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2012 Campaign

Trump's Character Is His Fate

Richard North Patterson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Entertainment
Richard North Patterson

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously wrote, "A man's character is his fate." This truth neatly captures Donald Trump's rise -- and inevitable fall -- as a presidential contender.

Igor Bobic

Obama Mocks Mitt Romney For Being 'Suddenly Deeply Concerned About Poverty' | Igor Bobic | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thought the 2012 presidential campaign was over? Think again. President Barack Obama didn't have much to say about Mitt Romney's reki...

When Men Lose in Politics, It's Never Their Fault

Barbara Lee | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Barbara Lee

When women lose races, it's seen as a personal failing. When high-profile men lose, seemingly omnipotent outside forces are to blame. A sampling of press coverage of losses from Tom Daschle to Scott Brown to Mitt Romney to Eric Cantor helps paint the picture.

Sam Stein

Mitt Romney Voted Against Mitt Romney Running For President In Family Poll | Sam Stein | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over the Christmas break of 2010, Mitt Romney and his family took an internal poll on whether he should run for president once more. Twe...

A Politico Snack Before the Main Course of 2012 Campaign Books

Scott Porch | Posted 08.25.2013 | Media
Scott Porch

The Playbook 2012 series is a breezy, fly-on-the-wall, real-time reporter's notebook. It is not a definitive history of the election and does not purport to be.

'Clueless' Romney Still Doesn't Get It

The Daily Beast | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

There’s nothing easier than criticizing a guy who’s just lost the presidency, so before parsing Mitt Romney’s interview with Fox News Sunday, le...

Rick Perry Gets Second Chance To Make First Impression

The Houston Chronicle | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

The legislative session that opens Tuesday will give Gov. Rick Perry a chance to burnish his credentials if he chooses to make another run for preside...

Sam Stein

Final Tallies: Obama Buried Romney On Airwaves And With Staff | Sam Stein | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee announced this week that it had arranged for a post-campaign autopsy to figure out what exactly went w...

Jon Ward

A Meeting Of Campaign 2012 Combatants: Veiled Barbs, And Plenty of Eastwood Discussion | Jon Ward | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

BOSTON -- When David Axelrod and Stuart Stevens sat down at a table across from each other last week at Harvard University's quadrennial "Campaign Man...

The Mythic Narrative of the 2012 Election

Matthew Dowd | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Democrats and the Obama campaign as well as Republicans and the Romney campaign are repeating the same myths to explain the outcome.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Election

Domenick Scudera | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Domenick Scudera

The whole election has left a bad taste in my mouth. Big American elections bring out the worst in people's natures. The euphoria from the results may erase the ugliness temporarily, but the enmity and spite is still present, just under the surface.

GSPM Horse Race: Rubio, Clinton Lead the Pack for President in 2016

David K. Rehr | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
David K. Rehr

"It's time for us to stop fighting the left's identity politics and start embracing them. We can appeal to groups as well as the Democrats do, we just need to make it a priority."

The Grassroots Do It

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Maurice Jourdane

On Nov. 6, Election Day, thousands of volunteers, young, middle-aged and old, walked streets across the country until the polls closed. They put work, school, and their families on hold to join a grassroots effort to show that America includes all people, not just the rich.

How Obama Won a Race He Could Have Lost

Aaron Harber | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Aaron Harber

As a political analyst who concluded President Barack Obama was going to win reelection, it was not based on any bias towards the president. Rather, it was founded on an impartial review of the following facts.

De-Carbonize Our Taxes

William S. Becker | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Tax policies that encourage carbon emissions range from subsidies for oil companies to mortgage interest deductions for energy-wasting McMansions, but neither Romney nor Obama has addressed it head-on.

Sam Stein

Emotional End For Obama To Businesslike Campaign | Sam Stein | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As sentimentality goes, President Barack Obama hosting the last campaign event of his political career in Des Moines, Iowa, is hard to t...

Final Electoral Math -- My 2012 Election Picks

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Today, we're just going to throw caution to the wind, and go ahead and predict the outcome of tomorrow night's returns.

Sam Stein

Obama Campaign: We've Contacted One Out Of Every 2.5 Voters In The Country | Sam Stein | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Up to this point in the election, the Obama campaign has offered a general outline of its field operation while insisting that it didn't...

2012 Electoral Math -- One Week Out

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The real sword of Damocles hanging over the White House right now is this Friday's release of the October unemployment figures. If the numbers are bad, it could give Romney the last-second momentum he needs. If the numbers are good, Obama could waltz to victory.

Jeb Bush Slams '10-Year-Old' Obama

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) criticized the tone of President Barack Obama's attacks against GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a recent in...

Elimination of Contribution Limits Would Not Stop Secret Spending

Ian Vandewalker | Posted 12.26.2012 | New York
Ian Vandewalker

This election has shown that there is a class of big-money political donors who greatly value secrecy. Their behavior under the current rules provides evidence that big spenders prefer anonymity even when other options are available.

Sam Stein

Obama Campaign: We See No Gamechangers From Now Till Election Day | Sam Stein | Posted 10.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama campaign sees no major event that can now alter the trajectory of the election, the president's top adviser told The Huffingto...

Let's End Airwave Pollution and Regulate Televised Political Spot Advertising

Curtis Gans | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Curtis Gans

Washington watchdogs are appalled by the sea of money washing over the 2012 election. The rest of the nation is appalled by how that money is used -- mostly on tit-for-tat attack ads that pollute the airwaves and undermine any respect for the democratic process.

Democratic Mockpocalypse

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Obesity is an American plague -- and no, I'm not talking about overweight Americans. I'm talking about Big Election, the thing that's moved into our homes and, especially if you live in a "swing state," is now hogging your television almost 24/7.

Bringing Hope Back in: A New Story for Our Future

Harry Boyte | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Harry Boyte

A U.S. leader trying to be a global CEO in the 21st century is a worrisome thought. Do we want a boss or a president?