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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


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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


Ron Paul Leads in Iowa Polls









Posted on Dec 22, 2011 ENLARGE


Romney Tackles Crucial Late-Night Jokefest Test

Sure, he’s tall and suave (for a Republican), and fine, his politics resonate on at least an acceptable level in GOP circles, except for that whole health care thing, but Monday, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney faced one of the biggest litmus tests for today’s politician: cracking wise on late-night TV.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Eric Kilby (CC-BY-SA)

Do We Want Mitt Romney Answering the ‘3 A.M.’ Call?

It’s late at night when the phone rings at the White House: Kim Jong Il, the ruthless, oddball dictator of nuclear-armed North Korea, is dead.

Posted on Dec 20, 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


Romney’s Bet









Posted on Dec 18, 2011 ENLARGE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Been There, Thought That

Can we please bury the notion that Newt Gingrich is some kind of deep thinker? His intellect may be as broad as the sea, but it’s about as deep as a birdbath.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Lowe’s Balls of the Week

In this lively snippet from Wednesday’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart takes stock of the ballsiness—at times to the point of complete delusion—on display this week from the likes of Herman Cain (remember him?), who made Barbara Walters lose her cool, Mitt Romney and President Obama. Well, maybe not that last one.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Your Post-GOP Debate Breakdown, Featuring Al Gore

The GOP’s remaining presidential candidates had yet another debate on Saturday night, just in case there was anything any of them still needed to comment about at length that might tip the balance in their quest for the Republican nomination.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Why Newt Now?

Although it’s still early in the presidential campaign season, this go-round has already brought some surprises, especially from the GOP. We’ve seen Rick Perry’s debate debacle and the end of the Cain Train, but Newt Gingrich’s unlikely rise also befuddles many politicos.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


Reinvention









Posted on Dec 9, 2011 ENLARGE


Republican Reality Show Gets Weirder and Weirder

I guess I was wrong. I thought Republicans surely would have come to their senses by now. Instead, they seem to be rushing deeper into madness.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE


Bad Lip Reading Makes Ron Paul Much More Appealing

Um, how did we miss this? Maybe you meme-savvy readers out there already caught this hilarious “Bad Lip Reading” spoof video of Ron Paul doing his best to win voters over by declaring, “I helped a fuzzy dude cut a piece of fruit,” among other absurdities, but it’s a must-see for sure.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Nott Romney









Posted on Dec 6, 2011 ENLARGE


All I Want for Christmas









Posted on Dec 5, 2011 ENLARGE


Mittbott









Posted on Dec 5, 2011 ENLARGE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Building the Ideal GOP Candidate, 2012 Edition

This person would have populist appeal, would have bought and be willing to sell the notion that Obama is a socialist and would probably not have a clue, according to The New York Times’ clued-in columnist Paul Krugman. Yes, we’re talking about the prototype for the GOP presidential hopeful of tomorrow—as in 2012.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Rational Reality Show

The contest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has been described as a reality show and a circus. But what’s happening inside the GOP is quite rational and easily explained.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE


Newt and Mitt Hit the Circuit









Posted on Dec 4, 2011 ENLARGE



Jonathan Kos-Read (CC-BY-ND)

Cheering for the Chinese

Even the briefest acquaintance with this smoggy, sprawling capital is basis enough to conclude that much of the campaign rhetoric we’re hearing about China is unrealistic, dishonest or just dumb.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



DonkeyHotey (CC-BY-SA)

Romney Still Waiting for GOP Love

Maybe Jon Huntsman will be the next candidate to see a meteoric rise and fall in his poll numbers. Pretty soon, though, we’re going to run out of meteors.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons, Richard L. Holzhausen

Once Upon a Romney

A progressive, sensitive and highly rational Romney? Yes, but you have to skip Mitt and go all the way back to the words of his father George to make the connection.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Realism and Compassion: Unacceptable in Today’s GOP

Tasteless and questionable as it was for CNN to “co-sponsor” a Republican presidential debate with a pair of right-wing Washington think-tanks, at least the branding was accurate.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE



writRHET (CC-BY)

Survey: Number of Religious Lobbying Groups in D.C. Is Up Fivefold

Pew researchers discovered that the number of religious groups lobbying politicians in Washington, D.C., has increased 500 percent in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today. With more than 1,000 lobbyists vying for the ears of Congress members, the groups together spend more than $390 million a year ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE


Romney Ad









Posted on Nov 22, 2011 ENLARGE



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Team Romney Spins Obama’s Words in First Ad

For its first official foray into the Campaign 2012 TV ad space, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s publicity team decided to take a phrase Barack Obama once used as a quotation clearly sourced to someone else and attribute it to Obama himself. But relax everyone, it was on purpose!

