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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

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

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 12:05 PM

On election night 2010, Scott Walker's victory in the Wisconsin Gubernatorial sweepstakes flew under the national radar. More national focus was thrust upon Texas Governor Rick Perry's successful re-election bid, and the election of Marco Rubio to the U.S. Senate in Florida. Yet today, Walker sits in the first tier...

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No Political Ideology Has a Monopoly on Patriotism

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 8:46 AM

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani created a firestorm by publicly stating: "I do not believe the President [Barack Obama] loves America." Giuliani also suggested that Obama developed negative feelings toward America from Frank Marshall Davis, a member or the Communist Party USA, who was introduced to...

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How Will Chris Christie's Unfiltered Style Play in the Presidential Sweepstakes?

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 11:22 PM

Prospective Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie is known for his confrontational style. Unlike most politicians, Christie has no problem telling-off hecklers and giving candid responses to questions. For example, during a town hall meeting, Christie told a heckler: "Sit down and shut up!" He publicly said...

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Is Jeb Bush Channeling Henry "Scoop" Jackson?

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 8:46 PM

The positions of political parties are not static. In fact, they sometimes change rapidly. Ideological shifts usually begin at the grassroots level, and then trickle up to the political leadership. Those who do not change with their party on major issues often become heretics. Two prime examples of this are...

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Is Mitt Romney the Political Reincarnation of Hubert Humphrey?

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 11:05 AM

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee, is making noises about another run for president. He is contacting past financial benefactors and supporters, and telling them that he is concerned with the direction of the country and inquiring about future support.

A 2016 Romney candidacy would have seemed a...

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Neurosurgeon May Perform Exploratory Operation on Presidential Candidacy

(4) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 12:30 PM

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. The oration occurred in an unorthodox non-partisan setting with President Barack Obama...

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Rand Paul May Hedge His Electoral Bets in 2016

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:05 AM

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) recently announced his candidacy for re-election in 2016. Paul is also seriously considering a bid for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016. However, Kentucky law only allows a candidate's name to appear on the ballot once in an election. Ironically, Paul could in fact run...

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When Considering a Presidential Bid, When Does 'No' Mean 'Yes'?

(3) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 2:13 PM

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) insists that she "is not running for President" and maintains: "I pledge to serve out my term." Yet few political observers take her comments seriously. In fact, a grassroots movement "Ready for Warren" is forging full-steam ahead to encourage her to run for...

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The Art of Gamesmanship in Political Debates: A Few Interesting Examples

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 9:03 AM

The recent incident where Florida Governor Rick Scott refused to make his way to the debate stage for seven minutes because his opponent, former Governor Charlie Crist, had an alleged illegal cooling fan below the debate lectern is emblematic of the political debate culture today. Rather than dissecting and analyzing...

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Political Exaggerations: Stretching the Truth Is a Tradition in American Politics

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:21 PM

Economist John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) said: "Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue." Politicians have apparently taken Galbraith's words to heart.

Through advertisements and meetings with voters, they are quick to trumpet a litany of accomplishments and virtues. Most recently, the Republican nominee for governor of Georgia, David Perdue, told...

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Contrary to "Progressive Belief," Obama Has Not Departed From his Campaign Rhetoric

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 4:10 PM

There is disenchantment on the left with Barack Obama. Many progressives agree with sentiment recently expressed by Professor Cornell West, a professor at the Union Theological Seminary, who recently told Salon Magazine: "He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a...

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Rand Paul's Potential 'Brian Schweitzer Problem'

(6) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 5:57 PM

In referring to the reasons for the September 11 hijackings, Republican U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) stated in a 2007 South Carolina Republican presidential debate "They attack us because we've been over there."

He was referring to the nation's interventionist foreign policy in the Middle East. Paul...

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In the Political Arena an Underdog Challenger Must Be Creative to Force an Incumbent to a Debate

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 2:41 PM

In every election cycle, voters witness the spectacle of an underdog candidate challenging an incumbent elected official to participate in a series of debates. This is usually a starting bid, with the underdog hoping the incumbent will engage in at least one debate.

A debate is an opportunity for...

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When a Political Gaffe Torpedoes a Political Candidate

(11) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 11:19 AM

With another election season upon us, it is close to certainty that we will see political candidates make major gaffes, including answering a question honestly, when political correctness would be the prudent tactic. Candidates sometimes misspeak, like in 1968 when Democratic Presidential nominee Hubert Humphrey told Playboy magazine: "No sane...

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Eric Cantor Is Not the First National Political Figure to Lose His Congressional Seat

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 2:55 PM

No matter what else he accomplishes in life, David Brat's obituary may well read "Giant Killer" or something to that effect. The fact that the formerly obscure Randolph-Macon College Economics Professor defeated U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in his bid for renomination to his congressional seat sent shockwaves...

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

(3) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 4:04 PM

This election cycle features two prominent party switchers. Former Democrat Gene Taylor represented South Mississippi in the U.S. House of Representatives for 22 years. He is now running as a Republican to regain his old seat. In contrast, Charlie Crist, who served as Governor of Florida as a Republican, is...

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What's in a Name? In Politics, Perhaps a Lot More Than One Might Think

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 5:50 PM

The old saying goes "What's in a name?" Actually, names can be very important in the political arena and have changed the course of American political history.

In 1946, after entering a race for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, future President John F. Kennedy used...

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Two Potential 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates Face Re-Election Hurdles

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 1:18 PM

With the U.S. Congress suffering from single-digit job approval ratings, governors are likely to be in vogue as potential presidential candidates in 2016. Two swing state governors, John Kasich from Ohio and Scott Walker of Wisconsin, are believed to be seriously considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Both...

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Will the Carpetbagger Card be Effective Against Scott Brown in the New Hampshire U.S. Senate Race?

(5) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:10 PM

Former U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) has packed his truck and moved full-time to his former vacation home in Rye, New Hampshire. He is running for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in November. With Brown the putative favorite for the nomination, the general election will...

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Political Insults: Cheap Shots or Do They Play an Important Role in American Politics?

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 11:50 AM

U.S. House Majority Leader Tip O'Neill (D-Mass.) had no problem publicly belittling Republican President and friend Gerald R. Ford. He said Ford was "worse than [Warren G.] Harding and [Herbert] Hoover put together." Yet O'Neill and Ford had a friendly personal relationship. They often golfed together. Ford took O'Neill's criticisms...

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