John Heilemann

  1. from the archives
    John Heilemann: The Case for Merrick GarlandFrom 2010, the case for nominating the man Obama nominated six years later.
  2. The InterventionHe’d blown the first debate. Now he was on the verge of blowing the second and risking his reelection. In an excerpt from their new book, Dou […]
  3. 25. Because Hillary Is Coming “Home.”And the tristate area will once again be the nation’s capital of presidential ambition.
  4. State of WarThe Republicans have thrown down the gauntlet over the possibility that Susan Rice will replace Hillary Clinton. But the winner is already clear.
  5. The 2013 CampaignNow that Obama won the election, the race to decide the future begins.
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    The Reality of New America Brings Obama VictoryThe Republican Party faces an existential challenge now: modernize or die.
  7. early and often
    After an Emotional Finale, Team Obama Fears a Split DecisionA narrow Obama victory could produce more divisiveness. A loss could render his presidency a failure.
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    Bill Clinton and Barack Obama: Campaign Trail Buddies at LastClinton on Romney: “He’s tied himself in so many knots over this automobile deal, he could be hired as the chief contortionist for the Cirque du Soleil.”
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    Win Or Lose, Paul Ryan’s GOP Future Is BrightRyan’s lackluster performance in the final stretch of the campaign — and at last night’s rally in Richmond — won’t hurt him in the party if Romney loses.
  10. Sandy and the SuitorsThe storm swept one candidate toward the finish. But whoever loses has only himself to blame.
  11. The Zombie ElectionFour ways the campaign may be undead on November 7.
  12. The Waitress-Mom WarBoth campaigns know that in the swing states, women are the swingers.
  13. Bill & Hillary ForeverIf Obama wins, it may be because the former president saved his presidency—but what exactly do the Clintons get in return?
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    Heilemann: Joe Biden Explains His Plan to Defeat Paul RyanBe aggressive, substantive, and don’t forget you’re a proxy for the president.
  15. The Etch-a-Sketch MomentAt the debate in Denver, it finally happened—but Obama looked like the one who was shaken.
  16. Don’t Say “Desperate”Muslim unrest has created a challenge for Obama and the nation—and a different kind of crisis for the Romney campaign.
  17. The Dog and the PreacherWhy, this time, hope will need a lot of help from a certain ex-president.
  18. Heilemann on Michelle Obama’s Stunning Speech No one realized the heights she has attained as a political performer.
  19. Joe Biden Isn’t FinishedThe Paul Ryan selection shone a spotlight on the vice-president. He’s ready for it—no matter what just came out of his mouth.
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    The Ryan Pick: Why Romney Changed to Obama’s GameThe White House is licking its chops over Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate.
  21. The Hidden MittWhy does Mitt Romney have such a hard time talking about what matters most to him?
  22. Win-Win-WinJohn Roberts saved the Court, Obama got his policy, and the GOP got its issue. (Plus, the public got to laugh at the errors of the media, and, o […]
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    Heilemann: Is Wisconsin Now a Toss-up State?After Scott Walker’s victory, it’s definitely a state where lots of money will be spent by the Romney and Obama campaigns.
  24. Hope: The SequelFor Obama & Co., this time around it’s all about fear.
  25. Gay Wedding CrasherJoe Biden’s blunder made Barack Obama tie the knot sooner than planned—but he still may get to live happily ever after.
  26. The Other Foreign-Policy WomanU.N. ambassador Susan Rice plays hardball as hard as Hillary. Can she succeed her?
  27. The War WarAccording to the Romney campaign, the president has declared hostilities against just about everything Americans hold dear. And the Obamans are […]
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    Time to Get Ugly: The General Election Has BegunAfter Romney’s Wisconsin win, the real battle kicks off.
  29. Rolling the Vice DiceWhat kind of mate makes sense for Mitt?
  30. The Santorum ScenarioCould he get the nomination? Science says yes—with a little help from a certain being he’s very close to.
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    Game Change Director Jay Roach Talks With John Heilemann About Adapting Heilemann’s Book and the Sarah Palin Narrative“It just seemed like not only the story in the book that I was interested in, it seemed like one of the great political stories ever.”
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    Heilemann: How Romney Did Just Enough, But No More, in MichiganRomney wins ugly, Santorum loses hideous.
  33. The Lost PartyThe strangest primary season in memory reveals a GOP that’s tearing itself apart.
  34. Winning the Future?Obama’s reelection chances are looking good right now, but the next nine months are full of storm clouds.
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    Heilemann: Newt’s Post-Florida MathCan Gingrich really continue to fight Romney all the way to the Republican convention? Here are the numbers that matter.
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    Heilemann: How Big Does Romney Need to Win Florida?Victory seems all but assured, but what margin will beat the expectations game?
  37. Newt May Be Mad and Mental Enough to Fight On Long After FloridaRomney should take Gingrich’s threat to go all the way to the nomination seriously.
  38. Newt’s BaseThe press loves drama and hates a front-runner. So guess who they are rooting for.
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    A Prime-Time Test-Drive for Mitch Daniels, the GOP’s Great Vanilla HopeA closely watched State of the Union response as a test-drive for a late entry in the presidential sweepstakes.
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    Heilemann: Five Consequences of Gingrich’s South Carolina WinNewt is the front-runner in Florida; the race will be long and bloody; and more.
  41. The Third-Party RailAs the donkey battles the elephant, some say: There’s got to be a better way.
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    The Last Clear Shot at RomneyGingrich and Santorum have run lackluster South Carolina campaigns. Can they break through against Mitt?
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    Heilemann: Huntsman’s Piety Cost Him the PrimaryThe candidate’s concession speech showed why he won’t be the GOP’s standard-bearer against Obama.
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    Lacerating and Lowdown: Mitt’s Desperate Rivals Make a Stand in South CarolinaMitt’s desperate rivals will make a stand in the Palmetto State primary.
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    How to Keep Score in New Hampshire: Will Romney’s Win Really Be a Victory?Setting the over-under at 36 percent.
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    Jon Huntsman Is Smart, Surging, and in Need of More Campaign Cash Winning support in New Hampshire, but in need of a fat check from his dad to really hurt Romney.
  47. The ABR UndergroundA grassroots movement is growing among Republicans. Its motto: Anyone But Romney. Can it make the front-runner fall?
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    What Iowa Means for Newt, Rick, Ron, and MittWhat a way to get this rumble started!
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    Can Rick Santorum Pull Off an Astonishing Win in Iowa?Four factors that will decide the extraordinary Iowa contest.
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    Battered in Iowa, Gingrich Plans to Rip Romney in New Hampshire and BeyondThe Teddy Bear is angry.
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