Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect and The Daily Beast, is a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at Columbia University. Her work on politics, women’s issues, and education has appeared in BusinessWeek, Slate, The New Republic, and The Nation.

Recent Articles

Second Tier Candidates, First Rate Ideas

Long-shot Democratic candidates are the ones taking a stance on many worthy, yet unsung, policy problems. Front-runners, pay attention.

Every presidential election is accompanied by hand-wringing over the lack of seriousness in our public discourse. The editors of The New Republic declared the June 3 Democratic debate in New Hampshire "gimmicky," "absurd," and more like Candyland than chess. Surely fearing another Swift Boat-ing, The New York Times' Paul Krugman devoted one column to a demand for policy specifics from the candidates and used the next to flog media commentators who prize "authenticity" over political motives and goals.


CUT OUT H.I.V.? From hippies reclaiming the body to immigrant groups who wouldn't even consider it, CNN reports that the circumcision rate in the United States has reached an all-time low of 57 percent. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends forgoing circumcision, calling it an unnecessary and painful surgery. Even so, the United States remains the Western nation with by far the least foreskins. In the U.K, for example, fewer than 20 percent of men are circumcised; in Denmark, the number is less than 2 percent.


EXEMPLARY AMERICA? I too was at Take Back America yesterday, wowed and moved by both Obama and Edwards' speeches. But I find it strange that Matt and Ezra found Edwards so "persuasive," "direct," and "plausible" on foreign policy. Edwards laid out a wildly optimistic vision in which:

1. American energy independence (hence, no more oil cash) forces Middle Eastern nations to invest in education, economic development, and good government.


"YOU CAN BA-ROCK ME TONIGHT". Hillary leads Obama by 6 points among young women voters. But can she compete against Obama's dreaminess? Check out the newest volley in the election 2008 Internet video wars, "I Got a Crush...On Obama." Opening lines: "You seemed to float onto the floor, Democratic convention 2004. I never wanted anybody more than I want you. So I put down my Kerry sign, knew I had to make you mine. Barack, you're so sexy, you're so fine." (Warning: certain frames of this video are barely safe for work.)

--Dana Goldstein

Hillary and the Chick Factor

The Clinton campaign woos young women voters at an event in D.C. -- and illustrates the significance of the gender gap in the Democratic field.

Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on stage during a campaign rally in downtown Washington launching 'Club 44,' an effort to reach out to young women. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez)

The awkward moments just kept coming at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser in Washington Wednesday targeting young women voters.

"Did you watch the debate?" Ellen Malcolm of EMILY's List asked the thousand-person crowd. "There is a stage full of all these white men in their power suits and ties, and standing in the middle is the power of Hillary Clinton!"

White men? Oops!