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2012 Presidential Election

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...

Howard Fineman

GOP Presidential Candidates Spurn Press -- And Gain Popularity For It | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.13.2011 | Politics

AMES, IOWA -- Politicians don't like the press. Republican politicians like the press even less. Richard Nixon put reporters on his Enemies List, perh...

Howard Fineman

Mixed Blessing: Phil Gramm Endorses Friend and Former Student Rick Perry | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.13.2011 | Politics

Former senator and current banker Phil Gramm of Texas -- well-connected to big donors but controversial for his role in preventing tighter regulation ...

Paul Blumenthal

Pro-Perry Super PACs Have A Problem | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas Governor Rick Perry is set to officially jump into the Republican presidential primary race with unmatched backing from a collecti...

Jon Ward

Ames Straw Poll Will Be Test Of Organization For Presidential Campaigns | Jon Ward | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics

DES MOINES, IOWA – Watermelon and water. That's all that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee handed out to supporters in 2007 at the Ames Straw P...

Alex Becker

Entertainment Guide For The Ames Iowa Straw Poll | Alex Becker | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics

As Iowans descend on the town of Ames to bravely cast their ballots for the GOP presidential candidate they feel most deserves a momentary fundraising...

Knock Off the 'Run Hillary Run' Chatter

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

This has become a virtual ritual. Just about every month, or more like after each new fresh crisis that President Obama has to ward off, the chant begins: "Run Hillary Run."

Jon Ward

Sarah Palin Continues Flirtation With 2012 Run, Will Attend Iowa State Fair | Jon Ward | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will continue to stoke speculation that she may run for president by attending the Iowa State Fair later this week. ...

Obama Bus Tour To Stop In Illinois

Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago

President Obama's bus tour through the Midwest next week will hit southern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and western Illinois--all states he carried in...

Perry, Prayer, Politics and the Presidency

Peter Montgomery | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Rick Perry is clearly positioning himself to enter the Republican presidential primary as a political savior to right-wing activists who are underwhelmed with their choices so far. Yet, he insists that America's problems are beyond human ability to fix.