Amanda Terkel

Amanda Terkel is managing editor of the blog and deputy research director at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Recent Articles

Who Will Be the Boss?

Amid unvetted VP rumors, and on-the-trail gaffes, John McCain has proven to be a seriously undisciplined candidate. Who is going to actually hold the reins if he takes the presidency?

During this week's Republican National Convention, pundits have been speculating on who will be in a John McCain administration. The choice of advisers for McCain is especially important because he will likely be relying on them just as much, if not more, than President Bush has on his. In fact, McCain risks being overtaken by a McCain administration.

All candidates and presidents rely on their confidants for advice. But something more has been happening in the McCain campaign. McCain's advisers, rather than the candidate himself, are often the authoritative voices. Who will actually run a McCain administration?

The Anatomy of Smear

The White House response to former press secretary Scott McClellan's damning new book would be much more convincing if it weren't so familiar. The administration is following the same script it always uses when one of its own turns against it.

Since last Tuesday, senior members of the Bush administration have largely put aside their governing duties and become character assassins. Their target: Scott McClellan, previously a member of President Bush's inner circle and, ironically, once a top character assassin himself.

The Fraud of Voter ID Laws

Voting irregularities? There may be ballot box stuffing, electronic voter machine hacking, and list manipulation. Voter ID laws, however, don't address these problems.

Everything was supposed to change after Bush v. Gore. Never again would the outcome of a presidential election be left in the hands of nine Supreme Court justices who issued their opinion amid nation-wide questions of "hanging chads" and "butterfly ballots." In its opinion, the court said it anticipated "legislative bodies nationwide" would "examine ways to improve the mechanisms and machinery for voting" in order to avoid a repeat of the 2000 recount disaster.

Bush's Last Resort

Despite the White House's leap to claim victory on S-CHIP, in reality Bush is playing defense, forced to rely on vetoes and executive orders to swat down the progressive legislation Congress has sent his way.

President Bush walks from the Oval Office, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, after vetoing a bill expanding a popular health care program for children by $35 billion. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

There was no shortage of chest-thumping last week at the White House. When House conservatives voted to sustain President Bush's veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), White House spokeswoman Dana Perino gleefully told reporters, "We won this round on S-CHIP." Earlier in the week, Bush justified denying health insurance to four million children by claiming that vetoes show he is still "relevant." "That's one way to ensure that I'm in the process," he said during a press conference.