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Sarah Palin Is Running Out Of Time To Get Into The 2012 Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

Sarah Palin is not running for president, and as such, I've been trying to give more space to those who have taken on the burdensome task of mounting ...

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Gary Johnson May Get To Participate In Fox News/Google Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

UPDATE 9/21/11, 10:25am: Johnson is now confirming his participation. ------- For a while now, we've been documenting the travails of the Frozen...

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Rick Santorum Apparently Contacted Google About His Google Problem (And In So Doing, Worsened It)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

Rick Santorum probably should not have talked to Politico about his "Google Problem", because every time he does, he renews its relevance.

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For September 16, 2011

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

This week, America got to experience the fifth debate between the GOP candidates, to which America responded, "We've had four of these things already?...

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Carville Advises Obama To 'Panic,' Fire People And Make A Bunch Of Politically Motivated Indictments To Win In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

Hey, America. Are you ready for a political "advice" column that has the sentence, "There were enough deaths at Stalingrad to make the entire tea part...

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Pawlenty Endorsement, Huckabee Praise Signal Elite Support For Romney

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics

The GOP doesn't do "superdelegates" in the way that the Democrats do "superdelegates". But their elites do like to throw their weight around, and Monday, with Romney earning both the endorsement and the material assistance of Tim Pawlenty, it's starting to become clear that the party elites are coming home to Mitt Romney. Since then, Mike Huckabee has followed suit, by going on Laura Ingraham's show and saying something nice about Romney, while attacking Rick Perry with the Romney campaign's preferred line du jour.

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Dems' Fight For American Jobs Act Will Play Out Exclusively In Battleground States

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics

President Obama is embarking on a campaign to promote the new jobs bill and fight for its passage. Will this fight be coming to your state? Well, ask yourself this: are your state's electoral votes up for grabs in 2012? No? Well, probably not then.

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For September 9, 2011

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics

This week, the 2012 campaign took a trip to Simi Valley, California, where the Reagan Library played host to another of the 382 debates that are sched...

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Late Returns: Seven Swing States Shall Settle Stakes, Maybe

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

Are you wondering where campaign reporters will be camped out for the next fifteen months? Or what states' airwaves will be buffeted by wave after wav...

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Rick Perry Subjects Ron Paul To A 'Rick Lazio Moment'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

Most of the post-debate media chatter centered on the sparks that flew between top-tier candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. That's to be expected, ...

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Jon Huntsman's 'Reasonable Man' Scam

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

For most of the year, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman had a difficult time getting anyone interested in his campaign. The campaign's build-up -- which s...

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New Ron Paul Ad Targets Rick Perry, Al Gore

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics

If I were advising Ron Paul on how to best attack Rick Perry in, say, a one minute advertisement, I might go with something like: "Hello, I'm Ron Paul...

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Jon Huntsman Ad Touts His Jobs Record As Superior To Romney's

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman's campaign is out with a new ad today, using the numbers "1" and "47" to set up a comparison between Huntsman and fo...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Sept. 2, 2011

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics

It's been less than three weeks since the Ames Straw Poll, and the narrative of this still-young campaign season is flush with Rick Perry triumphalism...

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Late Returns: Mitt Romney Still Loved By 'Insiders'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

Cursory examinations of "the polls" lead us to conclude that Rick Perry is very popular, at the moment, with "the people who participate in polls." Wh...

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This Day In 2012 Debate Exclusion

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

One thing we've harped on a bit on these pages is that many of the GOP candidates who haven't been granted access to the debates are basically caught ...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Aug. 26, 2011

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics

For many, many weeks, we've been told the same old story: no matter who joins the GOP field, no matter how many different varieties of candidate there...

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This Day In The Constant Crisis Of The 2012 Primary Calendar

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

Emily Schultheis points us to Thursday morning's First Read column, which outlines in four paragraphs what is happening with the 2012 primary calendar...

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Late Returns: Perry Drinks Romney's Milkshake

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

Sweet sassy molassey, this latest Gallup poll hews so closely to the media narrative that preceded it that I fully expect it to be under glass at the ...

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George Pataki May Do Something 2012ish This Weekend, So Gird Your Loins, America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

Everyone who is anyone can tell you that the GOP base doesn't care for the current slate of candidates on offer. Or, at the very least, they can tell ...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For August 19, 2011

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

We’ve been hard at this 2012 campaign game for months, but it wasn’t until this weekend that the race attracted a candidate who is “in love with...

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Late Returns: Ron Paul Gets Best Coverage From All The Coverage About His Lack Of Coverage

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

So everyone has been talking about whether or not the media have been ignoring Ron Paul in the wake of his second-place finish in the Ames Straw Poll....

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Rick Santorum Has Some Interesting Theories About The 'Moral Failings' That Led To The Economic Collapse

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

I can't say that I find much mutual agreement with former Pennsylvania senator and presidential aspirant Rick Santorum, but for a brief, mad moment ye...

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Days After Ames "Clarified" Race, Everyone's Back To Looking For A GOP Savior To Join The 2012 Field

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

Most of the media presented the aftermath of the Ames Straw Poll as a newly clarified field of GOP candidates. Too bad all of that "clarity" lasted... oh, you know... a few hours. Then, suddenly, things weren't clear anymore.

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Late Returns: Bachmann Leads The 2012 Field In Number Of Iowa Family Reunions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics

So, there was apparently a minor kerfuffle in Iowa when Michele Bachmann claimed that an appearance at a family reunion caused her to be late to a GOP...