Republican Establishment Crawling Back to Todd Akin

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 12:13 pm

Here comes the calvary. I mentioned this morning that Todd Akin passed the deadline to take his name off the ballot in the Missouri Senate race. Claire McCaskill’s campaign immediately responded with a hard-hitting ad bringing up the “legitimate rape” comments, which they had held off from using previously, before Akin’s place on the ballot [...]

Day 1, RNC: Random Thoughts

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 6:21 am

Some of these you may have picked up from my Twitter feed, which is where I’m likely to be camped for every day of this affair, but just in case you missed it: • I’m not totally certain, but I believe the theme for the night was “We Built It,” which is half a quote [...]

Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 11:35 am

Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign in a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania today. CNN first reported that he would suspend the campaign. The move assures the already-evident reality that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for President in 2012. Santorum said that the Good Friday hospitalization of his daughter Bella brought things into perspective, [...]

Romney’s Auto Rescue Double-Down: Favoring Banks Over Health Care

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 8:17 am

Mitt Romney, struggling to regain the lead from Rick Santorum in national polls and facing a serious deficit in the key primary state of Michigan, has doubled down on his position against the auto industry rescue, arguing that the industry should have gone through a “managed bankruptcy,” mainly to squeeze out the United Auto Workers: [...]

Republicans Cannot Handle Decent Jobs Reports

By: Friday January 6, 2012 11:37 am

Look, there are plenty of ways to downplay the December jobs report, if that’s your goal. It’s a modestly good report, but there’s plenty to concern yourself with in the numbers, as Jared Bernstein points out. We’re still well off from getting back to a normal unemployment rate, the quality of jobs being added fall [...]

Relative to GOP Field, Romney Tax Plan Gives Less to the Rich

By: Friday January 6, 2012 10:14 am

Since Mitt Romney will in all likelihood be the Republican nominee for President this year (especially given his surge in South Carolina), it’s worth noting his tax plan, which the Tax Policy Center estimates will save $82,000 for every wage earner in the top 1%, while actually raising taxes slightly at the bottom of the [...]

Looks Like Bachmann, Perry Out After Iowa

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 6:55 am

I mostly agree with Jon Walker’s take on the Iowa caucus results, and the eight-vote victory for Mitt Romney. It’s not clear Rick Santorum, to this point completely un-vetted by conservative or traditional media, will have the staying power or the resources to hang with Romney. I thought of half a dozen things off the [...]

Santorum’s America: No Birth Control but Lots of Free Money for Babies

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 12:16 pm

With Rick Santorum poised to do well in Iowa today and perhaps play at least a barely-plausible role as an anti-Romney challenger for the GOP nomination, it’s worth looking for a moment at his priorities. Santorum’s tax policy would probably cause less inequality than his rivals. He wouldn’t eliminate the capital gains tax, only reduce [...]

Will the Iowa Caucuses Get Determined By a Flawed Poll?

By: Monday January 2, 2012 11:12 am

Tomorrow’s Iowa caucuses are the big political story of the day, and try as I might to ignore them, it’s difficult. The latest polls show a three-way race between Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. In political terms that’s great news for Romney, because the other two candidates in Iowa don’t have the funding [...]

Republican Presidential Debate In New Hampshire: Let the Disappointed Shrugs Begin!

By: Monday June 13, 2011 4:38 pm

Tonight at 8pm ET, seven Republican Presidential aspirants will debate at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire. CNN will carry the debate live. The seven participants include everyone who is currently announced as a candidate for President, as well as a couple others who have not formally announced. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, [...]

Minor League Debate in South Carolina Kicks Off Republican Presidential Primary Season

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 5:45 pm

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Tonight in Greenville, South Carolina, five rivals for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination meet in the first debate of the campaign. I use the term “rivals” fairly loosely – I think the Matt Taibbi description of “Loony-ass Insurgents vs. Waffling Bores” applies a bit better. Most of the candidates [...]

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