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McCain
AP photo / Lauren Victoria Burke

McCain Votes Against Torture Ban

Sen. John McCain has established himself as an outspoken critic of torture, which makes his vote Wednesday against the Feinstein Amendment, which would set limits on the types of interrogation techniques used by American intelligence agencies, all the more puzzling—or, in the case of The Atlantic columnist Andrew Sullivan, heartbreaking.

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


McCain parody video

Like Hope, but Different

The inevitable parodies of Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” video have begun—this one isn’t so much about Obama or Hillary Clinton as it is about Republican front-runner John McCain, whose infamous hundred-year (or more) plan for America’s presence in Iraq is deservedly and humorously lambasted here.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


Stewart on Romney

‘Daily Show’: Life Mitt-Out Romney

Jon Stewart bids farewell to Mitt Romney, erstwhile presidential candidate and “man-shaped polymer casing for a spiritual vacuum” (ouch!), and calls into question Romney’s anti-terrorist rationale for bowing out of the ‘08 race.

Posted on Feb 9, 2008 READ MORE


Huckabee supporters
AP photo / Orlin Wagner

Huckabee Hangs On

If one thing is clear after last week’s Super Tuesday craziness, it’s that candidates who seemed to score big want to claim victory as a foregone conclusion, while others who didn’t show quite as strongly—like Mike Huckabee, for example—want to challenge the finality of the results.

Posted on Feb 9, 2008 READ MORE


Huck and Mac
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

The Common Enemy

After Super Tuesday, Democrats are worrying that a long Clinton-Obama contest might irreparably damage the party’s prospects in November. But, as longtime political reporter and former Los Angeles Times City Editor Bill Boyarsky points out, the bigger threat is a McCain-Huckabee ticket.

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Matt York

Conservatives Fear McCain Will Veer Left

Rush Limbaugh’s said it, and now Charles Hurt from Rupert Murdoch’s Big Apple tabloid, the New York Post, is joining in the chorus of conservatives who worry that Sen. John McCain would betray the GOP’s core right-wing base if he inches any closer to the White House.

Posted on Feb 6, 2008 READ MORE


Cindy McCain
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Being Mrs. McCain

The UK’s Times Online certainly chose a very particular frame for its profile of John McCain’s wife, Cindy, as evidenced by the headline: “Flawed Cindy McCain Has a Grudge List.”  Further down, Mrs. McCain gets a bit more credit when writer Tony Allen-Mills predicts she’d make a “formidable but flawed first lady.” There appears to be a pattern at work here.

Posted on Feb 4, 2008 READ MORE


Coulter

Coulter Would Campaign for Clinton Over McCain

OK, so clearly Ann Coulter is not above leaning heavily on hyperbole to raise a few eyebrows and sell a few books, but this time she even managed to shock us a little with her announcement on Fox’s “Hannity & Colmes” that she’d go to bat for Hillary Clinton if she’s up against John McCain for the presidency, because, Coulter said, Clinton’s “more conservative” than McCain. 

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


Giuliani
proof7.com

Giuliani to Endorse McCain

Rudy Giuliani is expected to endorse John McCain at the Reagan library in California on Wednesday. The man who suffered one of the most dramatic campaign implosions in recent memory explained his collapse to supporters this way: “You don’t always win, but you can always try to do it right, and you did.” Although doing it a bit earlier, too, wouldn’t have hurt.

Posted on Jan 29, 2008 READ MORE


McCain

McCain Predicts ‘Other Wars’

He’s not exactly clear on this point, but what Sen. John McCain doesn’t achieve through specificity he drives home through sheer repetition: America can expect “other wars” in the future. In this clip he delivers that warning to his “friends” at a campaign stop in Florida.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


McCain

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Debate in Florida

What’s to be done about the sagging U.S. economy? What’s with John McCain’s dogged insistence that we’re “succeeding” in Iraq?  Thursday night found the handful of Republican candidates still in the ‘08 race for the White House facing off in Florida.  Here’s what they had to say.

Posted on Jan 25, 2008 READ MORE


Stallone
AP photo / Lefteris Pitarakis

Rambo Adds Muscle to McCain Campaign

What is it with the, shall we say, seasoned action stars endorsing Republican presidential candidates?  First we had Huck ‘n’ Chuck, and now Sylvester Stallone has come out in support of Republican front-runner John McCain.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


Democrats in SC
AP photo / Mary Ann Chastain

Who Will Take On the Banks?

Because Dennis Kucinich was barred from the Democrats’ South Carolina debate, there was no one willing to say what Kucinich would have said: Bankers are crooks who will steal from the public unless the government holds them accountable.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Colbert

Colbert Mans the Phones for Huckabee

On behalf of his faux-fave candidate, (real) Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, pseudo-pundit Stephen Colbert performs his own brand of negative campaigning, taking to the phones to quiz voters about how their potential support for Huckabee rival John McCain might change if McCain were to have fathered an “illegitimate pirate baby,” among other alarming scenarios.

Posted on Jan 18, 2008 READ MORE


dollar
brokerforyou.com

Bush Plans Economic Intervention

What to do about the slumping U.S. economy? President Bush may disagree with congressional Democrats on dozens of issues, but he seems to agree with their call for some kind of temporary stimulus measure to be implemented as soon as possible. Bush’s potential bailout plan will likely focus on income tax rebates to inspire Americans to go out and spend for their country.

Posted on Jan 18, 2008 READ MORE


Romney in SC

Romney, Reporter Spar in a Staples Store

Following presidential candidates from state to state as they shake hands, kiss babies (and backsides, some might say, in the figurative sense) and promise to be the Best Prez Ever! must get tiresome for reporters on the campaign trail. In this clip, it’s hard to say if the grind got to AP scribe Glen Johnson or whether Mitt Romney’s claims about eschewing lobbyists made him snap.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE


Huckabee
AP photo / Alex Brandon

Huckabee on the Slippery Slope of Gay Marriage

Here’s further evidence that Mike Huckabee isn’t exactly worried about currying favor with Log Cabin Republicans: In an interview with Beliefnet.com, the conservative presidential candidate made the woefully familiar argument that condoning gay marriage is akin to condoning bestiality.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE


immigration mailer
politico.com

Romney Hits Out at Rivals Over Immigration

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is engaged in a make-or-break contest in Michigan, and his eleventh-hour mailers to supporters are striking an urgent note, as evidenced by this recent swipe at rivals John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee over their stands on immigration. 

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE


Blitzer and Romney

Romney Hazy on Torture Definition

CNN’s ubiquitous anchor Wolf Blitzer point-blanked Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney last weekend about what exactly constitutes torture and whether techniques like waterboarding are ever defensible, but Romney deferred to the popular national security rationale, implying that in “ticking time bomb” circumstances, a president may elect to use certain unpopular techniques.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE


polling booth
AP photo / Alex Brandon

Closing the Polling Gap

How to explain the discrepancy—which was, in the case of New Hampshire this week, essentially on the Democratic side of the ballot—between polling numbers and election results?  In a column, ABC News’ polling poobah, Gary Langer, makes some suggestions and calls for a “serious, critical look at the final pre-election polls in the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Ron Paul on Leno

Ron Paul Blasts Fox News on Leno

What was up with Fox News excluding Ron Paul from Sunday’s Republican debate?  Jay Leno puzzles over the network’s decision, and Paul posits some answers:  He’s a “strict constitutionalist” and anti-Iraq war.  Leno points out that Paul’s a “Republican.”  But as for Fox News higher-ups, the Texas politician responds, “They’re not.” 

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


Off the Beaten Campaign Trail

Just as the Iowa caucuses were hitting their boiling point, Truthdig’s indefatigable campaign correspondent Bill Boyarsky high-tailed it to New Hampshire to check out the next electoral battleground.  Here he takes stock of the frenetic scene he just left and looks to the future of political reporting.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


Giuliani ad

Fear-Mongering, Giuliani Style

Um, is it just us, or did Rudy Giuliani’s camp seize upon the strike-induced lull in Hollywood to hire out talent to make what looks and sounds like a Mideast-themed action movie trailer to promote his presidential campaign?  “A religion betrayed ... a nuclear power in chaos ... madmen bent on creating it. ... ”  Steven Seagal’s people should take notes from this one.

