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

JOE TRIPPI IS ONE MILLION STRONG FOR BARACK OBAMA.

Most professional political consultants become hyper-partisan on behalf of their candidate once they lock down a job. John Edwards campaign strategist Joe Trippi , though, is different, and has remained a member of the Facebook group "Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack)" since the spring, according to current and historic screencaptures of Trippi's Facebook Groups page. "Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack)," with close to 400,000 members, is one of the main independent online efforts to show support for electing Obama president. In some ways, Trippi's membership in the online group isn't that surprising. In a little-noticed passage in Noam Scheiber 's recent TNR profile of Trippi, he revealed that Trippi had previously discussed joining the Obama campaign with Obama's chief strategist. Writes Noam : Trippi guest-lectured at Northwestern for a class taught by Obama strategist David Axelrod, and the two men briefly discussed how he might join the campaign. Several...

THE SLOW REBELLION OF THE SOCIAL CONS.

Marc Ambinder reported this morning that Iowa Christian Alliance president Steve Scheffler is not going to follow Christian Coalition co-founder Pat Robertson 's lead and support Rudy Giuliani . That's not too much of a surprise, as the Iowa branch of once-vigorous Christian Coalition was so disgusted by the scandals of the national group that it broke with the Coalition and changed its name to the Christian Alliance in March 2006, saying "the Board... would rather function as an independent organization than as an organization shrouded with perceptions contrary to its Christian commitments." Now the Iowa Right to Life Committee's president, Kim Lehman , says she won't be following in the footsteps of her former favorite candidate, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback , either. Brownback yesterday endorsed Arizona Sen. John McCain , who has a 74 percent pro-life voting record according to the Iowa group, and Lehman had previously endorsed Brownback , in January, and then served on his Iowans for...

A VERY, VERY UNPOPULAR WAR.

A CNN/Opinion Research poll finds the highest ever level of dissatisfaction with the war: Opposition to the war in Iraq has reached an all-time high, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Thursday morning. Support for the war in Iraq has dropped to 31 percent and the 68 percent who oppose the war is a new record. Despite the drop in violence in Iraq, only one quarter of Americans believes the U.S. is winning the war. There has been virtually no change in the past month in the number of Americans who believe that things are going badly for the U.S. in the war in Iraq. The public also opposes U.S. military action against Iran. Sixty-three percent oppose air strikes on Iran, while 73 percent oppose using ground troops as well as air strikes in that country. Given that 2007 is also the deadliest year for American troops since 2003, those figures should hardly come as a surprise. --Garance Franke-Ruta

SO THAT'S HOW THEY GET THOSE RATINGS.

Robert Greenwald 's Brave New Films today issued the latest salvo in its long war against FOX. Called "FOX Attacks Decency... with Bill O'Reilly Leading the Way," the four-and-a-half minute clip argues that all FOX shows use gratuitous sexual images -- mainly women in bikinis, from the look of it, shaking their groove thangs -- and that cable customers should be able to buy packages of channels that don't contain such a pornified public affairs channel. Right now, the channels are bundled and there's no way for families to screen out the smut on FOX or otherwise block the channel. Brave New Films wants to change that, and is hosting a petition asking the FCC to switch to a-la-carte cable pricing so that viewers who don't want FOX in their homes can opt out of receiving the channel. --Garance Franke-Ruta

A KENTUCKY WIN, TOO.

A good night for the Democrats, all around : Dogged by political scandal in his first term, Gov. Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky, a Republican, lost his bid for re-election yesterday to Steve Beshear.... In Kentucky, Mr. Fletcher, the state’s first Republican governor in more than 30 years, failed in his efforts to raise concerns among voters about Mr. Beshear’s hopes to amend the state’s Constitution to allow casino gambling. That makes Democrats three for three on hoped for victories/realized victories tonight, having had electoral and policy wins in Kentucky, Virginia, and Utah . --Garance Franke-Ruta

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