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The Uninspired GOP Electorate

Judging by the polls, the better Republican voters come to know these candidates, including Romney, the less they like them.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Tony Gutierrez

Norris Throws Down for ‘Warrior’ Gingrich

Conservative power ranger Chuck Norris has come out swinging for the GOP once again—this time, he’s willing to lend his unique celebrity brand to give Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign a boost with a memorably worded endorsement only he could compose.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE


The Candidate

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Citizen Suspect: We’re All Under Attack in the WikiLeaks Case

Our civil liberties and First Amendment rights are threatened by the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Julian Assange case; if Mitt Romney’s father was still around, he’d probably endorse Obama; meanwhile, Fox News is ruining the GOP. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Damage Control, Romney Style

Although Mitt Romney owned, in an interview with Nevada journalist Jon Ralston on Thursday, that he “misspoke” the day before in saying he was “not concerned about the very poor,” the presidential candidate might not have much wiggle room amid a speed-fueled news cycle and a chilly Rick Santorum standing watch.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Indifference to the Poor

I wish Mitt Romney’s cavalier dismissal of poverty in America could be chalked up as just another gaffe, but it’s much worse than that.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney in Line for a Big Win in Nevada

Unless he crashes and burns in the next two days, or Newt Gingrich’s camp has some ammo we’re not aware of, Mitt Romney will be the winner of Saturday’s Republican caucuses in Nevada.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE


What Happened in Florida Won’t Stay in Florida

Triumph in Florida could cost Romney much more than the million dollars or so that bought each point of his 46-32 margin over Newt Gingrich.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE


How Romney Won, and Lost

Romney’s decisive victory in Florida came at a price. He aggravated Newt Gingrich’s hostility to him, with all the trouble that could entail, and left behind a dispirited Republican electorate in a state the GOP needs to win this fall.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Mitt Romney Says He Is ‘Not Concerned About the Very Poor’

Taken out of context, it doesn’t come as a total surprise, and that’s the problem for Romney. It’s not the kind of sound bite the trust fund candidate wants on the record.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Romney Rights the Ship in Florida

After Mitt Romney took a beating in South Carolina and his Iowa victory was annulled, his candidacy was beginning to look precarious. But a big win in Florida on Tuesday night put Romney back on course, and now he’s speaking as though the race is nearly over. (more)

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Anti-Gingrich Campaign

When the empire strikes back, it hits hard. The Republican establishment is deploying every weapon and every soldier—even Bob Dole—in an increasingly desperate attempt to pulverize the Newt Gingrich rebellion.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Gingrich a Tough Sell Among Florida Women

Here’s an algorithm from the Annals of the Obvious: Conservative women commonly identify as values voters, responding to like-minded candidates and campaigns and bringing what are referred to in certain circles as traditional morals into the booths. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, while purporting to run on a family-friendly platform, has some blots on his personal record that would appear to contradict these ideals.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Newt Gingrich, Shameless Demagogue

As Newt Gingrich chugs along on his improbable political comeback track, many have tried to slow his roll, but here comes The New York Times’ Timothy Egan with a scathing Op-Ed, calling the relentless GOP contender a demagogue par excellence while allowing that Gingrich has practiced his uniquely unctuous brand of politics to greasy perfection.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE


How the Mammoth Went Extinct

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Running Mate

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An Argument Obama Can Win

If you heard a loud “gulp” Tuesday night after President Obama’s State of the Union address, it probably came from Republican political strategists as they realized their party’s odds of capturing the White House this fall are getting longer.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE


Two-Party System

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AP / Saul Loeb

Obama’s Faux Populism Sounds Like Bill Clinton

I get angry because betrayal by the “good guys” for whom I have ended up voting has become the norm.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Everyone’s a Critic, Including Fidel Castro

“The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is—and I mean this seriously—the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been,” writes Fidel Castro, who echoes the sentiments expressed by many columnists and commentators spanning the middle to left of our politics.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



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In the Gusher of Super PACs, Even One Named ‘The Internet’

Sure, there’s the GOP symbol, but the real elephant in the room has been the super PAC, the turbocharged political action committee able to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on political ads — as long as that spending isn’t coordinated with a particular campaign.

Posted on Jan 21, 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



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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


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


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



AP / Charles Krupa

There’s Hope for Republicans Yet

GOP candidates are embracing populism, but as the presidential election is now shaping up, voters will not be given a choice to rebuke Wall Street by either major party.

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’: Rick Santorum on Gays and Bla People

Rick Santorum likes it “hot and heavy and strictly missionary.” His truth, that is—get your mind out of the godless liberal gutter.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



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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



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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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Pity the Quarter-Billionaire

Dear Tea Party Movement: You should get behind Mitt Romney, the charging Massachusetts RINO, because—in a certain paradoxical way—he may turn out to be the truest of all the candidates to the spirit of your movement.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 READ MORE


Hobson’s Choice

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The (Elusive) Middle-Class Agenda

Republicans, start your engines. With the Iowa causues in the rear-view mirror and New Hampshire and South Carolina up next, the GOP primary field has pretty much narrowed to Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. What might the great minds of “Left, Right & Center” think of these presidential wannabes?

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE


On to New Hampshire

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Mitt Wins

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Bye Bye Bachmann

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AP / Charles Dharapak

Romney: Obama’s a ‘Job Killer’

Fresh off his historically narrow victory in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses, Republican presidential pageant favorite Mitt Romney beefed up his attack rhetoric against his would-be opponent, Barack Obama, on Thursday by lashing out against the president’s latest big appointments.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP photos by Chis Carlson and Charlie Riedel

Two Jerks

Of the two top finishers in the Iowa Republican caucuses, it’s hard to tell who is worse: Mitt Romney, the eight-vote winner, or Rick Santorum.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE


Did Reagan Raise Taxes? Let GOP Candidates Answer

Politicians and their flacks lie every day, but it is unusual for someone prominent to utter a totally indefensible falsehood like the whopper that just sprang from the mouth of Eric Cantor’s press secretary on national television.

Posted on Jan 5, 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



AP / Jim Cole

Bachmann Out

The contest for the Republican presidential nomination just got a little less kooky with the subtraction of Michele Bachmann from the mix. On Wednesday, after the previous night’s Iowa caucus results found Mitt Romney in the top spot, the Minnesota congresswoman and staunch anti-socialist announced she was bowing out of the race.

Posted on Jan 4, 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



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Gingrich Gets Ready to Rumble With Romney

Although there’s already been some infighting among the ranks of this election cycle’s Republican presidential hopefuls, it’s going to get only crazier from here on out. And with candidates’ fates shifting as quickly as they have this time around (Herman who?), you can bet that rival GOP camps are going to do their darndest to stir up the drama.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: About That Whole Iowa Caucus Thing

It’s Iowa Caucus Day, everyone—can you feel the excitement? Now, you’ve probably heard a lot of white noise coming from certain other outlets that shall remain nameless about the GOP’s big campaign 2012 kickoff extravaganza, so here’s some welcome commentary to cut through all that from some smart people who do have a clue.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE


A Culturally Sensitive Teach-In With Victoria Jackson

Victoria Jackson, “SNL” throwback and low-rent Lady Gaga, took another big misstep in her troubling transition from comedy to punditry with this Shariah-themed episode of “PolitiChicks,” which would play like self-parody if Jackson had the capacity for critical self-reflection.

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



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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


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