Dana Milbank is an award-winning political columnist for The Washington Post. Before joining the Post as a political writer, he covered the 2000 US Presidential election, 2004 US Presidential election, as well as the Clinton White House for The New Republic, and Congress for The Wall Street Journal. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, and other publications. Milbank writes the "Washington Sketch" for The Washington Post, an observational column about political theater in the White House and Congress. He is an author of bestselling books Tears of a Clown, Homo Politicus, and Smashmouth.