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Rich Rubino is the author of two books The Political Bible of Little Known Facts in American Politics and Make Every Vote Equal: What a Novel Idea. He blogs for The Huffington Post, and is a panelist on the weekly Internet broadcast Politics is Sexy. In addition, Rich manages the political blog www.Politi-Geek.com. 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. 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. He has appeared on MSNBC, FOX News, Al-Jazeera and many other media outlets.

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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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John Boehner Is Not the First GOP House Leader to Experience Dissention Within His Own Party

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 4:31 PM

John Boehner is experiencing a difficult tenure as U.S. house speaker. Boehner was re-elected to the post by his Republican colleagues with just 220 votes in 2013, just six more votes than the 214 necessary to be re-elected. Twelve members of Boehner's party did not vote for him. The conservative...

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Worst Case Scenario for Hillary

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 1:47 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown said he will not seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2016. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Other potential Democratic Presidential aspirants are not likely to seek the nomination should Hillary enter the race. On the surface, this may seem auspicious for...

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Charlie Crist Is Not the First Politician to Ideologically Reinvent Himself

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 4:44 PM

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL 1959-1969) observed "I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times." In American politics, it is not uncommon for politicians to shift their positions to align with the polls, and some undergo...

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The Proliferating Role of Populism in American Politics

(10) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 11:19 AM

Populism (the doctrine that pits the people against established elites) might be at its high watermark in American politics. On both the right and the left, there is a proliferating challenge from a populist ideological bloodline whose adherents style themselves as being at war with the establishment elite of their...

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The Art of Political Pandering

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 7:50 AM

Voters often lament that presidential candidates deliberately communicate to the electorate what the electorate wants to hear. Voters complain that candidates are simply weathervanes, afraid to speak their minds and hesitant to let voters know their true feelings for fear of electoral recrimination. They bemoan the propensity for candidates to...

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Could 2016 Be Rand Paul's Moment?

(9) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 2:13 PM

This is perhaps the most hospitable political climate for a presidential run by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). There is a resurgence of the Libertarian bloodline within the Republican Party. The Libertarian ideological trilogy of non-intervention abroad, free markets at home, and support for civil liberties was once a dominant...

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How a U.S. Senator Can Avoid "The Senate Curse" and Get Elected to the Presidency

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 7:16 PM

Between 1960 and 2008, 50 U.S. Senators sought the Presidency and lost. U.S. Senator Barack Obama broke the nearly half-century "Senate Curse" in 2008 by wining the Presidency.

The Senate is an interesting place in that so many members try to use it as a launching pad to run...

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The Electoral Purge: The Gravitational Pull That Pries Disaffected Voters Away From Electoral Alternatives and Back to the Two Major Political Parties

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 4:04 PM

The current popularity of the Democrat and Republican Parties is well below 50 percent, and plunging. A recent Gallup Poll found that only 26 percent of Americans are satisfied with the two-party political system and that 60 percent of Americans believe a third political party is needed. Gridlock...

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Why Do 'Congressional Truants' Still Get Paid While Openly Seeking Other Jobs?

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 3:02 PM

The partial federal government shutdown and debt ceiling controversy spotlight the partisan wrangling in the U.S. Congress. Republicans and Democrats fear working with members of the opposing party on major legislation. They fear electoral reprisals from their party base. Yet there are areas where both sides seem to agree. One...

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In Politics, Loyalty to Your Boss May Be Hazardous to Your Political Career

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 2:15 PM

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Vice President Hubert Humphrey's historic speech in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he broke with President Lyndon B. Johnson over U.S. policy in Vietnam. Humphrey was the Democratic Party's Presidential nominee. This was a rare moment when a Vice President benefited from breaking...

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