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Tucson Demonstrates It Is Time for Real Change

Aaron Harber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Harber

A new way to communicate? It is time for a change -- and while it needs to be led by both parties, the real responsibility lies with every individual...

Political Campaigns -- It's Time for a Change

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

We have a short breather until the run-up to the next elections in 2012. Let's demand that our politicians run on the issues.

Wing-Nut Tea

Susan L. Travis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan L. Travis

These are interesting and difficult times for all Americans, though the predicament of our Republican brothers and sisters bears special reflection.

Could Newsom Become the Phil Angelides of 2010?

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Paul Hogarth

Mayor Gavin Newsom has entered the race for Lieutenant Governor, a job he ridiculed while running for Governor -- and his supporters include San Franciscans who figure it's an opportunity to get rid of him.

Dear Conservatives: Break Some Liberal Hearts. Vote Obama.

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

No group in America would have more trouble adjusting to an Obama presidency than the Bush Liberals. Yes, there really is such a thing as a Bush Liberal. Let me explain.

I Am Professor Khalidi (Why John McCain Doesn't Get to Pick My Halloween Costume)

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

Khalidi is a big-time professor. Which is to say that, until quite recently, he was someone most of us had never heard of. But then John McCain picked Professor Khalidi's new Halloween costume.

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.

What the Bottom Falling Out Looks Like in Texas

Rachel Farris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rachel Farris

Imagine my surprise yesterday when I received a scanned copy of an attack ad against Democrat Donnie Dippel, featuring a con artist-cropped version of my own copyrighted photo, showing Dippel posing with my Obama license plates.

Growing Up Right -- Learning Political Lessons From the 'Rents

Bill Hoversten-Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bill Hoversten-Davis

My strict but loving parents instilled notions of religion, ethics, obedience, good citizenship -- and politics. Early on, I learned right was right and left was wrong.

McCain: Stop Sh**ing; Get Off Pot

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The only positive thing that is still within your reach is not victory in the election; it is salvaging your honor and helping your country.

Country First?

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Clothier

"Country first" is precisely the wrong slogan for a twenty-first century political campaign, and one that sends precisely the wrong message to the rest of the world.

Sarah Palin: A Spiritual Thermometer

Eli Davidson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eli Davidson

The hair on the back of my neck stands up straight as a Polar bear looking for her cub anytime I hear Sarah talkin'. So, what if I could use her to become a more compassionate person?

No Excuse For Dirty Politics

Chuck Lasker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chuck Lasker

It is better to lose a presidential campaign than to lose your honor, integrity, dignity, pride and reputation. It's truly an amazing concept, I know, to use these words when talking about a campaign in this post-Rove world.

Ooh, That Smell: McCain and His Mob Waltz with Death

Pete Cenedella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pete Cenedella

What's happening at these McCain-Palin rallies is a series of convulsions and spasms no less primordial than those we make at the end of life -- a kind of death dance.

Going Beyond the Pale-in: (Character) Assassination

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

When does character assassination cross the line and begin to encourage physical assassination?

Et Tu, Senator McCain?

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

What's most troubling about the McCain camp's desperate decision to attack on Sen. Obama is that they understand the nastiness, the pettiness, the just-plain-wrongness of what they're doing.

The Case for Not Going Negative

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Obama has learned all the wrong lessons from the swift boat debacle. Kerry got spanked in 2004 because he has the personality of the thimble.

Winning (or Losing) Ugly

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

McCain has a running mate that does not seem to know boundaries. She will go where others won't. Who needs a swiftboating 527 with this VP?

International Bloggers: McCain Must Divert Attention From Economy

John Liebhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Liebhardt

At a time of economic crisis, and with wars on several fronts, the American people are looking past the politics of old, the politics of negative spin and sound bites, and want something more.

McCain's Offensive

Robert Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Schlesinger

John McCain may, as he often claims, know how to win a war, but he doesn't seem to understand how to win an election.

John McCain Gets Dirty

John Ridley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Ridley

Mom always told me that if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all. But then, Mom was never a Republican running for president.

Obama Campaign Fights Fire With Fire

Edward Rotchford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Edward Rotchford

The Obama campaign has finally taken the gloves all the way off. They will make available a documentary explaining how the savings-and-loan collapses in the 80s were connected to McCain and helped cause the current credit crisis.

Jason Linkins

McCain Flack Says Obama's Criticism Of Bush Policy Is Unpatriotic | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Did you ever think you'd see the day that you'd miss the comparatively reasonable intonations of Carly Fiorina on your teevee, flacking for McCain? I...

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.

Question for Gov. Palin: Who Would Jesus Smear?

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

If Palin won't repent for us and won't repent for America, I hope she'll at least remember Lee Atwater's dying remorse and restrain herself for her own sake.