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Perry’s Medicaid ‘Reforms’: $500 Million Misspent With Lethal Consequences In Texas

Both as governor of Texas and as the leading Republican presidential candidate, Rick Perry has established himself as a critic of federal programs – and in particular as a “state’s rights” advocate who accuses Washington of gross ineptitude and waste in providing services such as health care for the poor and elderly. In his 2010 […]

September 5, 2011

Clinton Calls Perry “A Good-Looking Rascal”

Former President Bill Clinton told a New York firefighters conference on Monday that he was “tickled” by watching Rick Perry announce his Presidential candidacy, and that he thinks that the Texas Governor is “a good-looking rascal.” Clinton went on to criticize Perry’s disdain for the federal government. “And he’s saying ‘Oh, I’m going to Washington […]

August 15, 2011

Michele Bachmann’s Greatest Hits

Two recent profiles of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann — one from Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker and another from The Daily Beast’s Lois Romano — shed some light on the contradictory nature of her campaign: She’s used the rock-solid support of the far-right to build a serious campaign, but she has only maintained […]

August 8, 2011

Rick Perry “Called” To Run

Texas Governor Rick Perry sounds more and more like a presidential candidate each day; he’s even taken the now-customary GOP leap of ordaining his candidacy with a Holy aura. “I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in,” Gov. Rick Perry recently told The Des Moines Register. “But I’m getting […]

July 18, 2011

Anti-Debt Crusader Gingrich Owes Over $1 Million In Campaign Debt

Newt Gingrich’s campaign is in trouble again. FEC disclosure forms released today and obtained by the AP reveal that it has a debt exceeding $1 million, and only $322,000 in cash on hand. Newt’s main expense? Private jets.  The candidate’s campaign, whose entire professional campaign staff quit in disgust last month, spent over $450,000 on […]

July 15, 2011

New Funding Climate a Boon to Romney

The fundraising environment has changed in the wake of Citizens United and other Supreme Court rulings that favor “free speech” (the right of corporations to use money to influence elections) over citizen-backed campaign finance rules. But one Republican is taking better advantage than the rest: [Mitt] Romney thus far appears to be the only GOP […]

July 9, 2011

Bachmann On The Air in Iowa

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite and rising star in the Republican presidential race, released her first TV ad in Iowa today: In addition to continuing to play the Iowa roots card–one that is a true asset, as they like their own in this state, Democratic Senator Tom Harkin having cruised to victory […]

July 7, 2011

Rick Perry is a Master of Right-Wing Populism; But Can He Go National?

Whether Rick Perry will jump in the Republican presidential primaries is still not certain, but it looks increasingly likely, and if he does, the colorful three-term Texas governor will have to play up his experience and assure voters that he’s more than a charismatic rabble-rouser with a knack for stating extreme positions. “I think he’s […]

July 7, 2011

Why The 2012 Conventional Wisdom Could Be Wrong

Since 1944, exactly one Democratic U.S. president has been re-elected to a second White House term. So when the one man who has accomplished that feat — Bill Clinton — says of the incumbent president, Barack Obama, “I’ll be surprised if he’s not re-elected,” you know he’s speaking as somebody who personally knows more than […]

July 6, 2011

Labor of Love: Romney Praises Unions In NH

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, is known for sometimes trying too hard, shifting his views with those of the audience he is addressing. Which gives us these words of praise for unions we might have expected more from Barack Obama than any Republican looking to replace […]

July 5, 2011

Tim Pawlenty Loves Government Shut-Downs

It’s one thing to stand by principles and fight to the end over how to fund government, and quite another to celebrate its collapse. Tim Pawlenty, who left behind a budget deficit that contributed to Minnesota’s government shutting its doors today, celebrated another shutdown that took place under his watch in 2005 and even said […]

July 1, 2011

Rick Perry: A More Conservative, Partisan Bush

A Los Angeles Times comparison of George W. Bush and the man who succeeded him as governor of Texas, rumored presidential candidate Rick Perry, suggests that if America is already suffering Bush fatigue, Rick Perry might prove positively toxic: Both men hewed to the tenets of Texas Republicanism: low taxes, small government and limited regulation. […]

June 30, 2011

Bachmann Tries to Skip Over Recent Past to Iowa Roots

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who formally launched her bid for the Republican presidential nomination in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, today, begins with the wind at her back, but also lingering questions about her sometimes bizarre personality. She referenced her Iowa upbringing as many times as possible in the speech, going so far as to […]

June 27, 2011

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Michele Bachmann For President.

This post is by National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason. Showing strong early support in Iowa, where she was raised, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will announce her presidential campaign in her hometown of Waterloo today. Having prayed for political guidance, she says God encouraged her to run. When I reached out to Heaven for comment, however, […]

June 27, 2011

Rick Perry’s Five Greatest Assets in the Republican Primary

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who won a third term last fall by oozing hostility to the federal government in between outbursts of aggressive Southern braggadocio, is more likely than ever to join the Republican presidential race, probably sometime this summer, according to the Wall Street Journal. A Republican campaign veteran tells us that Texas Governor […]

June 23, 2011

Bachmann No Joke

Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone explores Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s ascent from right-wing activist and religious fanatic to media-anointed Serious Republican Contender, and says we shouldn’t make the mistake of laughing her off: Bachmann’s story, to hear her tell it, is about a suburban homemaker who is chosen by God to become a politician who […]

June 23, 2011

Huntsman Announces Candidacy to Friends, Family, Sean Hannity

When Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman formally announced that he was running for president this morning, he did so from the same spot where Ronald Reagan kicked off his campaign against Jimmy Carter in 1980. In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, he hoped the symbolism–this is where Reagan, conservative hero, also started–would be […]

June 21, 2011

Huntsman Announces That He Will Announce Next Tuesday

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, speaking with Richard Nixon’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger about China policy, told a packed audience at the Reuters building in Times Square just now that he will announce his candidacy for president next Tuesday. The former ambassador to China under President Obama returned to the United States just in […]

June 14, 2011