Joan Mondale, the political spouse and avid potter known as “Joan of Art” for her cultural pursuits during her husband Walter’s four years as U.S. vice president under Jimmy Carter, has died. She was 83.
Campaigning was fun -- up to a point, wrote Geraldine Ferraro, the 1984 Democratic nominee for vice president: “Every time I faced the press, however, I was besieged with questions about our finances. It was brutal.”
At a recent campaign rally, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president, tried to quash a narrative that some people find too irresistible to drop. A woman at the rally asked the candidate about reported divisions between Bachmann and Sarah Palin. Bachmann brushed it off.
Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, who together have about 70 years of Washington punditry on their resumes, make a bold gambit in their latest book. They drop any pretense that both sides are equally at fault in the current impasse in American politics.
Those who don’t look back on Ronald Reagan ’s presidency as a golden age, morning in America or the moment when someone finally stood up to all those welfare queens may find a little solace in Bradford Martin’s “ The Other Eighties: A Secret History of America in the Age of Reagan .”