Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, as well as a distinguished senior fellow of the think tank Demos. He was a longtime columnist for Business Week and continues to write columns in The Boston Globe. He is the author of Obama's Challenge and other books.

Recent Articles

Bush Paid Dearly For Arrogance

Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party just as the Senate was
completing action to approve President Bush's tax cut with only slight
modifications. While Jeffords's switch will help the Democrats slow down
Bush's juggernaut, it comes too late to block his single most revolutionary

Bad News for President Bush

George W. Bush, the only presidential son since John Quincy Adams to serve as chief
executive, could emulate the Adams family in one other respect. Like Adams senior and Bush
senior, W. could well be a one-term president.

Recent polls bring nasty news for Bush. His approval rating has plummeted. Despite the generally
favorable media spin on his recent European trip - that world leaders were pleasantly surprised that he
wasn't a total moron - the public isn't buying it.

Al Gore, the Populist

In the last couple of weeks, Al Gore has undergone yet another makeover. Now he's a populist, bashing drug companies, oil barons, and tax cuts for the wealthy, sticking up for the ordinary working American.

He gave a barn-burner of a speech to the NAACP. This past week he was rewarded by a nice bounce in the polls, putting him almost even with W. What gives?

What gives is that nothing else worked. What gives is that Gore has suffered from a passion gap, and in order to express passion, you need something to be passionate about. Reinventing government may be sensible policy, but it is not the stuff that brings a crowd to its feet.

Forget Nice Talk:

"I thought it was a very good speech, Dan ... everything about Bush's reaching out ... Let's hope he succeeds. It will be the best thing for the country.''

-- Bob Schieffer, CBS, Dec. 13

It's hard to know which part of the Wednesday night denouement was worse - Al Gore's feeble concession platitudes, George Bush's twitchy speech claiming the White House, or the cheesy media sanctimony. Most nauseating, I think, was the chorus of pundits asserting the need to put aside partisan rancor and "heal" the divided nation.

Democrats Make Nice While Bush Runs Hard Right

What is the matter with the Democrats? They are rolling over in a blissful haze of bipartisanship, while George W. Bush appoints a hard-right Cabinet and pursues a hard-line program. It's like a country after a bloodless coup d'etat. Daily life goes on. The tame media makes soothing noises. Rituals of democracy endure. The out-party simulates opposition, toothlessly.

But this is no banana republic, where genuine opposition leaders are shot and crusading newspaper publishers disappear. The election may have been stolen, but our civil liberties are intact. And the opposition party won the popular vote and gained seats in Congress.