About Stu

Stuart Rothenberg was born and grew up in Manhattan. He graduated from the Riverdale Country School, holds an A.B. from Colby College and earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Connecticut.

After teaching political science for three years at Bucknell University, he worked for nine years as editor of The Political Report, a newsletter published by Paul M. Weyrich of the Free Congress Research & Education Foundation. After that, he edited and published his own newsletter, the Rothenberg Political Report, a non-partisan, non-ideological newsletter that reported on and handicapped U.S. House and Senate races.

For almost 24 years, Stu wrote a column for Roll Call, followed by six months as a columnist for The Washington Post. He is now senior editor at Inside Elections with Nathan Gonzales.

Stu served as a CNN political analyst from 1992 to 2004, as an election night analyst for CBS News in 2006 and as an analyst at the PBS NewsHour during primaries and elections from 2008 through 2014. He also did on-air political analysis for the Voice of America.

Like most other non-partisan handicappers, he did not expect Donald Trump to win in 2016. However, he correctly projected the 2006 Democratic and 1994 Republican waves, and his newsletter projected GOP gains of 55-65 House seats in the 2010 midterms. 

A lifelong baseball/Yankees fan, he spent evenings in Cooperstown, N.Y. talking baseball (mostly listening) with Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson, Yankees pitcher Al Downing, Indians/Twins pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant, former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Clem Labine and the incomparable author Roger Kahn.

This website is a platform for Stu to write about and comment on politics, political coverage and anything else that strikes his fancy.  He isn’t trying to convince anyone about anything. Hope you find it interesting and thought-provoking, whether or not you agree with his observations and assessments.