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Is Race an Issue? Are You Kidding?

Gordon Marino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Marino

I have an Obama sign on my front lawn in suburban Minnesota, and as of two days ago I also have two cars marked with the large white letters "KKK."

A Historical Perspective On Divided Democratic Conventions

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Don't buy into the media narrative that this is some sort of "divided party" -- because today's Democrats aren't. All true Democrats are pulling hard to defeat the legacy of George W. Bush.

Heading "Out of Doors" for Obama

Adam Lioz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Lioz

The progressive online community has added real value over the past few years--bringing progressives together in a common (if virtual) space, holding ...

The Beginning of the End for Obama

Seth Swirsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Swirsky

Well, my greatest fears were not realized: Hillary Clinton was not chosen for Vice President by Barack Obama. Instead, he chose the 35-year Senator, ...

John McCain and Russia

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Fromson

The latest campaign twister from John McCain is that he is not questioning Barack Obama's patriotism, only his judgment. But what kind of judgment ha...

Friday Talking Points [44] -- McCain House Party!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John McCain said something ridiculous to a reporter yesterday. I hasten to point out that the previous sentence should have been a major media headlin...

Polls Say It's the Economy -- Now What?

Zachary Karabell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zachary Karabell

The huge variability between different states makes it very hard for any candidate to run on a coherent economic platform that has national appeal.

Why is Liberal Radio So Inept?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andy Ostroy

On the air I want the sort of Viagra-fueled maniacs conservatives have on the front lines, not a bunch of impotent lefties who couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag.

Electoral Math -- Obama Sure Could Use A Bump

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama has slipped below the magic 270 number for the first time since he became the Democratic presumptive nominee, and McCain has just about caught up with him.

Election Law 101: Primary Colors and Hanging Chads in '08 and Beyond

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

So what's going to go wrong at the ballot box this year? What ever happened to those good ol' punch cards and Diebold electronic voting machines?

Libertarian Candidate Bob Barr: A Day Late And A Few Million Short

Judah Freed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judah Freed

I favor libertarian stands on civil liberties and limited government, so I eagerly read the Libertarian Party emails. Yet I base my view of reality on logic and evidence. Sadly, I'm not seeing much of either from the Barr campaign.

The New York Sun's Obama Frame-Up

Joel Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joel Whitney

What The Sun had hoped to paint as Islamic extremism was an important agreement between a candidate and a Muslim human rights group to look at ways not to persecute Muslims.

Friday Talking Points [43] -- And The Gold Medal For Snarkiness Goes To...

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I don't usually comment on sports, so take anything I say with a grain of salt. I'm no professional sports guy, nor do I play one on the web. But I h...

President George W. Bush Made Obama Possible

Seth Swirsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Swirsky

Americans could only consider an Obama, because of the remarkable success of President Bush, through his decisive actions, in ratcheting down the fear Americans felt for many years after 9/11.

Free (If Not Entirely Fair) Elections In Cambodia

Jennifer Winstanley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Winstanley

Cambodia held its fourth parliamentary election on July 27th, 2008. As predicted Hun Sen's ruling Cambodia People's Party (CPP) came out on top with a...

Georgia War a Neocon Election Ploy?

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Is it possible that this time the October surprise was tried in August, and that the garbage issue of brave little Georgia struggling for its survival...

The Bradley Effect v. The Obama Effect

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will Obama's white voter support in the polls be higher than his actual support on Election Day? Will this be a regional factor, or a nationwide factor? And how big a factor is it?

Race And The Courting Of Reagan Democrats

Ron Mwangaguhunga | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Mwangaguhunga

Race, Buchanan would argue, is nearly irrelevant as an issue in this election when it concerns the white working class vote. How convenient!

Obama's Politics As Usual

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

The problem is not in Washington, but in the misguided understanding Americans have of the issues. Obama's platform meetings suggest he doesn't have the guts to tell us we're wrong.

Dear Barack, You'll LOSE If You Don't Punch First

Steve Almond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Almond

You either punch the bully, or you get punched. If you're defending yourself, you're losing. You need to start releasing ads that show Americans McCain's own words and deeds.

Friday Talking Points [42] -- Get Up, Stand Up, Barack

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have to assume if you're reading this that you're sick of the Olympics already. Wow, that was fast. Is NBC's coverage going to be twice as bad as ...

Smear 2.0: Attack-Ad Culture Goes Online

Sarah Granger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sarah Granger

"Are You Pumped?" asks Exxon-McCain, a website dedicated to underlining John McCain's relationship with Big Oil, the latest in a series of sites that ...

Electoral Math Charts Updated

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's time once again to take a look at the Electoral College math from state-level polling. Nationwide polls are not completely meaningless, but they are pretty irrelevant as that's not how we elect a president.

Orange County's Steve Young on Obama's "50 State Strategy"

Cristina Chang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cristina Chang

Can the "50 state strategy" help the down-ticket candidates? I sat down with a proud liberal trying to unseat a conservative incumbent in California.

Bill Clinton, Middle East Envoy?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Politically, this would give both the Clintons a personal stake in the race, and would go a long way towards healing the wounds inflicted in the primaries on both sides.