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AP / Charlie Neibergall

Super PACs Super-Size Campaign Corruption

Given time and enough money, the super PACs and other secretive political campaign funds are capable of causing corruptive influence that could reach from the presidency down to the lowest ranked members of the House.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE


Change They Don’t Believe In

Voters should support Romney, the narrator says, because “beating Obama is the most important issue.” Am I the only one to find that weird?

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE


Ron Paul and Our Selective Definition of Bigotry

The Texan’s candidacy is showing that the conventional definition of intolerable bigotry is disturbingly narrow—and embarrassingly selective.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE


Tax Day: Will Romney Make April Fools of Republicans?

Who does Mitt Romney think he is fooling with this charade? Republicans are rightly concerned that his sense of entitlement, symbolized by the tax question, will damage their party’s chances next fall.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

So Much for a Populist GOP

In the end, the corporate and economically conservative wing of the Republican Party always seems to win.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

Election Will Decide Which New Wars Will Be Waged

Now that America’s primary elections have eliminated the more implausible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, it is possible to take a clearer look at what the electorate will be up against when the conventions are over in the fall.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE


A Fair Share of Scrutiny

From all evidence, the issue of economic justice isn’t going away. Break the news gently to Mitt Romney, who seems apoplectic that the whole “rich get richer, poor get poorer” thing is being discussed out loud. In front of the children, for goodness’ sake.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Paul Sancya

Newt’s Venom Is Mitt’s Medicine

Newt Gingrich has made it clear that if he can’t be president, he’s going to try to take Mitt Romney down with him. But the former House speaker’s endless stream of attack ads could, perversely, end up strengthening the “Massachusetts Moderate,” who seems likely to survive the onslaught.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Huntsman to Endorse Romney

People often knock polls, but in the case of Jon Huntsman, the numbers didn’t lie. After trailing most candidates for the majority of the race, Huntsman has reportedly decided to quit the stump and endorse fellow Mormon and alleged moderate Mitt Romney. Updated

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mary Schwalm

Romneycare, v. 2012

The Affordable Care Act, the health reform signed into law by Obama, is now best known by the Republican label “Obamacare.” Romney hopes to ride that misleading word to the presidency.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE


Dukakis, Kerry, Romney

Newt Gingrich isn’t giving up his fight for the presidency. The kamikaze candidate has released a new ad attacking Mitt Romney as someone from Massachusetts, the hippie gay rainbow brown people state, or something.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


Bitter Primary Reveals the Real Romney

There is no shortage of evidence, emanating mostly from his own mouth, that privilege, arrogance and entitlement are major features of Mitt Romney’s character.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


Two-for-Two and Game On

It’s going to be mean and dispiriting, this campaign. We’ll be assailed with talk of “European socialism” and “vulture capitalism”—not “hope” and “change”—and the months between now and November will seem an eternity.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


What Kind of Capitalist Was Romney?

Thanks to Mitt Romney and such well-known socialist intellectuals as Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, the United States is about to have the big debate on the nature of modern capitalism that should have started back in 2008.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Two Candidates, One Dixville Notch

This just in, sort of, from New Hampshire: It’s Mitt Romney for the Republican win. But this time, it was Jon Huntsman who was hot on his heels at that political prognosticating epicenter, Dixville Notch.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Elise Amendola

Romney Takes New Hampshire

That’s two in the pocket for Mitt Romney, who, as expected, won New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary without a serious challenge. Ron Paul took second place, with Rick Santorum, near-winner of the Iowa caucuses, well behind.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE


It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts

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Doug Kerr (CC-BY-SA)

Romney and Huntsman Split New Hampshire’s Tiniest Primary

You may recall Dixville Notch, N.H., from past elections or perhaps that “West Wing” episode that highlighted the mini-village’s unusually prescient midnight voting. This year nine people who used to live there, but don’t really, showed up to pick candidates. Mitt Romney and Jon Hunstman each got two votes. Obama got three.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE


Did Mitt Romney Really Say He Likes Firing People?

