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Friday Talking Points -- Bad Hombres And Nasty Women Unite!

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Maybe this, together with all the dark talk of "rigged elections" from Trump will finally provide a dash of enthusiasm for Clinton, here at the homestretch -- it'd certainly be a fitting end to the most bizarre presidential campaign of everyone's lifetimes.

American Backstab: Sarah Palin's Second Betrayal of John McCain

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 07.21.2016 | Entertainment
Geoffrey Dunn

If Sarah Palin has been consistent about anything, it's that she's been a backstab artist her entire political career. As predictably as the melting of Alaska's glaciers, Palin blamed the dust-up between Trump and McCain on "those on the Left and lazy media lapdogs."

Former Obama Adviser: Hillary Clinton's 2016 Prospects Are Looking Good

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

David Plouffe, the one-time Hillary Clinton critic who served as President Barack Obama's campaign manager in 2008 and later as a senior adviser in th...

What Jerry Brown's Big Lead Means

William Bradley | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With less than eight weeks to go till the California primary election, Governor Jerry Brown holds a commanding lead over the multi-partisan field.

Former McCain Advisor: A Lot Of Republicans Want Cruz To 'Go Back To Canada'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

Steve Schmidt, a former adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), took a hit at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Thursday night for causing "distractions" in the ...

Bipartisanship Achieved!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ted Cruz wanted to be on television. That's pretty much it, in terms of any effective result that he achieved. In fact, it was so obvious that the worst invective against Cruz continues to come from his own party.

Maddow's Mission

D. R. Tucker | Posted 11.04.2013 | Media
D. R. Tucker

Maddow has become for this generation what William F. Buckley Jr. was for a previous generation -- the embodiment of the American public intellectual. Of course, because her politics are the opposite of Buckley's politics, this fact drives the right wing up the wall.

Palin's Latest Obama Lies

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey Dunn

Banned from attacking Ayers? Not at all. Palin's assault was scripted by the very "elitists" and the "brainiacs in the GOP machine" she continues to malign.

Chief Justice Roberts and the Right-Wing Majority's True Colors

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Roberts is a Stepford judge - the tip of the spear of the conservative movement's three decade long march through the judiciary - a robotic ideologue ceaselessly committed to undermining legal protections for the vulnerable while further stacking the deck in favor of the already-powerful.

The Republican Party's Anger Mismanagement

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Policy-wise, the GOP is an entity that literally lacks any new ideas, has no interest in governing and has rejected all of its own policy positions from as recently as early 2008.

Ex-GOP Rep Not Surprised Women Aren't Voting Republican

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

Retired Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) opened up on Sunday about his party's struggles to procure female voters, admitting that he's not surprised by ...

Top GOP Strategist: Republican Party 'Doesn't Give Equal Opportunity To Women'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt had some harsh words for his own party on Sunday, criticizing the GOP's standing on equal opportunity for women. ...

The Cremation of Sarah Palin

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey Dunn

Now Sarah Palin was from Wasilla, / Where methamphetamine runs and flows. / Why she left Lake Lucille for an outside thrill, / The good God only knows.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Can the Party of Lincoln Be Like Lincoln?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 11.19.2012 | Media
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpg On our 100th show, Arianna and Mary debate the post-election Republican re-set and whether new GOP members should be required to watch not Patton but Lincoln. Then we discuss how Romney's sour gripes exposed himself as Mr. 1 percent + 47 percent which oddly equals exactly his final total of 48 percent.

WATCH: Republicans: We Were Wrong

The Huffington Post | The Political Mashups Team | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

Senators from deep red Oklahoma and Tennessee endorsing tax increases? Newt Gingrich admitting mistakes? Sean Hannity endorsing a path to citizenship ...

Republican Strategist Blasts GOP For Kowtowing To Extreme Voices

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics

Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist and former campaign adviser to Sen. John McCain, tore into GOP leadership in the wake of President Barack Obama...

From Sarah to Sandy: Why the '08 Campaign Was Way More Fun

Dan Mirvish | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Dan Mirvish

Instead of Hockey Mom Sarah, now we have Frankenstorm Sandy. Instead of commercials comparing Paris Hilton to Barack Obama, we now watch everything on DVR. And instead of the ill-conceived elevation of Joe the Plumber to national folk hero, this time we got ill-advised pronouncements about rape.

Lilly Ledbetter and the High Court

Simon Lazarus | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Simon Lazarus

The Ledbetter case is not simply a story of how women are denied equal pay -- though it is certainly powerful on that front -- it is also a template for strategic action by progressives in fighting over the courts that could and should be scaled up and broadly deployed.

Obama Takes Debate 2: So What Happens Next?

William Bradley | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Now that the somnambulant debater of Denver has awakened, if Obama supporters want something else to fear, billionaires who want a Wall Street engineer in office, or advocates of the old energy economy of fossil fuels, are definitely that.

Michael Calderone

For 2012 Presidential Debates, Campaigns Speed Up The Spin | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.01.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- When President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney leave the debate stage at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, many of the 3,000 journalists churning out sto...

Michael Calderone

How The Romney Campaign Bashes And Exploits The Media | Michael Calderone | Posted 09.17.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- On Thursday afternoon, the Romney campaign reportedly turned on the press. By Sunday evening, the Romney campaign turned to the press in o...

Romney Sticks Silver Foot in His Mouth Again

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's one thing to fire off the inflammatory rhetoric when it's part of the day-to-day grind of a close election. It's another to shamelessly exploit for political purposes the deaths of Americans who've sacrificed their lives to make the world a better place.

FiveThirtyHate?: Nate Silver Gets His Numbers Crossed in Charlotte

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 11.07.2012 | Media
Geoffrey Dunn

Nate Silver's commitment to a quantitative, value-free approach to the living, breathing universe, with an emphasis on numbers, can be troubling, to the point of absurdity, when the answers have nothing to do with statistical equations.

So What the Heck Happened With Clint Eastwood? (and the Perils of Arguing With Imaginary Obamas)

William Bradley | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Eastwood is a very familiar character here in California. I've met him, can't say I know him, but certainly know friends of his. This episode surprised me on a few levels.

Play Ditzy for Me: Clint Eastwood to Address GOP Convention Tonight

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey Dunn

If Eastwood is, indeed, the "mystery man" tonight, there will be no mystery in his remarks. They will be riddled with further hypocrisy and deceit. That you can count on. "A good man," declares Dirty Harry in Magnum Force, "always knows his limitations." Apparently, his creator does not.