Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan is a contributing writer at Time magazine, and author of the book The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats are Closing the God Gap (Scribner, 2008). A Michigan native, she holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Harvard Divinity School.

joe hansen watch

DOUBLE-DIPPING CONSULTANTS WATCH #1….Remember our buddy Joe Hansen, the direct mail consultant who also helps out the DSCC by recruiting and preparing candidates (“you’re going to want to set aside a large chunk of your campaign budget for direct mail…”)? We hear he’s headed to Minnesota to meet with potential candidates for that state’s soon-to-be-open… Read more »

DPC hearing

IF A TREE FALLS IN A FOREST…If the Democrats held a hearing and nobody came, did it really take place? Dana Milbank writes about the first investigative hearing held by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) this year and notes that while they picked a good topic (Iraq contracting abuses) and received good press coverage,… Read more »

underprivileged journalists

UNDERPRIVILEGED….Word came down yesterday from a U.S. Appeals Court that Judith Miller and our own (contributing editor) Matt Cooper must testify before a grand jury in the Plame case or face up to 18 months in jail. The court determined that the two reporters cannot claim a First Amendment privilege for the evidence being sought… Read more »

faint-hearted faith-based

THE FAITH-BASED CON…. This terrific piece by David Kuo, former deputy director of the White House’s faith-based office, is worth five minutes of your time. It’s not necessarily new–we said much the same thing last October in a piece outlining how Bush’s faith-based policies have amounted to nothing not despite the White House’s best efforts… Read more »

common ground on abortion

COMMON GROUND….This is a good start. Pro-lifers? The ball is in your court. (I hardly need say, of course, that pro-lifers will come out against this, claiming that the proposed legislation is “deceptive” and “full of loopholes”. But it puts them in a tough position. What? You’re not for reducing unwanted pregnancies? Really? Who’s not… Read more »