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

VIRGINIA ELECTION RESULTS

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. And, with 56 percent of the vote counted, Democratic incumbent Charles Cogan is hanging onto his seat, 54 percent to 46 percent, despite challenger Robert FitzSimmonds ' push. UPDATE, 1228 a.m.: Democrats declare themselves winners of the State Senate and pooh-pooh electoral power of immigration worries: In claiming the Senate, Democrats prepared to install longtime Fairfax Sen. Richard L. Saslaw as majority leader and seize the chairmanships of key committees that control social legislation, crime issues, land-use and transportation policy. Saslaw said the...

CONSERVATIVE WOMEN AGREE: GENDER CARD OVERPLAYED.

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. A question from Time 's Ana Marie Cox about what's different for them as women working on campaigns had earlier led the women to temporarily lay down their talking points and slip into a more reflective mood, and most of the women, experienced campaign insiders that they are, chalked the controversy up to staffer error, rather than Clinton herself. "I think the staff did it," offered Barbara Comstock , an adviser to former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney . "It was a...

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. While those in Washington tend to think of Northern Virginia as the increasingly Democratic suburbs of the capital, geographically, Northern Virginia is still home to many communities that are considerable more Southern, rural, and conservative in spirit than cosmopolitan hotspots like Arlington, Va. It is in these communities, such as Fairfax, Loudon, and Prince William Counties, that are in cultural transition between North and South that the battle over immigration has been fiercest. The state level fight over how to handle the influx of illegal immigrants into Virginia has not always played out along...

LIGHTNING ROUND.

Notes from all over on campaign '08: Mitt Romney tells an audience in Marshalltown: "You probably don't have a lot of immigrants legally" in Iowa, potentially offending the state's growing Hispanic population. Ron Paul raises more than $2 million online by 2 p.m. today en route to trying to best Romney's campaign 2008 one-day record offline /online haul of $3.1 million. "This is more than any Republican has ever raised online in one day!" crows the Paul campaign in a release. UPDATE: The Post has the online haul at $1.8 million by 2 p.m. ; the total online-offline for the day is already at $2.6 million as of 5:30. Guy Fawkes would be proud. Gloria Feldt compares the process of learning to talk about a female presidential candidate to the desensitization process educators use in sex ed classes. Hillary Clinton releases her Powering America's Future energy and climate crisis plan. Early buzz is that it is, like her health care plan, comprehensive and impressive. John Edwards gives a...

CLINTON'S ACHILLES HEEL

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 : Clinton’s defense of lobbyists...[is] actually of a piece with her last three conflicts with Obama, around his plans to meet with foreign leaders, his Pakistan policy, and his remarks on the use of tactical nuclear weapons. I am starting to think there’s actually less calculation going into these fights than meets the eye. In each instance, she is defending her vision of nuanced reality against a clear position on one side of an issue or the other, even though her support for nuance then makes her look like she’s taking firm, other-side positions that are not the ones she actually articulated.... Could her commitment to nuanced realism be not just the thing that makes her seem hard-headed and experienced but also her Achilles heel? I think today we may have our answer: Yes. At...

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