Thomas Cheplick

Thomas Cheplick is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist.

The Lady Is Preoccupied

 

Ah, the gripes and groans emitting from Washington conservatives over Sarah Palin’s decision not to attend any events, can be heard all the way up here in New England “Where is she?” I can hear my fellow D.C. comrades cry. “Doesn’t she care about us?” is another loud moan. “Why, why, why has she forsaken […]

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Untangling the Web

 

MoveOn.org turned ten last month and still no conservative equivalent has emerged. In the 2003-04 election cycle, MoveOn.org raised a massive $180 million to slander Republicans and praise Democrats. In 2006, their virtual phone banking effort yielded seven million calls, and they raised $25 million to defeat Republicans in swing districts. Despite a $35 million […]

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The Lady or the Lion?

 

Harvard University’s faculty can rejoice: Barack Obama is the likeliest Democratic nominee. Hillary rolls onward and might be able to pull off a miracle on Tuesday. Barring that, her chances of thwarting Senator Obama’s coronation are increasingly remote. So the question turns to who Obama will choose as his running-mate? In the spirit of bipartisanship, […]

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Que Sarah, Sarah

 

As John McCain inches closer to the 1,191 delegates he needs to secure the Republican nomination, attention has turned to the vice presidential sweepstakes. Who should McCain pick as his running mate? The answer will be especially important if the aging four-term senator’s general election foe is a youthful freshman agitating for change. Sarah Palin, […]

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If the Shoe Fits

 

“And the occasional slip-up, like wearing Gucci loafers at a country fair” so quipped (almost critiqued) Fox News reporter, Carl Cameron, on all-but-declared presidential candidate Fred Thompson’s performance at the recent Iowa State Fair, bought to mind an anecdote from my late friend and former boss, Lyn Nofziger, on Ronald Reagan. Lyn was Reagan’s longest […]

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It’s Not Easy Being Gavin Newsom

 

SAN FRANCISCO — Most San Franciscans believed their mayor would coast to reelection this November. They labored under this happy delusion because they were widely kept in the dark by the local press on just how problematic Gavin Newsom is for Gavin Newsom. Indeed, tales of Newsom’s nights on the town are seeping out of […]

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Churchillitis

 

I have become afraid of Churchill biographies. In these uncertain days well-to-do academics, elderly statesman, and fresh-faced journalists write big books on Churchill. We read again and again how Churchill was an anti-fascist Victorian who loved grand pomp, hard work, and french fries. How he was a happy man, though occasionally tormented by depression. We […]

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