Paul Waldman

Paul Waldman is a contributing editor for the Prospect and the author of Being Right is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success.

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Democracy is hard, but sacrificing our values won't make it any easier.

When Faisal Shahzad attempted to explode his absurdly amateurish car bomb in Times Square and was quickly caught, the response was one we've come to expect. It didn't matter how forthcoming Shahzad was -- some conservatives were terribly disappointed that he wasn't being tortured and characterized the whole thing as evidence of the Obama administration's unconscionable weakness. For some reason, they decided to focus on the Miranda warning we've seen recited on television thousands of times. "They Mirandized him, which I always find stupid on the part of our people," said Sen. Orrin Hatch.

A Modest Proposal: No Pundit Day

On Sunday, The Washington Post asked various famous people for suggestions of "things we should toss." The results were somewhat interesting, particularly one: Donna Brazile, one of the country's best-known pundits, suggested that we ought to get rid of pundits. Just try to imagine it for a moment: no more Pat Buchanans, no more James Carvilles, no more "Democratic strategists" and "Republican strategists" filling your ears with mindless speculation and ridiculous talking points.

The Changed Face of Immigration.

There are a lot of interesting things in this new report from the Brookings Institution called "The State of Metropolitan America," and there was one striking graphic I wanted to share. We all know that the face of immigration has changed in recent years, but compare the origin of today's immigrants to those from 1970, which doesn't seem like all that long ago:

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One More Shot at Mark Penn.

A few days ago, erstwhile Clinton poll guru Mark Penn wrote a hilarious op-ed in The Washington Post, suggesting that "Cleggmania" in Britain showed that America was ready for a third party, hopefully helmed by some kind of Bloomberg-esque billionaire who could hire Mark Penn. You'll notice that Cleggmania wasn't so maniacal when Brits went to the polls yesterday.

The Problem With the "Ideas Factory."

A number of people have done a Nelson Muntz "Ha-ha!" at House Minority Whip Eric Cantor's announcement that his "ideas factory," called the National Council for a New America, is shutting down one year after its launch, after doing not much of anything. But you've got to have some sympathy for him. The organization's goal of developing "innovative solutions that meet the serious challenges confronting our country" is not easy.

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