Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

Messaging Doesn't Matter.

Generally speaking, Republicans aren't actually more disciplined or organized than Democrats, and vice versa -- whether your side is "good enough" is usually a function of whether you're winning or losing. That said, I'll make an exception for messaging; when Republicans lose elections, you really don't hear them complain about it for weeks afterward:

In interviews after the marathon three hour meeting, several senators and senior aides told POLITICO that Nelson was just one of several senators to express anger at White House missteps – and air deep concerns about their own political fates if Obama and the Democratic Party leadership can’t turn things around by 2012. [...]

The Uncertain Future of Cable TV.


Shani Hilton (my housemate, I should note) picks up on a report showing a steady decrease in the number of "cord-cutters" -- or people who don't pay for cable -- and argues that we're seeing the "slow death of cable":

Pelosi and the Blue Dogs.

Only in a Dana Milbank column does a margin of 150-43 turn into a vote of no-confidence:

History will record that Nancy Pelosi won her bid to remain House Democratic leader by a comfortable margin. But nobody who heard Democratic lawmakers going in and out of the Cannon Caucus Room on Wednesday could call it a victory.

"The truth is that Nancy Pelosi's season has passed," said Rep. Allen Boyd (Fla.), one of more than 60 Democrats who lost their seats on Election Day. "And she is the face of defeat." [...]

Americans Like Government Spending.

In what should be a shock to no one, the public isn't exactly happy with the provisions of Bowles-Simpson:

In the survey, 57% of respondents said they were uncomfortable with gradually raising the Social Security retirement age to 69 over the next 60 years. Some 41% said they were somewhat or very comfortable with the idea.

Roughly 70% were uncomfortable with making cuts to programs such as Medicare, Social Security and defense in order to reduce the deficit, with 27% saying they were comfortable.