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  • Petulant MSNBC Crew Sneers at 'Shameless,' Mindless,' 'Stunning' Sean Hannity

    06/20/2013 5:33:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | June 20, 2013 | Scott Whitlock
    A sneering group of MSNBC hosts and analysts on Thursday berated Sean Hannity for his "mindless" anti-government attitude, mocking him as "pathetic." The Fox News host gave an interview to Playboy magazine in which he dismissed much of the federal government as "dysfunctional." Ex-Newsweek editor Howard Fineman, who has bragged about "steering clear of partisanship," slammed Hannity for having a "deliberate lack of self-awareness [that] is just stunning." Speaking of the federal government, Fineman continued, "One of the reasons why the system is so dysfunctional is because of the mindlessly accusatory nature of what he...what they [conservatives] do." The journalist,...
  • Imus Tells Alter ‘Shove it,’ Calls Fineman ‘Sniveling Little Weasel’ and Meacham ‘Phony B*st*rd’

    06/07/2013 7:07:51 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 35 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 6-6-2013 | Noel Sheppard
    Fox Business’s Don Imus had a delicious trifecta Thursday trashing three perilously liberal journalists in less than 90 seconds. After telling Jonathan Alter to “shove” his request to come on the program and hawk his new book, Imus called Howard Fineman a “sniveling little weasel” and Jon Meacham a “phony b*st*rd” (video follows with transcript and commentary): DON IMUS: "I’m in a horrible mood because of a couple of reasons. And I don’t like it when people tell me what a great friend they are of mine, because I know it’s nonsense. And here’s, you don’t need to tell me...
  • MSNBC’s Fineman in a tizzy over Des Moines Register’s Romney endorsement; Left shrieks ‘Bain...

    10/28/2012 2:22:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10/28/12
    Oh, my! Perhaps that explains this indecipherable frantic tweet that Mr. Fineman posted earlier.#Obama in dm register tre— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) October 28, 2012 Heh. Cat got your tweet, toots? Twitter users can’t resist some jabs over that one.@howardfineman your tweets are really hard to decode.— Dave Devitt (@sydcon) October 28, 2012 @howardfineman Is that you Senator Grassley?— Gus (@Gus_802) October 28, 2012 Looking at @howardfineman's recent TL, I'm convinced he's drunk or dictates his columns at HP.— Slim Pickens (@Mattie96) October 28, 2012 HuffPo editor and MSNBC analyst Fineman continues. Basically, that Des Moines Register endorsement of Romney?...
  • Elliot Fineman and the Professional Anti-Gun Leadership

    09/29/2012 1:53:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    An NC Gun Blog ^ | 28 September, 2011 | NC Gun Blog
    This started out as a comment but morphed into a post. Thirdpower points out Elliot Fineman of National Gun Victims Action Council (NCVAC)’s apparent descent into lunacy. I don’t think he “descended” at all. I think he started out there and hasn’t stopped digging. I think that Elliot is the reason NGVAC started and he’s the reason that NGVAC has suddenly stopped being newsworthy. Fineman thought he was the Honey Badger, but in reality he was the crazy aunt in the anti-gun attic. No one on his side had the balls to go out on the offensive against the “gun...
  • When Did Howard Fineman Go Nuts?

    08/07/2012 4:54:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 7, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I made mention of something at the end of yesterday's program. You may not have heard it. Howard Fineman. He's always been at Newsweek, for as long as I've been doing this, Howard Fineman's been at Newsweek, but he's not a Newsweek anymore. He's now over at the Huffing and Puffington Post. And he occasionally still has his guest shot over there at MSNBC. Now, Howard Fineman once came in and did a week-long tag-along with me as he was writing a cover story on me for Newsweek in the mid-nineties. And then on Thursday of that...
  • Ex-Newsweek Editor Fineman: Romney Appeals to 'Xenophobic,' 'Nativist' GOP Base

