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2012 Presidential Election

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.

The 2012 GOP Field: Not Even Ronald Reagan Could Get This Nomination

Michael Keegan | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

As the GOP candidates pay the required perpetual homage to the 40th president, the rest of us might take some time to reflect on just how far off the Reagan Ranch the Republican Party has gone.

Now Is the Time for All Good Millennials to Come to the Aid of Their Country

Michael Hais and Morley Winograd | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Michael Hais and Morley Winograd

The nation's future is likely to be determined by the strength and effectiveness of the Millennial Generation's participation in next year's election.

Tea Party Protesters Rail Against Romney

Patch | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics

About 25 members and activists of assorted Tea Party organizations in New Hampshire held a counter-demonstration on Sunday, before the appearance of f...

September Debate Preview: Rick Perry and the 2012 Republicans

Alan Schroeder | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
Alan Schroeder

Rick Perry, presumably, is spending Labor Day weekend in intense debate prep. He ought to. Debating requires a specific skill set, one that this otherwise savvy politician has so far failed to develop.

GOP Presidential Candidates on Clean Energy and Climate Change

Donnie Fowler | Posted 10.30.2011 | Green
Donnie Fowler

Are they owned by the oil companies, or are they willing to break from some of the GOP's largest campaign donors? Do they agree with 98 percent of scientists, or are facts mere inconveniences to be pushed aside for ideology and ambition?

A Perry or Bachmann Nomination May Not Be Good for Democrats

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann would certainly be weaker candidates than Mitt Romney, but given the context in which the election will occur, it is not at all clear that Democrats should hope for the slightly less electable nominee.

Jon Ward

New Hampshire Republicans Say They Have The Votes To Oust Embattled State Chairman [UPDATED] | Jon Ward | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, Tea Party leader Jack Kimball, will be notified Thursday that members of the party's...

I Didn't Vote for Obama! Honest.

The Relentless Conservative | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
The Relentless Conservative

Americans are now lying about voting for Obama in 2008 and it's about time. We're only talking about Independents for now, but it's a good start.

Has America Gotten More Religious, Or Just American Politics?

Posted 10.22.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Has America gotten more religious, or just American politics? The country has grown ...

Is Obama the "Prevent D" or "Rope-a-Dope" Candidate?

Aaron Harber | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Aaron Harber

From a policy perspective, the president is deploying a "Prevent D" approach -- the play-it-safe strategy some teams use in sports when they are far ahead of their opposition.

Rick Perry's Anti-Science Character

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Rick Perry could be an effective leader. He is able to cause people to rally behind him. But it is incumbent on the president of the United States to make decisions based on evidence. Sticking to a personal ideology when it is contradicted by evidence is a dangerous.

Leaving Behind "No Child Left Behind": Michele Bachmann And The Changing Republican Education Agenda.

Slate | Dana Goldstein | Posted 10.18.2011 | Education

Michele Bachmann's victory in the Iowa straw poll Saturday represents many obvious things: the mainstreaming of the Tea Party, the overnight ordinarin...

GOP Candidates Line Up To Bash E.P.A.

The New York Times | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

The Environmental Protection Agency is emerging as a favorite target of the Republican presidential candidates, who portray it as the very symbol of ...

Is Herman Cain Close to Dropping Out of the Race?

The Atlanta Post | Posted 10.15.2011 | Black Voices

Herman Cain's presidential campaign entered its final hour on Saturday at the Ames Staw Poll in Iowa. Although winning a high placing is favorable, do...