How an anonymous Republican squares his love of power with his contempt for the president.
Walter ShapiroTerrific @Olivianuzzi piece on GOP anonymity. Key quote: "If the choice is between being lied to on the record or told the truth 'on background'...I will choose the truth every time — even though...I make it easier for this system of secrecy to continue."
The triumphs, failures, and might-have-beens of Jimmy Carter.
Walter ShapiroJon Alter has written a terrific biography of the unfairly neglected Jimmy Carter. As a former Carter speechwriter, I reviewed it for the Washington Monthly. I recommend both the review (pretty good) and the Jon Alter biography (excellent and revealing).
Next to a babbling, often incomprehensible president, Biden did what he needed to do in the final debate.
Walter Shapiro"To Tell the Truth" was a 1950s quiz show where panelists had to decipher who was an impostor and who was real. Using the show's tag line, the theme of last night's debate was, "Will the real Abraham Lincoln please stand up." My @newrepublic debate recap
Walter ShapiroThis will bring Biden to his knees: "Watch for President Trump to address Joe Biden as 'the big guy' or 'the chairman' at tonight's debate as a way of dramatizing the Hunter Biden emails." Wow, so much bigger than the pandemic.
President Trump is headed to Pennsylvania, where the Supreme Court let stand a ruling granting more time for some ballots. A New York Times/Siena College poll found voters favoring Joe Biden over Mr. Trump on almost all major issues.
Opinion — Secret Trump dissenters like John Cornyn and Ben Sasse might want to ponder how the looming GOP election defeat could have been prevented.
Walter ShapiroMe in @rollcall: "Republicans seem due for a brutal reckoning in November. Instead of medals for heroic resistance, secret dissenters like John Cornyn and Ben Sasse will be eligible for their own special honor, membership in the Order of the Eye Roll."
Liberals seem to love reading about the president refusing to concede to Joe Biden. But these stories distract from the real issues at hand.
Walter ShapiroIn @newrepublic, I debunk outlandish fears spread by serious publications like the Atlantic. No, the TV networks won't call key states early for Trump before the absentee ballots are counted. No, GOP state legislatures won't and can't mount a coup.
Conservatives are setting aside policy priorities to vote for Biden and other Democrats. Would I be this honorable if our situations were reversed?
Walter ShapiroA great @JillDLawrence column. She muses, "I try to imagine Democrats nominating and electing a president as unfit as Trump. It’s unthinkable, but what if we did?" Spoiler: She hopes that she would have the patriotism and courage of the Never-Trump GOP
Walter ShapiroA Trump rally quote: "'I could raise more money. I would be the world’s greatest fund-raiser, but I just don’t want to do it.” Yes, as the selfless president has demonstrated throughout his altruistic life, money just doesn't matter to him.