The Ryan budget passed by the House would dish out $40 billion in subsidies to oil companies over the next ten years, but would slash clean energy investments by 90 percent by 2014 -- down to just $1 billion. Romney and Ryan's failure to support clean energy is a failure of imagination.
Sarah Palin is the most prominent woman in the Republican Party and the finest feminist role model currently walking on terra firma. Is there anybody who comes closer to realizing that feminist maxim "You can have it all" than Sarah Palin?
"Governor Romney arrived, made a few suggestions, took the heat for his honesty and intelligence, just like when he wrote the op-ed newspaper column that rescued General Motors, and the results of his visit are now obvious."
This no doubt endears Ryan to the Tea Party folks who would have all that -- and the repeal of the health reform -- done before breakfast on Inauguration Day, but it is hardly a transcript of Christ's invitation to the rich young man to sell all his possessions and follow Him.
Ryan represents an opportunity for Democrats to not only shift the focus away from an Obama referendum, but also to rally a campaign to save their senate majority and even challenge to re-take the House.
Of course, Obama's current uptick could just be a temporary blip, but let's think this out: What happens if public opinion IS actually shifting in the Democrats' direction across the country, potentially putting the House of Representatives in serious play?
Each week, the Horse Race asks participants to rate the prior week's performance of Gov. Romney, President Obama and their respective campaigns, and vote on which campaign "won" the prior week or appears to have "momentum" in the race.
The Ryan selection is likely to motivate the conservative base and increase donations, much as the Palin selection did. But it is also likely to motivate the Democratic base that sees his Medicare and other proposals as an attempt to roll back Lyndon Johnson's Great Society.
The Romney campaign's particularly scurrilous and misplaced attack against Obama on the issue of welfare is more likely to serve as another reminder of Romney's inability to speak relevantly to the concerns of typical Americans than anything else.
The President has to tell the American electorate that the future lies, not in a second round of trickle-down economics, but in the creation of a second New Deal, one inclusive of those left out the first time 'round.
Although the idea of presidential candidates spying on your listening habits to send you ads might seem scary, in some way, there's really nothing to be surprised about here. It is, quite literally, politics (and advertising) as usual.
Since the last time we took such a snapshot, roughly three weeks ago, both candidates have shown some firming up of their positions, but the good news for both candidates is mixed with some softening as well.
So, here we are, all "you people," being deliberately targeted for pain so we will feel so anxious, so unhappy and so angry that we will embrace anyone else, even those who have deliberately screwed us for their political gain.
Your wife has a horse entered in the Olympics and you're not going to watch the event, whenever it's even on? This is a statement that rings so patently and idiotically false that it exempts all of his future utterances from the need to be taken seriously, or really even listened to.