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

OBAMA AS JORDAN?

A reader writes: I got an email from the Obama campaign today with an excerpt from his recent speech in Iowa that is gettting such good reviews. From the attached video I see that Obama's intro music is the same as that of the Chicago Bulls (Alan Parsons Project "Sirius"), made famous during Michael Jordan 's championship run in the 90s. Even the " Obama " in lights is an echo of the old Bulls introduction. I half expected Obama to come out in warm ups. He's quite right. Check out the Obama introduction in Des Moines , then look at this video of the Bulls getting introduced. --Garance Franke-Ruta

LIGHTNING ROUND.

The WSJ has a fascinating piece on how executive women identify with Hillary Clinton 's struggles to make it in a man's political world, then unpacks the reason that she's not getting more support from women like her: They're probably, like the majority of higher-earning people in America, Republicans. "Executive and professional women with incomes over $75,000 -- who might be perceived as having most in common with her -- support Mrs. Clinton in much lower numbers than do lower-income women, and they are slightly more likely to vote for Mr. Giuliani than for her: 46% to 45%." Walter Shapiro diagnoses the problem with the Obama campaign and wonders how much traction he'll really get out of Saturday night's speech: "He has displayed an inconsistent, zigzag style that makes it difficult for him to sustain any mood, any argument, any message in his campaign. Every time Obama takes off the gloves, he immediately feels compelled to lace them up again." Marc Ambinder reports that the...

THE (HILLARY) FACT HUB=DEAN DEFENSE FORCES 3.0?

I have thought to myself on occasion over the course of this long campaign that someone could really write a full-time blog that consisted of nothing but corrections of misrepresentations of Hillary Clinton 's positions and history, as some tried to do for Howard Dean back in the Dean days. Her campaign seems to have finally come to the same realization, and also now understands that in the contemporary media environment it needs a way to communicate with the many people who are going to write about Clinton without ever contacting the campaign or getting on its press lists. And so it has launched a new fact-checking blog, The Fact Hub . It's not an entirely novel idea. Back in 2003 Howard Dean 's supporters created something similar in the DDF -- the Dean Defense Forces -- though that was an organically-occurring grassroots project fueled by the passions of its unpaid supporters rather than a coordinated, top-down, well-financed and orderly effort by the campaign. The DFF also...

THE SLOW REBELLION OF THE SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES, PART II

The state director of the Ohio branch of the national Christian Coalition of America has released a statement distancing himself from the Rev. Pat Robertson 's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani , as well . As in Iowa, the Ohio Christian Coalition broke with the national organization in 2006, changing its name and re-organizing as the non-profit Ohio Christian Alliance . That Richard Vara , the Ohio state director for the still-surviving though much diminished national group , should come out so strongly against the former New York mayor is more surprising than the Iowa rebuke, because he represents the more establishmentarian Christian Coalition, rather than one of the new independent upstart Christian Alliances , which might be expected to stand up to national figures like Robertson: As the newly appointed state director of the Ohio Christian Coalition, I wish to announce that Mr. Pat Robertson's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani, is to be regarded as Pat's personal choice for president and...

PREPOSTEROUS, INDEED.

Lest anyone reading my earlier item think I believe Jeff Dinelli 's "preposterous conspiracy theory" that Joe Trippi is some kind of Barack Obama plant inside the John Edwards campaign working to take Hillary Clinton out, I'd like to make clear that I believe nothing of the sort. What I do know, however, is that Trippi is by nature and experience drawn, in presidential politics at least, to outsiders and underdogs and reformers, and so, unsurprisingly, has much more of an organic affinity with the reformist Obama campaign than the establishmentarian Hillary Clinton one. Following up on my post, Noam Scheiber shakes out his notebook and reveals that Trippi got back into the game of presidential politics this cycle because of Obama, not Edwards, and that he has a great deal of affection and respect for Obama. Says Trippi : What happened was, I really like David Axelrod a lot. And so when Obama got in, I had this feeling almost instantaneous like, "Shoot, you know, maybe I should do this...

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