Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

Recent Articles

The One Percent Strikes Back

It's not a joke. In response to the Occupy Wall Street movement, a band of one-percenters—including JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, who made $23 million in 2012; and John A. Allison IV, a director of BB&T Corp.—has started a campaign to rescue rich CEOs' tattered image. Calling themselves the Job Creators Alliance, the group plans media appearances, pens op-eds, and comes up with talking points to defend executives from the 99 percent who, at least in terms of wages, has seen little trickle down from Wall Street for the last two decades. Bernard Marcus, a founding member of the alliance, isn't worried about Occupiers being offended by his organization's mission. “Who gives a crap about some imbecile? Are you kidding me?” he told Businessweek. “If I hear a politician use the term ‘paying your fair share’ one more time, I’m going to vomit," chimed in billionaire Tom Golisano. They've come parroting the standard defense: That they deserve the money they get and that they create jobs...

To Flop or Not to Flop: That is the General Election Question

Time to take an intermission from predicting paths to the GOP nomination and imagine what the GOP's general election campaign could look like. Let's take the two most likely nominees. It's relatively easy to imagine how Gingrich would campaign if he became the GOP candidate: the same way he's campaigned for the last few decades. One of Newt Gingrich's defining qualities as a politician is his unwavering confidence in his own ideas. Part of Gingrich's appeal is when you vote for him, you know what you're going to get. This appeal is also why many assume Gingrich will not ultimately be nominated—the Democratic and Republican elite both think the general public won't like what they see. It is much harder to imagine how a Romney candidacy would unfold. As noted by Christine O’Donnell , who endorsed Mitt Romney last night, Romney's platform has been ideologically consistent since the GOP primaries in 2008. The reason Romney has been been “consistent since he changed his mind” is a symptom...

What to Read Before You Unwonk Tonight

Time has a piece exploring why the right wing is starting to fall into line around Newt Gingrich. It’s not his conservative pedigree — it’s because he’s a “known commodity” and the party elite know how he works. On the other hand, Ezra Klein doesn’t think the party elite will ever pick Gingrich, and he has 21 convincing reasons why. Jonathan Bernstein explains why, even if Gingrich doesn’t win, no one else is entering the race. Reporting on the Obama administration’s Plan B decision has focused mainly on reproductive rights and how the decision and the reaction of women voters will influence the election. Michael Specter’s piece analyzing the issue in the context of the science community offers an important other perspective. Comprehensive list from Ryan Lizza on Newt Gingrich’s best critiques of the media. Great piece from The Economist what does today's euro deal mean for the political future of the European Union? NPR challenged the statement made by Republican legislators that...

Which Mitt Is Your Mitt?

Herman Cain isn't the only candidate who dropped out this fall. Dozens of Mitt Romney doppelgangers who've outlived their usefulness have, too. Some of the Romneys haven't even dared to show their faces again—pro-choice, pro-health-care Romney, for instance, hasn't dared go out in public this primary season. We've compiled a list of many of the different Romneys that have popped up over the years below in the hope that it will help voters, not in a quest to find the real Romney—we doubt his existence—but to help you discover which one you could vote for. E-mail me at jfuller@prospect.org if you think of any other Romneys, and I'll update the list as the election goes on. Click on the arrows to go to the next Romney. *** East Coast Moderate Republican Romney This presidential candidate is running on nostalgia (not to be confused with Reagan Romney or Son of my dad, George Romney). This Romney harkens back to a time when Republicans could be moderate and still get elected. Polling shows...

What to Read Before You Unwonk Tonight

The Economist summarizes Obama’s campaign strategy thus far, and places it in the context of America’s rich history of decisive presidential campaigns. In an excellent must-read piece, Conor Friedersdorf coins a new label for Newt Gingrich: He's the anti-thesis of a Nike ad. "Don't just do it -- it won't work till you change everything!" Republicans thought they had the nostalgia vote in the bag with Newt Gingrich. Then Obama pulled out the Teddy Roosevelt card, and they realized they need to go back in time. Welcome the new dark horse Republican candidate, William Howard Taft! Speaking of old school historical references, Is Europe about to have an Articles of Confederation moment? Although mainstream coverage of the election has been relatively neutral, to no one’s surprise, Twitter offers far harsher and snarkier commentary on the candidates. Infographic of the Day: Mother Jones’ depicting the tangle of super-PACs as an ever-expanding universe. In his efforts to dampen Gingrich’s...

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