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It's Election Time! (Finally!)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

In an endless campaign, a milestone: actual voting! That's worth a celebration -- or at least a song...

Bernie Sanders Is a Protest Candidate, Not a President

Monica Bauer | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Monica Bauer

It occurs to me that Bernie Sanders may not want to be President. Perhaps he knows in his heart that a self-proclaimed Socialist, even a Democratic Socialist, has no chance of winning in a general election outside of a few states with distinctly liberal tilts and a high percentage of college students.

Friday Talking Points -- The Knives Come Out

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The winner of the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award was none other than Chelsea Clinton. There's a word for what she is doing, and it is called "fearmongering."

Absentee Senator Pat Roberts Survives Bruising Kansas Primary

Erik Ose | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Erik Ose

Roberts appeared vulnerable earlier this year after questions were raised about his residency in Kansas, similar to what helped defeat veteran Sen. Richard Lugar two years ago.

Those Obamacare Attack Ads Backfired, Actually Helped Boost Enrollment

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

While those attack ads likely cost some Democratic members of Congress their jobs in 2012, a new report indicates that, crazy as it sounds, those ads may have contributed to the success of the health care legislation this year.

TV Ads that Add Up: Six Strategies for Women Candidates

Barbara Lee | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Barbara Lee

We know men are using negative ads to reach voters. Voters expect more from women -- they don't expect to see women candidates act like typical politicians. So how do they engage in contrasting with their opponents without losing their edge?

Negative Ads vs. Aristotle

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Proving that an argument is invalid (ideally by showing that it ends in a logical contradiction) is one of the most effective ways to destroy an opponent's case.

Why I Like Negative Ads

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.08.2013 | Media
Jonathan Haber

I actually like negative ads. I know this might seem counterintuitive, given that negative ads suffer from so many shortcomings critical thinking-wise. But negative ads at least present an argument.

Negativity Dominates Campaign Cycle

AP | PAULINE ARRILLAGA | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics

-- In the America viewed through the lens of a presidential campaign commercial, coal miners hear that their jobs are "in danger," voters are warned ...

Jon Ward

Ohio Women Disappointed With Obama, Distrustful Of Romney | Jon Ward | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio –- At a picnic table on the first day of the Ohio State Fair Wednesday, the daily political melee on Twitter, TV and in the inboxes o...

Why Obama and Romney Are Going Mano-a-Mano

Howard Fineman | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

This presidential campaign is shaping up as one of the most personally nasty in modern times -- and more quickly than experts thought it would. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama already are in choreographed hand-to-hand combat mode. The GOP's presumptive nominee has angrily demanded an apology from Obama himself for a campaign staffer's suggestions that Romney may have committed a felony by misstating his role at Bain Capital in a SEC filing. Romney called the remarks "outrageous" and "beneath the dignity" of Obama and the presidency. Not only did the president not apologize, he all but scoffed at his foe. Obama did not pawn off the controversy onto his campaign staff or position himself above the fray as a sitting president with much more lofty work to do.

Is Romney Playing Rope-a-Dope or Is There Really No There There?

David Paul | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
David Paul

The American worker has been lied to for decades. Election year after election year, politicians pronounce the American worker the best in the world, as if this was meaningful. Rarely does a politician speak the truth: for decades now, American workers have been thrown to the wolves.

Obama's Spending On Attack Ads Soars

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's campaign has spent nearly $100 million on television commercials in selected battleground states so far, unleas...

Political Attacks Cross The Line

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics

Negative advertising and smear campaigning have been staples of American politics for nearly two centuries. Some historians trace the roots of the pra...

Does the Truth Matter to Voters?

Lanny Davis | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Why not win the campaign on the issues -- and on President Obama's positions on the issues and his vision for creating jobs and economic recovery, which, in my view, are far superior to Romney's?

Frank Rich, Rachel Maddow: Go Negative

Posted 06.19.2012 | Media

New York magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich stopped by Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show Monday to discuss his current piece on the importance of negative p...

Sam Stein

Political Operatives Mull Going Positive | Sam Stein | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While positive campaigning is not a panacea for a candidate seeking to neutralize a well-funded opponent, there are upsides to 'going ni...

How Negative Political Attacks Are Saving Democracy

Jason Stanford | Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Turnout in the Wisconsin recall was 56 percent, more than the regularly scheduled 2010 elections. But don't expect the myth that negative campaigns suppress voters to die in Wisconsin. This false notion is one of the most widely held misconceptions about American politics.

GOP Swift Boaters Ramp Up Against President Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The swift boaters are kicking their campaign of political dirt, mud and garbage slinging against Obama into high gear. Here's a checklist of their latest antics.

Sherrod Brown: Opponent's Negative Ad Recycles False Claims

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is hitting back against a new campaign ad put out by his Republican opponent, Josh Mandel, charging the ad merely repeats ...

Sam Stein

WATCH: Romney Gets Negative In First General Election Ad | Sam Stein | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When it comes time to score Mitt Romney's first general election ad, the independent arbitrators will rank it as a "negative" spot...

Sam Stein

Drowning In Mud: 70 Percent Of Presidential Campaign Ads Negative | Sam Stein | Posted 05.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The percentage of negative ads run during the 2012 election is up dramatically over the previous cycle, with candidates and interest gro...

New Gangs in Politics

Ted Kaufman | Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics
Ted Kaufman

There are some new gangs in our political neighborhoods called "super PACS" and they distorted the outcome in a number of states during the Republican presidential nomination campaign.

Campaign Negativity Is Nothing New

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While they may have a point about the magnitude of cash flowing into negative ads this time around, and while they may indeed have a point about the insidiousness of corporate money in American political campaigns, the nastiness itself is really nothing new.

Public Asks for Political Inspiration, but Responds to Negative Attacks

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

There are two people running against me in the Republican primary for New Jersey's Ninth district and recently I had an interesting lesson in politics...