Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

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What to Read Before You Unwonk Tonight

Pundits and journalists have moved from denial about the possibility of Newt Gingrich winning the nomination right to the bargaining stage —it’s still unlikely that Gingrich will win, but, as John Cassidy asserts, “now it’s a real race!” However, Jonathan Chait argues that Mitt Romney should be more worried about the current frontrunner in the polls than pundits: The national media tagged Romney from the beginning as the party front-runner. Largely, this reflected the old campaign cliché that Republicans always nominate the candidate who is “next in line.” You know: Ronald Reagan finished second to Gerald Ford in 1976, and they picked him in 1980, George H.W. Bush finished second to Reagan in 1980 and they picked him in 1988, Bob Dole finished second to Bush in 1988 and they picked him in 1996. Romney finished second in 2008, so this must make him the new front-runner. The trouble with this theory is that it takes an overly literal interpretation of what “next” means. Republicans don’...

What to Read Before You Unwonk Tonight

This election will be decided on the economy . It's easy to forget about that with the current obsession with the sex lives and relative truthiness of candidates, as well as the focus on the deficit and the Super Committee, but voters are worried about the economy. The person who wins next November will have convinced voters that they are the best chance at improving the economy. Obama and his eventual Republican opponent have tough hurdles to jump in order to prove they are the solution to our country's woes—Obama needs to explain that the relationship between Congress and the White House is not like a child and a parent but instead like warring siblings. He can't boss them around , and it's not his fault . Republicans will need to explain why they are completely against raising taxes as a way of helping the economy when polls show that the public is in favor of these measures, when they are accompanied by spending cuts. Actually, they'll need to explain why a majority of their...

What to Read Before You Unwonk Tonight

Recent Prospect alum Pema Levy thinks that Newt Gingrich has a shot at stealing Iowa, if the evangelicals learn to stop worrying and give up trying to love the Rom. Which shouldn't be too hard, because it is now proven that there is an inverse relationship between Romney's likeability and voters' exposure to the former Massachusetts governor. This relationship has become the only thing unwaveringly true about the Romney campaign. Gingrich's chances will also be much improved once Cain drops out of the race (which will happen soon), because the voters getting off the Cain Train will most likely defect to the Gingrich camp, as Jamelle Bouie points out. Speaking of things that seem to be heading to an inevitable end, the Euro Zone is not looking too good. Daily Intel reminds us that there are other candidates who shouldn't have ever run for the presidency, namely Rick Perry, who "made the mistake of...talking...out loud...about stuff." Fox News predicts that Obama will win in 2012! But,...

What to Read Before You Unwonk Tonight

Newt Gingrich continued his newfound dominance in the polls and the media with an endorsement from New Hampshire’s Union Leader yesterday. But, Gingrich is far behind his opponents in campaign organization and grassroots support, according to the latest Power Outsiders poll . More interesting, if less omnipresent, news comes the Ron Paul campaign. Apparently federal employees have donated more money to Ron Paul than any other GOP candidate. This leads me to believe that either 1) They don’t realize he wants to fire them or 2) Everyone in government is actually like Ron Swanson. I think you’ll agree that the time is ripe for The Real World: Department of Transportation. John Sides also noticed that Paul's poll numbers are dropping , and he’s not quite sure why. Thoughts? Bloomberg's report on the bank bailout is a (long) must-read if you want to understand the scope of the 2008 bailout, as well as the scope of the Fed’s job. The report will make...

What to Read Before You Unwonk for Thanksgiving

If you had fun last night, you missed out on yet another GOP debate. Sucks to be you. Thankfully, Dan Amira and Brett Smiley summarized all the crazy stuff that happened, and Maggie Haberman summarized all the substantive stuff you should know. Also, Jonathan Chait has a great post that highlights the huge difference between Romney and Gingrich’s views on immigration, as they presented them in the debate. Romney’s stance may have changed by the time this post is published. Ezra Klein wrote in this morning’s Wonkbook that there are actually two triggers, scheduled to cut spending by a total of $6 trillion. How both parties negotiate these cuts—whether they happen, how they are framed, who gets blamed—is sure to be one of the big political battles of the next year. Newt Gingrich “is the tallest building in Wichita” when it comes to his oft-promoted intellect, according to conservative academics. Apparently the tallest building in Wichita might have a decent chance at being the nominee...

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