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

OF PACS AND TRACKS.

Kate Sheppard asserts that this story is a dispute over environmental policy, and I'm sure there's something there, but I think she's missing the other part of it, which is that it's also a campaign finance story in a year when two of the top Democratic presidential campaigns have been prominently pointing to their positions on campaign finance issues to argue that they represent change and a break with business as usual in Washington.

NEW ANTI-HILLARY PAC PRESIDENT PREVIOUSLY ENDORSED EDWARDS, ACCORDING TO EDWARDS RELEASE

New anti-Hillary Clinton PAC president Glenn Hurowitz of DemocraticCourage.com has previously endorsed Clinton rival John Edwards for president, according to an October 14 press release from the Edwards campaign.

On the morning of Oct. 14, the Edwards campaign sent out a press release headlined "EDWARDS WINS ENDORSEMENT FROM FRIENDS OF THE EARTH ACTION." Following news of that endorsement, the release read:

Edwards has already earned the endorsement of several influential environmental leaders, including:

THE HUCK'S CHANCES.

I actually agree with Sam and Ezra that Ron Paul is not more viable than Mike Huckabee, though I'm deeply skeptical about Huckabee's chances of winning Iowa, despite the support of the local home schooling associations and FairTax.org, on account of the complexity of the caucus system (more than 1,700 precincts) and Mitt Romney's committment to buying victory at all costs.

That Huckabee is polling higher than Rudy Giuliani in Iowa should be no surprise to anyone who's watched Giuliani campaign in that state. But that doesn't mean that he has a shot at the nomination.

THE REAL LEAST BAD REPUBLICAN.

Ezra asked readers to name "the least bad Republican" and Tapped readers seem to agree: the real least bad Republican is clearly he who shall not be named, Ron Paul, not Mitt Romney. Though, in fairness, as one commenter noted:

The Internet loves Ron Paul and hates all those other guys. So that's the comments you're going to get, like it or not. What's more, this post has been cataloged by the Google News spider, so everyone subscribed to news stories containing "Ron Paul" is directed to your post.

BEDLAM IS DREAMING OF RAIN.

The blog FireDogLake has long used as a sub-hed the above line from the Bad Religion song, "Los Angeles is Burning," which was written in response to the 2004 California fire season. There is something very post-modern about a disaster of such epic proportions already being the subject of a song and (warning: disturbing) video.

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