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The Undecideds: Faking Ain't Easy

(7) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 9:16 PM

As we're now in the final stretch of political Armageddon -- judging from the intensity and hype of most folks finally paying attention -- there's that ongoing discussion about the "undecideds."

Emphasis on discussion -- because it really should be a debate about whether or not they really exist....

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Bloomberg Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is -- But Will That Really Work?

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 3:40 PM

Dropping clips of cash on independent candidates seems like a great cause at first glance. But, who's to say it will really work?

Bloomberg, looking for a legacy and relevancy beyond New York Mayorship, has the loot and room to risk it. He gets rounds of applause for the...

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Obama Will Need Some of What Joe Was Drinking

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 11:20 AM

In political debates, winning is a matter of form and optics. It's not what a win is, but how it looks. There is no real definition of a debate win. And since many media heads are either too squeamish or too cynical to offer their honest assessment of who won...

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SOTU 2011: Will Obama Go High... or Dry?

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 3:33 PM

With an unemployment rate of 9.4% and an economy still perceived as dragging, President Barack Obama will have little choice but to focus his State of the Union address on "jobs, jobs and jobs" as a central theme of every policy message, grand announcement or administration proposal put forward on...

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Why Aren't We Calling Loughner a Terrorist?

(30) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 10:07 AM

I can't help but wonder why folks are so afraid to call the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona an act of terrorism.

The fear of the "T" word seems almost palpable in describing the gruesome events that took place this past Saturday. There is little explanation or reasoning for the...

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Can Someone Talk About Mississippi ... Please?

(23) Comments | Posted December 24, 2010 | 1:42 PM

Perhaps the most astonishing aspect of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour's (R) ill-timed gaffe is the somewhat typical and, some could say, contrived reaction to it. I'm not certain if the pundit class enjoys excoriating those who manage to reflect on race or whether they simply use these moments as a...

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What's the Difference Between DADT and DREAM?

(21) Comments | Posted December 24, 2010 | 1:31 PM

To the sour-tasting disappointment of many who were relying on it, the Senate failed to pass the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibustering block of the DREAM Act, with Republicans promising not to expect much in 2011. Democrats could only muster 55 votes while the White House stood by...

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The Unemployed and Congressional Pyromaniacs

(45) Comments | Posted December 12, 2010 | 1:37 AM

This past week found politicians playing with matches.

There is no other way to put it when the unemployment benefits of two million jobless Americans hang in the balance. Already, those on the mild comfort of knowing they can snap at least a few hundred cheddar a week for food...

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Rangel and the Ghosts of Censure

(71) Comments | Posted December 4, 2010 | 4:24 PM

Throughout 40 years of public service, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) never thought it would come down to this: finding himself in the well of the House floor, publicly chewed by his peers in a humiliating 333-79 censure vote. Rangel, a vaunted legislator deeply steeped in the workings of the House,...

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Is Black Political Power Under Siege?

(71) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 9:01 PM

In the past two weeks, one could make the argument that African American politicians are somehow under siege.

With Republicans headed into a majority, the four Congressional Black Caucus Members lose Chairmanships over powerful House committees. Eighteen will give up subcommittee Chairs. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) barely held...

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MSNBC Leans Backward on Missed Opportunity

(15) Comments | Posted November 14, 2010 | 4:12 PM

What wasn't said during the Keith Olbermann debacle the other week had little to do with the fact that Olbermann clowned himself into a corner of ideological hypocrite. Let's forget for a moment that his show is mad predictable or that you know what he'll say or what his guests...

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Dried Up, Michael Steele's Last Stand

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2010 | 3:36 PM

Conventional wisdom would dictate that all things political look good for Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele.

As the GOP's first African American Chair, Steele now holds the honor of presiding over one of the most successful electoral cycles for the party in generations. Republicans have not witnessed a wave...

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The "Audacity" of President "Dude"

(13) Comments | Posted October 30, 2010 | 9:35 AM

I'm not particularly fond of the notion that a talk show host - even a comedian - feels familiar enough with the President of the United States to call him "dude." But, that's just me. Old school to the degree that it's difficult not to call veteran colleagues in my...

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Juan Williams: Clever Double-Play or Conservative Cause Celebre

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 7:50 PM

The constant theme heard in the firing of Juan Williams is that "it was coming" -- National Public Radio was aiming to do this all along. This leaves the whole affair abundantly odoriferous and foul, and leaves in my mind the scent of something staged. Most observers of the fiasco...

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Where Do People Think Gov't Workers Come From?

(6) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 5:49 PM

Public rancor directed at government workers is a bit confounding. It's on all levels: state, local, federal. Much of this particular election cycle has been spent bashing the government worker, blaming civil servants for everything from budget calamities to impending Greece-like insolvency which will afflict our kids in a not-so-distant...

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While We're on Having "Your Back," Mr. President ...

(3) Comments | Posted October 17, 2010 | 10:42 PM

In recent months, Democrats have pulled a respectable amount of political capital to energize the African American vote, their most reliable voting bloc to date. At crunch time, mere weeks before Election Day, the reserves are called in to activate an almost ancient network of Black politicos and party activists...

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Clinton/Obama '12 - That's a Bet

(8) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 3:12 PM

Typically, should White House public mole extraordinaire Bob Woodward openly chew on Washington rumor, there's a good chance it's talked about in circles to which the rest of us have little access. Such is the case with recent chatter over the future of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and where...

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GOP Moderates Spearheading a Third Party Option

(15) Comments | Posted October 2, 2010 | 9:56 PM

Stomach-punched into depression by that bruising Republican primary for Delaware's open U.S. Senate seat, Rep. Mike Castle (R) chewed on an independent write-in bid for the general election. The name-brand Delaware politician - who also served two years as Governor - refused to endorse the new school Tea Party upstart-turned-GOP-nominee...

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Open Letter to the Black Electorate: Every Egg in the Same Basket, fam?

(13) Comments | Posted September 26, 2010 | 2:16 AM

There is a familiar tune that comes up every competitive election cycle: if Democrats are - at that moment - in charge or hold a majority in a particular legislative setting (let's say Congress), the African American political establishment with its accompanying Black body politic grows very nervous.


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Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Last Chance

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 11:26 PM

When Chicago Mayor Richard Daley (D) dropped his press conference bomb on the political universe, announcing that he was stepping away from city hall for good, the first name that popped up as a replacement was White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. That seemed natural, given Emanuel's public hints....

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