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Election 2012

The Republican Party -- Abandoning the Center

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Republican Party's decision to focus almost all of its attention on the party's base created political energy that brought it back from the brink of irrelevancy, but is now beginning to haunt it as they seek to appeal to the center.

As Mitt Romney Arrives in New Hampshire, We Are Joining the Local Conversation

Howard Fineman | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics
Howard Fineman

Here in New Hampshire -- where on Thursday Mitt Romney will announce his presidential campaign -- they believe in community, as long as it is their own. They care passionately about education, the environment and health care. It's an odd mixture of parsimony and compassion; but it is, or used to be, very much in the American grain. How to achieve that mix is what the GOP currently has to figure out, and what GOP voters here want them to figure out. We at the AOL Huffington Post Media Group want to report intensively on that conversation, and allow and encourage our readers to be part of it. And that, in addition to covering Mitt, is why I am here helping to launch a pioneering experiment in presidential campaign coverage through our Patch sites.

The GOP 2012 Catch-22

Bill Schneider | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Republicans have a problem. They have several plausible candidates who could beat Obama, but they will have a tough time getting nominated. And the candidates who might be able to get through can't beat Obama.

Mitt Romney In Chicago: Sends Obama HQ Leftover Pizza, Says Illinois Is 'In Play' In 2012

Posted 07.27.2011 | Chicago

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney stopped in Chicago Thursday to raise money, chat with supporters and chow down on some Chicago-style deep ...

Conservatives, Hip-Hop and 2012

Bakari Kitwana | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Bakari Kitwana

Is there a place in mainstream American political life for young blacks, whose political views don't always fall within traditional mainstream conservative/liberal lines?

A Pawlenty-Bruckheimer Production: When Campaign Videos Go Way, Way Over the Top

Raymond Schillinger | Posted 07.25.2011 | Media
Raymond Schillinger

All the fast cutaways and lens flares can't hide the fact that this video still feels utterly artificial. Big bucks were no doubt spent to make 2012's most uninteresting candidate seem like a protagonist in a Spielberg epic.

Romney's Work Beginning to Pay Off

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Mitt Romney is emerging as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Unless other candidates begin raising money and building an organization, the race for the Republican nomination will be over before it starts.

The Ryan Budget Acid Test

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party has now made supporting the Ryan budget its acid test for 2012. By forcing the issue in such a major way with Gingrich, the message to the rest of the Republican candidates is loud and clear: "Support the Ryan plan -- or else."

Calamity Newt Asks the Right Question

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Despite Newt Gingrich's gift for self-immolation he shouldn't be dismissed as a 2010 GOP presidential candidate. He has provided the clearest statement of how Republicans will run against Obama and Democrats.

Ron Paul, Conservative Champion of Liberalism

Robin Koerner | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Some of the greatest champions of liberal politics have been conservatives. In 1940, Churchill, a conservative, led Britain alone against the Nazis an...

Next Up: Rudy, Sarah, and Mitch

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

By the end of this month -- with the possible exception of Sarah Palin, who could jump in at any time she wants -- the Republican field is going to look pretty close to what it will look like on Republican primary ballots next year.

Take the Quiz: Will 2012 Race for White House Top These Wacky Quotes From 2008?

Greg Mitchell | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Already the 2012 race for the White House has shaped up as an hysterical ride, at least on the GOP side, but it will have a ways to go to top 2008.

Newt Gingrich Announces His Candidacy for Worst Video of the 2012 Campaign

Raymond Schillinger | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Raymond Schillinger

Newt Gingrich has managed to knock the bar of quality down to a new low for the 2012 campaign season.

We're Not Losers

Matthew Dowd | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Bin Laden's death doesn't signify the checkered flag but rather a lifting of the yellow flag of caution that allows us to regain our footing and pick up the pace. Our opponent is not terrorism but the divisions between us.

Jason Cherkis

Gingrich Stingy With Charity Despite Thriving Political Organizations | Jason Cherkis | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The name is as essential as Trump’s. The Newt Gingrich empire includes Gingrich Productions, the Gingrich Group, Gingrich Holdings...

It's Still the Economy, Stupid

Bill Schneider | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Which issue matters most in a re-election campaign? The economy, stupid. But that doesn't mean the elimination of bin Laden will be irrelevant. What it does is change the perception of Obama. He has passed the commander-in-chief test.

During Mitch Daniels' Decade at Eli Lilly, the Drug Giant Paid Billions in Fines and Settled Thousands of Lawsuits

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.09.2011 | Business
The Center for Public Integrity

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a potential Republican presidential candidate respected for his fiscal prudence, credits his success in government to the business skills he learned as a pharmaceutical executive.

Second Stringers: The First 2012 Republican Debate

Alan Schroeder | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Alan Schroeder

If the purpose of Fox News is to promote Republicans, the opening debate of campaign 2012 did little to advance the cause. The event was like a party all the cool kids boycotted, leaving only an assortment of nerds to whip up their own brand of fun.

Why Democrats Taking Secret Money Risk the High Cost of Copying Republicans

Linda Keenan | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Linda Keenan

It is sadly telling that perhaps the most strident critic of a decision last week by some top Democrats to amass secret donations is a campaign finance crusader who is now out of power.

Republicans Discover That Life Sucks

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

That sucking sound you've been hearing is Republican presidential hopefuls going down the drain. Professional strength Liquid Plumber couldn't help now.

Jon Ward

Reports Of Mike Huckabee's Demise In South Carolina End Up Supporting Idea He Actually Will Run | Jon Ward | Posted 06.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- A South Carolina political blog reported Wednesday that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had decided not to run for president in 201...

The Base and the Swing, Part 7132

Mike Lux | Posted 06.23.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

If the goal is to have a message and platform that appeal to both base and swing voters, you can do no better than populist economics. And here's the other key thing: it is hard to unite them any other way.

Why Are the Republicans Afraid of President Obama?

Bob Cesca | Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

One of the frequent refrains from Republican Party barons is that President Obama is the worst president in American history. But if that's the case, why are they all too scared to officially declare a candidacy against him?

Is the World Too Big to Fail? The Contours of Global Order

Noam Chomsky | Posted 06.21.2011 | World
Noam Chomsky

As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.

That Old 'Which Side Are You On?' Thing

Mike Lux | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Because Republicans want to destroy -- just utterly destroy -- unions, Medicare and Medicaid, the progressive movement and vast majority of the Democratic Party are on the same side. And it is a great feeling.