    07/23/2012 6:54:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 23, 2012 | Scott Whitlock
    Former Newsweek editor Howard Fineman appeared on Monday's Hardball to smear the Republican Party as "xenophobic" and "nativist." Fineman lamented that Mitt Romney doesn't have the courage to take on the base, a group he mocked as being "afraid of the world." Fineman is now the editorial director for the liberal Huffington Post, an outlet in sync with his own left-wing views. Matthews and the journalist discussed Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton who Congresswoman Michele Bachmann connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. Asked why Romney won't take on people like Bachmann, Fineman assailed that the presumptive GOP nominee has...
  • Fineman: Newt Impressed Crowd of South Carolina Hicks Who "Like Cockfighting"

    01/20/2012 11:49:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 20, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is Howard Fineman last night on PMSNBC's The Last Word. Fineman now left Newsweek, as you know, and he's over at the Huffing and Puffington Post and they're having a discussion about Newt's debate performance last night. This was Howard Fineman's review. FINEMAN: Newt Gingrich, with this crowd and with these people here who want a fighter -- who like cockfighting, who like the hardscrabble, who like the confrontational approach -- that's what Newt Gingrich gives them. It may be shortsighted of them going down the road, but these people here in this state want to...
  • Fire Fineman

    08/10/2011 5:32:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 10, 2011 | Staff
    Media Bias: What do you call someone who advises the White House on how to get its latest stimulus spending idea through Congress? These days, you'd probably call him a mainstream journalist. On Tuesday, MSNBC's liberal talk-show host Chris Matthews was pitching his idea about how President Obama could sell his new stimulus plan, arguing that the White House should offer specific examples of jobs created in congressional districts and "force" Republicans "to say yes or no to creating jobs in their own districts." Howard Fineman, who serves as the Huffington Post's senior political editor, liked the idea so much...
  • Howard Fineman To Keith Olbermann: The Tea Party Won (Video)

    12/17/2010 6:43:47 AM PST · by careyb · 7 replies
    The Hope For America ^ | 12/17/10 | Howard Fineman
    Is that a groan I hear from Olbermann?
  • Chris Matthews and Howard Fineman Have Mutual Obamagasm on Hardball

    09/11/2010 7:36:52 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | SEPTEMBER 11, 2010 | Noel Sheppard
    Chris Matthews and Howard Fineman on Friday had a mutual Obamagasm while cameras rolled on MSNBC's "Hardball." As the adorable couple chatted about the Koran burning scandal, and of course blamed the entire controversy on Republicans such as House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Oh.), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the Newsweek columnist unashamedly started the love-fest. "Well, sitting there in the press conference today with President Obama, you could almost hear sort of the classical music in the background," cooed Fineman. "It was a stately thing, and a mature discussion." "I get you," echoed...
  • Under Ingraham's Interrogation, Newsweek's Fineman Pleads 'No Contest' for Newsweek's 'Mesmerized'

    08/10/2010 6:30:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 8/10/10 | Tim Graham
    On Tuesday morning's Laura Ingraham radio show, Newsweek reporter Howard Fineman pleaded "no contest" in Latin to the conservative host's lecture that Newsweek was too busy celebrifying Barack and Michelle Obama to weigh whether Obama would succeed as president. (Audio here.) He insisted the magazine was "mesmerized" by a "brilliantly run campaign," as if it wasn't also about their liberal wishes and dreams: INGRAHAM: How is it though with all these smart people at Newsweek – I went around the block with Evan Thomas about this as well. How did you all think that a guy who basically went from...
  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do - The press finally falls out of love with Obama.

    03/13/2010 5:12:04 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 81 replies · 4,771+ views
    Breaking Up Is Hard to Do The press finally falls out of love with Obama. By Howard Fineman | NEWSWEEK Published Mar 12, 2010 From the magazine issue dated Mar 22, 2010 Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, was 50 minutes late for his briefing, apparently a record for tardiness, but few reporters in the White House press room bothered to feign outrage; they didn't seem all that eager to ask him questions anyway. When his boss flew to Missouri to give another of his "high octane" (The New York Times), "impassioned" (The Washington Post) health-care speeches, no cable...
  • The Iceman Cometh: He's Cool, Calm, And Out To Get Obama

    02/14/2010 2:02:00 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 1,575+ views
    Newsweek ^ | February 14, 2010 | Howard Fineman
    The Iceman Cometh He's Cool, Calm, And Out To Get Obama. by Howard Fineman Published Feb 12, 2010 The blizzard had paralyzed Washington. So it was an apt day for a chat (by phone) with Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who is working successfully—yet with surprisingly little personal notoriety—to bury the Barack Obama presidency in an unplowed cul-de-sac called the U.S. Senate. As the GOP leader there, McConnell strands Democrats in snowdrifts of parliamentary procedure and nasty talking points. "We are not just reflexively looking for areas where there will be no progress," he assured me. Having spent many...
  • Downtown Scotty Brown: The New GOP Senator Looks Like a Partisan

    02/05/2010 5:20:12 AM PST · by radioone · 48 replies · 1,597+ views
    Newsweak ^ | 2-4-10 | Howard Fineman
    My conclusion: this guy is a heat-seeking missile aimed straight at Barack Obama
  • Fineman Tells Olbermann Obama "Dominated the Room"; Says Speech Worthy of "Mount Rushmore" - Video

    01/28/2010 4:36:43 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 30 replies · 1,022+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 28, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Howard Fineman telling Keith Olbermann that President Obama "dominated the room" in his State of the Union Address last night. In fact, the gushing Fineman said that "if Presidential Leadership were only about giving speeches, the jackhammers would already be at work on Mount Rushmore." He really said that! This for a speech that was way too long, arrogant in tone, and incredibly disjointed. His attack on the U.S. Supreme Court with them sitting right in front of him was classless, and shows the kind of "hit and run" arrogance he has that leads him to...
  • A Year In, How Obama Can Turn Things Around [Howard Fineman of MSNBC]

    01/20/2010 12:54:20 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 905+ views
    A Year In, How Obama Can Turn Things Around Cut your losses, confess your sins, create jobs, and be a populist By Howard Fineman msnbc.com WASHINGTON - Life is about choices, and so is a presidency. When the history of Barack Obama’s is written, the scribes will look at his decision to focus on health care and to let Congress write the bill. The verdict will likely be harsh. He used up his political capital — and may not even get any legislation, now that Republican Scott Brown, who campaigned against it, swept to victory in the Senate race in...
  • Roger Ailes Is The Real Head Of The GOP

    01/17/2010 9:18:59 AM PST · by Steelfish · 53 replies · 1,758+ views
    Newsweek ^ | January 17th 2010 | Howard Fineman
    Roger Ailes Is The Real Head Of The GOP Howard Fineman Newsweek Published Jan 15, 2010 I've been trying to answer this question: does the Republican Party have a "leader"? Surely it's not Michael Steele, the loose-lipped chairman of the RNC. Not Mitch McConnell, the funereal Kentuckian who heads the Senate's rejectionist GOP minority. Not Sen. John McCain; he's too busy watching his own right flank back home in Arizona. And certainly not the Bushes, elder and younger, hunkered down in Texas. As for the 2012 wannabes, none gets more than a fifth of the GOP vote in the early...
  • Newsweek's Fineman Invokes Rahm on Health Care: Obama Not Making Use of 'Crisis Mode'

    10/15/2009 6:42:58 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 5 replies · 495+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | October 15, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Last fall, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel remarked, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before." That quote has become part of a rallying cry for conservatives, that those currently in power are trying to create the perception of a crisis to force things through the legislative process that couldn't be done otherwise. That has been dismissed by those on the left as fear-mongering and the party in power is acting in good faith based on what their constituents want. But on...
  • President of Planet Earth

    10/11/2009 9:25:58 PM PDT · by kingattax · 22 replies · 1,598+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Oct 10, 2009 | Howard Fineman
    In the rose garden last Friday, Barack Obama, with a deep sense of humility and in the name of all mankind, reluctantly accepted the Nobel Peace Prize committee's decision proclaiming him president of planet Earth. He will be sworn in at a glittering ceremony in Oslo in December. In the meantime, Obama has decided to retain the title and the powers of president of the United States, commander in chief of land, sea, and air forces, and team captain of pickup games behind the South Portico. OK, I'm joking. Obama isn't going to be sworn in as planetary president. But...
  • President Facetime Is Wearing Thin

