Paul Waldman

Paul Waldman is a contributing editor for the Prospect and the author of Being Right is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success.

Recent Articles

One More Shot at Mark Penn.

A few days ago, erstwhile Clinton poll guru Mark Penn wrote a hilarious op-ed in The Washington Post, suggesting that "Cleggmania" in Britain showed that America was ready for a third party, hopefully helmed by some kind of Bloomberg-esque billionaire who could hire Mark Penn. You'll notice that Cleggmania wasn't so maniacal when Brits went to the polls yesterday.

The Problem With the "Ideas Factory."

A number of people have done a Nelson Muntz "Ha-ha!" at House Minority Whip Eric Cantor's announcement that his "ideas factory," called the National Council for a New America, is shutting down one year after its launch, after doing not much of anything. But you've got to have some sympathy for him. The organization's goal of developing "innovative solutions that meet the serious challenges confronting our country" is not easy.

Makin' Their Way, the Only Way They Know How

You can argue that supposedly important cultural divisions like "Red America vs. Blue America" are not really rending our nation asunder. But one thing has always been clear: While it may not be easy to get a precise measure of who hates whom more, there is a significant difference in who's doing the complaining.

David Obey Almost Grants My Wish.

Three months ago, when Evan Bayh announced he was retiring and gave the standard-issue condemnation of the special interests and the money chase senators have to endure, I wrote this:

The Magical Miranda Warning.

Following up on Adam's discussion of Joe Lieberman's proposal to strip American terrorism suspects of their citizenship so as to avoid having to Mirandize them, there's something odd about this -- and I'm not talking about how profoundly un-American it is (sadly, we've gotten used to that). Conservatives seem to have moved their anti-due-process position over to an anti-Miranda position, which is silly because the reading of Miranda rights doesn't grant them. Suspects have, for instance, the right to a lawyer whether you remind them of it or not. The Miranda warning isn't a magical incantation that brings those rights into being.