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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The particulars of what Barack Obama actually "pledged" to do on public financing notwithstanding, it's pretty clear that what coverage there has been of this issue assumes it's an ironclad pledge. Obviously, it would be of great benefit to Obama to opt out of the system, because as of now it appears he'd be likely to raise far more money than John McCain. So how can he opt out and still save face?

The Triumph of Narrative

Of all the things Barack Obama has done right this campaign, none may be more important than the fact that he has told a story perfectly keyed to the current moment in history.


Here's the ad Dana mentioned below, and we should note that it is, at long last, the first negative ad of the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. Drumroll, please...

The Maverick Myth

You can't read a story about John McCain without seeing the word "maverick." But is it true?

From the archives: Robert Kuttner on how McCain failed to stand up to the Bush administration and Steve Benen on McCain's relationship with the media.

Now that John McCain is the all-but-certain Republican nominee for president, there is one thing we know for sure about how the general election will play out: The Democrat is going to be at a serious disadvantage in the media. This will be true even if that nominee is Barack Obama, who has gotten better coverage thus far than Hillary Clinton. Reporters find his candidacy a compelling story, but that attraction has its limitations. When it comes to John McCain, however, it's pure love.

A Question of Ideology

Where each of the Democratic candidates might leave the country ideologically could ultimately be the most lasting determinant of the success of the next presidency.