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McCain Wanted Lieberman, but Chose a Question Mark

As little as two days before he made his VP announcement, John McCain wanted to pick friend and Democratic turncoat Joe Lieberman, according to a report in The New York Times. But as in so many other decisions in his campaign, the alleged maverick caved to the far right of his party, which threatened to sink a McCain-Lieberman ticket at the convention. In the end he chose a woman he barely knew.

Posted on Sep 2, 2008 READ MORE


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The RNC and the Storm

Many Republicans who originally planned to spend Monday in St. Paul with other Republican National Convention-goers were compelled to change their plans, thanks to Hurricane Gustav—including the GOP’s own presumptive presidential nominee, John McCain, who was busy over the weekend playing the anti-Bush when it came to disaster preparedness.

Posted on Sep 1, 2008 READ MORE



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Running a Nobody

The problem with Sarah Palin, argues speechwriter Dan Conley on the Political Wire, isn’t that she’s inexperienced—it’s that she’s a total unknown. Where does she really stand on anything? Either John McCain doesn’t know, or he doesn’t want the American people to know before they have to make a decision about her.

Posted on Aug 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Who’s That Lady?

Mother of five, one-time Miss Congeniality, caribou hunter, pro-lifer, proponent of creationism: Alaska’s Gov. Sarah Palin is all of these things, rolled into one strategically advantageous package—at least in the eyes of the GOP higher-ups who backed her rise from relative obscurity to sudden political stardom as John McCain’s running mate.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE



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Schwarzenegger May Stay Home

Although it’s currently the Democrats’ turn in the spotlight, California’s Republican governor stole a few headlines Thursday with the news that he may skip his party’s convention next week. The Golden State is still trying to work through a budget stalemate, and it just wouldn’t do to have the star governor basking in the warmth of Republican love while his state is in fiscal turmoil.

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Fundraiser Under Scrutiny for Ralph Reed Connection

John McCain managed to pull in over $1.75 million for the GOP during an Atlanta fundraiser on Monday, but the event also attracted attention for its potential ties to erstwhile Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed. Barack Obama’s camp, among others, is raising questions about Reed’s connection to the event.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Jackson Browne Sues Team McCain, Republican Party

Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne is not thrilled that his song “Running on Empty” was co-opted by the Ohio Republican Party and used as an anthem for a commercial that Browne believed made it seem as though he supported John McCain’s presidential campaign. Au contraire, Ohio GOP.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE


The New Republican Mascot

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Republicans Go Web 2.0 for House Protest

House Republicans are camping out in the Capitol, trying to pressure an up-or-down vote on offshore drilling. The lights and the C-SPAN cameras are off, but a number of lawmakers have turned to new media sites such as YouTube and even Twitter to microblog their dissent.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Pulls the Pin on Offshore Drilling

John McCain is hoping that Americans, particularly those living in coastal states, are so sick of high gas prices they won’t mind a little extra offshore drilling. That’s a risky assessment according to The Politico and the former head of the Florida GOP, who said that back before fuel costs skyrocketed it “would have been like pulling a pin on a grenade and rolling it into the state.”

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


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It’s My Party and I’ll Convene if I Want to

Rep. Ron Paul really wants to speak at the Republican convention. He’s been getting the cold shoulder from the GOP, so now Paul is planning to hold his own convention in a nearby arena during the week that John McCain officially becomes the nominee.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Stewart Checks Out McCain’s ‘Unremarkable’ Buttocks

Those reporters who were given just three Internet-free hours to curl up with John McCain’s huge stack of medical records (right before Memorial Day!) were privy to some mighty intimate details about the presumptive Republican nominee—and pundits were subsequently saddled with the task of making talk of polyps, chin herpes (ew!) and freckled buttocks somehow sound like good news for the GOP.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Barr Wins Libertarian Nomination

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia has been chosen by Libertarians to carry the party’s banner in November, beating out Mary Ruwart, former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel and others. Given John McCain’s trouble with conservatives and Barack Obama’s focus on Georgia, Barr could be something of a spoiler in the general election.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Campaign Hits Turbulence

Internal shake-ups among Sen. John McCain’s campaign aides, unusual structuring choices within his camp and the worry among some Republicans that their presumptive nominee isn’t capitalizing sufficiently on the Democrats’ current chaos are all spelling trouble for Team McCain.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama: ‘Lay Off My Wife’

Barack Obama responds to the Tennessee GOP, which went after his wife,  Michelle, in a recent ad.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


A Lesson for Republicans

Panic has taken hold of the party following its loss in a ruby-red district, and some Republicans are warning of disaster for the GOP unless it revamps its stale “brand.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Are Republicans Running Scared?

