Romney’s Foreign Policy: Scalia and Broccoli

31 March 2012 |permalink | email article

Mitt Romney is trumpeting that the general election campaign has already begun, demanding that Barack Obama release all his transcripts of meetings with foreign leaders. In turn Democrats are demanding that Romney release his tax returns. The Democratic National… read full story

Fallout in Court’s Ruling: Pyrrhic GOP Win?

30 March 2012 |permalink | email article

BOTH PARTIES brace for the fallout in the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama’s health care law. One thing that’s clear is there will be substantial fallout regardless of how the court rules. The White House and the president’s… read full story

Roberts Court on Trial

29 March 2012 |permalink | email article

If the Affordable Care Act suffers the same schismatic 5-to-4 blow sustained by the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law in the Citizens United case—critics will accuse the Roberts Court of rigging the game and covering their power play with constitutional… read full story

John Roberts ‘Obama’ Care Reasoning

28 March 2012 |permalink | email article

Washington Post’s Ezra Klein noted in a quick read that Tuesday went very badly for supporters of the individual mandate. As an experienced Supreme Court watcher tweeted, “Paul Clement—the attorney arguing against the health care law—gave the best argument… read full story

Health Care Hearings: Day Two

27 March 2012 |permalink | email article

THE MOST clarifying development Monday was that the Supreme Court seemed ready to clear away the remaining obstacle to a historic ruling on President Obama’s health care overhaul. The justices’ questions suggested that they were receptive to a point… read full story

SCOTUS: Affordable Care Act; Ryan Budget

26 March 2012 |permalink | email article

SINGLE-PAYER health care and Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget—and the insurance markets in both plans—are essentially identical. The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein offers a clarifying road map about a single-payer plan to health care: The Affordable Care Act, while… read full story

Mitt Cinch in Calif; Passion Gap Huge

25 March 2012 |permalink | email article

California Republicans, slowly becoming a vanishing breed, are getting behind Mitt Romney as the national frontrunner leads his rivals by double digits. He gets 42% of registered Republican voters, with Rick Santorum trailing by 15 points according to a… read full story

O44: Swing State Leads

24 March 2012 |permalink | email article

IN four core states President Obama holds modest leads over both Republican frontrunners in hypothetical Election 2012 matchups in combined polling of the key swing states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. The survey was conducted of 500 likely… read full story

For Romney, Gaffes Just Multiply

23 March 2012 |permalink | email article

THE COUNTRY is beginning to appreciate how easy it is to throw Javelin, Mitt Romney’s Secret Service code name, off stride. On Thursday in Baltimore he praised former President George W. Bush, not President Obama, for averting a second… read full story

Paul Ryan And The Poor

22 March 2012 |permalink | email article

The House Budget chairman, outlining his latest budget proposal in the House TV studio Tuesday morning, made clear that the policies of the Republican presidential nominees “perfectly jibe” with his plan. The budget guru had to be cheered because… read full story

Romney Wins; Race Could Extend To 6/26

21 March 2012 |permalink | email article

EXIT POLLS showed that Mitt Romney easily won the Illinois Republican primary Tuesday, claiming that he has the best chance to defeat President Obama and erase doubts that among conservatives that dominate the heart of the party. He broke… read full story

New GOP Health Scam: Mediscare?

20 March 2012 |permalink | email article

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, in a column last week asked a central question: Are Republicans really ready to be trusted with power?  He referred to what happened on the third floor of the Capitol last week when four… read full story

Mitt on Afghanistan: Not Enough Info?

19 March 2012 |permalink | email article

MORE than a decade into the war in Afghanistan—America’s longest—Mitt Romney still does not have enough information to “take a stand” on whether U.S. troops should remain or continue to withdraw on the timetable set by President Obama. In… read full story

Romney, Fox News Blitz

18 March 2012 |permalink | email article

MITT Romney again demonstrated Friday in Puerto Rico that he is one of the most inarticulate speakers in modern American politics. Arriving in San Juan he spoke for just six minutes, heaping praise on Gov. Luis Fortuno, a Romney… read full story

Obama-Biden 2012; Gingrich: Net Zero

16 March 2012 |permalink | email article

The blue-collar re-election campaign Thursday finally unleashed its attack dog, Vice President Joe Biden, who eagerly jumped into the fray. In Toledo he focused on the president’s courageous “spine of steel” rescue saved the American auto makers General Motors… read full story

