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2012 Presidential Elections

Susan Rice, McCain, Obama and the Next Secretary of State

William Bradley | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Easily the most dramatic sequence in a rather strong press conference performance today by President Barack Obama was his vehement defense of UN Ambassador Susan Rice against attacks by Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

President Obama Is Our Only Choice

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

I don't say this out of political partisanship, sentimentality, or blind racial loyalty. I say it for two compelling reasons: Obama's record and promise, and Romney's record and danger.

Dialing In Audiences' Reactions to Election Trash Talk

Anne Zeiser | Posted 12.31.2012 | Media
Anne Zeiser

CNN pimped out my TV screen this election season. The most addictive armchair pundit navigation tool was the graph on the bottom of the screen that tracked a group of undecided voters' impressions of the candidate's words in real-time.

Imagining Some Other Ways to Run Elections

Eric Black | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

Perhaps, conditioned by the relentlessness of the U.S. system, you can't think of any other way to run an election. But there are several in use around the world, and even around the United States.

Is Post-Partisanship Passe? Schwarzenegger and Company (and Bill Clinton) Say No

William Bradley | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

The former two-term governor of California told me over the summer that he still believes that most things get done through "action in the center" away from the extremes.

So What the Heck Happened With Clint Eastwood? (and the Perils of Arguing With Imaginary Obamas)

William Bradley | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Eastwood is a very familiar character here in California. I've met him, can't say I know him, but certainly know friends of his. This episode surprised me on a few levels.

When Will (Some) Democrats Learn?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

I know the Obama campaign gets it, otherwise they wouldn't be where they are now, running ahead of their opponent for a second term in the White House. For that I'm thankful. But today we learned that there are still some Democrats who don't get it.

Hillary for President? On the Other Side of the Gauntlet

William Bradley | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

It might just be President Hillary Clinton, after all. But what would that mean? Could she move the country forward after a tumultuous period of transition under Barack Obama?

Mitt Romney and the "Republican War on [Latina] Women"

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 06.12.2012 | Latino Voices
DeeDee Garcia Blase

There is a strong sense of matriarchy within the Mexican-American culture, and Latinas will 'wise up' during the 2012 elections when we evaluate how politicians treat women of Latina descent.

The Real Game Change: Palinism's Rise, Moderate Republicanism's Eclipse

William Bradley | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

The term "game change," like so many sports-oriented terms in politics, is decidedly over-used. But the events depicted in the Game Change film really do constitute just that, though not in the way that my friend Steve Schmidt intended it.

Why President Obama Can't Say "I Support Gay Marriage" -- Yet

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

It would also be the final test of his fundamental and personal beliefs. He's made those beliefs clear on several occasions when he flatly said he wouldn't sign on to same sex marriage because of his "understandings" of what traditional marriage should be.

Boston Spirit On 10 Gay Reasons To Vote GOP In 2012

boston.com | Posted by Jim Lopata | Posted 01.01.2012 | Gay Voices

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told a gay Iowan recently that if LGBT issues were most important for him, then he should vote for Oba...

How Two Writers Said Adios Mofo to Henry Holt Publishing and Released an Important Book

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 01.21.2012 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Adios Mofo, a wickedly witty book about Rick Perry, functions as a reminder that when Republicans win, it's Americans who lose out on quality public school education, affordable college tuition, health care and other necessities.

GOP Would Love Nader's Fantasy of a Party Challenge to Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Ralph Nader is as predictable as the sun rising in the Sahara in July. He wasted no time in jumping all over President Obama following the debt ceiling deal.

The Mystical Center

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The mystical center is where Obama's disaffected base resides. He doesn't have to choose. Both swing voters and the Democratic base want the President to stand up to Wall Street on behalf of main street.

Potential GOP Presidential Candidates Weigh In On Earmark Ban

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The current debate among Republicans about banning earmarks has become such a big issue that candidates looking forward to potential presidential runs...