Paul Begala


Not One Dime

This is shaping up to be the biggest political scandal in a decade, and the GOP knows it. And so Republicans have been jumping on the same “lobbying reform” bandwagon that many (though alas not all) Democrats have been driving for months. Each party has its laundry list of worthy procedural changes, from making retiring… Read more »

Vengeance is His

If George W. Bush is given a second term, and retains a Republican Congress and a compliant federal judiciary, he and his allies are likely to embark on a campaign of political retribution the likes of which we haven’t seen since Richard Nixon. How do I know this? I’m from Texas. Again and again, I’ve… Read more »

Monkey See…

For a veteran of the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign, watching the 2000 edition of George W. Bush is like watching a cheesy cable-movie version of a great novel. The basics are there, but it’s a pale imitation of the real thing. From the moment he secured the nomination, in a ruthless, vicious, amoral butchering of John… Read more »

Monkey See…

For a veteran of the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign, watching the 2000 edition of George W. Bush is like watching a cheesy cable-movie version of a great novel. The basics are there, but it’s a pale imitation of the real thing. From the moment he secured the nomination, in a ruthless, vicious, amoral butchering of John… Read more »

ISO VP ASAP

It’s hard to find the right running mate. And it’s especially hard for a Democrat right now: George W. Bush has a Palm Pilot filled with intriguing candidates—from Colin Powell to congressional standouts like Chuck Hagel and big state governors like Tom Ridge. By contrast, the Democrats’ little black book looks awfully thin. Some of… Read more »