Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

Blue Dogs Should Blame Themselves.

This should have been obvious to everyone paying attention: More than half the members of the Blue Dog Coalition—the organization of moderate to conservative Democrats in the House—are in peril in next week's election, a stark indicator of how the balloting could produce a Congress even more polarized than the current one. [...] Of 54 Blue Dogs in the House, six already have retired or decided to seek other offices. Of those trying to stay, 39 are in competitive races, according to the Cook Political Report, and 22 of those are in pure toss-ups. As Democrats in conservative, Republican-leaning districts, Blue Dogs were always the most likely to suffer in event of a GOP wave. Of course, you would never know this from their behavior over the last two years. A rational Blue Dog caucus -- with a basic understanding of how elections worked -- would have done their best to move the president's priorities forward; after all, no one does well when the economy is poor and voters are...

Bullying Is a Crime.

The Department of Education wants educators and administrators to take bullying a little more seriously: In a 10-page letter to be sent on Tuesday to thousands of school districts and colleges, the Department of Education urges the nation’s educators to ensure that they are complying with their responsibilities to prevent harassment, as laid out in federal laws. The letter is the product of a yearlong review of the federal statutes and case law covering sexual, racial and other forms of harassment, officials said. Issuing the letter took on new urgency in recent weeks because of a string of high-profile cases in which students have committed suicide after enduring bullying by classmates, the officials said. I can't find fault with encouragement, but it is true that a serious effort to tackle bullying would include actual criminal penalties. That is, most forms of bullying amount to little more than extortion and violence, and if these were adults, we wouldn't even hesitate to bring...

Bad Ideas (for a Democratic Candidate).

Frank T. Caprio , the Democratic nominee for governor in Rhode Island, hasn't received President Obama 's support, and doesn't really want it anyway : “He could take his endorsement and really shove it, as far as I’m concerned,” said Frank T. Caprio, who is locked in a three-way race that includes former senator Lincoln Chafee, who is running as an independent. I'm sure this will play really well with voters in the state. After all, they only gave Obama a 28-point margin in 2008. I'm sure they'll come flocking to him once they see he doesn't like the president very much. -- Jamelle Bouie

Libertarians Against Dissent.

Another way to describe Rand Paul supporters : As the candidates arrived, a group of Paul supporters pulled a female MoveOn member to the ground and held her there as another Paul supporter stomped on the back of her head and neck. According to the Louisville Courier Journal, "Lauren Valle of MoveOn.org approached Paul and tried to give him an "employee of the month award" from Republicorp...a fake business MoveOn created to symbolize what it says is the merger of the GOP and business interests controlling political speech." In fairness, we don't know if these supporters are libertarians. Still, for people afraid tyranny, they are more than willing to use it against people they don't like. Which isn't a surprise, given the high odds that these guys belong to the same right-wing grass roots that wants to banish "the Muslims" and keep "the gays" from marrying. -- Jamelle Bouie

Jerry Brown Wants California to Remember, Remember...

November of 1974, when he was elected for the first time: Ezra Klein calls this "the most devastating ad of the season." Meh. It's not that it's a bad spot but that it's the kind of ad whose reception is mostly determined by political circumstances. Simply put, Brown 's throwback to the past is charming because he is leading Meg Whitman by 5 points. If the picture were reversed, then we would all be bemoaning his failed attempt to remind California of the glory days. To be fair, though, this is the case with most political advertisements; how they are received has little to do with their actual quality and everything to do with the dynamics of the race itself. -- Jamelle Bouie