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Negative Campaigning

A Kick In The Career: Negative Campaigning For Fun and Profit

Thomas Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Thomas Stern

The Internet is a valuable tool with which to seek out information on those competing with you, and it is very likely that a Google will provide you with a treasure trove of unsavory information.

Barack Obama: Take on the "Axis of Incompetence" before Halloween

Rick Rolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Rolf

The Obama campaign has two powerful targets in Bush and Cheney, but it concentrates its firepower largely on one. To ignore Cheney is to ignore his enormous significance.

A Cell Phone Call During Mass (Remembering the Anti-Catholic Smears of the 1928 Election)

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

"Great-great-grandma Frances will set you straight. By the time I'm done with you, you'll vote for who you want to vote for. You won't let anybody scare you out of it. That's the lesson of Al Smith."

Closing the Deal.

Daniel Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Daniel Menaker

Casting elections as "deals" and "sales" speaks encyclopedias about how Rove and too many others think about the connection between voters and candidates.

Best of Times, Worst of Times

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

The common theme seems to be that in both campaigns there is sometimes a disconnect between the candidates' personal campaigning versus what their campaign organizations are saying.

I'm Afraid...

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

How many of you have gotten a credible death threat? I have. In fact, I get them all the time, via email, text message, telephone. As one of the very...

No Excuse For Dirty Politics

Chuck Lasker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chuck Lasker

It is better to lose a presidential campaign than to lose your honor, integrity, dignity, pride and reputation. It's truly an amazing concept, I know, to use these words when talking about a campaign in this post-Rove world.

John McCain: Cartoon Villain, Oscar Saboteur

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

Instead of campaigning, McCain seems now to be traveling the country trying to make sure that no movie version of President Obama's life will ever win an Oscar.

A Noble Loser vs. A Dirty Winner

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Going dirty without the underlying basis to win means going down in history as a dirty loser.

Winning (or Losing) Ugly

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

McCain has a running mate that does not seem to know boundaries. She will go where others won't. Who needs a swiftboating 527 with this VP?

McCain's Offensive

Robert Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Schlesinger

John McCain may, as he often claims, know how to win a war, but he doesn't seem to understand how to win an election.

New Obama Keating Five movie

Alison Teal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alison Teal

Voters in swing states -- and this, Colorado, appears to be the mother of all swing states -- are treated to a nearly endless barrage of political advertising and discussion.

The Case for Not Going Negative

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Obama has learned all the wrong lessons from the swift boat debacle. Kerry got spanked in 2004 because he has the personality of the thimble.

Question for Gov. Palin: Who Would Jesus Smear?

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

If Palin won't repent for us and won't repent for America, I hope she'll at least remember Lee Atwater's dying remorse and restrain herself for her own sake.

The McCain Campaign: "Turning a Page"

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harold Pollack

We're in for a barrage of depressing negative campaigning from a Republican machine that has run out of much else to say or do.

Obama Has to Attack John McCain Personally

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Obama and Biden keep telling you how much they like McCain, how honorable he is and how they never question his patriotism. Meanwhile, McCain is running ads saying Obama wants to sex up your kids.

Too Much Spin

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

I was in a doctor's waiting room recently, listening to pundits on a big-screen TV, when a middle-aged man turned to me and stated: "Too much spin." ...

Virginia Masses Turn Out For Obama; Concerned With Campaign Strategy

Emily Pease | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Emily Pease

It doesn't bother her that the campaign might turn ugly. "This is the Armageddon of politics," she said. "It's going to be war. I want to tell Barack, 'Don't fear it, accept it.'"

Black Magic

Nicholas Stephanopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicholas Stephanopoulos

If the race continues to tighten, Obama may have to select between victory and honor, black magic and white. McCain has already made his choice. Obama's moment of decision is nigh.

Why McCain Has Caught Obama and What Obama Can Do About It

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

If Obama doesn't start attacking, he -- and the rest of us -- will be sitting around on November 5th shaking our heads wondering what the hell happened.

Thomas B. Edsall

The Coming Obama-McCain Mudfight | Thomas B. Edsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At a Friday night fundraiser, Barack Obama warned supporters that Republicans "are going to try to scare people. They're going to try to say that 'tha...

GOP Plans Half-Million Hit On Obama, Dems

Politico | Josh Kraushaar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For months, GOP operatives spoke with dread of the prospects of running against Barack Obama in the fall. But after weeks of controversies over his fo...

The New York Times' Political Suicide Pact

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Glenn Hurowitz

The Times editorial board's attitude ignores the evidence that negative, fear-inducing advertising actually has far better civic effects than positive, enthusiastic ads.

Obama Expands Rapid Response Team To Battle Swift-Boating

Newsweek | Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama campaign is planning to expand its research and rapid-response team in order to repel attacks it anticipates over his ties to 1960s radical ...

Barack Obama: Clinton Slayer

Will Bower | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Will Bower

This was no subtle statement, but Barack Obama allowed its venomous message of generational-warfare to spread until it had built for him his now-solid base of angry, cynical, Clinton-hating support.