Dheeraj’s Clips

Please find some of my clips here. I have quite a bit of experience in covering politics, but these are the ones that I find most interesting.  I don’t get to write as much as I would like to these days, but I keep meaning to get back to it.


1. Op-ed on the immigration backlash in America. (The Dothan Eagle, 2007)

2. Op-ed on the poor reasoning of the Dept. of State with respect to EB-13 visas. (Providence Journal, 2005)

3. White House Gaggle 19 January, 2007

4. White House Gaggle 18 January, 2007

5. White House Gaggle 17 January, 2007

6. White House Gaggle 5 January, 2007

7. White House Gaggle 15 December, 2006


I keep a few blogs here and there. Blogging is obviously a more informal, personal and sometimes humourous form, but I do find it enjoyable. These are selected posts I find interesting.

1. Dobson Et Al. Are Right to Defect

2. My beef with Diversity Peeps

3. Into The Liars’ Den (Featured on Real Clear Politics “Best of The Blogs”, Afternoon Edition, 1 May, 2008)

4. In politics, sometimes you have to point fingers. (Featured on Real Clear Politics “Best of The Blogs”, Morning Edition, 6 May 2008)

5. A Hypothesis on Why Palin’s Cosmetologist Is Paid So Much

6. Time For Mark Penn To Go

7. The Real Significance of The CBS Poll About Obama and AIG (Featured on Real Clear Politics Best of The Blogs 29 March, 2009.

8. Beware Of Flawed Polling


Dheeraj Chand asks Elaine Maag, Brookings Institute, about the execution difficulties of expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit as a strategy for helping the poor.

Dheeraj Chand asks Cindy Sheehan about the relationship between the antiwar movement and the impeachment movement.

Dheeraj Chand asks Cindy Sheehan about why she and her antiwar protester colleagues interrupted a House Democrats press conference.

Dheeraj Chand asks Cindy Sheehan about the consequences of impeaching President Bush.

Dheeraj Chand goes back and forth with White House Press Secretary Tony Snow on the politics of the Republican National Committee’s reported willingness to buck the President on immigration, and what the political implications of it are.

Q Tony, I’d like to go back to the theme of losing Republicans for a minute. The Miami Herald reports this morning that Sunbelt delegates to the Republican National Committee, including Texas, intended to vote against Senator Mel Martinez for general chairman. The Washington Times is claiming that these Republicans have enlisted the aid of a certified parliamentarian to aid them in stopping Senator Martinez from becoming general chairman. Does the White House have any reaction?

MR. SNOW: We’re pretty confident Mel Martinez will become general chairman.

Q Well, I mean, specifically a reaction to the sort of revolt from the grassroots and the implications of losing the Sunbelt.

MR. SNOW: Well, you’ve got to keep in mind — I’m not sure you lose the Sunbelt. You have a handful of people who have expressed some concerns, and we will continue to address those. But on the other hand, I don’t know that you call it a revolt every time you have people who disagree. We think it’s democracy, even with the Republican National Committee. And people are certainly free to disagree. And quite often what it does is it provides a much better basis for moving forward, because you’ve aired your disagreements, you’ve addressed people’s concerns, and you can move forward.

Q A quick follow-up. You’re not concerned about the message that it sends to Latino voters and Latinos in those areas?

MR. SNOW: Which message?

Q That he is unacceptable for a chairman because of his perceived pro-Latino stances?

MR. SNOW: Well, again, I think I’ve already — Mel Martinez is somebody who clearly enjoys the support and confidence of the President. And it will become clear that he enjoys the support and confidence of the Republican Party. Once again, when you see members of the Democratic Party disagreeing with party orthodoxy on something, I seldom hear people call it a revolt and ask if large numbers of the voting populace ought to recoil in horror as a result of people having expressed their opinions.

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