Here is the clip that will be taken out of context and turned into advertisements from now until November.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



IowaPolitics.com (CC-BY-SA)

Stuck in the Bloody Primaries

So far, the impact of this year’s Republican contest has been more negative than positive for the GOP. Unless Romney closes the nomination struggle quickly, he could suffer further damage.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Hawk in a Clown-Car Field

Before there was the tea party to define the phrase “far-right fringe,” there was Rick Santorum.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Hair

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Search and Destroy Mission

Mitt Romney and his backers decided that to win in Iowa they had to destroy Newt Gingrich’s campaign. Now Gingrich looks eager—and able—to return the favor.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE


No End to the End-of-the-World Nonsense

When it comes to the apocalypse, there’s no such thing as a partial success. It’s like being pregnant. So here are our choices: Either the world is going to end this year, as New Agey types believe by interpreting the ancient Mayan calendar through the lens of their “hippie consciousness-expanding nonsense,” like this helpful clip puts it, or it’s not.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Aims for Romney’s Weak Spots

It’s expected that the people who brought you President Barack Obama, including the commander in chief himself, would be shifting into attack mode in preparation for the height of campaign season, and their main target is looking a lot like Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE


Dough Boy

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Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Riedel

Mitt Romney Beats Rick Santorum by 8 Votes

11:34 p.m. Pacific: The Republicans of Iowa just settled it: Mitt Romney wins, beating Rick Santorum (pictured) by a mere eight votes, the smallest margin ever in the caucuses.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Ron Paul’s Popularity a Sign of a War-Weary America

The clear crossover vote-getter issue on which Ron Paul has differed from the rest of the candidate crowd is war: his hostility to the commitment of both Democratic and Republican administrations to prosecuting undeclared war in the Middle East, South Asia and elsewhere.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE


Mayan

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Wikimedia Commons / Brandonc (CC-BY-SA)

NASA: The World Won’t End in 2012

Sorry, all you Mayan-influenced doomsday enthusiasts, but it’s looking to some of the great minds over at NASA as though 2012 isn’t going to be particularly apocalypse-friendly as such. Ancient augury versus contemporary astronomy: Who will prevail?

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

All Eyes on Iowa

As of Monday morning, just a tad over 24 hours before Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses, the balance of power among the top GOP presidential candidates had once again shifted. Most surprising was the reemergence of Rick Santorum—remember him?—as an actual contender.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE


New Year’s

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Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE


2011

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Joe Crimmings (CC-BY-ND)

Extravagant Hopes of 2008 Haunt Obama in 2012

Four years ago this week, a young and inspirational senator who promised to turn history’s page swept the Iowa caucuses and began his irresistible rise to the White House.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE


Mayan Calendar End of the World

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Posted on Dec 31, 2011 READ MORE


2012

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New Year in the Trenches

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Flickr / laverrue

Obama and Gay Rights: 2012 Edition

To the consternation of many, President Obama has managed to avoid taking a strong position on potentially polarizing issues like same-sex marriage without completely losing the support of the GLBTQ constituency. But will his strategically noncommittal stance work in the next election cycle?

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Riedel

Marginalizing Ron Paul

Paul is being denigrated as a presidential contender even though on the vital issues of the economy, war and peace, and civil liberties, he has made the most sense of the Republican candidates.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney and the Art of Unpredictable Predictability

No matter what happens in Iowa, Mitt Romney has a safety net in New Hampshire. And that could rank as the year’s most perilous sentence.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Everything’s Coming Up Romney

Although Ron Paul leads in some polls and Rick Santorum of all people has started to gain steam, CNN has Mitt Romney winning the Iowa caucuses. A win in Iowa could make Romney’s nomination appear inevitable, as he holds a 27 point lead over his nearest competitor in the New Hampshire primary.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 READ MORE


Greetings From Newt-Hampshire

Let’s hope Newt Gingrich bought his New Hampshire volunteers a tuning fork for Christmas.

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 READ MORE


Baby New Year

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Over-Caucused

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama: The Conservative in 2012

The GOP is engaged in a wholesale effort to redefine the government help that Americans take for granted as an effort to create a radically new, statist society.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



bbeanan (CC-BY)

Krugman: ‘Welcome to Post-Truth Politics’

To refashion an old phrase: “There are lies, damned lies, then yarns spun by Mitt Romney.” This is the gist of a recent post by Paul Krugman, who points to falsehoods recently uttered by the Republican presidential hopeful to predict new lows in a new era of fact distortion wrought by those seeking the helm of the highest level of federal government.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jim Cole

Attack of the Super PACs

While the Iowa Republican caucuses might not tell us much about who will win the party’s presidential nomination, they already reveal plenty about how the new world of unlimited campaign contributions is corrupting politics.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Iowa Chaos

Is Rick Santorum the next non-Romney to emerge from the pack? Could he conceivably win Iowa?

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Ron Paul Projected to Win Iowa

Stat whiz Nate Silver is currently projecting Ron Paul to win the Iowa caucuses. Mitt Romney trails by 24 points in Silver’s projection as of this posting.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 READ MORE


Newt and the Revenge of the Base

It is one of the true delights of a bizarrely entertaining Republican presidential contest to watch the apoplectic fear and loathing of so many GOP establishmentarians toward Newt Gingrich.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE


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