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The Invasion of the Party-Switchers in Presidential Politics

Rich Rubino | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

The 2016 Presidential election might go down in history as the year of the party-switchers. Republican Rick Perry was once a member of the Texas Democratic State Legislature. Potential Democratic Presidential candidate Jim Webb was once a Republican.

One Galvanizing Issue Can Rocket Launch a Potential Presidential Candidacy: Scott Walker Is One Example

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Scott Walker is one of a very small number of Presidential candidates to have been catapulted into the national spotlight by a single galvanizing issue or event. Walker's challenge to public sector unions struck a nerve with rank-and-file Republicans, as well as with Libertarian-oriented Tea Party voters and GOP benefactors.

Neurosurgeon May Perform Exploratory Operation on Presidential Candidacy

Rich Rubino | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

At the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, the keynote speaker was Dr. Ben Carson, a retired renowned neurosurgeon. In his address, Carson excoriated political correctness, supported health savings accounts, and advocated for the implementation of a federal flat tax.

Switching Party Affiliation: Sometimes It Works, Sometimes It Doesn't

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Taylor and Crist must prove that their party switch was a principled, rational move, not an act of political opportunism.

Another Book About FDR? Yes, and It's a Must Read

Al Eisele | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

Moe's masterful account of why and how FDR overcame his reluctance to seek reelection -- he was determined to retire to Hyde Park after two terms and write his memoir while basking in history as the father of the New Deal -- reminds us that he was a much prisoner of history as was Abraham Lincoln.

Could 2016 Be Rand Paul's Moment?

Rich Rubino | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Every so often in American politics a party nominates an insurgent, not because of his/her experience, but simply because their message strikes a resonate chord with the most active faction of the party at that time.

Mitt Romney's Career Options -- Here's an Idea...

Tom Alderman | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Tom Alderman

It's been many months since the election and it appears that Mitt Romney is figuring out his next gig. We suggest he take a look at what another corporate-executive-turned-presidential-candidate did after his election drubbing.

An American First and a Republican Afterward

Lynne Olson | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Lynne Olson

A highly polarized country. A savagely partisan Congress. A brutal presidential race, which ended with the Democratic incumbent defeating his Republican challenger, an ex-businessman. This was America in 1940 and early 1941.

Why Donald Trump Is No Wendell Willkie

Asher Smith | Posted 06.17.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

Is Donald Trump Wendell Willkie, the 1940 presidential candidate plucked from the private sector during the 1940 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia? The comparison is tempting.