About Blake Fleetwood

Blake Fleetwood Blake Fleetwood was formerly on the staff of The New York Times and has written for The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Daily News, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Village Voice, Atlantic and the Washington Monthly on a number of issues. He was born in Santiago, Chile and moved to New York City at the age of three. He graduated from Bard College and did graduate work in political science and comparative politics at Columbia University. He has also taught politics at New York University. He can be reached at jfleetwood@aol.com.

Clinton Uses Political Jujitsu to Blunt Obama’s Strength

Rev Wright: “Obama Says What He Has to Say as a Politician” The above quote is from Bill Moyer’s interview with Rev. Wright which is to air tonight. Rev. Wright, referring to Obama’s disavowal of Wright’s more controversial comments, said “He does what politicians do.” Sometimes… Obama’s ambivalence about playing … Continue reading

Debates are Show Business

They are not usually about Issues. In this primary process, they are about Who Is the Best Candidate? Who can Win? Ever since the first televised debate between Kennedy & Nixon, voters have often judged candidates on inconsequential issues… Nixon lost the 1960 debate, and election, because of such trivia … Continue reading

Snob-Obama is Not Just Out of Touch. He’s From Another Planet

This is how the Republicans are trying to define Barack Obama: Too Liberal, Too Out of Touch. “I know what makes people there ‘bitter.’ It’s slick-talking politicians who look down on their beliefs and values.”  Michael Goodwin wrote in Sunday’s Daily News about his small town in Pennsylvania. The well-circulated … Continue reading