Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

What Guides Public Opinion?

Rereading Amy Sullivan's 2006 piece on then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, I'm struck by her description of how the public came to oppose President Bush's plan to reform Social Security:

The Saga of Mark Sanford.


The New York Times has a nice piece on the political revival of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, a year (and some) after the summer of national mockery surrounding his affair with an Argentine woman:

Four Goals for the Lame-Duck Session

The legislation Democrats need to pass before the 111th Congress is done


The elections are over, but the 111th Congress isn't finished just yet. Next week, Congress will enter a two-month lame-duck session during which it will attempt to sort through what is left of the year's legislative agenda.

At one point, this was controversial; in August, Rep. Tom Price of Georgia warned against Democratic plans to use a lame-duck session for nefarious ends (passing card check!) and forced a vote on a resolution that would keep Congress from entering into a lame-duck session. The resolution failed, but the anti-"lame duck" meme persisted, thanks to continued opposition from conservative groups like FreedomWorks and conservative leaders like Newt Gingrich.

How Would They Win?

Matt Yglesias makes a good point about the difficulty a third-party or independent president would face in getting anything done:

Great Job, Chris Christie.

Last month, I noted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's opposition to a federal rail project that would have doubled rail capacity under the Hudson River as well as provided tens of thousands of needed jobs to New Jerseyans. The project, which would have been the largest infrastructure investment in the country, was yet another victim of Christie's short-sighted fiscal "conservatism."