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


As of close to 10 p.m., Democrats in Virginia have picked up one of the four seats they need to retake the State Senate. The impact of the immigration issue remains unclear, with incumbency and recent voting history in the districts apparently playing a larger role so far. With 73 percent of the vote counted, Republican Jill Hotzman Vogel is leading Democrat Karen Schultz in Senate District 27 by nearly 5 percentage points.


Though its inconceivable that a group of female G.O.P. campaign operatives would have praised their arch-nemesis Hillary Clinton, the critiques of Clinton's recent "gender card" controversy that four women from different Republican campaigns offered at the National Review-sponsored panel discussion "Women Voters and the Right Guy" at the National Press Club this afternoon was nonetheless instructive, in that it mixed sympathy with a preview of how their bosses might run against her, should she win the Democratic nomination.

Virginia Is for Democrats

Yesterday's General Assembly races in Virginia could be a bellwether for the power of the immigration issue in 2008. Here's the rundown of the races.

When NBC's Tim Russert asked Hillary Clinton about her position on New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's program to provide illegal immigrants with some form of drivers' licenses, he helped bring the issue of immigration reform back into the national spotlight. Now observers are looking to today's state-level races in Virginia for clues as to how the issue could play out in election 2008.


Last August, after Hillary Clinton's inexplicable defense of lobbyists at the Yearly Kos convention, I noted the thread that was tying together her conflicts with the other candidates and asked a question: