Romney Makes Case For Change; Eastwood Bombs

31 August 2012 |permalink | email article

With 67 days remaining before Election Day. the presidential election has essentially been locked in place, with both sides hoping to grab a small slice of the electorate that is still undecided in fewer than a dozen states that… read full story

Ryan, Attack Dog, Gambles On Medicare

30 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, whose radical budget plans have come to define conservative opposition to President Obama’s governing philosophy accepted the Republican vice-presidential nomination on Wednesday as his party embraced an enormous gamble that small-government principles he… read full story

Chris and Ann: Hard and Soft

29 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Chris Christie, the tough-guy governor of New Jersey, tardily extolled Mitt Romney in his keynote address as an exceptional leader willing to speak hard truths to a nation weary of President Obama and ready to make a much-needed change.… read full story

Storm Rewrites Script; Restive Delegates

28 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Hopes by Mitt Romney for a highly disciplined and scripted nominating convention in Tampa faded Monday for two reasons; a tropical storm barreling toward New Orleans expected to strengthen into a hurricane—and concerns by convention organizers about some restive… read full story

Will Mitt Show Us Who He Is?

27 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Tropical Storm Isaac aside, Romney is being advised that he needs to be more combative against President Obama to appeal to white, working class voters and convince them he is the winning answer to their economic frustrations. What’s happened… read full story

Convention: ‘Birther’ Issue Returns

25 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Romney made a joke about his birth certificate at a rally in Commerce. Mich. on Friday. Recalling his Michigan roots he said, “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know this is the place that we… read full story

Polls: O44 Trusted on Medicare; McCaskill Suprise

24 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Romney-Ryan proposal to reshape Medicare by giving future beneficiaries fixed amounts of money to buy health care is deeply unpopular in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin. New polls find that likely voters in each state trust President Obama to handle… read full story

Mitt’s All-In Move: Ryan Ratings Flop

23 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Nate Silver’s ‘Political Calculus’, in The New York Times last week, is instructive in understanding Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate. The last five Republican vice-presidential candidates have all been quite conservative. But the four… read full story

GOP: Abortion Key Campaign Issue

22 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Rep. Todd Akin vowed to stay in Missouri’s Senate race on Tuesday as a number of former Missouri senators, led by Missouri Republican Sen., Roy Blunt called on him to exit. But Akin told conservative talk show host Mike… read full story

GOP Panic: Missouri Abortion Issue

21 August 2012 |permalink | email article

In a blow to the Romney-Ryan ticket top Republican leaders in the Senate moved at flank speed to nudge Rep. Todd Akin out of his Senate race in Missouri after he made explosive comments about rape. But the six-term… read full story

Debate Uproar; Romney Cuts; Catholics/Mormons

20 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Complaints are rife about the choice of moderators for the presidential debates, a time-honored tradition of the fall election season. Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer will preside over two presidential debates; CNN’s Candy Crowley over a third ; and… read full story

Ryan and Hume: The Art of Evasion

19 August 2012 |permalink | email article

In poker, as Washington Post columnist Matt Miller describes it, a “tell” is the physical giveaway or tic that lets you know someone in lying about his or her hand. In politics it’s the mode of evasion a politician… read full story

Ryan’s Budget: Protecting The Poor?

17 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Sister Simone Campbell, leader of the recent “Nuns on the Bus” tour across the country, is stepping up her campaign against Mitt Romney’s running mate, targeting Paul Ryan’s proposed budget plan. She says she’s on a mission to protect… read full story

GOP Pros Fret Over Mitt’s Risk With Ryan

16 August 2012 |permalink | email article

As Politico reported there’s almost a unanimous belief among Republican operatives that Romney has taken a risk in tapping Paul Ryan whose vocal views on overhauling Medicare will hurt other GOP candidates in critical House and Senate races. Mark… read full story

Ayn Rand: Her Influence on Paul Ryan

15 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Ryan Lizza’s compelling article in The New Yorker (August 6) underscores the profound influence that libertarian Ayn Rand had on shaping Paul Ryan’s political mindset. After reading “Atlas Shrugged, “he told Lizza, “Wow. I’ve got to check out this… read full story

Adelson, China, Fed Probe: Ryan in Vegas

14 August 2012 |permalink | email article

When Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire Sands casino magnate needed something done in China, he often turned to his company’s “chief Beijing representative,” a mysterious businessman named Yang Saixin As he told The New York Times in a recent interview… read full story

Two Introverts, Two Space Ships: One Has Edge

13 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Odd as it may seem, discomfort and disbelief have become factors in the race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the fall campaign, two recent polls indicate. A Fox News poll asked “Regardless of how you would vote,… read full story

Ryan, His Budget and Romney Gamble

12 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Romney’s choice of Ryan as his running mate, forced by the conservative right wing with assistance from The Wall Street Journal and the National Review, is a bold but risky move. Two months after the House passed the 2012… read full story

The Right Wants Ryan as Veep

10 August 2012 |permalink | email article

The good news for Mitt is that Romney supporters are increasingly getting behind he presumptive Republican nominee.  But the bad news in a new CNN poll is that his unfavorable rating is up, most Americans think the Republican challenger… read full story

In Romney World Signs Of Collapse

09 August 2012 |permalink | email article

ABC News/Washington Post: A new poll shows Mitt Romney’s not just treading water, he’s underwater when it comes to personal favorability as the clock ticks down to Election Day. 40 percent of Americans view Romney favorably while 49 percent… read full story

Mitt’s Running Mate: Betting On Portman

08 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Gamblers, in new twist, have moved from waging on sports to making their predictions on politics, in this case —betting on veepstakes, as reported by ABC News’ Amy Bingham. The focus appears to be on Tim Pawlenty or Rob… read full story

Veepstakes Derby: Boring Or Bold?

07 August 2012 |permalink | email article

The next big thing in the 2012 presidential campaign, as The New York Times reported Monday, will be Mitt Romney’s choice of a running mate. Several possible announcement dates have been advanced.  Early This Week would be a surprise.… read full story

Dog Days of August: Mitt’s Heavy Workload

06 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Let’s face it. The most that can be send about how Romney fared in July is that he survived. As Dan Balz pointed out in The Washington Post the stakes have dramatically raised for what the presumptive Republican presidential… read full story

WSJ: Las Vegas Sands U.S. Money-Laundering Probe

05 August 2012 |permalink | email article

The Las Vegas Sands, controlled by billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, is the target of a federal investigation into possible violations of U.S. money-laundering laws, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. The Los Angeles U.S. attorney’s office is looking… read full story

Polls: Obama Lead, Electorial College Edge

03 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Barack Obama’s standing in the FiveThirtyEight forecast by the New York Times’s Nate Silver indicates the President’s standing this week as a result of favorable polls in a set of swing states. The forecast now gives Obama a 70.8… read full story

Three Faces of Romney

02 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Last Sunday, as Talking Points Memo assured us, Mitt Romney boldly declared that Israel’s economic superiority over the Palestinians was due to its culture. On Tuesday morning he dismissed any notion that he had even discussed Palestinian culture. On… read full story

Romney: Qualified To Be President?

01 August 2012 |permalink | email article

Though his advisers keep putting Romney in a message box, he keeps bursting out with gaffes, Robert Shrum writes in The Daily Beast. Romney was programmed to be gaffe-free as he made a political pilgrimage to the Holy Land… read full story

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