    09/28/2009 11:57:54 AM PDT · by sdkruiser · 11 replies · 1,125+ views
    Stephen Kruiser ^ | 09/28/09 | Stephen Kruiser
    Another installment from the It's Not Just Me Dept. If ubiquity were the measure of a presidency, Barack Obama would already be grinning at us from Mount Rushmore. But of course it is not. Despite his many words and television appearances, our elegant and eloquent president remains more an emblem of change than an agent of it. He's a man with an endless, worthy to-do list—health care, climate change, bank reform, global capital regulation, AfPak, the Middle East, you name it—but, as yet, no boxes checked "done." This is a problem that style will not fix. Unless Obama learns to...
  • Fineman: The Democrats' New Strategy (Jam thru with 50)

    08/19/2009 12:03:39 AM PDT · by MDformerDem · 16 replies · 1,136+ views
    Newsweek ^ | August 18, 2009 | Howard Fineman
    How do the party leadership and the president square this circle? They can't entirely, but they can go a long way toward doing so by using the so-called "reconciliation" procedure in the Senate, a budget-related mechanism that would allow the Democrats to pass much, though not all, of Obama's shifting wish list with a mere 50-vote simple majority. With that as the operative target, Senate leaders could move considerably leftward, while allowing butt-covering Senate Blue Dogs to shout "no" in the crowded theater. The leadership couldn't get the "public option," but they could sweeten the pot with generously-defined expansions of...
  • Howard Fineman: Playing With Fire - Will the Birthers Help or Hurt Obama?

    07/28/2009 5:58:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 127 replies · 2,375+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July 28, 2009 | Howard Fineman
    The Obama White House may see political advantage in exposing the 'Birthers.' But they shouldn't discount the dangerous sentiment of the radical rejectionists. In politics, dogs that don't bark make the loudest noise. I was reminded of that on Monday at the White House as I listened to Robert Gibbs, the presidential press secretary. Even discounting for his ever-present mordant calm, Gibbs was noticeably laid back when asked about the blogospherical hysteria over the question of whether President Obama is a U.S. citizen. More in sorrow than in anger, he lamented the need to discuss the topic—and then went on...
  • President spends an hour recycling old patches of rhetoric

    07/23/2009 4:54:50 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 59 replies · 2,086+ views
    msnbc.msn.com/ ^ | July 23 ,2009 updated 4 minutes ago | Howard Fineman
    Obama delivers lackluster health care message President spends an hour recycling old patches of rhetoricAnalysis By Howard Fineman msnbc.com contributor updated 4 minutes ago Howard Fineman WASHINGTON - I’ve been covering Barack Obama for a few years, and it’s usually crystal clear what he is up to. Not last night. This is the first time I’ve asked myself: what was THAT all about? His prime time press conference was worse than a waste of time. He spent an hour (with the aide of a soporific White House press corps) pouring sand (one grain at a time) into the already-slowing gears...
  • Dick Takes Manhattan (Fineman BARF Alert)

    05/16/2009 2:34:14 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 26 replies · 1,342+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 16 May 2009 | Howard Fineman
    Dick Cheney hadn't planned to speak, but others at the dinner in Manhattan noticed him growing a grimmer shade of grim. He was listening to Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official in Cheney's own Bush administration, wax eloquent about the virtue of diplomacy: how a new joint effort with France, Britain, Germany and even Russia and China could prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons and terrorizing the Persian Gulf region and the world. In other words, President Barack Obama's position. The host asked if the former vice president wished to respond. Yes indeedy, he did. Cheney rose to his...
  • A Turning Tide? (Even Newsweak turning on Obama)

    03/11/2009 6:43:36 AM PDT · by quesney · 60 replies · 2,220+ views
    Newsweak ^ | Howard Fineman
    Surfer that he is, President Obama should know a riptide when he's in one. The center usually is the safest, most productive place in politics, but perhaps not now, not in a once-in-a-century economic crisis. Swimming in the middle, he's denounced as a socialist by conservatives, criticized as a polite accommodationist by government-is-the-answer liberals, and increasingly, dismissed as being in over his head by technocrats. Luckily for Obama, the public still likes and trusts him, at least judging by the latest polls, including NEWSWEEK's. But, in ways both large and small, what's left of the American establishment is taking his...
  • Fineman: A Turning Tide? (establishment worried "president may not have what it takes")

    03/10/2009 7:39:55 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 106 replies · 3,743+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Mar 10, 2009 | Howard Fineman
    Surfer that he is, President Obama should know a riptide when he's in one. The center usually is the safest, most productive place in politics, but perhaps not now, not in a once-in-a-century economic crisis. Swimming in the middle, he's denounced as a socialist by conservatives, criticized as a polite accommodationist by government-is-the-answer liberals, and increasingly, dismissed as being in over his head by technocrats. Luckily for Obama, the public still likes and trusts him, at least judging by the latest polls, including NEWSWEEK's.But, in ways both large and small, what's left of the American establishment is taking his measure...
  • Howard Fineman: Obama Hermetically Sealed Off From Chicago Corruption

    12/11/2008 4:10:24 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 45 replies · 1,987+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 11, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Corruption to the left of him. Corruption to the right of him. Corruption right in front of him. Yet in spite of all this, Howard Fineman of Newsweek maintains that Barack Obama has been somehow hermetically sealed off from Chicago corruption throughout his political career. Fineman is merely echoing the premise currently being promoted by much of the media in his Newsweek article about Illinois governor Rod Blagovech and Jesse Jackson, Jr.. Fineman starts out by hinting that Jesse Jackson, Jr. was corruptible (emphasis mine): What I know about the South Side of Chicago I know not from Barack Obama,...
  • Howard Fineman: Why It’s Still a Race

    10/29/2008 4:59:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 1,363+ views
    Newsweek ^ | October 29, 2008 | Howard Fineman
    Here’s all you need to know about Sen. Barack Obama and his campaign. He taped the video portion of his half-hour TV special, which airs across your dial at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight, last week. Now, a week is a year and a year is a lifetime in presidential campaigns. But it is characteristic of Obama to plan ahead in the heat of the battle. The cool, collected senator has known from the start (nearly two years ago) pretty much what he has wanted to say. He kept his eyes_on_the prize. The small stuff didn’t distract him. That is why...
  • Good Luck to the Next Guy

    10/04/2008 8:02:49 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 21 replies · 680+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Oct 4, 2008 | Howard Fineman
    At the zenith of his presidency, George W. Bush wore a flight suit— but now he's leaving his successor in a straitjacket. As the presidential candidates tout their plans for the future, it's easy to overlook the dismal reality: there's a colossal mismatch between the problems we face and the next president's power to deal with them. Either Barack Obama or John McCain will have to lead a country crippled by debt—and that was before the $700 billion federal bailout of private lenders—and burdened by an array of practically inescapable military commitments. "It's close to an impossible situation," Leon Panetta,...
  • Sen. Obama, You're No Muhammad Ali

    09/27/2008 11:12:11 AM PDT · by dascallie · 23 replies · 1,324+ views
    Sen. Obama, You're No Muhammad Ali Newsweek Howard Fineman In his Senate office, on a wall near his desk, Barack Obama has a framed copy of a famous boxing picture. It is of young Muhammad Ali standing in triumph over the prostrate hulk of the aging Sonny Liston. Ali has just leveled the supposedly fearsome champ. Ali is shouting, exulting in his conquest. Well, I know Ali a bit--have shaken his mammoth hand, chatted with him and been around him in my second hometown of Louisville. I watched him fight. He liked to say that he floated like a butterfly...
  • Does Jesse's Low Blow Help or Harm Obama?

    07/10/2008 6:09:55 PM PDT · by davidtalker · 29 replies · 63+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July 10, 2007 | Howard Fineman
    A Gift from Jesse Reverend Jackson's slam helps Obama's centrist cred.
  • The Race Perplex: Obama, the white vote and a venerable American argument (Kneepad alert)

    05/14/2008 8:38:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 144+ views
    Newsweek ^ | May 14, 2008 | Howard Fineman
    I'll never forget a frigid morning in Springfield: Sen. Barack Obama, elegantly Lincolnesque in a long wool coat, launching his presidential candidacy in the shadow of the old Illinois State Capitol. The echoes of history were almost deafening—not just of Abraham Lincoln, who, like Obama, had been a legislator there, but of the argument over slavery and race that Lincoln had joined there. On that sunny February day in 2007, Obama seemed to radiate uplift and glorious possibility. He was making a statement: that his candidacy would be the exclamation point at the end of our four-century-long argument over the...
  • Newsweek’s Fineman: Tune to Fox for Iran War; Bloggers Are Lazy

    05/02/2008 8:23:17 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 11 replies · 80+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | May 2, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    Want to see how the mainstream media views Fox News? Look no further than Newsweek's Howard Fineman and the way he thinks the Bush administration uses the network. Fineman, who is Newsweek magazine's senior Washington correspondent and a regular on MSNBC, told an audience at the Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. on May 1 that if you want to know what the Bush administration has in store for Iran, keep your eye on Fox News. "Now about Iran," Fineman said. "I think there's no doubt they're [the Bush administration] looking to see what can be done there and...
  • Memo to Obama - Seven things he should do to fix his image problem.

    04/25/2008 12:39:51 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 11 replies · 126+ views
    Newsweek ^ | April 25th, 2008 | Howard Fineman
    Senator Obama, you stand accused of being an out-of-touch, arugula-eating Ivy League elitist who couldn't convert a one-pin spare if the presidency depended on it. I don't have a dog in this fight (despite what Hillary Clinton supporters sometimes think of me) but here are my suggestions for how to reach, and be seen reaching, the "the real America" as you continue to grind toward the Democratic nomination. Obviously, you've got to talk in more meat-and-potatoes terms about how your economic proposals will help working people. But that's only part of what you need to do: TELL US IN CONCRETE...
  • Fineman: Maybe Mitt's 'A Soulless Throat-cutter'

    02/07/2008 7:55:14 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies · 113+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The essence of Howard Fineman's Newsweek column about the demise of Mitt Romney's campaign is the glorification of authenticity, and Mitt's perceived lack of it. Ironic, then, that Fineman would resort to one of the oldest, and least authentic, journalistic dodges: suggest the worst about someone, then slyly slink away. To wit [emphasis added]: [M]aybe the campaign revealed what his closest friends never imagined him to be. They thought he was a decent classy guy. But maybe he really is a soulless throat-cutter who would do and say anything to win.
  • Burying Mitt

    02/07/2008 1:49:24 PM PST · by IssuesOriented · 52 replies · 135+ views
    Newsweek Web Exclusive ^ | Feb 7, 2008 | Howard Fineman
    Here lieth the campaign of Mitt Romney, victim of the mistaken belief that the only way to succeed in national Republican politics was to turn yourself into something you are not. Or maybe the campaign revealed what his closest friends never imaged him to be. They thought he was a decent classy guy. But maybe he really is a soulless throat-cutter who would do and say anything to win. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he was a good fellow who didn't know enough about national politics and listened to people who gave him bad,...
  • Fineman: Democrats Fear Romney

    01/26/2008 8:49:40 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 288 replies · 83+ views
    YouTube/MSNBC ^ | 01/24/08 | Howard Fineman
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  • Huckaboom and Hillabust

    12/14/2007 5:20:44 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 36 replies · 19+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Dec. 12, 2007 | Howard Fineman
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is teetering on the brink, no matter what the meaningless national horserace numbers say. The notion that she has a post-Iowa “firewall” in New Hampshire is a fantasy, and she is in danger of losing all four early contests, including Nevada and South Carolina – probably to Sen. Barack Obama, who is now, in momentum terms, the Democratic frontrunner. On the Republican side, meanwhile, the race is shaping up in an even more unexpected way: a contest between two former Northern moderates (Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney) for the right to take on a...
  • The Huckabee Factor

    11/29/2007 12:01:13 PM PST · by IssuesOriented · 99 replies · 73+ views
    Newsweek Online ^ | Nov 29, 2007 | Howard Fineman
    How far can Mike Huckabee take this thing? That's the question after the debate here. Rudy Giuliani and John McCain insiders tell me they'd be glad if the former Arkansas governor won the Iowa caucuses, because that would humiliate Mitt Romney, who has invested so much time and money there. Well, after the debate and a chat with Huckabee, here's my advice to the mayor and the senator: be careful what you wish for. In a breakout performance, Huckabee matched his surge in the Iowa polls, and elsewhere, with a confident, easygoing performance at the CNN YouTube debate. He shrewdly...
  • Larry Craig, the Democrats' Best Friend

    09/05/2007 4:33:15 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 50 replies · 1,020+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Sept 5, 2007 | Howard Fineman
    The GOP hustled the Idaho senator off the stage as soon as news of his arrest in a Minneapolis airport men’s room came to light. But Craig isn’t going gently. The fallout could help the Dems win the White House next year.
  • Bush calling for GOP showdown

    06/12/2007 11:43:46 AM PDT · by Politicalmom · 141 replies · 3,173+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 12, 2007 | Howard Fineman
    WASHINGTON - Though I’ve never heard him use the term, my guess is that George W. Bush sees himself as a hacendado, an estate owner in Old Mexico. That would give him a sense of Southwestern noblesse, duty-bound not just to work “his” people, but to protect them as well. His advisor, Carlo Rove, has explained that a system called “democracy” now gives peasants something called “the vote.” It would be shrewd, Rove said, for hacendados to grant their workers’ citizenship.
  • Bush fatigue in the GOP.

    06/04/2007 5:47:32 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 127 replies · 2,151+ views
    Newsweek ^ | June 4, 2007 | Howard Fineman
    As an ongoing political enterprise—a machine with genuine admirers, loyal supporters and a legacy to build on—the Bush presidency is perilously close to flatlining. At this point in their tenures, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton had job-approval ratings in the mid-50 percent range; in the most recent NEWSWEEK Poll, Bush's hit an all-time low of 28. Established GOP figures in Blue States shun him, even when he comes to raise money in closed-press events. The invites aren't piling up from Red States, either. Since Bush never cultivated real allies in Congress, no one there feels guilty that he has none...
  • Fineman: Hillary Clinton to Run as Family Values Candidate (BWAAHAAAHAAAHAAAA!!)

    05/04/2006 11:38:12 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 66 replies · 1,415+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/4/06
    When she hits the presidential campaign trail next year, 2008 White House hopeful Hillary Clinton is planning to sell herself to the nation as a common sense, iron-willed, family values candidate. So says Newsweek's Howard Fineman, who says he uncovered the daring strategy during a recent conversation with longtime Clinton advisor James Carville. He writes: "As Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton looks for a basic sales pitch after what is likely to be a sweeping reelection victory in her New York Senate race this fall, she’s going to play a part that comes naturally to her: hard-eyed realist in a world...
  • Agent Jack Bauer in the White House

    03/22/2006 6:08:53 PM PST · by mathprof · 26 replies · 1,563+ views
    msnbc ^ | 3/22/06 | Howard Fineman
    If you want to get ratings with the action drama that is the American presidency, you need a compelling plot and a hero with a stirring image. Since 9/11, George W. Bush has topped the charts with GWOT (bureaucratese for the “global war on terror’), in which producer-director Karl Rove features his leading man as commander-in-chief on the global battlements. It's a mix of Ike at Normandy, Ronald Reagan in Berlin and Tom Cruise in “Top Gun.” But ratings for “Bush, the War President” have collapsed (something to do with the loss of blood and treasure in Iraq). And Americans...
  • Awaiting the Almighty (Giuliani, Will he run or not)

