Steve Benen

Steve Benen is an MSNBC contributor, and a producer for The Rachel Maddow Show. He wrote the Washington Monthly‘s Political Animal from 2008 to 2012. His background includes publishing The Carpetbagger Report, and writing for a variety of publications, including Talking Points MemoThe American Prospect, the Huffington Post, and The Guardian. He has also appeared on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” Air America Radio’s “Sam Seder Show,” and XM Radio’s “POTUS ’08.”

Steve received his Master’s degree from the George Washington University in 1996, and has written for Democratic candidates nationwide. He lives in Vermont with his wife.

Romney and Freddie

To get an edge in advance of Florida’s Republican presidential primary, Mitt Romney has gone after Newt Gingrich this week on his ties to Freddie Mac. At first blush, it’s not a bad move; Gingrich is clearly vulnerable on the subject. But Romney may not have thought the attacks all the way through. According to… Read more »

Boehner’s confidence about keeping his job

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) not only believes his caucus will keep its majority in the next Congress, but told Politico yesterday he expects the Republican House majority to last a decade. Is it because GOP officials will impress voters and earn the public’s trust? No, according to Boehner, it’s because his party has been… Read more »

What’s with Romney’s Swiss bank account?

Probably the biggest surprise in Mitt Romney’s limited tax-return disclosure was the revelation about a Swiss bank account. Given the bigger picture — including Romney’s cash in the Cayman Islands — this new angle isn’t helping the Republican’s campaign. According to the former governor’s aides, Romney had $3 million in his Swiss account, held at… Read more »

Wednesday’s campaign round-up

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * In Florida, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Mitt Romney’s lead over Newt Gingrich shrinking to just two points, 36% to 34%, after the former governor led by 12 points a couple… Read more »

Talking up institutional reform

On the surface, there are all kinds of intimidating challenges facing the country. Just below the surface, there are deep partisan and ideological divisions, fueled in part by Republicans’ refusal to compromise, that make policymaking difficult, if not impossible. But just below that is another problem: a dysfunctional system and broken institutions that make the… Read more »