Hendrik Hertzberg is a senior editor and staff writer at THE NEW YORKER, where he frequently writes the opening comment in “The Talk of the Town” He originally joined THE NEW YORKER in 1969, after serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He left after the 1976 Presidential election to serve as President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter from 1979 until 1981. From 1981 until 1992 he was associated with THE NEW REPUBLIC and served two terms as its editor. During his second stint as editor, between 1988 and 1992, THE NEW REPUBLIC won three National Magazine Awards, including back-to-back awards for General Excellence. In 1992, he returned to THE NEW YORKER. He is the author of POLITICS: OBSERVATIONS & ARGUMENTS (2004). In 2006, his Comment essays won a National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary.