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2012 Speculation

Jason Linkins

Late Returns: Huntsman Courts The Cahiers Du Cinema Set

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

According to reports, Jon Huntsman has been busy behind the scenes prepping for a run at the White House -- staffing up, putting out feelers -- but as...

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Another GOP Presidential Contender?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While the world waits to see if Newt Gingrich will finally end his 16-year tease and jump into the presidential fray, another GOP figure moves closer to making a decision to run for the GOP nomination.

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So, What The Heck Is Going On With Newt Gingrich?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For 16 years, Newt Gingrich has performed a solo performance art piece where he dances right up to the line of running for president, only to pull back at the last possible moment. For reasons that surpass my ability to understand them, this has only increased his overall mystique with the political press, which enables him to repeat this performance every four years. But on Tuesday, it looked as if Gingrich was going to finally jump into the race and be the first man in the field who could be considered a serious contender.

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Late Returns: Gingrich Takes Us Down A Familiar Path

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At long, long last, one of the presumed contenders for the 2012 nomination is planning to formally enter the race, sort of. That person: Newt Gingric...

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Donald Trump Supporter Roger Stone Trashes Rivals, Boasts Of $2 Billion 'War Chest' [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Donald Trump's pretend presidential candidacy continues to draw an inordinate amount of attention during this nebulous period where a) Trump has a tel...

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Mike Huckabee Says Obama's Decision Not To Defend DOMA Is An 'Inexplicable Political Error'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Is refusing to defend DOMA an "inexplicable political error?" Not if you're trying to "win the future," it isn't.

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Huntsman In 'Limbo'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ben Smith and Alexander Burns have a piece up today about the position that potential presidential aspirant Jon Huntsman finds himself today, namely, ...

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Mitch Daniels Decision To Relent On Unions Draws Criticism From The Right

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earlier this week, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) publicly withdrew his support for an anti-union bill -- similar to the one that's at the center of t...

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WATCH: 'King Of The Birthers' Launches 2012 Campaign Ad

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

We're still about a year away from the first caucuses and primaries of the upcoming presidential campaign season, but in New Hampshire, begun these 20...

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Late Returns: Everything You Need To Know About This Palin Tell-All

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It is unclear whether or not the memoir being shopped around by former Palin aide Frank Bailey, In Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our Tumultuous Years, will find a publisher.

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Jon Huntsman's Vague Presidential Plans Now Have A Vague Website To Tout Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speculation over a potential presidential bid from former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman took a new turn today as his political action committee, HorizonPAC, ...

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GOP Presidential Contender Won't Run In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After spending the past two weeks taking two steps back for every one step forward in terms of making a run for the presidency, South Dakota Republica...

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Late Returns: A Holiday For Hesitancy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Presidents Day is here again and with it comes a fitting time to reflect upon the storied history of our executive branch, perhaps to answer the quest...

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Why Mike Huckabee's White House Ambitions Are Probably Not Driven By His Dislike For Mitt Romney

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Ask a person why they want to run for president of the United States, and you're likely to get some answers that sound simultaneously cliched and nuan...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This week, we continue to wait for all the people we've been told plan to mix it up in the GOP primary to finally decide to jump into the race. So fa...

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Obama Faring Poorly Against Imaginary Candidate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the latest round of polling attempting to figure out what voters today might do in 2012, one opponent is doing great against Obama: Imaginary Generic Moderate Republican Candidate! What is this knowledge going to reveal about political realities, for you and me? A hot sack of sweet nothing, that's what! As soon as he/she is no longer "imaginary," he/she loses his/her luster. And as soon as he/she is revealed to be a "moderate," the GOP primary voters will set themselves to the task of digging his/her eyes out, with spoons.

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Another Day, Another Reason To Be Skeptical That Huckabee's Running

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Wall Street Journal profile of Bob Vander Plaats, onetime Iowa gubernatorial candidate turned social conservative political fixer, is getting attent...

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Jon Huntsman Staff Choice Suggests The Direction His Campaign Will Take

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ben Smith pulls Playbook's summary of the recent "staffing up" that the nascent Jon Huntsman presidential campaign is doing. Here's a detail that caug...

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Donald Trump Brings His 'Pretend To Run For President' Act To CPAC

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Let us take a moment to consider the case of Donald Trump, who MSNBC this morning tells me "stole the show" at CPAC Thursday, with the "maybe I'll run for President" noises he was making.

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Late Returns: Romney Rewrites Romney

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Putative 2012 GOP frontrunner has always had a devil of a time contending with critics who take him to task for constantly switching his positions on ...

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Late Returns: Jump Or Get Pushed, Mike Huckabee

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Does anyone actually want to jump into the race for the GOP presidential nomination? Mike Huckabee, do you want to get into this thing? Because some ...

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2012: Enter The Speculatron

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"It's a circus. You guys are part of the circus...This is stuff they talk about. They'll talk about somebody else next week. I'm here to be a United S...

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Apparently It's Not Way Too Soon To Start Speculating About Potential Vice-Presidential Candidates

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the Iowa caucuses less than a year away, political journalists find themselves in a blind panic because all of 2012's would-be presidential candidates are thus far refraining from formally jumping into the race.

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Jon Huntsman Preps For White House Bid Four Years Too Soon

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Utah governor and current U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman has quit his post and will return to the States at the end of April to "positio...

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Mike Pence Makes First Smart Decision Of 2012 Campaign Season

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The 2012 campaign season is still in its infancy, and like an infant, it's still basically making gurgling sounds, spitting up its food and seeking ou...