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Republicans Aren’t Funny, They’re Scary

Unfortunately, the media’s fascination with antics has diverted attention from what the Republicans would do if they win.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE


GOP Candidates









Posted on Nov 20, 2011 ENLARGE



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

America Is Special, Vote for Me

Here’s a Republican-backed method to cure all that ails the country: Close your eyes, get to your happy place, and invoke the time-honored mantra America is special until you forget you don’t have a job and various segments of the world’s population think the U.S. has acted a little sketchy lately.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Brian Stansberry (CC-BY)

Cain Tops Poll With Romney, Gingrich Close Behind

We’re not interested in horse-race politics, but it is worth noting that all those pesky sexual harassment allegations haven’t stopped the Cain Train yet. In a CBS News poll, Herman Cain still held on to the lead in the GOP lineup, but Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich nipped at his heels.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Nonsense Debate

Don’t laugh too hard at Rick Perry for his mortifying episode of brain-lock at Wednesday’s GOP presidential candidates’ debate. His opponents managed to remember their lines, but didn’t do any better at making sense.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Perry: ‘This Ain’t a Day for Quitting Nothing’

So he “stepped in it” during Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate. Others might say he choked or even ate it. But despite Rick Perry’s Texas-sized blunder, he’s not giving up his White House dreams.  (more)

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What About Newt Gingrich?

Republicans are still looking for a non-Romney to carry their banner into the White House, and although Herman Cain appears to be weathering numerous sexual harassment allegations with ease, a new poll shows a certain amphibian nipping at his heels. (more)

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Politics of the Heavenly and Unheavenly

We have embarked on yet another presidential campaign in which religion will play an important role without any agreement over what the ground rules for that engagement should be.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 READ MORE


GOP Jobs Plan









Posted on Nov 5, 2011 ENLARGE


Mitt Harasses









Posted on Nov 5, 2011 ENLARGE


Romney and the South Carolina Conundrum

Can Mitt Romney be dislodged as the fragile but disciplined front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination? If he can, South Carolina is the best bet for the role of spoiler.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Mitt Romney’s Big Bad Ideas for the Middle East

As someone who has been running for president for many years, Romney should by now know something about foreign policy and he should know where he stands.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

He’s for Real: Herman Cain Leads in Iowa

Many keen political observers have not taken the ascendancy of Herman Cain seriously, because they know winning the Republican presidential nomination isn’t about national polls, it’s about Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and the other primaries and caucuses. (more)

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE


Flip-Flop









Posted on Oct 24, 2011 ENLARGE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What Romney’s Religion Reveals About His Politics

What does the career of the former Massachusetts governor tell us about the ideology of the LDS church—and what his personal beliefs may portend if he becomes the first Mormon in the Oval Office?

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Isaac Brekken

No Hope for the Jobless if a Republican Wins

Almost 20 miles from the Occupy L.A. encampment and 265 miles from the Las Vegas Republican presidential debate, the state employment office in Norwalk, Calif., was a sad, quiet reminder of what the presidential campaign should be about—unemployment that is dooming the prospects of this generation and its children.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Getting Romney’s Religion

A candidate’s faith does in fact matter, especially when the religious institution to which he or she belongs is involved in explicit political campaigns that affect millions of lives. Such issues as civil rights for women, immigrants and the LGBT community come immediately to mind.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Nice Debates, Guys, but You’re in Trouble

So what did we learn these last few weeks? To begin with, Republicans are people too.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Wall Street Is Still Trying to Buy Obama’s Love

President Obama and the Democratic National Committee have raised more from the financial industry than all the Republican candidates combined. However, without the DNC, Mitt Romney has raised almost twice as much as the president from that sector, according to analysis by The Washington Post. (more)

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Chris Carlson

A Very GOP Debate Recap

Is there anything substantial, in the way of political mettle, that Herman “9-9-9” Cain can offer Americans who don’t have a repetition compulsion? According to this breakdown of Tuesday night’s GOP debate in the hotbed of conservatism that is Las Vegas, not so much. (more)

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE


Road Kill









Posted on Oct 17, 2011 ENLARGE


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