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Why We Are So Easily Manipulated by the Politics of Fear

David Ropeik | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
David Ropeik

Be afraid. Be VERY afraid! Of Ebola. Of ISIS. Of immigrants threatening to bring both threats across a porous border that can't be protected by a president who can't even protect his own house. Be afraid! Vote Republican.

"Is He One of Us?" The Only Real Issue in the Debates

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The 2012 presidential campaign has turned from a referendum on economic issues -- have Obama's policies worked? -- to a question of comparative trust. It's not that we want candidates who are just like us, but we ask: Will they fight for us?

(Dukakis + Kerry) x Nixon = Romney

Paul Slansky | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Paul Slansky

At long last it's the Republicans who are stuck with one of these pathetically miscast electoral losers, and don't think they don't know it. Mitt Romney is not just barely tolerated but is roundly despised by many of the people whose job it is to sell him.

Do Progressives Have What It Takes To Win?

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

Conservatives believe -- with justification -- that if they get angry enough and loud enough, liberals will back down from fights like this one.

Would Mike Dukakis Have Won the 2008 Election? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Chris Bowers writes: The nation still moving away from Republicans demographically, too. It can't be emphasized enough that Michael Dukakis would h...

The Word on the Street

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Rank-and-file teamsters get it. They aren't willing to be swayed by false, irrelevant arguments. They want change. They want ideas. And the fact is -- McCain doesn't have any.

Regardless of Who Wins the Election, Start Teaching Your Kids Mandarin

Christopher Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Ingram

Voters don't want change. When the American voting public goes to the polls and re-elects the same bunch of losers to Congress year after year, they should expect to get more of the same.

Hey Obama: Knock Off the Zen/Dukakis Stuff

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Barry Yourgrau

Cut the cool zen smiling -- you're in a fight with people who are wrecking this country -- it's not a policy chat.

Dukakis: Obama Likely To Win, But Needs To Improve Campaign

New York Observer | Steve Kornacki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Massachusetts Democratic primary, along with nearly two dozen other primaries and caucuses, was held on Feb. 5. Hillary Clinton won it by 15 point...