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Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial Primary One in a Litany of Whisker-Close Elections in U.S. History

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

In the recent Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial Primary, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin was ahead by just 83 votes out of over 214,000 votes cast.

One Galvanizing Issue Can Rocket Launch a Potential Presidential Candidacy: Scott Walker Is One Example

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Scott Walker is one of a very small number of Presidential candidates to have been catapulted into the national spotlight by a single galvanizing issue or event. Walker's challenge to public sector unions struck a nerve with rank-and-file Republicans, as well as with Libertarian-oriented Tea Party voters and GOP benefactors.

No Political Ideology Has a Monopoly on Patriotism

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

By and large, Americans have come to believe, although erroneously, that Patriotism is tantamount to support for the Constitutional system of government and the policies instituted by the government. In truth, an American Patriot can love his/her country while opposing the polices of the government.

Political Insults: Cheap Shots or Do They Play an Important Role in American Politics?

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Politics is a funny business, and certainly not a good career choice for the thin-skinned. If you want to play in this game you've got to be prepared for highly insulting remarks not only about the positions you may hold, but about your personal life as well.

John Boehner Is Not the First GOP House Leader to Experience Dissention Within His Own Party

Rich Rubino | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Boehner is not the first Republican house leader to run into trouble. A thumbnail sketch of some past Republican house speakers and minority leaders shows that most have had defections from within their ranks and had to struggle to maintain power.

Political Family Feuds: The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Throughout American history, political family dynasties have not been uncommon. However, these families have not always acted in unison. In fact, in some cases American political families have been split asunder by divergent political loyalties.

Can Hillary Clinton Break the 'Presidential Cabinet Curse'?

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Americans seem to have an aversion to electing Cabinet secretaries to the presidency. However, this was not always the case. In fact, the position of U.S. secretary of state was once a customary stepping-stone to the presidency.

The Establishment is Not Quite as Established as One Might Think

Rich Rubino | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

While an establishment candidate benefits from institutional support and an existing army of benefactors, they usually downplay this significant asset, trying to present themselves as independent-minded. However, once insurgents are elected, they become the face card of the establishment.

Unexpected Presidencies

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Becoming president isn't always the result of years of strategic maneuvering and winning over a widespread section of constituencies and benefactors. As odd it may seem, sometimes becoming president can simply be the result of being in the right place at the right time.

In Politics, a Prestigious Education and Political Experience can be a Liability

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

American politics is unlike any other profession in that graduating from an esteemed institution of higher education and having direct experience in politics can actually be a liability rather than an asset.

The Annual State of the Union Address: Pageantry Over Substance?

Rich Rubino | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Some arrive at the Chamber hours before the address to stand in the center aisles to be seen greeting the president on national television. There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution mandating that the president even deliver the address in person.

For Her Own Funeral, Betty Ford Requested Political Eulogy

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 09.10.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Former first lady Betty Ford, always known for her take charge attitude, chose the people who will eulogize her and the subjects t...

The Revolutionary Moment of First Lady Betty Ford: Her October 1975 Speech Still Makes History

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

With news of former First Lady Betty Ford's death at age 93, it is easy to simply recall her as the leader of the national movement for substance abus...

Dec. '09 Obama Poll Watch -- Below Fifty, But Stabilizing

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's time once again for Obama Poll Watch -- our monthly look back at Obama's approval ratings for the previous month.