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

From's Last Stand

Al From is quivering with rage. It's the end of a long day in late July at the Wyndham Philadelphia, and with a sheen of sweat coating his face, he gleams with emotion as he launches into the closing speech of the day at the DLC's annual conference. It's a grim speech, delivered in rousing, impassioned tones more vehement than any other speech that day. "We cannot allow our party to be hijacked!" thunders From, railing against the leftists who have been his bête noire since he founded the DLC in 1985. "The future of our party and more importantly the future of our country is at stake."

Team Spirit

Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) leads the field of nine Democratic presidential candidates in the amount of money he's raised from people wealthy enough to donate $2,000 each, according to a recent report in The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. But the floppy-haired Tarheel has also led the field in another, less heralded area, according to a line-by-line analysis the Prospect conducted of his July 15, 2003, report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC): the number of campaign staffers who gave to the campaign on the final day of the last quarter.

Dean's Machine

Democracy may be an endless meeting, but on the first Wednesday in June, former Gov. Howard Dean's (D-Vt.) troops in Washington proved that if you try really hard, you can get it down to about an hour and a half. Around 80 people crammed into Visions Cinema, a movie-theater-cum-lounge on Florida Avenue NW, and spilled out into the street for that amount of time earlier this month while volunteers from DC for Dean talked up the charismatic candidate and passed the hat -- and federal donor-registration forms -- for the man who would be president.

Hard Rock

Today Howard Dean's campaign announced that it has raised at least $7.5 million in the second quarter of 2003 -- a higher number than has yet been raised by any other Democrat running for president in a single quarter -- from more than 59,000 people, including 48,000 first-time donors to the campaign. Only 129 donors gave $1,000 or more, according to a report by the campaign; 18,422 gave less than $50. On Monday, the Dean campaign raised $802,083 on the Internet from more than 11,000 people, including more than 9,000 donors new to the campaign. All told, more than 70,000 people have now given to Dean.

Zero Sum

At midnight tonight, voting will close in the first online Democratic presidential primary ever. The vote is being sponsored by the San Francisco-based liberal activist group MoveOn; an estimated 300,000 of the group's more than 1.4 million U.S. members are expected to cast online ballots. And by Friday, one clear winner will have emerged: MoveOn itself.

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