Let me share with you a doubt. My doubt is that visual art has all that much of an impact on history. have written many of the essays you've been reading as if art had something to say, and as if it were important. And I believe, more or less - on good days -- that something like this is true.
Since the Fairness Doctrine was abolished under Reagan- and once Fox "News" really took off in the Dubya era -- this strategy worked in polarizing the electorate to where we are now. And that strategy just took it's first big step towards obsolescence. But what did they expect?
My admiration then for RN is due to his grit, his durability, his physical and political discipline, his resilience and his indestructibility. "You are only defeated when you quit," he would say. Richard Nixon never quit.
You're going to hear a lot of talk from President Obama's supporters today about why Romney's vastly superior performance didn't matter. Don't believe it. In fact, the first debate is going to matter a great deal in the days ahead.
The Romney that poked his head out of the ground last week was not the Romney that Republican activists presumed that they nominated. We saw glimpses once again of the Romney that once was -- and that Romney's primary opponents long warned against.
I never made it to law school and instead stayed home and raised kids and remained a registered Republican -- more out of loyalty to my father than to the GOP -- but increasingly found myself voting "across party lines." That changed in 1992.
This was never Romney's party, and without Karl Rove's shadowy money behind him, he would not have survived the primaries. But in Paul Ryan, the Golden Boy from Janesville, they finally have one of their own -- a true believer for the new Gilded Age.
George Romney stood up to the GOP's right-wing extremists, including his party's presidential candidate, while his son trembles before the loutish Limbaugh. Though Mitt Romney may carry his father's DNA, he failed to inherit his father's spine.
An organization that always turns right can only move in circles, or more accurately, in an ever tightening spiral. Rule and Ruin aims to explain how the GOP came to be drawn into its accelerating tornado of extremism.
Why have Republicans allowed the family planning issue to tie their candidates up in knots in 2012? The answer is in just how outsized the influence of a minority viewpoint can be on a political party, so long as it represents the base of that party's support.
It was 48 years ago and in the annals of American presidential election lore, but looking back at the campaign of 1964 reveals some dramatic differences and striking similarities to this year's contest, as well as some familiar last names.
Today, we know a lot more about mental illness than we did forty years ago. But given the grueling and brutal demands of modern campaigning, we would be extremely unlikely to embrace a presidential candidate who acknowledged taking drugs for a psychiatric condition.
What the Paul phenomenon can teach Israelis about themselves -- in particular Benjamin Netanyahu's Republican-allied Likud -- is what Republicans themselves have discovered to their horror in recent weeks and months.
As Obama battles to enact a tax cut for 99 percent of Americans, the House GOP is making a political blunder reminiscent of the self-destructive overreaching of then-Speaker Gingrich that rejuvenated the Clinton presidency during the 90s.
Just as Goldwater won his party's nomination, so may Perry. Perry can play to the party base and capitalize on his Thompson-like, tough, law-and-order persona, but in the end, it is unlikely that a Thompson-Goldwater hybrid can carry the general.
In a few weeks, DADT will be history. Now is not the time for Congresswoman Bachmann or other candidates to be second-guessing our military leaders, attempting to create uncertainty or unrest in the ranks, and shamelessly using our troops in order to score a few political points.
Hilary Rosen and Kellyanne Conway disagree about how heavy the economic albatross will be politically and whether the GOP fringe will taint its nominee. Did President 'Aiken' just declare victory and come home?