Walking amid the good folk and food booths and rides at the Iowa State Fair, it's hard to get a sense people are fixated on politics in the aftermath of the Republican debate and before the important straw vote in Ames.
Good news for Obama. He officially won Thursday night's Republican debate and he didn't even have to show up. Despite all the criticism coming at him from all sides, not one GOP hopeful was able to present him or herself as a viable alternative for 2012.
So much for Minnesota Nice. The headline to emerge from the Republicans' first Iowa debate is the bitter scrap between the two Minnesotans standing side by side onstage, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and ex-Governor Tim Pawlenty.
While the words "climate" and "energy" seems to be on the lips of every presidential hopeful this election cycle, many of the GOP primary contenders are consistently inconsistent in what they are saying.
Democrats are waking up to a terrifying realization: there is nothing President Obama can do to get himself re-elected next year. Things look just that bad. On the other hand, there are plenty of things Republicans can do to get Obama re-elected.
While many Americans may be on vacation, the Republican candidates are entering one of the most important weeks: in many ways, this week will really mark the start of the Republican contest.
The Republican race as it stands is Romney's to lose and without any debates the contest may resemble more of a name recognition contest now than a race in which anyone is running on their records.
It is both sad and ironic that in a time of steady and fervent patriotism we seem to care so little for our republic.
I was out of town for the past three weeks, and so a few stories slipped through the cracks. I thought it would be best to catch up with just a quick wrap-up.
My now-deceased parents immigrated here from Canada to seek better opportunities and my Mom would cry every time she heard The Star Spangled Banner. I'm glad she's not here to witness a potential loony tune takeover of our promised land.
Mitt Romney disclosed that 70% of his total fundraising of $18,383,256 came from donors giving the maximum allowable contribution of $2,500. This means that almost $13 million of his total amount raised came from just 5,147 people.
To me, the oath of office is like a wedding vow. Once you say,"I do" and promise to be faithful to one person, are not all earlier flirtations swept aside? Does a promise to Grover Norquist's lobbying group outweigh the oath of office?
Like lemmings rushing headlong off the cliff into the sea, Republicans seem to inexorably pick substandard candidates for the most important office in the land.
I can certainly accept the premise that young people are less interested in the race at this point, but had never thought of this as a reason for them to be under-represented in a polling sample.
These days, it's tough to find Tim Pawlenty's poll numbers without a shovel. But that's not stopping him from trying to appeal to the Tea Party.
You've got to hand it to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. What he lacks in consistency and charisma as the 2012 Republican presidential frontrunner, he makes up for with stunning political awkwardness.