Mitt by 15? Rush’s Decision Unclear

31 January 2012 |permalink | email article

FUNNY thing happened on the way to the ballot box today in Florida. As Nate Silver’s Political Calculus in the New York Times posted late Monday he noted a wide diversity of results, even among polls that were in… read full story

Nomination Fight: No Mitt Slam Dunk

30 January 2012 |permalink | email article

ANY THOUGHT Mitt Romney’s predicted double-digit win over Newt Gingrich tomorrow in Florida’s primary may hasten the end of the nomination battle is grossly overstated. On “Meet the Press” Romney’s surrogate, Sen. John McCain, could hardly contain his glee… read full story

Newt as Mao? Florida GOP War

29 January 2012 |permalink | email article

Ron Brownstein’s insightful NationalJournal column, the Return of a Revolutionary, discussed Newt Gingrich as simply not learning on the fly how to play an insurgent. His 2012 revival draws on the skills he honed 30 years ago on Congress’s… read full story

No Debate Winner: Romney Rising

27 January 2012 |permalink | email article

THE last Republican debate in Jacksonville, Fla. before Tuesday’s primary on CNN produced no knockout. Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney tangled on Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac investments but the former Massachusetts governor won the applause game, relentlessly pushing Newt for… read full story

State of the Union 2012

26 January 2012 |permalink | email article

THREE of the nation’s leading newspapers had similar reactions to President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night—good but still a long way to go with a blue-collar speech aimed at winning over swing voters in November—New… read full story

SOTU: A Return to American Values

25 January 2012 |permalink | email article

President Obama won’t be visiting Kansas soon again but the class-struggle theme he struck there last month in a speech modeled on Theodore Roosevelt’s fairness philosophy formed the basis of his election-year State of the Union address Tuesday night.… read full story

Mitt Regains MoJo; Newt’s Unforced Error

24 January 2012 |permalink | email article

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich exchanged fire in Monday night’s GOP debate in Tampa but the former Massachusetts governor got in the first direct hit within the minutes with a full-out attack on the former House speaker. Mitt said… read full story

How Obama Will Outsmart His Critics

23 January 2012 |permalink | email article

ANDREW SULLIVAN, in a widely read and long discussed article in The Daily Beast on Jan. 15, wrote that President Obama’s long game may just end up outsmarting all his critics. The right calls him a socialist, the left… read full story

Big Newt Win; GOP In Disarray

22 January 2012 |permalink | email article

GINGRICH, with 53% of South Carolina voters making their decision in the last few days, upset presumed frontrunner Mitt Romney and now rolls on to Florida after his crucial “Meet The Press” appearance Sunday—10 days before the Sunshine State… read full story

Last Debate: A Donnybrook

20 January 2012 |permalink | email article

NEWT GINGRICH went nuclear in the last debate in South Carolina Thursday night, lashing out at a television network for airing a damaging interview with his ex-wife, while another led off with making the issue a question. As Politico… read full story

Adios and Back to 1861

19 January 2012 |permalink | email article

Read ‘em and weep

Let us not allow Rick Perry to exit stage right—far right—without a final word or two. What can be said about a man who burst onto the national scene by toying with succession, as if… read full story

O44: Fierce Urgency for Real Jobs

19 January 2012 |permalink | email article

PRESIDENT OBAMA, who signed the payroll tax cut bill last month, was given until Feb. 21 to decide on the Keystone XL pipeline. He rejected it on the basis that it is not enough time to complete the required… read full story

‘Romney Rule’

18 January 2012 |permalink | email article

MITT remains closer to releasing his tax returns in the spring, but on Tuesday he confirmed the crown jewel that Democrats have been salivating about—he pays an effective tax rate of about just 15 percent. He remains unclear which… read full story

The End Of All This

17 January 2012 |permalink | email article

Jon Huntsman, his once promising Presidential run in ruins, withdrew from the race Monday asking the five remaining candidates to end their negative ads and speak directly to Americans “about how our conservative ideas will create jobs and reduce… read full story

Romney: Strong in South Carolina, Beyond

16 January 2012 |permalink | email article

TWO influential South Carolina Republicans said Sunday that if front runner Mitt Romney wins the state primary the race for the Republican presidential nomination is over, despite the apparent failure by splintered evangelicals to rally behind third place Rick… read full story

Conservatives Back Rick Santorum

15 January 2012 |permalink | email article

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum won the endorsement Saturday of more than 150 conservative evangelical leaders gathered in Texas in a last-minute effort to help the socially conservative candidate defeat frontrunner Mitt Romney in South Carolina and beyond.
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Romney Unbeatable But Yes, Could Lose

13 January 2012 |permalink | email article

Is the race for the Republican nomination all but over? Polls in advance of Florida primary on Jan. 31 primary —10 days after South Carolina—suggest Mitt Romney, with 41 percent, and trailed by Newt Gingrich (19) and Rick Santorum… read full story

Scalia and the Health Care Mandate

12 January 2012 |permalink | email article

Some time in June the Supreme Court is likely to rule on whether the Supreme Court will vote to overturn the health care’s reform law’s requirement that Americans buy health insurance. Antonin Scalia, a Reagan-appointed justice and staunch Republican,… read full story

Mitt’s Conservative Problems

11 January 2012 |permalink | email article

Romney, after his solid victory in New Hampshire said in South Carolina that he will focus in the Jan. 21 primary on economic rather than social issues while cryptically noting that he is not running for “pastor in chief.”… read full story

Mitt: Job Killer at Bain Capital?

10 January 2012 |permalink | email article

Romney, on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, has come under intensifying attacks from his opponents—notably Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman, for his long involvement with the Bain Capital investment firm. He led the firm from its 1984… read full story

Religion Aside, Vatican Ambassadors Back Mitt

09 January 2012 |permalink | email article

Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith doesn’t concern five former Catholic ambassadors to the Vatican who endorsed him for President, Forbes reported in a little noticed story on Saturday. The ambassadors—most notably conservative scholar Mary Ann Glendon—said in a joint statement… read full story

NBC Debate: Mitt’s Teflon Quality Gone

08 January 2012 |permalink | email article

What a difference in tone and content between Saturday night’s ABC Republican presidential candidate debate in New Hampshire and Sunday’s on NBC. Whereas Mitt Romney emerged untouched in the first encounter his five rivals pounced on “Meet the Press.”… read full story

Romney Untouched in ABC Debate

08 January 2012 |permalink | email article

All the hype about ABC’s Republican primary debate in New Hampshire on Saturday night did nothing to change the perception that Mitt Romney so far remains unscathed in the race to face Barack Obama in the general election. Panelists… read full story

Obama: GOP Ideology vs. Middle Class

06 January 2012 |permalink | email article

President Obama touched off an election-year firestorm with Congressional Republicans on Wednesday, defying their strong opposition to appoint Richard Cordray as director of the new consumer protection agency without Senate approval under the constitutional provision for making appointments when… read full story

God, Man and Campaign 2012

05 January 2012 |permalink | email article

Amy Davidson, in The New Yorker, raises the question of whether a Catholic or Mormon can win over the Republican Party’s evangelical basis. An excerpt: We are more than a half century removed from John F. Kennedy’s campaign to… read full story

GOP Race: On to New Hampshire

04 January 2012 |permalink | email article

Several takeaways from the Iowa caucuses: 1. Mitt Romney managed to win by eight votes, a single decimal point, over Rick Santorum; 2. He eliminated his major foe, the other Rick, Texas Gov. Perry, who’s suspended his campaign and… read full story

Iowa: Mitt Edge, Rick Closing

03 January 2012 |permalink | email article

GALLUP notes that this is the most volatile Republican nomination contest since pollsters started tracking front-runners decades ago. It’s the first such contest since 1964 when the party had so many candidates in serious contention for the nomination—in 1963… read full story

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