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Mike Murphy

Selling Meg Whitman: Glitches Emerge in the Billionaire's Plan To Acquire the California Governorship

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

The billionaire ex-eBay CEO has assiduously promoted herself as a potential governor of of the nation's largest state. All is "on plan" in the selling of Meg Whitman. Or is it?

Scott Brown Need Not Apply: California Republicans in the Post-Arnold Era

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

The principal fight in the California Republican primaries for governor and U.S. senator will be over who is more conservative than the next candidate.

"If Sarah Palin Looked Like Golda"

Gershon Hepner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gershon Hepner

Poem inspired by an observation made by Mike Murphy, a former John McCain strategist

It Would Behoove the Republican Party to Immediately Stop Pissing Off Latinos

Pablo Manriquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Manriquez

However it's fed to the media, what Democrats see in comprehensive immigration reform is 12 million potential votes. Unless Republicans prefer losing elections, they should stand with Obama on immigration reform.

Chuck Todd, Mike Murphy Discuss GOP's 'Circular Firing Squad' Over Sarah Palin (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The sniping between McCain staffers and Palin defenders has only gotten worse since Todd Purdum's lengthy Vanity Fair article slamming Sarah Palin cam...

Sam Stein

Gregory Accidentally Accuses Jon Huntsman Of Having An Affair, Effusively Apologizes | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Republican Party is in such a state of disrepair and scandal that television news hosts can't keep track of which prominent figures are dealing wi...

This Week in Magazines: Bernie, Blago and Betrayal

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

This may be a golden era of betrayal. Bernie Madoff, Eliot Spitzer, Chris Brown, Rod Blagojevich, Alex Rodriguez and Mel Gibson are among the liars and cheats who've hurt their biggest fans and chums the most.

The Ice Age Is Coming

TIME | Mike Murphy Monday, Jun. 22, 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Despairing Republican friends have been asking me what I think we should do to rebuild the GOP and begin our certain and inevitable comeback. My answe...

Tedisco Concedes To Murphy In NY-20

AP | VALERIE BAUMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — Almost a month after a special election in a heavily Republican congressional district, the Democratic candidate claimed vic...

'Scott Murphy Has Defeated Republican Jim Tedisco': Ex-NRCC Chair

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The hand counts and courtroom squabbles may be dragging on in the New York District 20 race, but at least one prominent Republican says the election i...

Mike Murphy Moves a GOP Message

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

In case you thought it was only the CPAC crowd arguing that Obama was the second coming of "European-style socialism," Murphy wanted you to know precisely which slice of Europe they had in mind.

Yet Another California Campaign: Elections Abound In the Arnold Era

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Every other year, including this, has seen the tarnished Golden State holding at least one statewide election. This May 19th it's another special statewide election, the fourth of the Arnold Era.

Sam Stein

A Republican Party In Civil War | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This past week's Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C. was supposed to mark the beginning of the reemergence of the conservative...

Will Giuliani's Top Staff Lose Two Presidential Campaigns In One Year?

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

Back in June, many of us laughed and laughed at the idea that John McCain and the RNC was putting the top staff to Rudy Giuliani's disastrous presidential campaign to run the general election ground game.

12 Reasons Why McCain Can Still Win

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

So, you think it looks really good for Barack Obama. Well, maybe so. Yet, Obama can still lose this. Though I'm not planning to head over to Vegas to shoot craps (John McCain's favorite) on that deal.

The One Reason Sarah Palin Will Lose The VP Debate

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

Palin seems to have done well enough in her gubernatorial debates but that's not because the format suited her better. It's because the debates weren't about national or international affairs.

The Return of "Outliers"

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

Somewhere during the conventions, I got out of the habit of posting these. So for those new to the site, here is a collection of links to "outliers" -...

Peggy Noonan, Mike Murphy Caught On Tape Disparaging Palin Choice: "Political Bullshit," "Gimmicky"

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Update: Peggy Noonan addressed the open mic incident in the Wall Street Journal, and claimed that the "It's over" remark was not in reference to the M...

Obama Counter-Programs The RNC, And Hurricanes Sarah And Gustav

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

What a bizarre week for Obama to mount a counter-programming effort. He has the RNC and Hurricanes Gustav and Sarah. It's going pretty well for him -- not that he has all that much to do with it.

Jason Linkins

Campaign AdWatch: 'Alaska Maverick' Strains To Contrast | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here's the new advertisement from the McCain campaign, "Alaska Maverick," which extends the GOP's last ditch efforts to keep the "experience" argument...

Jason Linkins

Peggy Noonan Seems To Be Of Two Minds On The Matter Of Palin | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Now, the only question is: "What was Peggy Noonan thinking when she filed this column for the Wall Street Journal this morning?

Sunday Watch: In Which Skepticism Revives (But Not for Everyone)

Todd Gitlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Todd Gitlin

In terms of attention seized, McCain-Palin "won the weekend." Whether they won supporters is more doubtful. Judging from the top two Sunday shows, they didn't impress.

Keith Olbermann Caught Saying About Mike Murphy: "Let's Wrap Him Up" (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In what may have been a moment of an unknown open microphone during Wednesday night's DNC coverage on MSNBC, anchor Keith Olbermann vocally asked to w...

From the Eye of the Storm

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

From a pollster's perspective, we are in something of the eye of the storm. As Gallup's Frank Newport puts it, "a huge influx of election-related news...

Not a Good Sunday for Women

Adele Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adele Stan

I'll be surprised if McCain doesn't pick a woman. I've long speculated before that such a move would make good sense as McCain seeks to appeal to swing voters.