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A "No" Vote on Caroline Kennedy

(27) Comments | Posted December 10, 2008 | 7:25 PM

Caroline Kennedy might make a great senator. Those who know her report she has excellent qualifications: She's smart, likable, compassionate, and knowledgeable about government and politics. That alone makes her more qualified than a number of folks already serving on Capitol Hill, but it doesn't make her any more qualified...

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Don't Take the Bait

(22) Comments | Posted August 27, 2008 | 3:33 PM

As the presidential campaign enters a particularly combative phase, John McCain is turning to his trump card at every turn: his famous stay at the Hanoi Hilton.

Liberal commentators like Maureen Dowd, Rachel Maddow, and HuffPost's Sam Stein have pointed out the ridiculousness of McCain overuse of the...

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Superdelegates Under the Desk

(58) Comments | Posted May 13, 2008 | 4:35 PM

Like the rest of America, Rep. Rahm Emanuel knows that Hillary Clinton's quest for the presidency is dying a slow and irreversible death. He has even called Barack Obama "the presumptive nominee." Yet when it comes to the question of how Emanuel will cast his own all-important superdelegate ballot, he...

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Top Ten Reasons Why the Media Should Stop Citing Obama's "Most Liberal" Rating

(66) Comments | Posted March 31, 2008 | 9:53 PM

Lists are fun.

They are a great way to judge the best songs of the year, the relative strength of college basketball teams, and stuff white people like. People enjoy reading lists -- hey, you clicked on this headline, didn't you? Lists are not, however, an...

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Forget Kerry, Let's Hear From the Big Three

(36) Comments | Posted January 10, 2008 | 4:16 PM

Today, John Kerry did a brave and rare thing for a politician. He made an endorsement at a time when it actually matters.

Generally, politicians like to make endorsements when they already know who is going to win. That way, they get to look like they're making a difference...

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What if Iowa Caucused and Nobody Listened?

(42) Comments | Posted January 2, 2008 | 3:29 PM

This Thursday evening, approximately 0.05 percent of the United States population will gather together for an arcane ritual in which they will prematurely anoint the next Democratic and Republican presidential nominees.

Skull and Bones Society? Stonemasons? Nope. The Iowa caucuses.

This process is so out-of-synch with American democratic...

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The New York Times Gets It Wrong on Obama

(22) Comments | Posted September 9, 2007 | 7:56 PM

After a series of front-page biographical profiles of Hillary Clinton, in which she is portrayed as the inevitable Democratic nominee, the New York Times ran a piece Sunday about Barack Obama's 2000 challenge against Democratic Congressman Bobby Rush.

The article, written by Janny Scott, plays into the Clinton-scripted...

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Obama's Commander-in-Chief Moment

(17) Comments | Posted August 9, 2007 | 3:58 PM

Despite all the enthusiasm he generates among the liberal base, Barack Obama still faces a huge obstacle to his chances of winning the Democratic nomination: he is not yet seen as a credible commander-in-chief. Sure, he is the most likeable and most inspirational candidate, and everyone has a crush on...

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Fool Me Once...

(10) Comments | Posted June 19, 2007 | 1:45 PM

There are many reasons why it is ridiculous for America to be so focused on the 2008 presidential election seventeen months before it takes place. Perhaps most of all, there is going to be another war between now and then.

The Bush Administration is going to attack Iran. Dick Cheney...

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A Primary Idea: One Election, One Day

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2007 | 10:53 AM

The states are rebelling. They are rising up against an antiquated political system that denies them their right to representation: it's called the presidential primaries.

One-by-one, states throughout the nation are taking it upon themselves to insert their voters into the primary process. Georgia and Alaska jumped on the...

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No Second Coming

(34) Comments | Posted June 4, 2007 | 5:04 PM

While the country bears its way through the final chapter of George W. Bush's presidency, the Republican Party is struggling with a related dilemma: how to find another George W. Bush. It may seem silly that the GOP is looking for a replica of a man with a 30...

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