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Fostering Political Hate: It's a MAD World Out There

Terry Newell | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

During the Cold War, we coined the phrase Mutually Assured Destruction. Campaign politics is an equally MAD world, but its effects are not hypothetical, and mutual deterrence is not working.

It's About That Time

Brett C. Di Resta | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
Brett C. Di Resta

Sensationalizing opposition research may make for good television. But gathering facts, unearthing the truth, revealing sins of omission and countering false information makes for good, honest campaigns.

Jason Linkins

The Obama Campaign Would Like To Remind Supporters That Mitt Romney Is Terrifying! | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics

Over at Buzzfeed, Zeke Miller has a great post up about what's currently worrying the Obama campaign. As it turns out, it's insufficient worry. See...

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.

Hilary Tuttle

CAT FIGHT: 'Hank For Senate' Dogged By Attack Ad | Hilary Tuttle | Posted 03.02.2012 | Weird News

A humble house cat's bid for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) caught fire this week, drawing messages of praise from Russia an...

Jason Linkins

WATCH: GOP Candidates Promised To Avoid Negative Campaigning Ha Ha They Were Just Kidding, Sorry! | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics

So this week, if you spent any time reading about the primary election process that will eventually (we think!) yield a Republican nominee for preside...

The Only Thing We Have to Fear

Conor Grennan | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Conor Grennan

Candidates are not going to inspire us because there's simply no incentive to inspire us. The nature of the game is to get us to the polling station. If the best way to do that is fear tactics, then that's their motivating technique.

Political Vitriol and Its Consequences for Democracy

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The tenor and tone of certain factions' assault on the president of the United States should disturb all Americans. It is, to say the least, unseemly. Of course, we cherish the right to free speech. But having the right to do something does not mean one should actually do it.

A Pledge Political Candidates Should Sign

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Candidates should pledge and agree not to mention or refer directly or indirectly to their opponents during the course of the campaign for the presidency.

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

Hancock Wants To ‘Clear The Air’

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.24.2011 | Denver

A new page has appeared on Denver mayoral run-off candidate Michael Hancock’s campaign website - it’s called “Clear The Air” and it’s aimed ...

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.

Poppy Day

Sally Thorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Thorner

This was supposed to be a post about Election Day from the sidelines. My first since 1978 neither voting nor reporting the results. We are in Vancou...

Tancredo, Buck and Fallon for This Colorado Independent

Craig Alan Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Craig Alan Silverman

I am voting for Tancredo and Buck. It is kind of shocking for me to write, let alone do. The vast majority of my votes through the years have been for Democrats. I voted for Obama in 2008.

Gross. I Turned Into Everything I'm Against.

Jamie Frevele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jamie Frevele

How the hell did I do that? Here's how: I've lost my sense of humor when it comes to politics. I've been mocking Tea Party people for taking themselve...

The Grinch Who Steals Our Elections

Gautam Dutta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Gautam Dutta

Between resignations and politicians' office-hopping, special elections cannot be avoided. Fortunately, there's a proven way to rescue hapless voters and taxpayers -- Instant Runoff Voting.

GOP Cites Huge Cost of Negative Health Care Advertising

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

A top Republican Party official said today that President Obama's health care plan would be ruinous to the U.S. economy because of the ballooning cost of negative advertising required to lie about it.

McCain Campaign Going Double Negative

Steve Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Young

McCain spokesman, Tucker Bounds defended that their double negative campaign sets new lows in political and/or/without grammatical attacks.

Gutless Americans: Religion-Baiting Ascendant Heading into Election Day

Evan Derkacz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Evan Derkacz

The following originally appeared on Religion Dispatches which is honoring Election Day with short posts from numerous contributors. *** The proble...

Sam Stein

The Dirtiest, Most Reprehensible Ads Of The Cycle (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It is tradition in every campaign for each side to denounce the other as having run the sleaziest race in modern political history. And certainly it s...

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.

Why Won't Palin Ask Obama Why He Hates Everything That's Good and Loves Everything That's Bad?

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

While he's at it, Obama should stop using the word "constitution" because a few people might think he means "prostitution" or "constipation."

Ignore the Negative Ads; Watch How He Treats His Wife

Pam Atherton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pam Atherton

There are quick ways to assess the measure of a man, whether he's a date or a guy running for office. Anybody can put on party manners for the camera, but what is he like underneath the show?

Elected Officials Reflect the Electorate

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Miles J. Zaremski

It is we the voters who will be to blame if we succumb to the scurrility of that which is being foisted upon us by the campaign should the Republicans take the top two offices. Why?