A 12-Step Program for the Republican Party
By Tim Alberta and Jim O’Sullivan
Some addicts are confronted through an intervention. Others run to Oprah. In the case of a political party that appears to have lost the capacity to win national elections, redemption starts with establishing something called the Growth and Opportunity Project, a five-member group tasked with identifying the party’s foremost problems and solutions for moving forward. Consider it the Washington version of a cry for help.
The GOP has finally admitted it has a problem winning over voters. Here’s how to get the party back on track.
Our January 19, 2013 magazine cover.
Our pictures of inauguration day in Washington.
President Eisenhower was lassoed by a cowboy at the inaugural parade in 1953.
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A Hoax, A Doper, and the Decline in Public Faith
By Ron Fournier
Stories like these leave knots in our stomachs, because we so desperately want to believe our sports heroes are pure. We have the audacity to hope, too, that our politicians are at least competent. It’s the same for movie stars, CEOs, pastors, generals, teachers, cops and leaders of all sorts: We build them up and break them down because we expect so much out of our national institutions.
Why Obama’s White-Guy Problem Seems Worse Than It Is
By Jill Lawrence
Who would have thought the nation’s first black president would have an optics problem? But his parade of second-term nominations so far is white, male, and of a certain average age (62.3, to be exact), and The New York Times is taking note with an article and a photo that shows Obama meeting with 10 men.
But a confluence of factors is making the frat-house syndrome seem worse than it is. See 4 reasons why.
The Notable and Quotable Barney Frank
By Elahe Izadi
Now-retired Rep. Barney Frank said he’d be interested in filling Sen. John Kerry’s seat until a special election in later this year. And if it actually happens — political junkies could be in for a treat.
Here’s a compilation of the most provocative Frank quotes.
(Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP)
Submission by Alex K.
Our reporter, Elahe, made it into a meme!
(PS: If you missed her fiscal cliff haiku project, you’re going to want to check this out.)