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Clinton Repeats '08 Mistake

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

There is a growing concern in Democratic circles, which I share, about whether the Hillary Clinton who could run in 2016 is repeating the mistake she made in 2008, when she ran as the inevitable and invincible candidate of a political establishment held in widespread public disrepute.

A Legacy of Congressman Bill Young: Term Limits Not Answer to Fixing Political System

Steven Kurlander | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Young was a career politician, the longest serving Republican in the House of Representatives. He was remembered as a devoted public servant, eulogized not only as an important advocate for the American military and wounded veterans, but also for his tireless work for his district.

Incumbents Running Unopposed Should Not Be Rewarded With Full Terms

Steven Kurlander | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

If there were contested general elections in every political race, there would be no talk of mandatory term limits because the voters would have a greater ability to vote out of office those who did not deserve to be there.

Mark Blumenthal

Frustration With Congress Turns On GOP | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

Results from a new national survey from the Pew Research Center should strike fear into the hearts of incumbents in Congress, especially those who are...

Jordan Howard

Voters Don't Like Either Party | Jordan Howard | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For politicians of both parties, the hits keep coming. Two new polls this week provide more evidence that, heading into the 2012 electi...

Jordan Howard

Obama And GOP Face Angry Electorate | Jordan Howard | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A poll by a Democratic firm reveals the precarious situation facing incumbents of both parties heading into the 2012 election. The po...

Jason Linkins

Late Returns: Mitt Romney Joins The Debt Ceiling Debate | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

Alex Pareene sums up where the thinking of Mitt Romney's campaign was during the debt ceiling negotiations: Everyone (by which I mean everyone who ...

Jason Linkins

Let's Start Hyping "Anti-Incumbent Rage" Again! | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

During the run-up to the 2010 election, people who regularly consumed political punditry were told frequently to expect a wave of anti-incumbent fury ...

"Your Life Hasn't Changed By The Man Who's Elected"

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Laermer

"I think anybody who's has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can't be ne...

Mid-Terminology: Guide to 2010 Election Slang

Beth Armogida | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Beth Armogida

Man Up! - 1. Expression used bizarrely and illogically by female Republican candidates about male Democratic candidates. 2. Alarm sounded by the homophobic Carl Paladino when there are men in Speedos nearby.

2010 Midterms: 8 Lessons Learned Before November

Politics Daily | Carl M. Cannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Except for a little clean-up duty in Louisiana and Hawaii, the rowdy and random 2010 midterm primary season concluded this week, with more upstarts an...

Incumbents Lincoln, Murray Embrace Earmarks; Did It Backfire For Murkowski?

AP | ANDREW DeMILLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Ignoring Republican complaints about wasteful federal spending, Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln is reminding voters – ...

Jason Linkins

Last Night's Primary And The State Of Political Media Narratives | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Another primary night has come and gone. As always, it's time to check in on the media narratives that have ruled over the campaign season, to see how they fared in last night's tilts. As it turns out, it's sort of a mixed bag!

Sen. Feingold Faces Unexpectedly Tough Race

AP | LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Add Russ Feingold to the list of Senate Democrats who find themselves in unexpectedly tough races, the latest evidence of the GOP's...

The GOP's Vendetta Against the Jobless

Rick Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Sloan

By attacking the powerless, Republican lawmakers hope to align their party with the powerful, capture control of the next Congress, and, ultimately, win back the White House.

Bob Bennett, Utah Republican, May Not Be Conservative Enough For GOP

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS and LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SALT LAKE CITY — Republican Sen. Bob Bennett – darling of the National Rifle Association and grandson of a Mormon Church president –...

Stuart Rothenberg: Anti-Incumbent Narrative Is Just Hype

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

My heart sank when I saw my friend Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post write about this cycle's elections and whether they really deserved the "anti...

Ensure Domestic Tranquility

Rick Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Sloan

When bad times hit good people, we know what happens. Tempers flare, harsh words are spoken, and the ensuing silences become unbearable. But what happens when those bad times last for months, if not years?

Bill Clinton To Democratic Incumbents: 'Never Give Up'

AP | RON FOURNIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LAS VEGAS — Bill Clinton says Democratic incumbents can't run away from their records, so they might as well embrace them. "Tell your story," th...

A Senate Candidate of Their Own: Alvin Greene in South Carolina

Rick Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Sloan

There is something stirring across this land, particularly among the 31 million Americans idled by this Grave Recession.

Jason Linkins

Primary Results: So Much For That Anti-Incumbent Rage! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Another primary day has come and gone and, once again, the big loser is one of your generic media narratives. On Tuesday, we braced ourselves for another terrible example of anti-incumbent rage that's said to be swelling so strong throughout the country that only the vast majority of incumbents are expected to keep their jobs in November.

Jason Linkins

Primary Day: Brace Yourselves For All The Anti-Incumbent Rage! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

People! It's primary day today. Have you been able to get from place to place this afternoon without stepping in a sticky puddle of anti-incumbent rag...

Incumbents Better Take Note

Rick Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Sloan

Incumbents better take note. Their careers, just like their affairs, will take a back seat to what really matters this year: getting Americans back to work.

Jason Linkins

Will 2010 Really Be An 'Anti-Incumbent' Year? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the things you'll hear the political media blathering about for the next few months is that the 2010 election season is shaping up to be a bad year for incumbents. But what does an "anti-incumbent" year look like?

'Anti-Incumbent Tide' Threatens Republicans, Too

New York Times | JEFF ZELENY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Robert F. Bennett parked his white Acura, walked through the doors of Bryant Middle School and stood alone as he began the obstacle course tha...