David Corn

Kerry Skywalker

Four years ago, Senator John McCain, battling for the Republican presidential nomination, told audiences, “I’m just like Luke Skywalker trying to get out of the Death Star. They’re shooting at me from everywhere.” The Death Star, of course, was the first Bush-Cheney campaign and its allies. And McCain indeed encountered......

Sharing Bush’s Pain

The first controversy of the Bush-Kerry face-off occurred when the president’s re-election campaign premiered its initial television commercials. The largely platitudinous spots aim to depict George W. Bush as the Grand Leader without any mention of specifics. They cite the recession and September 11 and proclaim that Bush had delivered......

The Lost President

Is the Bush White House coming unhinged? Senator John Kerry shouldn’t yet start picking new wallpaper for the Lincoln Bedroom. But at the Bush White House, the cracks are showing more and more. Master architect Karl Rove has had a tougher time of late keeping the crooked foundation and peeling......

The Fog of WMD

George W. Bush has met his own semen-stained blue dress. It happens to be a former weapons hunter named David Kay. Just as a piece of clothing marked by DNA-containing jism forced President Clinton to acknowledge he had lied about his bizarre affair with an intern, Kay’s recent disclosures —......

Battling the Orcs

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A few days before the New Hampshire primary, several campaign aides to former Vermont Governor Howard Dean took off precious hours to see The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. When the big battle scene arrives — the small band of Middle Earth heroes......

Can Dean Win?

As Howard Dean rolls on, consider these two historical trends when evaluating his chances: the Money Factor and the Geek Factor. Dean, a former nobody governor from Vermont, enters the primary season — which starts with Iowa caucuses on January 19 — as the Bush-basher to beat. One reason: In......

Lying Along the Potomac

What a year for George W. Bush: war, occupation, the capture of Saddam Hussein, more tax cuts, Medicare legislation, a secret Thanksgiving Day visit to Baghdad. And through it all, he assaulted the truth. In fact, he achieved key goals by relying on false assertions. So as he enters the......

Is the President a Pathological Liar?

It was a set-up question. Conservative radio talk-show host Michael Medved was trying to bait me, to push me into saying something so out of whack about the commander in chief that I would destroy my own credibility before the audience of his nationally syndicated show. It was a ruse......

The 9/11 Cover-up

It’s fortunate for George W. Bush he has a mess on his hands in Iraq; otherwise, he might have to worry about a significant cover-up coming undone. As matters in Iraq — rising American casualties, helicopter mishaps, and an abrupt Bush decision to hand off political authority to an Iraqi......

Down and Dirty Democrats

"If you believe Al Sharpton, Howard Dean is anti-black; if you believe Dean, Dick Gephardt is anti-gay; if you believe Joe Lieberman, John Kerry is anti-Jew." That’s how The Hotline, a daily political tip sheet, began a recent edition. This lead captured the mood of the Democrats’ presidential bake-off: testy......