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Michael Dukakis

Gary Hart's Waking Nightmare Marked Media Devolution

William Bradley | Posted 09.24.2014 | Media
William Bradley

The storyline has long been that Hart challenged the press to follow him around and, in the post-Watergate spirit of enterprising investigative journalism, the press did just that, fearlessly uncovering, well, er, what?

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

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

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 through the body politic.

Two Potential 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates Face Re-Election Hurdles

Rich Rubino | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Absent the stratospheric job approval ratings of George W. Bush in 1998 and Hillary Clinton in 2006, Kasich and Walker are more likely to face a similar scenario to Bill Clinton in 1990. They will have to go full-throttle to win re-election and maintain their political viability.

What Mitt the Movie Tells Us About the Republican Party

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The leap between being surprised on Election Night in 2012 and believing climate change is a hoax is not that big. In both cases, eschewing scientific approaches leads to fundamental misunderstandings of reality.

Jon Ward

Why Remaking The Modern Republican Party Is So Damn Hard

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Al From, the engineer of the Democratic Party's rebirth after Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, at first seems an unlike...

Broken Promises/Broken Presidencies

Ken Blackwell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

When Vice President George H.W. Bush accepted the GOP nomination for president in New Orleans in 1988, he memorably said: "Read my lips, no new taxes....

Republicans Finally Ready for Rehab?

Daryl Rowland | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Daryl Rowland

This is the GOP'S Michael Dukakis moment. The GOP can finally check itself into recovery and begin to heal, having clearly hit rock bottom this week.

Screaming at Michael Dukakis

Joe Hutcheson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Joe Hutcheson

In 1974 Michael Dukakis was elected as the governor of Massachusetts. That year, thousands of miles away, on the opposite coast of our great nation, I was born. Little did either of us know that 13 years later we would come face to face.

If Hillary Were a Republican She Would Have a Better Chance at Winning Her Party's Presidential Nomination

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

If Hillary Clinton chooses to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, she will be in the catbird seat, at least on paper.

The Unusual and Peculiar Office of Lieutenant Governor

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Almost no one aspires to become lieutenant governor, outside of the fact that it is a launching pad to higher office. Future President Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge both got their cards punched as lieutenant governor on their journey to the White House.

The Miracle of Political Resurrections

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Easter is upon us, a time when Christians celebrate their belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In the political sphere, there are also resurrections.

Olympia Dukakis: Role in A.C.T.'s Elektra Is Downright Riveting

Greg Archer | Posted 10.31.2012 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

Olympia Dukakis returns to San Francisco in ACT's ambitious production of Sophocles' Elektra. The show chronicles the seemingly inescapable depths into which its lead character plunges as she grapples with love and revenge.

As the Polyjuice Potion Wears Off, Will We Find Out Who Mitt Romney Really Is?

David Paul | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
David Paul

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.

Romney Or Obama? A Secular Voting Guide

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Back in hoary antiquity -- say, prior to the presidential election of 2004 -- a secularist's voting preference was fore-ordained. To wit, a secularist voted for the Democrat and the Democrat only. But things have changed.

Jason Linkins

Foreign Policy Flubs Can Be Campaign Coffin Nails: HuffPost List

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

This week’s big shiny campaign hurlyburly was Mitt Romney’s decision not to abide by our traditional "politics stops at the water’s edge" po...

Sam Stein

Michael Dukakis Recalls Delivering Acceptance Speech At 1988 Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There are 13 people currently living who have given a primetime convention speech accepting their party's presidential nomination. ...

Arab American Democrats in Charlotte

James Zogby | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

This convention will be different. For Arab Americans, with our record breaking numbers, it will represent a "coming of age." Our hard work has brought us from exclusion to being respected and recognized as part of the mainstream of the Democratic Party.

Let Freedom Ring

D. R. Tucker | Posted 07.12.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

Like millions of Americans, I applaud President Obama's decision to firmly support marriage equality. However, I can't help noting, with a bit of regi...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PAC Mad Men

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign has been the most negative in recent memory. The main culprits are well-funded super P...

Ryan Grim

Rick Santorum Compares Mitt Romney To Michael Dukakis

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

Tired of hearing Mitt Romney crow about his record of balancing the budget while governor of Massachusetts, Rick Santorum delivered what may have been...

Why I'll Be Watching Yet Another Republican Debate Tonight

Andy Ostroy | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

What I'm waiting for is that delicious moment all politicians dread. The moment in a debate where a candidate suffers from humiliating foot-in-mouth disease, in some cases blowing the campaign.

Jon Ward

Mitt Romney's Massachusetts Roots Downplayed By His Campaign, Dismissed By Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Mitt Romney is the latest in a lengthy line of Massachusetts politicians who have tried to become the first president since John F...

Michael Dukakis on Campaign Jujitsu, Improving Obama's Communications Strategy, and Where Occupy Should Go Next

Matt Bieber | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics
Matt Bieber

Do you think the kind of guy that Dukakis was as a politician, unabashedly liberal, blue collar, rode the subway to work -- has that model been eclipsed? Could Dukakis have been successful in today's environment?

Read Our Lips: No New Texans

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.21.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

As onerous as the prospect of a Mitt Romney candidacy may be, the thought that Rick Perry might be our next president inspires the paraphrasing of an infamous George H.W. Bush slogan.

Romney's Work Beginning to Pay Off

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Mitt Romney is emerging as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Unless other candidates begin raising money and building an organization, the race for the Republican nomination will be over before it starts.