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

Grading "The Media."

In a post titled "The Best-Covered News Story, Ever", Harold Pollack makes an important point:

Because it is so easy to find bad reporting and public stupidity, it is easy to overlook something. Press coverage of health care reform was the most careful, most thorough, and most effective reporting of any major story, ever.

Hopey-Changey at the Department of Labor

During the Bush administration, when I encountered those who wondered whether a particular Democrat (say, John Kerry) was progressive enough, I would often make the point that at that moment, there were literally thousands of people in positions of power in the federal government who went to work every day attempting to undermine everything those progressives believed in. As we've gotten so focused on big legislative issues like health-care reform, we shouldn't forget that there is a lot of activity going on in federal agencies that normally escapes notice. And progressives ought to be pretty pleased about it.

Conservatives for Corporate Tax Giveaways.

If like me you receive the Heritage Foundation's daily e-mail alert (which could be titled "How Barack Obama is destroying America today"), this morning you would have learned the latest bit of outrage over health-care reform, which is that "companies used to be able to deduct part of their costs for providing drug benefits to their retirees, but Obamacare cancels that deduction." Turns out that a bunch of big corporations like AT&T, Caterpillar, and 3M made virtually simultaneous announcements (Could it have been coordinated? Nah.) that they were putting charges on their balance sheets because they'll be losing this deduction.

Code Pink: Still Ridiculous

Via Think Progress, we see that members of the anti-war group Code Pink tried to make a citizen's arrest of Karl Rove at a book-signing. While I too chuckle at the idea of Rove in leg irons, one must ask: Is this really the best use of your time? Aren't there some more pressing problems at the moment?