iOS app Android app

Presidential Election

Real Patriotism This Presidential Election

Gary Shapiro | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

We are a nation of laws, but we can also strive to be a decent nation. In the quest for national decency, I suggest the following non-partisan rules for the upcoming election.

Howard Fineman

Mitt, The Incidental Candidate | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- He barely speaks in his own first general-election ad. On the top floor of his Boston campaign headquarters, the most visible poster is ...

Howard Fineman

Obama's 'Perfect Beast' vs. Romney's 'Hard Times' Pitch | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Jim Messina, President Barack Obama's campaign manager, is a soft-spoken Montanan who loves order, detail and teamwork. In 2008, when he...

Red to Purple to Blue -- The Collapse of the Republican Electoral College Base

Mark Siegel | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Mark Siegel

Demographics and politics are creating a new America, different from any of the Americas we have ever known or studied in the past. With the "blue-ing" and " purple-ing" of America, the elephant may soon become a dinosaur.

If You Can't Recall You Were a Bully...

David M. Abromowitz | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
David M. Abromowitz

Deflecting responsibility for your own unpleasant actions away from yourself also takes a special kind of personality.

Obama and Gay Marriage: One Key Advantage

Michael J. O'Neil | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Michael J. O'Neil

What impact will Obama's endorsement of gay marriage have on the presidential election? I am tempted to respond the way Chou En-lai did when he was a...

Obama's "Bend Toward Justice"

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Personally, I salute President Obama for his statement, for speaking out for equality. Now he needs to be the defender of Social Security and Medicare and not the advocate of a "grand bargain." He needs to champion making it in America, not peddle more corporate trade pacts.

Divisive Presidential Politics Takes Aim At The American Muslim Community

Ben Herzig | Posted 07.09.2012 | Religion
Ben Herzig

Alienating fellow American citizens based simply on their beliefs, as some candidates have done, is not only un-American -- it's bad politics.

The Real Solyndra Scandal

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.08.2012 | Green

Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), the 20-term incumbent facing a surprisingly competitive race in California's 15th congressional district, drew headlines r...

The President Bragging About His Wartime Success in an Election Ad?

Martin Lewis | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Martin Lewis

How disgusting it is that an advertisement for President Roosevelt's re-election campaign is shamelessly referring to the success of this year's D-Day invasion and the recent liberation of Paris in his campaign for re-election!

Media: Buy Us!

Steven Weber | Posted 06.29.2012 | Media
Steven Weber

The joke is, of course, any amount of digging will eventually reveal a very different truth than the one packaged and sold by the media masters, one in which the intellectual and social welfare (ahem) of the citizenry is the last thing on their greedy little minds.

How You Can Help Protect Victims of Human Trafficking by Voting in the Next Presidential Election

Deborah Bergman | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics
Deborah Bergman

Enforcing obscenity laws will not combat human trafficking because the vast majority of trafficking victims do not work in the pornography industry. It will only consume resources that should be used to aid the victims of all forms of trafficking and to prosecute their traffickers.

Mike Sacks

John Boehner: Americans 'Do Not Want To Vote For A Loser' | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney's privileged background and personal wealth will not prevent Americans from voting for him in November's presidential electi...

Independent Voter or Independent Poser? Take the Test

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

As with many things in life, when it comes to being an independent voter, actions speak much louder than words. If your actions show that you are a party loyalist, then embrace it. If your actions show that you are an independent voter, then embrace it.

Potential Veep Picks Coy About Running

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Potential Republican vice presidential candidates Mitch Daniels and Marco Rubio on Sunday declined to speculate about whom GOP president...

Don't Blame Hogan Gidley for Rick Santorum's Sweater Vest: An Exit Interview with Rick Santorum's Peacock Message Man

Death Race | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Death Race

The calls from reporters started coming in at 10 a.m. -- every 20 minutes or so at first, then increasing in pace, so that in the two hours it took him to get from Richmond to the campaign headquarters in Burke he'd received between 60 and 70 calls.

Enfranchising Americans Through Electoral Reform

Howard Barbanel | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

We need to move toward a one-day national primary, just as we have a one-day national election. There's no reason to have a protracted six-month primary schedule with states jockeying with one another for the distinction of being one of the first.

The Republican Path to National Failure

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

From immigration to health care and education reform, the Republicans are arguing for restricting access not only to the poor, but chiefly to the middle class. At the same time, they are arguing for a greater concentration of wealth among the elites.

Two Romney Problems Clash: Elitism Versus Tin Ear Syndrome

Martin Long | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Martin Long

If Mitt Romney could only learn to show a little bit of the normal humanness that he lets out of the lock-box for his Hannity banter, perhaps he could actually communicate with people.

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.

Building a "Civil Society" in the Young American Republic

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
Zachary K. Pearce

Looking at the roots of American civil society is incredibly revealing. While today's political climate may lead one to worry about the future effectiveness of our government, especially the Congress, I choose to remain optimistic.

Gray Lady Bigotry -- The Acceptable Exception

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

In her March 18 column, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote a scathing and nasty indictment of Presidential candidate Mitt Romney based on his...

The Veepstakes: Finding Romney's Mini-Me

Eli Lehrer | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

If Mitt Romney is focused on winning, one can expect him to pick a "mini-me" who he personally likes, rather than someone flashy.

"B**ches Against Romney": Female Dogs Unite To Protest Mitt Romney's Shocking Mistreatment of Seamus

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 05.21.2012 | Comedy
Nancy Wurtzel

The Seamus story seems to have pushed Mitt to the edge. Insiders say he is growling mad about the continuing media coverage. His newest super pack (sic), Let Sleeping Dogs Die, is poised to go on the attack.

Exclusive: GQ Reveals Romney's and Santorum's Secret Service Code Names

Death Race | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Death Race

They are the best kept secrets of any presidential campaign -- until someone overhears a whispered shout into a wrist microphone. Candidates who get Secret Service protection get to choose the code word that they'll be called -- perhaps for the rest of their lives, if they're lucky.