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Read Our Lips: No New Texans

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.21.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

As onerous as the prospect of a Mitt Romney candidacy may be, the thought that Rick Perry might be our next president inspires the paraphrasing of an infamous George H.W. Bush slogan.

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.

Governors Should Consider Weld Model in Fighting Fiscal Deficits

John B. Stimpson | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
John B. Stimpson

Politics as usual dictates that Republicans and Democrats have to win at each other's expense. But as William Weld and the Legislature demonstrated in Massachusetts, it is possible for both parties to win.

Remembering Reagan

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

23 years after leaving office, almost seven years after his death and 100 years after his birth, Reagan is a legitimate icon. While the elements of his legacy can, and must, be challenged, it remains true that in death, Reagan remains largely Teflon.

Popular Vote v. Electoral College (Why The Media Badly Needs A History Lesson)

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

It's painful to watch these fools -- they don't know how a five-point popular vote victory almost always translates when it comes to the only metric that matters -- the Electoral College. (Hint: landslide).

Mr. President, Please: Learn From Dukakis' Worst Political Blunder

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
SaraKay Smullens

"Governor," Bernard Shaw asked Michael Dukakis during a 1988 presidential debate, "if Kitty Dukakis (the governor's wife) were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?"

Will Democrats Lose Big in November? Only if They Choose to

Zach Friend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zach Friend

The talking heads have declared it so. But you know, political pundits and have a lot in common with stock analysts: they're pretty good at explaining the future -- right after it happens.

How Ted Kennedy Helped Me Home

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randy Susan Meyers

Back in the days of the crazy housing boom in Boston, the Mission Hill triple-decker where I rented an apartment for my daughters and myself was sold to a guy who quadrupled our rent to an impossible sum.

There You Go Again: the Death Rites of Miranda

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

GOP candidates are manly men who fight for law and order. Only leftist weaklings bother with details like fair trials or worry about executing innocent prisoners.

UK's First Televised Prime Ministerial Debates: Game Changers

Rome Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rome Hartman

The televised sessions have been crucial in changing the entire direction of the campaign. Gordon Brown and (especially) David Cameron must be kicking themselves.

There You Go Again, Newt

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Gingrich's attempt to label Obama's administration a "secular socialist machine" has nothing to do with history and everything to do the kind of brass knuckle politics which will be his living legacy.

Open Letter to Mike Huckabee

Fred Karger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Karger

Now the Republican Party has its own 21st Century George Wallace, another Southern Governor who has also run for president, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.

We've Finally Got Health Care, Hallelujah: All the GOP Can Conjure Is the Bogeyman!

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

Why is it that Americans only see Republicans' true colors when their results are catastrophic, as in the case of the unending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the financial crises of the last couple of years?

Dems, Running Scared

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Quimbley D. Democrat is looking over his shoulder. This makes doing his job rather more difficult than it ought to be.

Losing the 60th Vote Is Bad for Democrats, but It May Save Obama

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Paul

If one is to draw a lesson for national politics from Massachusetts, it is less about policy -- the notion that the Massachusetts electorate was voicing its opposition to federal health care legislation -- than about politics.

Hail Mary Mudslinging

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Does Dan Hynes' ad featuring Harold Washington represent a "game change" in this late hour of the campaign?

On Guns, Scalia is Right For Once, and Obama Agrees

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

If we don't like the Second Amendment, then we should agitate to get rid of it in the methods the Founders prescribed. But we might want to think twice.

Why the President Has Been Losing on Health Care, and What He Needs to Say

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

At this historic moment, the White House has determined that the best way to win the center is to tack right. But sometimes, the best way to win the center is not to move to the center, but to move the center.

My Interview with Michael Dukakis

Michael Bendetson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Bendetson

Dukakis: I think I helped to expand the Democratic Party's influence to states where we had been decimated in past elections. Certainly, my advocacy for grass root politics has served this Party well in recent years.

McCain's Viagra Problem

Dylan Loewe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Loewe

When it comes to the exclusive club of presidential losers, John McCain, it turns out, is quite the maverick. Not since Ralph Nader has someone so willfully dismantled his reputation and legacy.

This Crazy Sex Ad is Obama's Dukakis Moment

John Neffinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Neffinger

Everyone who sees this ad can see how dirty it is. If Obama wants Americans to respect him, he should react with the kind of anger -- controlled, but still palpable -- anyone would feel if somebody did this to them.

McCain's Choice: Dukakis or Gore?

David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Weiner

In the end, Barack Obama's win may have handed John McCain the keys he needed, if not necessarily wanted.

Obama Is Dominating in the Polls, but Four Things Keep Me Awake at Night

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

As a lifelong Democrat who has seen my party lose winnable races, I can't help thinking about how things can go wrong this year. These are the four factors that keep me up at night.

The Fringe Right Bubble is Bursting

Caroline Presno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Presno

Now we have Republicans, Democrats, and Independents walking away from and speaking out against extreme rhetoric and deeds. The country is ready for an Obama administration.

Why Obama Can't Shake McCain

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

That nagging AP poll hints at something that has bedeviled the Obama campaign from day one, and that's the inability to put McCain away. How could that happen?