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


A friend e-mailed with an explanation of the convoluted Rocky reference Obama made during the debate's opening moments. This led me to look it up on IMDB. The movie came out in 1976, which is about a decade before many of Obama's young supporters were born. It seems an odd choice of reference for a candidate pitching himself as the candidate of the future.

--Garance Franke-Ruta


Mark my words: Chris Dodd's attack on Clinton for supporting "the privilege of a driver's liscence" for illegal immigrants, even though she said that's not, in fact, what she supports, is going to have legs. The issues of "privileges" for those who don't deserve them is a repeated Republican line of attack against Democrats who support rights for disenfranchised populations, and I was surprised to hear it coming from Dodd, of all people, as he's generally been to the left of the other senators.

--Garance Franke-Ruta


Clinton: "A family is the child's first school." Great quote for the lightning round. But I've noticed that she's been a bit off her game during this, the final segment of the debate -- not because she's not articulate or clear, but because she's stopped smiling and seems tired or maybe a little exhausted by having been the focal point for the first two-thirds of the debate.

--Garance Franke-Ruta


Edwards makes a nice -- and original -- point tying outsourcing of American jobs to the influx of poison Chinese toys. I haven't heard that argument before.

--Garance Franke-Ruta