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.

Recent Articles

Maryland Is for Lovers.

According to a new poll from The Washington Post, folks in Maryland are warming to gay marriage:

Maryland residents are shifting toward a more positive opinion of same-sex marriage, with registered voters now narrowly supporting a law to allow it, a Washington Post poll has found.

The Cost of Iraq.

The Center for American Progress has tallied up the costs of the war in Iraq (read the report here), and according to their calculations, we've spent $748 billion, with up to $717 more coming in veterans' benefits. I thought it might be useful to compare this to our previous wars, so using data from this Congressional Research Service report, and adjusting the CAP figures to 2008 dollars to make it all comparable, I made this graph:

Citizen Ex

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: