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Entries by Howard Fineman from 05/2012

Mission Accomplished?

| Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics

Just because you can take things over the top -- and the Obama administration's made-for-tv events today are just that -- it doesn't mean that you should. Barack Obama promised to be a new and different kind of politician. If any further proof was needed that he isn't, this week -- with Bill Clinton's testimonial to his courage under fire, and with unsubtle attacks on Romney's manhood, not to mention common sense -- should finally be enough. But, in another sense, Obama is a new and different kind of politician. He's a Democrat executing the GOP media playbook better than Bush did.

At the Kentucky Derby, Chasing Traces of a Champion

| Posted 05.03.2012 | Sports

And there, in all of his glory, stood Secretariat: massive in size; reddish-brown chestnut in color; enormous, muscled chest; proud head jutting forward like a one-horse Mt. Rushmore.

Kentucky Derby: As in Politics, You Need a Horse, and a Theory

| Posted 05.04.2012 | Sports

The Derby is like politics in so many ways. Someone runs. Someone wins. People contribute money and get their hopes up. There is a weird sense that somehow all of your problems will be solved and the world will right itself if only you find the right contender.

Obama's Kentucky Odds A Long Shot, But President Will Still Bring Home The Purse

Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics

LOUISVILLE -- Politics has a family flavor in Kentucky, and to a surprising degree, the Obamas are family here in Louisville, even if they are not muc...

Kentucky Derby 2012: Betting on Candidates the Way You'd Bet on a Horse

| Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics

The crowds here don't "look like America." This is a whiter, older, more Anglo and more Southern scene. This makes it a magnet for politicians, not so much for the old reason, publicity, as for the proximity of money.

Kentucky Derby 2012: Mitch McConnell Becomes The Soul Of Graciousness

| Posted 05.06.2012 | Huffington Post

Sen. Mitch McConnell, who is known in Washington as a relentless and somewhat humorless partisan, became the soul of graciousness as the horses came out on the track.

Election 2012: The End of the Middle of Everything

| Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics

Dick Lugar was a nice guy who stayed too long. But his crushing loss is also a valid data point in a profound and troubling trend, obvious not only in politics but in every other aspect of American life. We are losing the mediating middle of everything.

Mystery Mitt: Who Is He Really?

Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney has a lovely corner office at his Boston campaign headquarters. Two walls of tall windows give him a view of the inner re...

Barack Obama 2012 Takes Multiple Pages From GOP Playbook

Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As he tries to become only the second Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt to win reelection, Barack Obama is adopting much of ...

Obama's 'Perfect Beast' vs. Romney's 'Hard Times' Pitch

Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Jim Messina, President Barack Obama's campaign manager, is a soft-spoken Montanan who loves order, detail and teamwork. In 2008, when he...

Mitt, The Incidental Candidate

Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- He barely speaks in his own first general-election ad. On the top floor of his Boston campaign headquarters, the most visible poster is ...