The GOP was already bracing for a tough political year, but losses in three special elections prompted Rep. Tom Davis to send a panicked note to Republican leaders: “The political atmosphere facing House Republicans this November is the worst since Watergate and is far more toxic than the fall of 2006 when we lost thirty seats.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


Obama’s Weather Balloon

The first important election result for the senator in May—coming before his North Carolina victory—was the outcome of a little-noticed U.S. House contest in Louisiana.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Revisits Remarks About Oil and Occupation

In a bid to clarify his stance on the (current) Iraq war, as well as just how long he’d be “fine” with maintaining a U.S. military presence in the region, Sen. John McCain held one of those town hall meetings that are so de rigueur among campaigning politicians these days, this time in Denver, where he performed some semantic gymnastics for his audience at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center.

Posted on May 3, 2008 READ MORE


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No Country for Old Men

Would President John McCain forget who made that 3 a.m. call to the special White House phone? I suspect that his aides would not just let him nod off back to sleep, even if they were intimidated by the prospect of one of his alleged intemperate outbursts, but might our septuagenarian president be less than fully focused?

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Hitchens Asks the $3-Trillion McCain Question

All right, people, it’s high time someone dealt squarely with this question: Does John McCain have anger-management issues? Monday brought word on this potential problem, the Republican Party’s sword of Damocles, from provocateur Christopher Hitchens, who dares to ask “whether [McCain’s] elevator goes all the way to the top.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 READ MORE


Endangered Species

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50 Suggestions for McCain’s VP

Comedian Will Durst offers up a short list, from Colin Powell to the Verizon guy.

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 READ MORE


The Two McCains

Liberals who have sung the praises of John McCain in the past confront a fascinating test of consistency, integrity and political commitment now that McCain is the virtually certain Republican nominee. It could be an amusing moment. I should know, since I’m one of them.

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Huckabee Yells Out for a Debate, but the Press Goes Deaf

How quickly the tides turn for would-be presidential nominees. Just a few weeks ago, a former Arkansas governor was grabbing headlines, and it wasn’t Bill Clinton. Now, Mike Huckabee is calling for a debate with GOP front-runner John McCain and almost no one in the media is taking note except the six reporters still assigned to trail him.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE


The Elephant in the Room

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Republicans Probe Race, Gender Boundaries

The Politico reports that Republican strategists have been clandestinely polling and focus-grouping to determine how America might react to campaign attacks on an African-American or woman presidential candidate. As one strategist explained, “You can’t allow the party to be Macaca-ed,” a reference to former Sen. George Allen, whose use of a racial slur cost him certain victory in the last election.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush I Backs McCain

John McCain’s recent jockeying to make himself look like a direct heir to Ronald Reagan’s Republican legacy was helped along Monday by George H.W. Bush’s vote of confidence that McCain is indeed the right person to lead the nation as the next president.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Adviser Won’t Attack Obama

One of John McCain’s top advisers, Mark McKinnon, says he will resign from the campaign if Barack Obama wins the Democratic nomination, because “I would simply be uncomfortable being in a campaign that would be inevitably attacking Barack Obama.” McKinnon says he would still support McCain from a distance, but “I met Barack Obama, I read his book, I like him a great deal.”

