Eleanor Clift

Eleanor Clift

Writer for The Daily Beast, Panelist on The McLaughlin Group, and Former Contributor for Newsweek

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Writer for The Daily Beast, Former Editor at Newsweek and Longtime Panelist for The McLaughlin Group

One of Washington’s preeminent political analysts, Eleanor Clift is Washington correspondent for The Daily Beast, formerly a contributing editor at Newsweek and author of four books. She writes about politics and policy in Washington, and the partisan clashes that are the result of divided government. Clift has covered every presidential campaign since 1976 and brings her perspective to analyze the contest between a beleaguered incumbent and an opposition party torn between traditional economic conservatives and the upstart Tea Party.

Daily Beast

After Newsweek merged with the Daily Beast under the editorial direction of the legendary editor Tina Brown, Clift wrote for both publications. Her cover story about the television show, Mad Men, won acclaim for capturing the era when women were relegated to the secretarial pool. When the Daily Beast sold Newsweek, Clift stayed with the Beast, betting on its digital future as opposed to the rapidly diminishing world of print journalism.

Television and Film

Clift is perhaps best known as a panelist on the syndicated talk show, "The McLaughlin Group," which recently ended a record 34-year run with the death of host and creator, John McLaughlin. Clift regularly comments about politics on MSNBC, and offers insights each Friday on the Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius XM Satellite radio.  She has appeared as herself in several movies, including "Dave," "Independence Day," "Murder at 1600," and the CBS show, "Murphy Brown."


Clift and her late husband, Tom Brazaitis, who was a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, wrote two books together, War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics and Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling. Clift’s book, Founding Sisters, is about the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the vote. Her book, Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics, is about the loss of her husband together with an examination of how we deal with death in America. Her latest is Selecting a President, written with Matthew Spieler.

Former White House Correspondent

Clift began her career as a secretary for Newsweek in New York, rising through the ranks to become the magazine's White House Correspondent during the Carter and Reagan administrations. After President Reagan's landslide reelection, she left Newsweek to cover the White House for the Los Angeles Times. A year later she returned to Newsweek and a new assignment as the magazine's congressional and political correspondent, a position which she held for six years. After Clinton's election in 1992, Clift returned to the White House beat for the first two years of the Clinton administration. She then became a contributing editor with a wide portfolio, focusing on political news and trends.


Clift lives in Washington, D.C., where she is on the advisory council of the International Women's Media Foundation, the Boards of the Center for Politics and Journalism and the American News Women's Club, and the Board of Governor’s of the National Hospice Foundation.

President Trump: The Peril and the Promise

Two thirds of voters had doubts about Donald Trump’s fitness to be president, yet they voted for him anyway because they wanted someone to shake up Washington. Will Trump deliver on his campaign promises?

Post-Obama Democratic Party

Democrats need new leadership now that the Obamas and the Clintons are leaving the national stage. How do the Democrats shape a message that appeals to working-class Americans? Who are the future leaders?

Women and Politics

Hillary Clinton’s failed second bid for the presidency reminds us that sexism is still evident in the way a female candidate is covered. A woman will eventually break the highest, hardest glass ceiling. The 2016 election brought four new accomplished Democratic women to the U.S. Senate, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will have a visible role as Ambassador to the United Stations in the new administration. Who are the up and comers?

Media and Politics

The media took a lot of heat for how they covered the 2016 election, and how they forecast a Hillary Clinton win for months, dismissing Donald Trump as a clown and potentially affecting the outcome. How does the media adjust to Trump’s Reality Show style of politics where facts are often disregarded and fake news is more believed than reported news stories? Clift can talk personally about the changing media landscape. After spending most of her career at Newsweek magazine, she made the conversion to new media and writes for the Daily Beast web site.

Political Activism

Donald Trump won the Electoral College and Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, a split decision that underscores the divisive nature of our politics. Trump says as president he will continue to hold his signature rallies while Democrats vow to take to the streets if necessary to protest Trump from thinking he has a mandate. Aside from marching, can Democrats turn their disappointment in the 2016 election outcome into a new political activism that can rebuild the party?

Obamacare and The Future of Health Care

Republicans promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, but health care policy is too complicated for an easy fix. The compromises that must be made as the GOP seeks to undo President Obama’s signature achievement offer a window into Washington and the new administration, and who has the real power.

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  • Selecting a President (Fundamentals of American Government)
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  • Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Politics
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