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

States of Decline

"Eight years ago, Connecticut's economy was in decline," the campaign ad flashed across television screens last spring. "Thousands of jobs lost. Taxes going up. Education failing. Governor John Rowland set out to change all that and today the positive results are everywhere. ... Now some Democrats want to reverse our progress and raise the income tax. Don't let the legislature tax and spend Connecticut into economic decline. Call your lawmakers. Tell them to keep Connecticut working."

Al in the Family

Does Al Gore know what he's doing? Close readers of his two new books, The Spirit of Family and Joined at the Heart: The Transformation of the American Family, cannot help but wonder.

Moore's the Pity

If you want about as clear a demonstration as you're likely to find of the difference between truth and politics, go see Eminem's 8 Mile, filmed on location in Detroit, and then go see Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine, which, despite the title, is set largely in Flint, Mich., and the white American and Canadian counties that border Detroit. Though Moore claims to have made a documentary, his examination of American gun culture presents viewers with a more heavily edited fiction than producer Brian Grazer's attempt to clean up Eminem.

The Nader Guilt Factor

When it comes to predicting elections, journalists tend to get it wrong. Who could have predicted that the 2000 presidential election would have ended with Vice President Al Gore winning the popular vote and Texas Gov. George W. Bush winning the electoral-vote count upon the intervention of the Supreme Court? Sure, everyone knew it would be a squeaker, but the balloting itself was full of surprises. (For a quick and bittersweet reminder of just how wrong some journalists were, check out the predictions of a variety of journalists posted on Talking Points Memo during the 2000 election.)

Emily's List Hissed

In early August, a months-long whispering campaign against Emily's List hit the pages of Roll Call. In an article headlined "Making Enemies," four anonymous Democratic consultants and operatives took turns criticizing the 17-year-old political action committee (PAC) -- the largest source of Democratic hard money around -- for wasting Democrats' time, money and effort by forcing competitive primary races that the group was bound, from the outset, to lose.