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Rich Rubino
Rich Rubino is the author of three books: The Political Bible of Humorous Quotations from American Politics, Make Every Vote Equal: What a Novel Idea, and The Political Bible of Little Known Facts in American Politics. He also blogs for The Huffington Post. He has appeared on MSNBC, FOX News, Al-Jazeera and many other media outlets. Rich holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Communications from Assumption College, and a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College. In addition to political consulting, he has worked as a Social Media Coordinator for Support Popular Vote, a group working to change the way electoral votes are allocated within the Electoral College.

Entries by Rich Rubino

Ted Cruz Misinterprets Ronald Reagan's 1980 Election Victory

(312) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 8:54 PM

U.S Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is running for president as an unreconstructed conservative Republican. Cruz suggests a Republican nominee can win the presidency by waving the conservative banner and galvanizing conservatives rather than by making inroads with centrist persuadable voters.

Cruz's template for this strategy goes back to 1980...

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A Legacy of 'Congressional Truancy': From Harding to Kennedy to Obama to Rubio

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 4:42 PM

While waging his Presidential campaign, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is under constant criticism for missing over 30 percent of Senate votes in 2015. Rubio has also has missed Senate committee hearings in order to attend fundraisers. A major newspaper in his state, The Sun Sentinel, has called on Rubio...

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Jim Webb's Next Political Move? Some Historical Context

(16) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 12:08 PM

Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) has egressed from the Democratic Presidential sweepstakes and is contemplating running for president as an independent candidate.

Webb did not catch on with Democratic voters. His opposition to most forms of gun control, his support for the Keystone Pipeline, and his opposition to...

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Seizing the Electoral Moment: Former Allies Bush and Rubio Battle it Out

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 2:56 PM

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was once a benefactor of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Bush donated to Rubio's first political campaign, and in 2005, when Rubio was sworn in as Florida's House Speaker, Bush gave Rubio a sword, informing Rubio: "I'm going to bestow to you the...

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Donald Trump Is a Political Aberration: Rather Than Hiding his Wealth and Elite Education, He Flaunts it

(5) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 6:58 PM

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump unabashedly touts himself as being "really rich." According to Forbes Magazine, Trump even exaggerated his net worth, alleging to be worth almost $9 billion. Forbes pegs the number at just $4.1 billion. Trump brags that he went to a top tier school,...

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Lincoln Chafee: The Heir Apparent to Ron Paul on Foreign Policy?

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 8:20 PM

During the last two election cycles, U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) attracted support from liberals, libertarians, and independents who were drawn to his non-interventionist anti-war message. Paul advocated a truncation of the military budget and called for U.S. troops overseas to come home. He argued that the U.S. presence abroad...

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A Biden/Warren Ticket: Announcing a Running Mate Would Be a Risky Endeavor

(3) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 5:24 PM

A recent meeting between Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) set the political punditocracy aflutter with speculation of a Biden/Warren ticket. If Biden were to announce the formation of this ticket prior to the Democratic Presidential primaries, it would effectuate a formidable obstacle for the current...

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Donald Trump Is No 'Good Soldier'

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 5:47 PM

Many in the GOP High Command are distraught that their party's frontrunner for the 2016 Presidential nomination, real estate magnate Donald Trump, will not agree emphatically to support the party's eventual nominee (should Trump himself not be nominated) and will not rule out waging a potential third party bid. Trump...

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Should Biden Run for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, not Getting Endorsement of President would Not be Unprecedented

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Vice President Joe Biden is believed to be seriously contemplating a bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Should he enter the race, one of his opponents would be former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who served under President Barack Obama. If Biden enters the race, Obama will likely not...

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Restless Insurrectionist Syndrome Strikes in the 2016 Presidential Election

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 11:51 AM

A year ago, few Americans would have predicted that Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, would be leading a formidable insurrectionist challenge to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Presidential Primary, or that real estate magnate Donald Trump would be leading in the polls in the Republican Primary. Why is this...

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Restless Insurrectionist Syndrome Strikes in the 2016 Presidential Election

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 3:11 PM

A year ago, few Americans would have predicted that Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, would be leading a formidable insurrectionist challenge to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Presidential Primary, or that real estate magnate Donald Trump would be leading in the polls in the Republican Primary. Why is this...

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In Politics, It's All About Timing

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 6:36 PM

In 2011, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was a champion to conservatives who admired his combative approach to critics and his willingness to stand up to the public sector unions. Moderates saw him as a blue state Governor who worked well with Democrats and who balanced the state's budget. The...

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Some Presidential Candidates Get No Respect

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 4:39 PM

When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, many in the media declared he was the 14th Republican to officially declare his presidential candidacy. In actuality, over 100 Republicans have filed with the Federal Elections Commission as candidates for the GOP nomination....

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Open Season on the Elites: Bernie Sanders Is Leading the Charge

(4) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 1:01 AM

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernard Sanders is drawing overflow crowds. He is garnering support at the grassroots level, and is raising "eye-popping" amounts of cash from small donors. Some of his enthusiastic adherents seem to believe there is no God but Bernie Sanders.

Part of the reason for this insurgence...

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The Political Stars May Be Aligning for Another Ross Perot

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 1:19 PM

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) are both running for President as antagonists to the political establishment. Though the two candidates harbor irreconcilable differences on economic policies, the two find themselves simpatico on many issues. Strangely, political ideology is a circle, not a continuum --...

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Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial Primary One in a Litany of Whisker-Close Elections in U.S. History

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 3:15 PM

In the recent Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial Primary, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin was ahead by just 83 votes out of over 214,000 votes cast. His opponent, Agricultural Secretary James Comer, requested a recanvising of the election.

Kentucky voters are used to close elections. In 1998, Jim Bunning quipped:

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Presidents and Their Political Bases Don't Always Sing From The Same Song Sheet: Obama and His Democratic Base are a Prime Example

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 11:13 AM

President Barack Obama is engaged in a feverish effort to shepherd the Trans-Pacific Partnership (a free trade treaty between the U.S. and 11 other nations) through the U.S. Congress. The preponderance of the opposition to the pact comes from the Democratic Party base. Obama is battling environmental advocacy groups, labor...

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Hillary Clinton's Battle With Cultural and Financial Elitism

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 1:43 PM

Bill and Hillary Clinton have amassed a fortune since leaving the White House. Because of this financial windfall, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is facing charges of "elitism." The revelation that Hillary decided to run for President at the Dominican Republic estate of fashion mogul Oscar de la Renta, and...

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The Invasion of the Party-Switchers in Presidential Politics

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 7:18 AM

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. Lincoln Chafee became a Democrat in 2013. He had initially been a...

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Unlike Father, Rand Paul Is Willing to Alter His Positions to Win

(14) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 5:24 PM

Some Libertarians who supported then U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) in his two failed quests for the Republican presidential nomination are irritated with his son, Rand Paul. Rand Paul, who recently entered the sweepstakes for the GOP presidential nomination, has moderated his positions on some key issues. For example, Rand...

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