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


God and John McCain

As he addressed a room full of members of the Iowa Christian Alliance in the small city of Cedar Falls, the senator demonstrated how hard it is for him to find his way through the tangled forest of Christian right doctrine.

Posted on Jan 1, 2008 READ MORE


Huckabee

Huckabee on Homosexuality and Other ‘Aberrations’

As the primaries loom ever closer, presidential candidates are contending not only with each other, firing and deflecting accusations at a furious pace, but with themselves—scrambling to “put into context” (i.e., rationalize) things they have said, or written, as in Huckabee’s case here.

Posted on Dec 31, 2007 READ MORE


Nepalese Monarchy Ousted in Vote

Nepal’s long-standing monarchy is about to become obsolete, after more than two-thirds of the country’s provisional parliament voted to amend the constitution and give the government the power to abolish the monarchy and establish a “federal democratic republican state” instead.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton in Iowa
AP photo / M. Spencer Green

The Iowa Caucus Con

Political reporters are not widely embraced, but in Iowa, they are eagerly welcomed when they show up to cover the state’s unique system of selecting presidential nominees.  The reason is simple: The media is a co-conspirator in a con, the Iowa caucuses.

Posted on Dec 26, 2007 READ MORE


ron paul

Ron Paul Doesn’t Accept Evolution

The one and only anti-war Republican presidential candidate didn’t raise his hand when asked who doesn’t believe in evolution, but it turns out he may have wanted to. In this clip, Paul responds to a question about the incident by saying that it was an “inappropriate question,” but that “I think it’s a theory—theory of evolution—and I don’t accept it.”

Posted on Dec 22, 2007 READ MORE


huckabee
AP photo / Charlie Neibergall

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


poster
huffingtonpost.com

Postering for Change in ‘08

It’s hard to limit oneself to just a couple dozen names, slogans and events representing the worst of the Bush years, but that’s what the folks at The Huffington Post have done for a postering campaign designed to promote Democratic candidates and shame Team Bush for its transgressions.

Posted on Dec 15, 2007 READ MORE


Romney and Huckabee
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Campaign ‘08 Rocked by Outbreak of Accountability

It’s not at all shocking when candidates and their assorted aides take pot shots at each other as they slog through the long and dirty campaign trail, but it’s at least a bit surprising when they ‘fess up to it.  That’s just what happened— twice! —in about 24 hours.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE


Romney
AP photo / Charlie Neibergall

Romney Gets National Review’s Vote

Much like actors around Oscar time, presidential candidates may pooh-pooh the value of media endorsements but they’ll quietly eat their hearts out if those approbations go to someone else.  Thanks to a nod from the National Review, Mitt Romney is feeling loved, at least for the moment.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani

Giuliani:  Military Action Against Iran Not Off the Table

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani went on “Meet the Press” on Sunday to talk about his chances for winning the nomination (he’s ahead in some states) and his stance on several key issues, including the U.S.‘s relations with Iran. It looks like he’s still siding with the hawks. 

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Oh My God, What a Ticket!

In a bold move that could dramatically alter the playing field of the 2008 GOP presidential race, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has named Jesus Christ as his vice presidential running mate.

Posted on Dec 9, 2007 READ MORE


huckabee
msnbc.msn.com

Huckabee v. Huffington

The gloves are off in a throwdown between Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Huffington Post creator Arianna Huffington over a low point in Huckabee’s career as governor of Arkansas.  The controversy concerns the Huffington Post’s coverage of the part Huckabee played in the release of serial rapist Wayne Dumond, whose time in prison clearly didn’t rehabilitate him.

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


Romney’s Walk on a Tightrope

The former Massachusetts governor must stop the advance of presidential rival and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee, but he has to tread a careful line in addressing religious issues.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


Romney
AP photo / David J. Phillip

Romney Woos Wary Voters With Faith-Based Appeal

Now that rival Republican presidential hopeful (and Baptist minister) Mike Huckabee is getting traction in Iowa polls, Mitt Romney has attempted to pull a JFK by giving a speech Thursday targeting voters concerned about his Mormonism. Romney pledged that church authorities wouldn’t influence his presidential decisions, while also declaring that he endeavors to “live by” his faith and be “true to” his beliefs.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


