Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

Republicans Don't Need Black Votes.

Eugene Robinson wishes there were more competition for African American votes:

I'm firmly convinced that the progressive agenda championed by the Democrats is much better for African Americans, and for the nation as a whole, than the conservative agenda favored by Republicans. But I also believe that in politics, as in business, competition is good. Monopolies inevitably take their customers for granted. [...]

The Myth of the Self-Funded Candidate

A willingness to spend money isn't enough to seal the deal for would-be officeholders.

Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for California governor (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

It takes a little history to appreciate how much money former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has put into her California gubernatorial campaign. Since winning the Republican nomination for governor in June, Whitman has spent $55 million on her race against Jerry Brown, a former two-term governor of California. From the primary to the present, Whitman -- one of California's wealthiest women -- has dropped $140 million into her campaign. By contrast, at general-election time in 2002, Gray Davis had spent $130 million on his gubernatorial bid, and likewise in 2006, Arnold Schwarzenegger -- the penny-pincher, apparently -- had spent $55 million on his campaign.

Bloomberg Says "No" to Soda for Poor People.

Michael Bloomberg wants to keep poor New Yorkers from buying soda:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg sought federal permission on Wednesday to bar New York City’s 1.7 million recipients of food stamps from using them to buy soda or other sugared drinks. [...]

The mayor requested a ban for two years to study whether it would have a positive impact on health and whether a permanent ban would be merited.

The Same Base You've Always Known.

Ben Smith sees a Tea Party that isn’t too interested in fighting the culture war: