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

Closing Arguments

There are rare times in a candidate's career when his or her carefully manufactured message begins to exceed the bounds of normal political rhetoric and approach something closer to fundamental truth. Over the past three weeks in Iowa, Sen. John Edwards' (D-N.C.) stump speech did something like that, transforming him from also-ran to contender for the Democratic nomination.

Aiming High

An undisclosed location, Va. -- From the outside, the headquarters of the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign is completely unremarkable -- so unremarkable that passersby have no way of knowing it's even there. Through the tinted windows of the Arlington office tower where the headquarters is lodged, people shuffling papers can be glimpsed as through a glass darkly. There is no storefront-style sign out front, even though the office is on the ground floor, nor is there a sign on the door. The campaign is not listed in the building directory, and there's no address for it posted on the Internet or in the local directory services.

Iowa Inventory

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Like the first few snowflakes that precede the blizzard, supporters of Howard Dean flew in one by one, the forces gathering for the "Perfect Storm" get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort for the former Vermont governor. One of those snowflakes -- John Lovaas, 60, of Reston, Va. -- was on my plane from Washington and landed in my hotel, where I asked, the next day, how his canvassing was going.

"The undecideds were leaning [Sen. John] Edwards [D-N.C.] and leaning Dean," said Lovaas. "I heard Edwards more than [Sen. John] Kerry [D-Mass.]. One lady told me she liked Edwards because he hadn't gone negative."

The GOP Deploys

An undisclosed location, Va. -- From the outside, the headquarters of the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign is completely unremarkable -- so unremarkable that passersby have no way of knowing it's even there. Through the tinted windows of the Arlington office tower where the headquarters is lodged, people shuffling papers can be glimpsed as through a glass darkly. There is no storefront-style sign out front, even though the office is on the ground floor, nor is there a sign on the door. The campaign is not listed in the building directory, and there's no address for it posted on the Internet or in the local directory services.

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