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

AN EMERGING CONSENSUS?

I'm pleased to find that Matt Yglesias now agrees with me on "the irrelevance of the 'real' Romney," as he praises Sam Boyd 's reiteration of my argument from the September Prospect , which directly took on what was then the Yglesias-Klein-etc. argument about how Romney wasn't that bad because he was some kind of secret liberal technocrat. As I wrote in the story, posted online mid-August : Romney's feints to the center have been enough to lead some liberal bloggers to pronounce Romney "the least bad Republican contender" and "the least bad [GOP] President if he should win." As M.J. Rosenberg, director of policy analysis at the Israel Policy Forum, wrote at liberal blog TPMCafe, "He was, for a Republican, not a terrible governor and the Kennedy-Romney health care plan is better than most states have. He is a flip-flopper. To me that means he does not believe the right-wing garbage he puts out with such abandon." Such perspectives, though understandable, are beside the point. It does...

THE TRIPPIFICATION OF THE EDWARDS CAMPAIGN.

The Washington Post 's Chris Cillizza has a fantastic feature out today on the impact former Howard Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi has had on the John Edwards campaign, and the close bond between Trippi and Elizabeth Edwards . It's a total must-read if you want to understand where that campaign is going, and why. --Garance Franke-Ruta

FIREBLOGGING

Via a commenter, And Still I Persist , a blog about the California fires written by a former Marine and data specialist, with maps of the evacuation areas. The news photos at the LA Times are more dramatic than his, but the shots on this site will give you a feel for what it's like to have an out of control blaze threatening your suburban cul-de-sac, while smoke clouds out the sun. --Garance Franke-Ruta

CALIFORNIA IS BURNING

The wildfires that started in the Malibu region have now spread through San Diego County and are burning all the way to Mexico. More than 250,000 Californians have already been forced from their homes, which I believe now qualifies the fires as a disaster of memorable and epic proportions. The reasons for the fire include unusual weather patterns of record drought and violent wind : The fires were being fueled by stronger than usual Santa Ana winds roaring out of the region's canyons, scientists said Monday. The powerful, dry winds typically blow between October and February and peak in December. Typically, Santa Ana conditions last about a day, but the ones that flared up over the weekend were expected to last through Tuesday. "For it to be this strong for so many days is unusual," said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. It's unclear if these weather patterns are related to climate changes, but overall the American West is drying out thanks...

PICKING A FIGHT

Now that Barack Obama has decided to ratchet up the contrast with Hillary Clinton , it occurs to me that perhaps he might want to take on a Republican or two, as well. Last night's G.O.P. debate was a reminder, in case anyone had any doubt, of just how convinced leading Republicans are that Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. If Obama wants to take on the Clinton inevitability frame, he could do worse than taking on the strongest proponents of the Clinton myth directly. Picking a fight with someone like Rudy Giuliani would show Democratic voters that he's got the chops to go head to head with the G.O.P.'s toughest contender, as well, and also that his message of post-partisan unity does not mean making compromises with someone like Giuliani on foreign policy. --Garance Franke-Ruta

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