McCain’s New Recruit to Savage Rice

30 November 2012 |permalink | email article

JOINING the dynamic duo of John McCain and Lindsay Graham in their Washington meeting this week to discredit Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations over what she said about the attack on the U.S. consulate in… read full story

Susan Rice’s World VIew

29 November 2012 |permalink | email article

As Nicholas Lemann notes in The New Yorker why is there a gathering storm of opposition to the prospect of Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador, becoming Secretary of State? Rice is as much a child of the Washington establishment… read full story

Benghazi Blame: McCain, Graham Fight On

28 November 2012 |permalink | email article

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a Democrat turned independent, retires in January, so the Senate’s foreign policy trio becomes a Republican duo with Sen. John McCain and Lindsay Graham. Their relentless attack Tuesday on Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to… read full story

Obama: Follow Jefferson’s Food as Social Tool

27 November 2012 |permalink | email article

Maureen Dowd fretted in her New York Times column on Sunday that President Obama gets tangled up in his head –trying to decide if he’s too noble to play politics or if spending some evenings schmoozing and flattering them… read full story

Lincoln, Liberty and Two Americas

26 November 2012 |permalink | email article

Charles M. Blow reprises the opening words of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The New York Times columnist suggests that they seem eerily prescient today because once again the country finds itself increasingly divided and pondering the future of this… read full story

Christie Hails Obama but No GOP Hugs

21 November 2012 |permalink | email article

A Few Days after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the shores of New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie picked up the phone to address another kind of recovery: taming the Republican Party fury over his effusive embrace of President Obama. Christie called… read full story

Red States Turning Blue: New GOP Platform?

20 November 2012 |permalink | email article

BEFORE the 2012 presidential election was called Bill O’Reilly, after acknowledging that the demographics are changing, offered the following explanation for the Obama victory: “It’s not a traditional America anymore.” As Ryan Lizza wrote in The New Yorker, as… read full story

How the GOP Misread Obama’s Win

19 November 2012 |permalink | email article

Frank Rich, writing about Fantasyland in New York magazine, describes how denial has poisoned the GOP and threatens the rest of the country too. Turns out the most histrionic indicator of the GOP’s Establishment’s enlistment in the post-fact alternative… read full story

Romney’s Ugly Vision of Politics

16 November 2012 |permalink | email article

During the campaign Mitt Romney made a lot of promises to seniors: restoring Obama’s $716 billion Medicare cuts; unlike Obama not a single change to Medicare or Social Security for 10 years. The rich would get a lower tax… read full story

Obama vs. McCain and Graham Poisons

15 November 2012 |permalink | email article

The most striking moment at President Obama’s press conference Wednesday was when he went after Sens Lindsey Graham (R. S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) in no uncertain terms. Like badly spoiled children both made it clear that they wouldn’t… read full story

Krugman on Deficit Hawks

14 November 2012 |permalink | email article

The commendable thing about Paul Krugman, the liberal New York Times columnist, is that he is not afraid to challenge the self-styled deficit hawks that have convinced much of our political class that deficits rather than jobs should be… read full story

Let the Republican Civil War Begin

13 November 2012 |permalink | email article

Since President Obama was elected in 2008 he has been the leader most capable of unifying the fractious Republican Party. But the party now finds itself more divided than ever with potent demographical shifts, setting the stage between those… read full story

GOP Reconsiders Immigration Reform

12 November 2012 |permalink | email article

AFTER a presidential campaign in which Latino voters rewarded Presidential Obama while punishing Republicans for their positions on illegal immigration, party leaders abruptly shifted course, saying they could support some kind of legislation. The prospects for a 2013 overhaul… read full story

Looking Ahead

11 November 2012 |permalink | email article

Much of the American electorate after the presidential campaign is weary about politics. But not for the prolific pollsters at Public Policy Polling. Has the 2016 race for the White House already started?

The Democratic-leaning firm gave Talking Points… read full story

The Right Hated Mitt But Loves Ryan

09 November 2012 |permalink | email article

Mitt Romney’s loss to a Democratic president is certain to spur an internecine struggle over the future of the Republican Party as it begins to retool and focus on the 2016 election. A prescient ‘Mr. Right’ cover piece by… read full story

Obama Wins Swing States; Republicans In Disarray

07 November 2012 |permalink | email article

President Obama gets a second chance to catch up to his epochal vision—and find a place in history. But first, as The Washington Post wrote ”Can the same president build a new landscape in binding together a deeply divided… read full story

Final Pew Poll: Obama Has ‘Modest Lead’

05 November 2012 |permalink | email article

Barack Obama heads into Election Day having regained a “modest” 3-point lead over Mitt Romney, according to the final election poll by the Pew Research Center. The poll, released Sunday afternoon, gives Obama a 50-to-45 edge among likely voters… read full story

Karl Rove; Sandy; Gallup Poll

04 November 2012 |permalink | email article

With the election three days off, a growing chorus of Republican operatives and strategists believe that Hurricane Sandy may be the game changer in the presidential campaign. GOP strategist Karl Rove, George W. Bush’s brain, who called the race… read full story

Polls: Romney’s Last Hurrah?

03 November 2012 |permalink | email article

President Obama is now better than a 4-in-5 chance to win the Electoral College, according to Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight forecast in The New York Times. His chances of winning it increased to 83.7 percent on Friday, his highest figure… read full story

Climate Change Bloomberg Backs Obama

02 November 2012 |permalink | email article

THE COUNTRY now knows that Hurricane Sandy turned out to be the “October Surprise” in the 2012 presidential election. Columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, in The New York Times, wrote that President Obama and Mitt Romney seemed determined not to… read full story

For Obama, Commnder-in-Chief Moment

01 November 2012 |permalink | email article

WHEN the Republican National Convention convened in Tampa in late summer New Jersey’s firebrand Gov. Chris Christie delivered the keynote address with a rousing address attacking President Barack Obama’s leadership. Switch reels to the devastating assault by ‘Hurricane Sandy’… read full story

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