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Voters Are Turning Up The Heat While Congress Struggles To Understand

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

When members of the House and Senate return home, they will probably face the wrath they did last summer in town hall meetings. It is not anger aimed towards one party, or one president.

Independent Voters Are Shifting Away

RealClearPolitics | Salena Zito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A poll of opinion polls shows Americans' attitudes are changing rapidly. They are less and less thrilled about the country's direction and Congress, ...

Pollster Analysis: Obama Not Losing Support From Independents

Pollster | Charles Franklin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics for Obama has not plummeted among independents, and that needs to be clarified before it becomes erroneous conventional wisdom. It especial...

Schumer Says Reform by Labor Day, While Cowardly Democrats Vote with Sessions

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Why are Democrats letting Senator Sessions set the agenda with empty, irrelevant, "build the fence bigger" immigration amendments?

Younger Military Families Closing Ranks Around Obama

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

"Everyone I talk to wants change but on base you can't say certain things. At a bar or a party, everyone tells me they're voting for Obama... My military friends are tired of being lied to."

Note to GOP: It's the Independents, Stupid

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

It doesn't take a political rocket scientist to understand the spiral death trap that the GOP seems to be in when it comes to the most critical bloc of voters: independents.

Obama Is First Independent President: John Heilemann

New York Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The 55 inaugural addresses before the one Barack Obama will deliver next week have run the gamut from poetic (rarely) to prosaic and platitudinous (of...

How the Independent Movement Went Left by Going Right

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Gone are the days when independent voting was the province of the "conservative white male." It's estimated that more than 20% of the independents who voted for Obama are people of color.

Swingers: The New Voting Bloc That Could Change Politics Forever

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Giltz

Swingers are the moderate middle. They don't vote based on the tiny letter next to a candidate's name. They vote based on the policies that person puts forth.

Voting Expert William Jacoby Knows How You're Going To Vote

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

As the polls grow tighter, more people wonder what the electorate will be thinking on Nov 4. OffTheBus posed that question to political scientist Will...

The Four Types of Undecided Voters

Barbara Dehn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Barbara Dehn

With eight days to go, and two totally different candidates, how can anyone still be undecided? Turns out, there are lots of different kinds of undecided voters. They don't fall neatly into an easily parodied pigeon hole.

Con Games: The Real Third Party

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Conniff

Think of it... as The Independence Party -- independent voters without party affiliation, and independent thinkers who only reluctantly hang their hat on the door of Republicans and Dems.

PA Steel Town Undecideds Torn: Hardpressed But Wary of Government Assistance

Kelly Nuxoll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kelly Nuxoll

JOHNSTOWN, PA-- Since a supporter at a Palin rally here waved a stuffed monkey with an Obama headband, and the county's own congressman declared "Ther...

Jews for Obama?

Michelle Haimoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Haimoff

The one issue that surpasses even those that center around civil liberties is the continued existence of the state of Israel.

A Life-Long Republican Goes Blue

Eric Morse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Morse

After choosing the Republican candidate for 50 years, my mother has decided to change her ways this election. She thinks Obama has the answers we're looking for.

Why the Democrats Need to Dumb It Down

Michelle Haimoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Haimoff

She makes them laugh and lets them think that they'll all head over to Culver's later for frozen custard and ButterBurgers.

Close Presidential Race? Don't Blame the Media, Blame the Voters

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Voters have (or could have) all the information they need to make a choice this year. They're just making a choice that those on the left would consider a bad one.

Vote for Obama Because He's Black

Michelle Haimoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Haimoff

Here's the thing - people are going to vote against Obama because he's black. This is the country we live in. And I know, he's only half black, yadda...

Our Last Chance to Get the Country Back on Course

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

Reluctant Democrats, feminists and independents must now confront one simple reality: John McCain will be more of the same, while Barack Obama will take us into a different direction.

The New South and Obama: An Interview with Josh Segall, Alabama Democratic Candidate for Congress

Nathaniel Bach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nathaniel Bach

Obama's fifty-state strategy is not about his winning these states in this election. It's about "trickle up" politics and grassroots efforts on a national scale, all of which will help sow the seeds of future Democratic majorities.

Poll: Independents Evenly Split Between Obama And McCain

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The presidential race remains volatile and unpredictable, largely because of a huge bloc of undecided swing voters. "The middle of the electorate is ...

Obama and My Achy Breaky Heart

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Obama seems to be testing the waters, seeing what will work for him in order to gain more independent voters while still keeping his core beliefs intact; there's some fudging, but not yet any flip-flopping.

McCain v. Obama: Whose Brand Stretches Right? (And Get Ready for Inconsistencies from Both Candidates)

Malcolm Friedberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Malcolm Friedberg

McCain's challenge lies in maintaining the politically middle-of-the-road voters, while appealing to social conservatives. Obama's lies in moving to the middle without giving up his liberal base.

Poll: Independent Voters Split Between Candidates

Washington Post | Dan Balz and Jon Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Buoyed by a public mood favoring Democrats, Sen. Barack Obama begins the general-election campaign holding a narrow advantage over Sen. John McCain, w...

Libertarian Bob Barr Jumps Into Presidential Race

Daniel Nichanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Nichanian

Libertarians looking to have a higher-profile candidate than they did in 2004 are rejoicing this week-end as former Congressman Bob Barr announced that he is forming a presidential explanatory committee.