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Hillary's Wake-Up Call

  • By
  • Michael A. Cohen,
  • New America Foundation
August 27, 2008 |

“Know your audience.” These are the first words drilled into the head of any budding speechwriter. Figure out who your audience is, then draft a set of remarks directly tailored to them. Last night Hillary Clinton offered all the young scribes out there a clinic in precisely how it is done. Speaking directly to her millions of former supporters who remain hesitant about voting for Barack Obama, her message was clear and unambiguous: get over it and get on board the Obama bandwagon.

The All-American Family

  • By
  • Michael A. Cohen,
  • New America Foundation
August 26, 2008 |

On the campaign trail, image-making and speech-making have always gone hand in hand. But rarely is that more true than when the candidate’s spouse delivers a speech at the national party convention.

What Obama Should Say

  • By
  • Michael A. Cohen,
  • New America Foundation
August 25, 2008 |

On Aug. 28, Barack Obama will deliver one of the most eagerly anticipated speeches in American political history. As the country’s first African-American presidential candidate and possibly the most renowned political orator of his generation, the pressure on Mr. Obama to say something unique and memorable is extraordinary.

Reihan Salam's book in the New York Times | 'How Obama Reconciles Dueling Views on Economy'

August 20, 2008
Even some Republicans have started to wonder whether the Reagan strategy on taxes has run its course. Earlier this year, two young conservative writers, Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam, came out with a book called “Grand New Party.” Their basic thesis is that the Republican Party, for all its successes over the past generation, has failed to cement its majority because of economics.

What Does Obama Have in Common With Frederick Douglass?

  • By
  • Michael A. Cohen,
  • New America Foundation
August 17, 2008 |

In his brief time on the national stage Barack Obama has been compared to a host of great 20th-century orators, including John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. But the most apt comparison may be to one of the greatest 19th-century orators: Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist leader.

There’s No Paying in Baseball

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
August 16, 2008 |

This year’s Little League World Series, which began on Friday, is a lavish, nationally televised American sporting event. At the site of the series in South Williamsport, Pa., there is a tent for the tournament’s corporate sponsors to show off their products, an instant-replay system to decide close calls and a perfectly groomed, two-stadium baseball complex.

What's the Matter With Washington?

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
August 15, 2008 |

In “The Wrecking Crew,” the liberal journalist Thomas Frank tells the story of free-market ideologues who came to Washington to start a revolution and built a lucrative lobbying empire instead. Now a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Frank established his reputation as the editor of The Baffler and then as the author of the best-selling What’s the Matter With Kansas? (2004) by combining two things absent from most liberal commentary: muckraking reporting and satiric wit.

Gregory Rodriguez in the New York Times | 'In a Generation, Minorities May Be the U.S. Majority'

August 14, 2008

Ethnic and racial minorities will comprise a majority of the nation’s population in a little more than a generation, according to new Census Bureau projections, a transformation that is occurring faster than anticipated just a few years ago.

The census calculates that by 2042, Americans who identify themselves as Hispanic, black, Asian, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander will together outnumber non-Hispanic whites. Four years ago, officials had projected the shift would come in 2050...

Maya MacGuineas in the New York Times | 'Social Security Too Hot to Touch? Not in 2008'

August 13, 2008
...Raising the retirement age further, reducing benefits across the board, pegging increases in benefits to inflation rather than wage hikes, and allowing retirement at an earlier age in return for cuts in benefits were all floated in a December 2005 study, “Nonpartisan Social Security Reform Plan.” Its authors included Jeffrey Liebman, now Mr. Obama’s chief Social Security adviser, and Maya MacGuineas, who advised Mr. McCain on the subject in 2000... LINK

Era With No Name

  • By
  • Nicholas Thompson,
  • New America Foundation
August 3, 2008 |

Bill Clinton desperately wanted a pithy slogan to encapsulate his foreign policy. But nothing worked. “Post cold-war era” was uninspiring. “Democratic enlargement” sounded like an unwelcome medical condition. “Age of hope” was too like the title of a New Age album. “We can litanize and analyze all we want, but until people can say it in a phrase, we’re sunk,” he snapped at his advisers in the fall of 1994.

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