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2012 Presidential Election

Deja Vu: 2012/1996

James Zogby | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

This presidential election is beginning to look a lot like the contest of 1996, which saw a battered Bill Clinton win a second term in office by defeating Republican Senator Bob Dole. There are differences, to be sure, but the similarities are striking.

The Unthinkable: A Cain Versus Obama Match-Up

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.14.2011 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Though still unlikely, Herman Cain's quick rise to the top of the GOP presidential candidate heap makes Cain versus Obama now at least thinkable. This head-to-head would give voters the sharpest contrast in living political memory.

Jon Huntsman, Rock Star?

Posted 12.13.2011 | Fifty

Whether or not Jon Huntsman will face off against President Obama in the 2012 presidential race remains to be seen, but if all had gone according to p...

John Celock

Another State Proposes District-Based Electoral College | John Celock | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

A Wisconsin Republican lawmaker is proposing that the state switch its distribution of electoral votes to district-based awards. State Rep. Dan LeM...

Campaign 2012: From 2D, to 3D Fusion Politics

Arthur Bruzzone | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Arthur Bruzzone

Independents are just plain disgruntled. They're looking for solutions to basic problems. Independents are also fickle, and vote irregularly, but they have decided most elections, even in San Francisco.

How Newt Gingrich -- Yes, Newt Gingrich -- Could Win the Republican Nomination

Jesse Berney | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics
Jesse Berney

With the primary calendar undergoing compression, it is still an open question who will play the role of anti-Romney at the critical moment in early January.

View From Alaska on Sarah Palin Decision Not to Run for GOP Nomination

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced Wednesday in a statement that she's not running for president. By not running, Palin said she would be "unsh...

John Celock

New Jersey Reacts to Chris Christie's Decision | John Celock | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

New Jersey local officials and residents are expressing support for Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to not seek the Republican presidential nominatio...

Christie Running For President? Bloomberg Approves

Posted 11.26.2011 | New York

After voicing concern over the current Republican landscape of 2012 presidential hopefuls on Sunday, Mayor Bloomberg surprised many by showing support...

'If You are not a Liberal at Twenty, You Have no Heart. If You are not a Conservative at Forty, You Have no Brain.' Churchill

Felix Sanchez | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics
Felix Sanchez

A certain charismatic Senator promised he'd enact comprehensive immigration reform the first year he was in office and I fell for it hook, line and stinker, I mean sinker.

Perry V. Romney: Badminton At The Debate Hall

Alan Schroeder | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Alan Schroeder

That said, one or two moments briefly managed to move the discussion beyond the usual Fox News agitprop.

The New Normal

Jared Gardner | Posted 11.22.2011 | New York
Jared Gardner

My brother is ill -- seriously, tragically, out of his mind. For a couple of years he was on medication and seemed to be turning his life around: he w...

Advice for the Candidates: A Rise for Huntsman

David Helfenbein | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

I almost cannot believe it. Not because I do not recognize Jon Huntsman's political talents, nor because a rise of a few numbers in one poll (with a s...

Chicago Tea Party Convention Invites GOP Candidates, Secures Beck, Breitbart

Posted 11.20.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Tea Party hopes their regional convention, "TeaCon 2011," will carry enough cache to win over the Republican presidential candidates they'...

I Knew Bachmann Would Double Down on Antiscience

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Michele Bachmann takes stands impulsively when they fit her predetermined ideology, pushes forward aggressively and single-mindedly to expand the intellectual argument, but she becomes so wedded to her position that reality no longer matters.

Running for President: The Implications Test

Terry Newell | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

When someone runs for president, we have a right to expect that he or she can think deeply and systemically, realizing the implications of what they propose.

9 Presidential Traits That Make Dr. Ron Paul the Most Electable Candidate

Laura Trice | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Laura Trice

Americans need to elect a president in 2012 who is a self-made person with a track record of doing more than throwing empty words and money at problems. No more smooth-talking, self-serving presidents surrounded by Wall Street types and lobbyists.

Playing Chicken on Climate Change

William S. Becker | Posted 11.15.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

The people trying to wake us up to the realities of global warming have taken to calling themselves "climate hawks." In the field of Republican presidential candidates, we are seeing a new breed emerge: climate chickens.

Thinking About Obama: How to Support the President in 2012

Derek Shearer | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Derek Shearer

We should support the president in his reelection -- but we should do it strategically by arguing for conditions which will make his reelection more than a personal victory. 2012 should be about much more than giving Barack Obama his second term.

Give 'Em Hell, Barry!': Political Rebirth and the Obama White House

Peniel E. Joseph | Posted 11.09.2011 | Black Voices
Peniel E. Joseph

A president elected on the combined strength of dazzling oratory and improbable personal biography has proved more deft at saving his political career in times of great crisis, than crafting a bold vision of American democracy in the 21st century.

How President Obama's Jobs Speech Exposed the Real Problem Threatening America's Future

Eric Deggans | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Eric Deggans

Last night's jobs speech by President Obama was the kind of political moment he needed. But I also fear it was also a gigantic bit of Kabuki theater -- a bold, promising vision destined to achieve very little.

Time to Retire the Phrase "Tea Party"

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Nobody expects that in 2012 there will be one presidential candidate from the Democratic Party, one from the Republican Party and a third candidate from the Tea Party.

But Mitt, I Don't Own One of Those Do-Hickeys

Tony Phillips | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Tony Phillips

I received an email today from Zac Moffatt, Mitt Romney's Digital Director. Zac's a good guy, taking time out as he did to send me an email informing ...

Could Sarah Palin 'Nader' the Republican Ticket?

Dan Bimrose | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

If Sarah Palin could, as a third-party candidate in the 2012 election, draw anywhere close to Ross Perot's result in the 1992 presidential election, in which he obtained 18.9 percent of the popular vote, her reputation would remain solid.

What Obama's Fundraising Advantage Means

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Obama will have the resources to defend in the face of a Republican primary campaign which, as things look now, will likely devolve into a contest to see who can portray President Obama in the worst light.