets and antique stores. [ILLUSTRATION...
A Change Election-Like No Other: What We're Witnessing Is the Maturing of the American People
Maybe it is because we have had so much time to get used to it. Or perhaps the candidates have become such permanent fixtures on our television and computer screens. Or I guess maybe we just matured as human beings. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] But...
Can Obama Escape the Kerry Trap?
We already know Barack Obama isn't much of a bowler, and hunting seems like a stretch. Windsurfing is definitely out--as John Kerry learned, it's not exactly how the average Joe kicks back after a tough week at work. So just how will Obama deflect...
Getting in Google's Face
A handful of new websites are hoping to wean political junkies from Google. They're all vying to become the next go-to spot for people searching for campaign coverage. Although each site takes its own approach, they all incorporate social networking...
"His Toughest Battle"
Barack Obama is not running against John McCain. He's running against Richard Nixon and George Wallace, combined. Obama is facing Nixon's "cultural strategy," in which the 37th president convinced "the great silent majority of Americans" that he...
How to Get along with the Press
Recently, I attended a wedding where I was the only person who didn't work for a campaign or political organization. "Worse, I'm a journalist--which meant by the end of the night, even the DJ was calling me "the enemy." But the relationship between...
How to Leak like a Pro
How a campaign gets damaging information out to the public without harming the reputation of their candidate is a matter of judgment, common sense and expertise. There are several options, and which technique a campaign uses depends on the circumstances...
Remembering Tony Snow
When Tony Snow passed away last month, we lost more than one of our best and brightest. We lost a man who embodied the values that make America great: love of God, love of family, love of country. His death is especially sad because Tony Snow set an...
She May Have a Famous Last Name, but Christine Pelosi Has Earned Her Own Stripes as a Grassroots Organizer
Politics; Are you concerned that discord that might still exist between some Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton supporters will hurt the party in November, or at the convention in Denver? Pelosi: No, and I actually see more enthusiasm than anything...
Should You Stop Supporters from Going Negative?
Q: How far should a politician go in trying to stop an outside group from airing a negative ad about his opponent? A: The larger question is, do you bear responsibility for those who act on your behalf? Assuming that they are controllable, the answer...
The Audacity of His Hope"
Can John McCain win? A short sentence that packs many surprises for McCain and his camp. First there is the surprise that the question is being asked in the summer of 2008, when just one year ago stories headlined "John McCain: Dead Man Walking" foretold...
Those 0I' Time Smears Aren't Working
Rep Sam Graves might have put out the very worst campaign ad of the century but there is one upside: At least now we known what's in his nightmares And it ain't pertty The ad is a wacky hallucinatory vision of what kind of dystopia the Missouri Republican...
Tricks to Sharpen Your YouTube Spots
While you can spend hours on You Tube watching everything from Obama Girl to stupid cat tricks, many of our clients have also found a much more practical use for YouTube: distributing clips of television spots to their colleagues for approval. [ILLUSTRATION...
Vote of No Confidence; A National Effort to Subvert the Electoral College Is Underway
New York State Sen. Joseph Griffo (R) is tired of his state being ignored during presidential elections. "[We're] the third largest state in the country and nobody's paying attention," says Griffo, who sees presidential candidates coming to his...
When Robo Calls Work ... and Don't
Q: Why do campaigns continue to use robo calls when all evidence shows that they are not effective? Just see Green and Gerber's GOTV book. A: Here's the background: Yale professors Donald Green and Alan Gerber recently updated their book, Get Out...
Words We Remember: If You Tune out the Endless Convention Speeches, You Might Miss a Moment When History Is Made
So you want to get terror suspects screaming for mercy? Make them sit through every last speech that will issue forth, like so many gusts of steam, from the two major party conventions. Better yet, make them leap up with a whoop and wave signs after...