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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...

The Future of American Politics

Michael J. O'Neil | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Michael J. O'Neil

The 2012 campaign for the Republican nomination for president has provided a clear indication of the shape of post-Citizens United politics in America.

Mitt Romney Campaign: A Win Is A Win

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics

DETROIT -- The Romney campaign responds to this: "I think we've already won when you consider it is Romney's home state. The fact that we're even ...

Primary Season Quantifiably Much Nastier Than In Years Past

The Washington Post | Dana Milbank February 21, 2012 | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics

If you thought you were living through a particularly nasty presidential primary season, turns out you were right. Four years ago, just 6 percent o...

WATCH: Matthews' Harsh Words For Romney

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 01.30.2012 | Media

Chris Matthews titled Mitt Romney "the exterminator" for taking down Newt Gingrich with negative ads on Monday's "Morning Joe." The MSNBC host was...

Could Democracy Be Destroyed in the Name of Free Speech?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Let's face it -- the wealthy have always had a more powerful voice than the poor or the middle class. But corporate money has the capacity to tip the scales so far that even near balance is virtually impossible.

Mark Blumenthal

How Attack Ads Sunk Newt | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

The rapid fall of Newt Gingrich from front-runner to also-ran was put into motion, at least in part, by an unprecedented wave of negative advertisemen...

Jon Ward

'Positive' Newt Gingrich Sounds Increasingly Angry | Jon Ward | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Newt Gingrich is staying positive. Really. The former House speaker from Georgia, who cannot compete with Mitt Romney's campaig...

Is Mail Balloting A Mistake? Are We Missing Critical Information

Aaron Harber | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Aaron Harber

One argument against mail balloting is the vast majority of voters cast their ballots prior to Election Day and, therefore, they miss the opportunity to change their minds

The 2010 Negative Ad Rodeo

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Campaigns are a lot like bull riding. Survival depends on being able to hang on for a couple of seconds while the negative ad tries to buck you off.

Foreign-Funded Attack Ads or Quieter Potato Chip Bags: The Corporate Media Decides

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stu Kreisman

American elections decided by foreign interests or noisy potato chip bags. Hey, it's a no-brainer, babe. Everybody eats potato chips. Another proud moment for our corporate media.

Midterm Elections 2010: 5 Of The Harshest Negative Campaign Ads So Far (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Across the country, midterm election candidates are infusing the airwaves with negative ads at a rapid rate and the pace could lead the 2010 cycle to ...

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.

If Only Obama Agreed To McCain's "Town Hall" Meetings

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

McCain sticks to his absurd story that it was Obama who forced him to embark on one of the most fiercely negative campaigns in history.

Marcus Baram

Hall Of Shame: The Most Hate-Filled Flyers Of The 2008 Campaign (SLIDESHOW) | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"Passion and prejudice properly aroused and about as well as principle and reason in a party contest." - Thomas Elder, prominent Whig po...

Here's My Take #4: Here's What I think About Campaign Spending And Negative Advertising...

Jennifer Bogut | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennifer Bogut

HERE'S MY TAKE #4 Results: Your thoughts, suggestions and a bit of venting on campaign spending and negative advertising.

Here's My Take: Campaign Funds And Negative Ads

Jennifer Bogut | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennifer Bogut

HERE'S MY TAKE #4. QUESTIONS: What should the campaigns spend money on and what do you see as the effect of negative ads?

Ad Wars: Obama Condemns Gambling With Healthcare As McCain Proposes Laissez Faire Economic Plan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Hughes

Political communications consultant Mike Hughes, special to OffTheBus, deconstructs the latest campaign ads, frame by frame. In his latest ad, Obama ...

"That One": Anatomy of an Insult

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

There "was an energy bill on the floor of the Senate... sponsored by Bush and Cheney. You know who voted for it? You might never know." And here he pointed toward Obama. "That one."

Ad Wars: McCain Dishonorable and Obama Untrustworthy

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Hughes

The difference between these ads is that Obama effectively hits viewer with facts on economic issues, while McCain focuses on tax policy, but distorts the truth, which can diminish the ad's effectiveness.

Over Two Dozen Lies Refuted About Ayers And Obama

John K. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John K. Wilson

The gutter politics of the McCain campaign is reaching down once again to denounce Obama for his distant past links to Bill Ayers in an unprecedented guilt-by-association attack for a presidential campaign.

Early Voting May Boost Turnout, Thwart Last-Minute Negative Campaigning

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dawn Teo

The trend toward no-excuse mail-in voting has grown during recent voting cycles but could significantly alter the landscape of battleground states in the presidential election this year.

Why McCain Has Caught Obama and What Obama Can Do About It

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

If Obama doesn't start attacking, he -- and the rest of us -- will be sitting around on November 5th shaking our heads wondering what the hell happened.

Cindy McCain: "My Husband Is Absolutely Opposed To Any Negative Campaigning At All"

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a recently unearthed clip of Cindy McCain she makes the claim "none of this negative stuff, you won't see that come out of our side at all." This s...

McCain Attacked In Third-Party Ads

Election Central | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Election Central has obtained a copy of a new anti-McCain ad sponsored by the group Campaign To Defend America: The Campaign to Defend America -- whi...