Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

Other Important Things Happening Besides the Election.

I know it's Election Day and we're all supposed to be focused on how America is refudiating liberalism, but it's worth noting some of the other things that happened today. For instance, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has released a new report detailing intimate-partner violence in 2008 and showing a sharp increase in violence within the LGBT community:

The total cases reported to NCAVP members in 2008 was 3419. This represents a slight increase, 1.2%, over 2007.

Recent History.

Matthew Yglesias makes his official election predictions:

This reversion to a balance of political power that leaves Democrats in a stronger position than they were as recently as the 2005-2008 period will be treated by the press as a world-historical shift in favor of the right. Most press figures will probably explicitly note that election results are invariably over-interpreted and then proceed to over-interpret again, arguing that this time it’s different.

Third Way Can't Wait for a Republican Majority.

Reading this Politico article, I get the impression that Third Way is salivating at the prospect of a Republican-controlled House:

The group has spent months preparing to capitalize on this moment and take a more central role in the party.

And it’s coming down squarely on the side of centrism — and planning to vigorously challenge the left.

“The party is about to come to a major fork in the road,” said Jonathan Cowan, Third Way’s president. “A left turn at this juncture is a turn toward permanent minority status.”

People Are Frustrated.

The Wall Street Journal notes that this is the third consecutive "change" election in a row:

Voters this week look set to do something not seen since the early 1950s: Oust a substantial number of sitting House lawmakers for the third election in a row.

The apparent Republican resurgence suggests the country is caught in a cycle of political volatility witnessed only four times in the past century, almost all during war or economic unease.

Democrats Care About the Deficit, Republicans Don't (a Continuing Series).

Americans see the GOP as better able to reduce the deficit, but is that trust warranted? After getting push-back from readers for suggesting that neither party is "particularly credible" on the deficit, Megan McArdle tries to offer a conclusive answer to the question: