PunditWire Bids goodbye

Dear PunditWire Readers,

Seven years ago we created PunditWire as a unique platform for political speechwriters to comment on the news. Because speechwriters do their work under a veil of anonymity, we typically get to know them only through the words and phrases that others voice. PunditWire gave them a megaphone to speak for themselves.

As you know from reading our site, we’ve published thoughtful, provocative, and insightful posts that have generated buzz, trended online, and attracted influential readers like you. Any number of our articles have been republished in other sites and newspapers and even books.

But as with all good things, it’s time to bid PunditWire adieu. We will be ceasing operations on August 31, which means we no longer will be publishing new content on our site. PunditWire won’t vanish — to those of you who want access to the hundreds of articles we’ve posted over the years, you will still be able to find them on our site.

We’ve written these past seven years for you, our readers. You have our gratitude for following us, reading us, sharing us, engaging us — and being the most important part of our PunditWire community.

Thank you.

Leonard Steinhorn
Publisher of PunditWire
Professor of Communication and Affiliate Professor of History
American University

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Endure

There are many in this country who are shell-shocked, angry, aghast, and, yes, afraid of what the future holds in this moment. This nation stands on the precipice of great, unknown challenges, and the specter of the impending Trump presidency looms over all of us.

But as I watch in disappointment and pain and anger as a man I find to be impossibly unqualified for president sweeps the electoral map, I have steeled myself to this commitment:

I shall not be afraid of this man. I shall endure.

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No, Superdelegates Aren’t Stealing the Election

superdelegatesSuperdelegates are not mysterious, hidden figures, manipulating strings behind the scenes: They’re people like Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who are established politicians that have to answer to the base if they want a future in the party. Defying a clear victory in the delegate count is a poor way to foster goodwill among ones supporters.

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Good luck Trumps all

trumpAmerican University student reporters sat in a Manchester Best Western, compiling clips from a Jeb Bush rally, a Chris Christie speech and a Democratic fundraiser. Many had quotes from local voters and a select few had interviews with state senators and other surrogates.

No one, however, had managed to attend one of the rare Trump events and capture the flurry of activity that normally accompanies the candidate. Continue reading Good luck Trumps all

The Outsiders

Ted CruzFor about a month, reporters and pundits have been heralding surges of support for outsider candidates like Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Ted Cruz, and everyone’s favorite bombastic billionaire, Donald Trump. Based on the flood of news stories predicting insurgent victories, readers might believe that Trump and Cruz are the only Republicans left and that Sanders is about to deliver the knockout punch to Clinton’s glass jaw in Iowa and then New Hampshire.

But the truth is considerably murkier. With only a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, the political landscape remains as tumultuous and unsettled as ever, and these surge storylines may ultimately hurt the outsider candidates in the long road to the nomination for a number of reasons.
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