Garance Franke-Ruta

Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor at the Prospect. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. She was a 2006 recipient of a fellowship at the Joan Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University.

Recent Articles

ENERGY EFFICIENCY.

After the contentious Iran and Social Security debates, the retreat to wonkitude must come as a relief. Clinton supports "a crash program on weatherization." Bill Richardson name-checks the Apollo program. Chris Dodd thinks "the corporate carbon tax" is critical, despite the hardships it may cause.

--Garance Franke-Ruta

BIDEN BREAKS OUT.

Joe Biden says he's not running against Clinton, but to be the leader of the free world, then makes the toughest, most direct case against Rudy Giuliani by any candidate on the stage, while still managing to get in a few jokes and laughs from the audience. "This man is truly not qualified to be president," he concludes.

--Garance Franke-Ruta

SOME OPTICS THOUGHTS.

OK, this is now everybody -- and I do mean everybody -- against Clinton. It makes her look brave for just standing there, this small determined woman being attacked by three men on either side of her, two male moderators, and the entire male Republican field. Each of the critics on his own would be more effective, but taken as whole, the optics of this are uncomfortable.

Obama, to his credit, is trying to make the pivot to talking about the G.O.P., too, but he's even less inspiring on the offensive than when he tries on the stump to talk about something other than himself. Edwards is just more polished on the attack -- the difference between a law professor and a trial lawyer.

--Garance Franke-Ruta

OPENING SALVOS.

Brian Williams wastes no time getting down to business, asking Barack Obama about his recent criticisms of Hillary Clinton. Obama responds nervously, with some sports story that neither I nor Dana got (go women's vote!) and making a stream of accusations against Clinton, including a slightly confused story about her Iraq war vote, when it sounded like he meant her Iran war vote. Clinton responds clearly and cleanly. John Edwards takes a more effective, or at least cleanly articulated, swipe next. Clinton parries deftly, going on the offensive against the president and ignoring the accusations against her in order to get her message out without looking like she's on the defensive.

--Garance Franke-Ruta

OF VIPS AND VPS.

This is an interesting discussion because it reveals just how little insight certain Republicans have into the thinking of the Democratic presidential candidates. It is the informed conventional wisdom of those who cover the campaigns that neither Clinton nor Obama will be seeking additional demographic diversity on their tickets, and instead will both most likely look for a white man from a swing state who can bring its electoral votes to the table with him. Hence, Dianne Feinstein would seem a highly unlikely pick for Obama.

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