Posted on Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE


Running Away From Bush

The turmoil in the Republican presidential contest, which seems to produce a new front-runner every month, owes to President Bush’s unpopularity and the fact that even members of his own party want to turn the page on the last seven years.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE


Huckabee the Rebel

The rise of the Baptist minister—an “evangelical populist”—has put the fear of God into the Republican establishment.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Huckabee on the Rise

Just two weeks shy of the Iowa primary, the contest for the Republican presidential nomination has shifted into high gear, with former Arkansas governor (note to aspiring politicos: Arkansas is apparently not the worst place to cultivate presidential ambitions) Mike Huckabee rising quickly through GOP ranks to take the lead.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Va. GOP Voters Required to Sign Loyalty Oath

It’s almost primary time, voters of America, so get ready for more electoral shenanigans!  The venerable southern state of Virginia is fast out of the gates this election season, thanks to the local Republican Party, which came up with the ingenious idea of requiring voters who want to take part in February’s primary to pledge that they’ll also cast their vote for the Republican presidential nominee next Nov. 4.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


Now Is the Winter of Voters’ Discontent

The Democratic surge that began in 2006 continued in elections around the country on Tuesday. But how the Democrats won provides a cautionary tale for the national party.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


McCain Capitalizes on Conservative Anxiety

The strangest thing about John McCain’s campaign for president is that it’s supposed to be dead, but it isn’t. This is a real nuisance for his competitors.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


Our Offspring Fontanel

Oooh. He’s clever. And obviously knows exactly what he’s doing. This is all a setup, people. Has to be. Yes, I’m talking about George Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Who but a total stoned horned ogre would do that? Maybe an ogre with something up his sleeve, eh?

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Carter Has Had Enough

Jimmy Carter was en fuego during a chat with Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, blasting the Bush administration for torturing people, the GOP candidates for racing to the fringe and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for refusing to commit to a full withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


God’s Only Party

The creator will campaign for a third-party candidate if Rudy locks up the GOP nomination. How do we know this? Well, it seems God whispered in the ears of certain evangelical leaders.

Posted on Oct 7, 2007 READ MORE


Newt’s Exploratory Committee

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With Big Ideas Like These…

Republicans almost suffered strokes over Hillary Clinton’s health insurance plan.  Now that the screams of outrage have subsided, a close examination reveals that the GOP alternatives are either nonexistent or unworkable.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Stephen Colbert on California Republicans

Inspired by a nefarious scheme to divert California’s electoral votes to the GOP, Stephen Colbert looks into the oppression of California’s Republicans: “They must be under attack. Why else would so many of them live in gated communities?”

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


Greenspan Slams Team Bush in New Memoir

Alan Greenspan is no fan of the Bush administration or the once-dominant congressional Republicans.  In his new memoir, “The Age of Turbulence:  Adventures in a New World,” the former Federal Reserve chairman disparages the two groups for violating the GOP’s values on spending and small government. Updated

Posted on Sep 15, 2007 READ MORE


The New Majority

As Virginia goes, so goes the Senate—and the nation? The decision of former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner to run for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. John Warner is more than just bad news for the GOP.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Scandals Rattle Republican Ranks

The GOP is undergoing a bit of an ethical crisis following the recent string of scandals involving prominent Republicans—the most recent being, of course, the media hullabaloo surrounding Sen. Larry Craig’s run-in with an undercover policeman in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.  Oh, and then there’s that whole Iraq war issue.

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Sen. Craig: ‘I Am Not Gay’

The Idaho senator who was arrested on charges of committing a lewd act in a Minnesota airport apologizes for the scandal but emphatically denies that he is gay: “Let me be clear: I am not gay. I never have been gay.” For the record, if a movie is ever made of this fiasco, Craig simply has to be played by John Lithgow.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll

Mitt Romney won the Republican straw poll in Iowa on Saturday by a wide margin, but his victory was tempered by the conspicuous absence of the other big names in the campaign: John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson. Mike Huckabee, meanwhile, turned heads with a surprising second-place finish. Tommy Thompson said previously he would drop out of the race if he didn’t get second or better. He placed sixth.

Posted on Aug 12, 2007 READ MORE


Romney Steals the Spotlight

Watch out, Fred Thompson: By the time you get into the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney may have run away with your constituency.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE


Leaving No Republican Behind

In a state that likes the GOP, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, is succeeding by respecting those who disagree with him. Members of his party who are seeking the presidency should take note.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Key Republicans Push for Iraq Strategy Change

Adding to the mounting pressure on President Bush to revise his stubborn “stay the course” strategy in the Iraq war, top Republican Sens. John W. Warner (pictured) and Richard G. Lugar made a gesture of dissent by proposing a U.S. troop redeployment plan on Friday.

Posted on Jul 14, 2007 READ MORE


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