The Democrats' Choice

March 2008


  • Our Senate Problem

    Mark Schmitt

    The Senate is where ambitious presidencies die. To be effective, the next Democratic president will need to bring in new senators, make subtle institutional changes, and engineer cross-party alliances.
  • Going Nowhere Fast

    Thomas Geoghegan

    Every week, it seems, it's taking another minute or so to get from point A to point B. What happened to public transportation? It seems obvious that we should invest in high-speed rail and mass transit, but we don't.
  • Solidarity Politics

    Ann Friedman

    After so many years with "white male" as the default political identity, we're all suddenly forced to think about how much a candidate's race, gender, and background should matter.
  • Bringing the Race to Closure

    Paul Starr

    Here's what the Democrats could do to prevent the race for the nomination from stretching into late summer and turning into an ugly donnybrook in Denver.


  • Accounting for Kristol

    Eric Alterman

    What was The New York Times thinking when it hired neocon propagandist Bill Kristol for its op-ed pages?
  • Zealots of Our Time

    David Greenberg

    In his new book, They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons, Jacob Heilbrunn examines the state of the neoconservative movement in the wake of the Iraq War.
  • Power Grab

    Tara McKelvey

    Two new books, one by a Boston Globe reporter, the other by the former head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, recount the Bush administration's efforts to expand the presidential powers at the expense of the law.


Special Report

Online Extras


  • Black and Brown Together

    David Bacon

    In Mississippi, African American leaders are the foremost champions of the state's growing Latino immigrant population. Some day soon, they hope, the new alliance will transform the state's reactionary politics.
  • Black Hawk's Gamble

    Tara McKelvey

    Black Hawk is one of three Colorado towns that decided to allow limited-stakes gambling. Residents have learned the hard way that the house always wins.
  • Politicians Bet the Farm

    Barbara Dreyfuss

    Faced with tough budget decisions, many states are turning to gambling as an answer to their economic woes. But most end up getting far more than they bargained for.
  • The 2008 Veepstakes

    The Editors

    Who should round out the Democratic ticket? Prospect writers and editors weigh the merits and demerits of some of the oft-mentioned contenders.
  • The Democrats' Choice: Manager or Visionary

    Ezra Klein

    Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have two different approaches to fixing the economy, and the country. It's less about what to do than how to do it.
  • Can the Democrats Think Big?

    Robert Kuttner

    With the economic crisis becoming more dire by the day, Democrats will win on pocketbook issues only if they recover the imagination and nerve to offer remedies on a scale equal to the problems.