All posts by Mark McKinnon
What do fifteen of the smartest people in the room—presidential scholars, best-selling biographers, and White House veterans of both parties—think history will say about the legacy of George W. Bush? And is there anything he can still do to change it?
George W. Bush says he doesn’t have time to think about his legacy, but the rest of us have no such trouble. We asked some of the smartest people we could think of—prize-winning historians, presidential scholars, White House vets—to predict how 43 will be judged and to suggest what, if anything, he can still do about it.
Unpackage him. Show his heart, his soul, his humanity. And throw away the scriptalong with the leather jacket.
“The conventional wisdom is that you have to make him perfect. But today, humanity is more important than perfection.”
A year after they mixed it up in these pages over the president's job performance, loyal Bushie Mark McKinnon and die-hard Democrat Paul Begala step back into the ring to argue over tax cuts, the war on terror, and the prospect if Al Gore in '04.
A year ago old friends Paul Begala and Mark McKinnon mixed it up in these pages over the president’s job performance. Now the die-hard Democrat and the loyal Bushie are back for a rematch, wrestling with tax cuts, the war on terrorism, and more. And the winner is. . .
One of us worked for Bill Clinton, the other for George W. Bush. Do we agree on how the new president is doing? What do you think? How's President Bush doing so far? We put the question to Austinite Mark McKinnon, his sometime media adviser.
One of us worked for Bill Clinton, the other for George W. Bush. Do we agree on how the new president is doing? What do you think?
As a political consultant, I learned the tricks of the trade from James Carville and Paul Begala. I loved playing hardball in a business where winning is everything. But the time came when politics got too partisan, too mean, and too all-consuming—even for me. by Mark McKinnon
Being a political consultant had its high points. I helped candidates win elections, traveled around the world, and worked side by side with James Carville and Dick Morris. But campaigns kept sinking to pathetic new lows, which is why I finally had to quit the game.