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.

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:

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.

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