    03/05/2006 6:35:23 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 50 replies · 633+ views
    MSNBC (Newsweek) ^ | March 13, 2006 issue | Howard Fineman
    But those who say he'll fold may not know the man, his history—or what he is really up to. Decades of jousting with the New York press have left him with a hide of titanium. Without much national notice, he's worked the rubber-chicken circuit, making 140 appearances in the last two years. He's been smoking cigars with Ahnold in California, and is slated to do fund-raisers for him, as well as the big GOP Senate dinner in Washington this spring. A few weeks ago in Florida, he did the drop-by of all drop-bys as the "surprise guest" at the annual...
  • Winners and losers in the Abramoff scandal (Howard Fineman salivating again)

    01/05/2006 5:43:08 AM PST · by teddyballgame · 7 replies · 618+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 12/5/06 | Howard Fineman
    WASHINGTON - Forget the black hat. Everybody here is obsessed with Jack Abramoff’s gangster-like attire as he came out of the federal courthouse. But the thing that jumps out at me is the figure $20,194,000. If I read the fed’s plea-agreement papers correctly, that’s the amount of cold cash that the Republican lobbyist siphoned from Indian tribes and stashed in his secret accounts. You may not believe this, but in this city, that is an unheard of amount of money for a lobbyist to haul in — and the number itself signifies a troubling change in the nature of life...
  • Couric: Candor, Contrition Bush Bounce Basis

    01/02/2006 4:53:14 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies · 1,785+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein January 2, 2006 - 07:48 Much as the folks at Today revel in reporting soaring gas prices and, when it comes to President Bush, falling opinion polls, sometimes those pesky facts get in the way. But that was not about to stop Katie Couric this morning. The Perky One, tan and blonder-than-ever in her return from vacation, spun Bush's recent poll bump solely and exclusively as the result of his mea culpas. Katie's guest was reliable all-purpose talking head Howard Fineman. Couric: "His poll numbers started to tick upward before the holidays, Howard because it was sort...
  • Beltway vs. Blogosphere (Democrats Vs Bloggers)

    01/01/2006 9:17:39 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 24 replies · 1,049+ views
    Newsweek ^ | By Howard Fineman
    Democrats are struggling to reconcile the differences between party leaders in D.C. and independent activists on the Net If I am hearing Simon Rosenberg right (and he is worth listening to), a nasty civil war is brewing within the Democratic Party, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton—the party’s presumptive 2008 nominee—needs to avoid getting caught in the middle of it. “It’s not a fight between liberals and conservatives,” Rosenberg told me the other day. “It’s between our ‘governing class’ here and activists everywhere else.” In other words, it’s the Beltway versus the Blogosphere. What’s interesting is that Rosenberg is himself a...
  • Spying, the Constitution — and the ‘I-word’

    12/28/2005 7:02:54 AM PST · by teddyballgame · 41 replies · 968+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/28/05 | Howard Fineman
    For months now, I have been getting e-mails demanding that my various employers (Newsweek, NBC News and MSNBC.com) include in their poll questionnaires the issue of whether Bush should be impeached. They used to demand this on the strength of the WMD issue, on the theory that the president had “lied us into war.” Now the Bush foes will base their case on his having signed off on the NSA’s warrant-less wiretaps. He and Cheney will argue his inherent powers and will cite Supreme Court cases and the resolution that authorized him to make war on the Taliban and al-Qaida....
  • The 'I Word'

    12/22/2005 2:26:59 PM PST · by Xanadu2112 · 31 replies · 783+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 12/21/06 | Howard Fineman
    Dec. 21, 2005 - In the first weeks and months after 9/11, I am told by a very good source, there was a lot of wishing out loud in the White House Situation Room about expanding the National Security Agency’s ability to instantly monitor phone calls and e-mails between American callers and possible terror suspects abroad. “We talked a lot about how useful that would be,” said this source, who was “in the room” in the critical period after the attacks. Well, as the world now knows, the NSA—at the prompting of Vice President Dick Cheney and on official (secret)...