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Jeb Bush's Campaign Shows Just How Insufferable Big Donors Can Be

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics

The demands on politicians to raise money are notoriously awful. Candidates can spend upward of 40 hours a week just hitting the phones, a process tha...

Clay Aiken Gained 30 Pounds Eating Bojangles Chicken During His Campaign

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics

Life on the campaign trail is not conducive to good health. The days are long. The stress is intense. The sleep is fleeting. The food is plentiful -- ...

Clay Aiken Is Still Plagued By Guilt Over His Primary Opponent's Death

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics

Clay Aiken's congressional run in 2014 was never going to be a typical political affair. Not only was he a former "American Idol" and reality televisi...

Jon Huntsman: My Party Will Survive Trump And Eventually Chill Out

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics

Donald Trump's takeover of the Republican Party -- which is described as possible, probably, likely and imminent, depending on the day -- is widely vi...

Donald Trump Still Stimulates Democratic Anxiety Disorder

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley warned his fellow Democrats not to take too lightly the general election threat posed by Donald Trump. In a foru...

This Senate Candidate Explains How God-Awful And Life Consuming Fundraising Is

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics

There is a quaint perception that the life of a congressman is spent crafting legislation and casting votes that will help guide the country and shape...

How The Hell Do You Lose An Election To Rob Ford? Well, It's Complicated.

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics

To anyone living outside of Toronto, its former mayor, Rob Ford, must seem like the least daunting candidate in the history of politics. His limitatio...

If Newt Gingrich Ran For President Again, He'd Do It Like Bernie

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics

If Newt Gingrich could do it all over again, he would be like Bernie Sanders. Yes, that Bernie Sanders. The one who sounds like a Larry David imperso...

How Newt Gingrich Conquered The Debates And What He'd Do About Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics

In this balkanized media landscape, presidential campaigns have placed a premium on creating viral moments. A simple tweet or Instagram post from Dona...

This Congressman Proved Why Republicans Can Never Embrace Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics

In the fall of 2013, Rep. Jack Kingston committed political heresy. Speaking to a local conservative radio station, the then-Republican House member f...

How The Victim Of One Of History's Worst Political Hecklings Survived The Internet

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics

Ben Konop wanted to be mayor of Toledo. Some guy in a Budweiser hat wanted him off his front yard. Together, they produced Internet gold. The setting ...

Hillary Clinton Just Proved Michele Bachmann's Point

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics

Hillary Clinton’s sartorial choices are once more in the news. As has been pointed out numerous times online, and late Friday afternoon in an articl...

How Tim Pawlenty Blew It On The Biggest Stage Of His Career

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

It seems odd to recall now, but former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was fairly well-positioned to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. H...

Wendy Davis Opens Up On The Burden Of Running As A Feminist Icon In Texas

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics

One Tuesday in late June 2013, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis stood on her feet for just under 13 hours in an attempt to stop a draconian anti-abortion ...

Here's Why Clint Eastwood Talked To An Empty Chair At The GOP Convention

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics

As Clint Eastwood took the stage of the Tampa Bay Times Forum on the night of September 3, 2012, it became quickly apparent that his would not be a ty...

Republicans Still Don't Agree On Why Mitt Romney Lost

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics

Following Mitt Romney's defeat in his run for president in 2012, his Republican party did what all parties do: It went through a mourning period. Offi...

The Day Howard Dean Came THIS Close To Leaving The Democratic Party

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean launched his bid for the presidency in 2003, he attracted a huge following by slamming the Democrat...

Jeb Bush Couldn't "Fix It." Here's Why.

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics

In an alternate universe, Jeb Bush would currently be preparing for the most trying half year of his life. The former governor of Florida was the favo...