Women’s Rights, GOP Cavemen

15 March 2012 |permalink | email article

Maureen Dowd’s biting column notes that while Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State has fought for women’s rights around the world who would have dreamed that she would have to fight for them at home? At the Women in… read full story

Obama Wins, Loses; Rick Defies Odds

14 March 2012 |permalink | email article

044’s approval rating slipped in three major polls from Feb. 8-13, showing notable weakness on both the economy and foreign policy, with rising gas and fuel prices overseas the big elephant. At the same time, while locked in a… read full story

Losers: Palin and Buchanan

13 March 2012 |permalink | email article

SHE has made a big issue out of the fact that all the major Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential nomination have been thoroughly vetted by the news media. She’s fond of complaining that President Obama escaped any serious… read full story

Swing Women Voters: Fleeing the GOP?

12 March 2012 |permalink | email article

THE SUDDEN RETURN of the “culture wars” over the rights of women on contraception and their place in society has resulted in an abrupt shift by some independent women and moderate Republican women to switch sides and consider voting… read full story

Game Change: The Film

11 March 2012 |permalink | email article

“I’m Not Going to watch it,” Sen. John McCain said on “Fox News Sunday” about “Game Change,” the best seller about the 2008 presidential campaign by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann which HBO Films made into a movie… read full story

Tea Party and Mitt; Death Penalty

11 March 2012 |permalink | email article

POLLS suggest that so far Willard Mitt Romney has done better in New Hampshire, Florida, Nevada, Michigan, Arizona and Ohio with those voters who somewhat support the Tea Party more than those who strongly support it. Despite that, he… read full story

Mitt Invites Snooze; Rove: O44 Worried?

09 March 2012 |permalink | email article

Robert Shrum, the veteran Democratic sage, believes that Romney has a near lock for the Republican nomination in Tampa, but also thinks it strengthens Democratic chances not just in 2012 but in 2016. The Ohio exit polls were not… read full story

Rick and Newt Spar; Mitt’s CNBC Hint

08 March 2012 |permalink | email article

Santorum and Gingrich have a common problem: which one can vanquish the other and emerge as the alternative to Mitt Romney whose lead is piling up in the delegate race for the Republican nomination.
While Santorum insists he’s… read full story

044 Steals GOP Thunder Over Iran

07 March 2012 |permalink | email article

President Obama, his first news conference this year, forcefully rebuked Republicans on the campaign trail and in Congress for “beating the drums of war.” In a withering retort he said “Those folks don’t have a lot of responsibilities. They’re… read full story

McCain: Airstrikes to Oust Assad?

06 March 2012 |permalink | email article

THE war hawk just can’t seem to get enough of committing the country to fresh wars of intervention. On Monday the Arizona senator became the first to call for airstrikes against Syria, blaming President Obama for taking too weak… read full story

Super Tuesday Preview; Rick, Born Again

05 March 2012 |permalink | email article

AFTER sweeps in winning Michigan and Arizona on the same day the question is can Mitt Romney deliver a resounding knockout on Super Tuesday? In New York magazine John Heilemann writes the likelihood of delivering a KO or even… read full story

Obama, Netanyahu, Iran and the Bomb

04 March 2012 |permalink | email article

O44 addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Sunday in advance of his high-stakes meeting Monday in Washington with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The U.S. military is prepared to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, he said,… read full story

Romney: A Parody Gone Instantly Viral

03 March 2012 |permalink | email article

“I was born and raised here. I love this state. It seems right here. Trees are the right height. I like seeing lakes. I love the lakes. The Great Lakes, but also the little inland lakes that dot parts… read full story

Obama’s Fast Start; Women and Limbaugh

02 March 2012 |permalink | email article

HERE’S the question: Is President Obama channeling Ronald Reagan with strong echoes of the Gipper’s 1984 re-election campaign? No, it’s not “Morning in America” again but, in a sense, the view is that Obama is offering a contrast to… read full story

Mitt: Genuflection to Right-Wing Base?

01 March 2012 |permalink | email article

JIM Rutenberg, in the New York Times, notes Mitt Romney faces the same stubborn question: can the former governor with a history of ideological migration win the nomination in the Tea Party era, with all its demands of political… read full story

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