Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

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Drop Out Like It's Hot

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The GOP primary is finally starting to fall into the groove reporters and pundits have insisted it was in all along. Romney is comfortably ahead in delegates, endorsements, and attacks from Democrats, and his current opponents are having a harder and harder time proving their relevance. Newt Gingrich is finally starting to fade from the limelight; his insistance that his campaign will make it to Tampa falls increasingly on deaf ears as embedded reporters flee his side with alacrity. And Rick Santorum—the conservative point man in the race—is starting to buckle under pressure to cede the nomination to Romney so the party can turn its attention to beating Barack Obama. Romney is trying to pretend his opponent no longer exists—in an interview with Wolf Blitzer today, he said, “I'm not going to worry too much about what Rick is saying these days,” which is basically the tack that all the party elite have taken with the Santorum campaign. As pressure mounts, so does Santorum’s anger, as...

Party Planning

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Mitt Romney is ready to shake off the GOP primary and move on to the general election, and so is most of his party. He picked up Jeb Bush’s endorsement this week, and even the Tea Party has been tepidly giving its OK to the front-runner. Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee is taking a page from the Obama 2008 playbook by getting a head start on general-election prep before the primaries conclude. Waiting until McCain won the nomination in 2008 left them unequipped to keep up with the Democratic campaign behemoth, a mistake the party isn’t going to repeat. The RNC plans to have staff in 10 of the 12 big swing states by the end of April, and 750,000 voter contacts have been made since the start of the year. The Republican Party can’t copy the 2008 Obama campaign magic completely, though, given their little problem in the peanut gallery. Unilke the Obama-Clinton contest, the 2012 primary squabbles have delved into deeper questions about what the Republican Party should represent...

Obama Picks Jim Yong Kim for World Bank

Today's Balance Sheet: Obama nominates the Dartmouth College head for the prestigious position.

The New York Times
In a surprise move, President Barack Obama is nominating Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank. The announcement will be made by Obama, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—who first recommended Kim for the post—in the Rose Garden later today. The actual decision will be made in April by the World Bank's 25-member board. Since the organization's founding in 1944, an American has always been president, perhaps influenced by the fact that the United States has the largest share of the vote on the board because of the size of its economy. Developing countries are expected to put forward at least three nominees. Kim will soon depart for a global tour to rally support for his nomination. Many expected Obama to nominate United Nations ambassador Susan Rice, Senator John Kerry, or former National Economic Council director Larry Summers instead of the Dartmouth president, who is the first Asian-American to be president of an Ivy...

The Energy Trap

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Republicans have been owning the energy narrative the past few weeks—what with Newt Gingrich’s science-fiction-worthy calls for $2.50 a gallon gas and Rick Santorum’s pockets full of shale —but now the ball’s back in the White House’s court. President Obama has taken a new tack on energy to compensate for the fact that voters blame him for high gas prices, but the change in tone is likely to leave his base squirming. He’s currently on a whirlwind trip to spread the administration’s new gospel: that the southern leg of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is "a priority” and that "we're drilling all over the place right now.” In the end, more drilling is far from a panacea, as analysis of gas prices and domestic oil production shows, so Obama’s sudden love for Keystone and drilling sounds like pure electoral pandering. But the alternative—being his cool and responsible self and explaining the reality of gas prices—might suffer in execution although it sounds smart in theory. "Is...

The Worst is Over?

Today's Balance Sheet: Is Europe finally on the way up?

The Wall Street Journal
Fears that the euro crisis will cross the Atlantic have started to ease after European leaders took precautions to stave off default in Greece and shore up other ailing economies. “In the past few months, financial stresses in Europe have lessened, which has contributed to an improved tone of financial markets around the world, including in the United States,” said Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner agreed: “The European economies at the center of the crisis have made very significant progress.” That doesn't mean the global economy is all sunshine and daisies, though. The eurozone's economy contracted at the end of 2011, and weak growth there has resulted in depressed growth here too. Also, the situation in Spain is growing more precarious by the day, with one investor saying “it has replaced Italy as the lightning rod." Despite the ever-present risks, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi still says "The worst is over," but given the...

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