Ron Paul on CNN

Ron Paul Calls CNN Out for Being ‘Biased’ in Debate

Boy, was CNN ever psyched about a Ron Paul interview they had on their site—a major traffic driver for CNN.com!—the day of the CNN/YouTube Republican debate, CNN’s John Roberts tells Paul in this clip from the channel’s post-debate coverage Wednesday.  Paul, seemingly nonplused, points out that he was summarily and unfairly ignored until close to the end and gets in a few digs at his fellow candidates.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Va. Republican Party logo
rpv.org

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


Dean and snowman

Howard Dean’s Personalized Query to GOP Debaters

Howard Dean knows a thing or two about the perils of the campaign trail.  Here, the man who emitted the deadliest scream in American political history wonders why any of the Republican presidential hopefuls taking the stage in Wednesday’s CNN/YouTube debate consider themselves candidates of change.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
foxnews.com

Giuliani ‘Even More Certain’ Now About Iraq War

Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani clearly shares a particular personality trait with President Bush:  the kind of unassailable certainty that even evidence to the contrary can’t uproot.  Take his position on the Iraq war, for example, which he still believes—even more so, now—was the right move for the U.S. to have made.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


Trent Lott
blogs.southflorida.com

Trent Lott to Resign

The Senate’s second-ranking Republican is expected to announce that he will resign by year’s end. Trent Lott’s health is fine, but he wishes to pursue “other opportunities,” a congressional official said. Lott famously put his foot in his mouth in 2002 when he said the country would have been better off had Strom Thurmond won his segregationist bid for the presidency. Update: Money and politics are likely to blame (or thank).

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Gives Thanks

The satirist imagines what the president might be thankful for. A compliant Congress, perhaps? A lack of impeachment proceedings? Jena’s book deal?

Posted on Nov 23, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. soldiers
boston.com

Ron Paul:  Iraq War Will Cost $3.5 Trillion

It’s difficult to fully comprehend the total price tag of the Iraq war, but Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has made some staggering calculations, coming up with a whopping $3.5 trillion—including “hidden costs” such as interest on the money we’re borrowing, and long-term health care for vets. 

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


Fox News logo
postpolitical.com

Poking Holes in Fox News’ Mythology of Objectivity

This is certainly a point that has been made before, but the Guardian’s Michael Tomasky performed his own journalistic audit on the U.S.‘s Fox News network, starting with the conservative channel’s overt claims of offering “fair and balanced” news coverage, and finds that it falls short of its mission statement about spin-free reporting. 

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Grammer
AP photo / Charles Dharapak, File

Hollywood Conservatives Keep a Low Profile

It’s relatively easy to drum up a list of high-flying entertainers who have publicly backed a Democratic politician in recent years (if not weeks)—Oprah, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and others readily come to mind—but their conservative counterparts are much harder to ID without resorting to a Google search.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007 READ MORE


Hannity and Giuliani
AP photo / Adam Rountree

Deconstructing Rudy

As mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani honed his skills in creating a public persona that obscured some of his less savory behind-the-scenes activities.  But now, Giuliani’s facing serious resistance from the likes of filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who’s turning his lens on the wily GOP candidate in a series of Web-ready shorts.

Posted on Nov 10, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
AP photo / Erik Perel

Krugman Blasts Giuliani for Prostate Prevarications

Rudy Giuliani’s factually challenged claims about how he probably would have fared in his battle against prostate cancer had he sought treatment in Britain instead of America might have raised only a small stir, but, for his part, columnist Paul Krugman thinks it should have been a much bigger deal.

Posted on Nov 2, 2007 READ MORE


Questioning Adoption-Abortion Link

One of the right wing’s most frequently invoked alternatives to abortion is adoption—but, as an Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times points out, the relationship between the two choices is not at all as direct or demonstrable as some politicians, such as Rudy Giuliani, have made it seem.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert
indecision2008.com

Colbert Ahead of 3 Democrats in Presidential Poll

Stephen Colbert’s presidential campaign—a compellingly postmodern play on identity and politics (or something like that)—is apparently being taken seriously enough by the polling firm Public Opinion Strategies to merit Colbert’s inclusion in the lineup of candidates the firm is currently tracking.  Here’s how the TV comedian—who says he’s running as both a Democrat and a Republican—is doing in the race for White House glory.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


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