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Willie Horton

The Republicans' Southern Strategy Still Works. Here's How Liberals Can Counter It

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

If Republicans benefit from dividing us by race and increasing white resentment, then we have to do whatever we can to build stronger and better relations across racial lines, in particular between whites and non-whites.

California Gets a New Democrat: Defection of Recent Rising Star Among Latest Signs of Further GOP Decline

William Bradley | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

One of the strangest things about California over the past decade is how little impact Arnold Schwarzenegger's two landslide wins for the governorship had on the Republican Party.

Ain't Your Father's Southern Strategy: Whiteness as Mass Appeal

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Dr. David J. Leonard

The 2012 election, like every election before it, has been defined by race. This is America, and race always matters. Death, taxes, and race.

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.

Interracial Dating in 2012 and What Paul Ryan's Ex Means

Nicole Balin | Posted 11.06.2012 | Women
Nicole Balin

Ryan's party affiliation -- and his seeming political shift from his days of crossing the racial divide and rocking to Rage Against the Machine -- got me thinking. Have attitudes about interracial dating changed for the new generation?

Will John Suthers' Record Damage Romney's Aspirations?

Phil Linsalata | Posted 09.09.2012 | Denver
Phil Linsalata

State Attorney General John Suthers is a top candidate on Mitt Romney's short-list to become the nation's top law enforcement official if Romney wins in November, but Suthers' record could actually damage Romney's presidential aspirations.

Amanda Terkel

Wisconsin Recall Candidates Tangle Over Crime Ad

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) accused Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) during the gubernatorial debate on Thursday of running an inappro...

From Dog Whistles to Air Raid Sirens

Ari Rabin-Havt | Posted 06.12.2012 | Media
Ari Rabin-Havt

The result of 40 years of these coded attacks is to ensure a permanent de facto racial segregation in our political dialogue, pitting white male voters against African Americans and poisoning our discourse.

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...

Negative Ad Master Goes All Out For Romney

The New Yorker | Jane Mayer | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney, in his struggle to wrap up the 2012 Republican nomination for the Presidency, has presented himself as an outsider....

Political Ads Targeted Women And Senior Citizens

TylerKingkade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
TylerKingkade

Within the file cabinets of hundreds of television stations around the country are public files concerning political campaigns which often go completely unreported.

Amanda Terkel

Man Behind Infamous Willie Horton Ad Signs On As Joe Miller Adviser

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Republican Joe Miller has hired a controversial political hand to help him beat back a win by incumbent Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska Senat...

Republican Pickpockets

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

The target may differ, but the Republican tactic is always the same: demonize a group of human beings based on what sets them apart -- skin color, religion, sexual orientation -- and make them objects of derision.

The Willie Hortonization of Barack Obama

Ari Rabin-Havt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Rabin-Havt

A long line of inmates enters and exits a prison yard. As the lone black inmate reenters society, he peers into the camera with a menacing glance. The ad plays on "fears of the dangerous, violent, black male."

Call for Prison Reform

Michael Santos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Santos

Until we make prisoner rehabilitation and redemption real and institutional, we're teaching people how to be comfortable in prison, and they'll keep coming back for longer and longer.

Open Letter to Mike Huckabee

Fred Karger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Karger

Now the Republican Party has its own 21st Century George Wallace, another Southern Governor who has also run for president, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.

Hail Mary Mudslinging

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Does Dan Hynes' ad featuring Harold Washington represent a "game change" in this late hour of the campaign?

Bidding a Not-So-Fond Farewell to Willie Horton

Andrew Grant-Thomas, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Grant-Thomas, Ph.D.

High-profile clemency cases like Maurice Clemmons, while tragic, are ridiculously atypical of the cases that usually come to the attention of parole boards and chief executives.

Clemency for Huckabee

David Vines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Vines

Candidates have strong incentives to keep criminals behind bars. But when such standards trickle down to nonviolent criminals, prison populations and government debt soar, and lives are ruined.

Anatomy of the Tea Party Movement: The Media

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Brant-Zawadzki

After Rick Santelli ranted about government spending on CNBC, coverage by FOX News, conservative talk show hosts, and right-side bloggers pushed the Tea Parties to prominence.

"Black Royalty"?

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

The demise in succession of three African American figures of colossal stature on the eve of the new decade caused me to wonder anew about this designation, "black royalty."

Bill O'Reilly-Keith Olbermann Feud Ends with a Corporate Handshake?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Corporate honchos at GE and News Corp making back-room editorial decisions for the "news" subsidiaries they control? I can't help but think it might not be the best thing for the integrity of journalism.

The Word on the Street

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Rank-and-file teamsters get it. They aren't willing to be swayed by false, irrelevant arguments. They want change. They want ideas. And the fact is -- McCain doesn't have any.

The Fringe Right Bubble is Bursting

Caroline Presno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Presno

Now we have Republicans, Democrats, and Independents walking away from and speaking out against extreme rhetoric and deeds. The country is ready for an Obama administration.

Robo Rove and Willie Horton Redux

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Instead of erupting in outrage and secretly dreading that a smear campaign will undo Barack Obama's lead in the polls, I return to the basics.