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New Poll: Democracy Corps Says Clinton Boasts ‘Commanding’ 12-Point Lead

Most national polls now show the Democrat with a substantial lead. The ABC News tracking poll, second most accurate in 2012, also places Clinton at 50 percent and Trump at 38 percent.

October 26, 2016

The Great Benghazi Scandal Gets Sillier

You say potato and I say potahto, You say tomato and I say tomahto, Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto: Let’s call the whole thing off. –George and Ira Gershwin Here’s how unreal the Great Benghazi Scandal had already grown as of last year. Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler devoted an entire May 2013 column to […]

May 7, 2014

John McCain: Popularity Poll Truther?

Public Policy Polling may say that John McCain is the least popular senator in America, but the Arizona Republican isn’t buying it. Last week, PPP released a poll finding that just 30 percent of Arizonans approve of the job that Senator McCain is doing, while 54 percent disapprove. That makes him the least popular member […]

March 11, 2014

Can Any Republican Still Compete With Mitt Romney?

Again the Republicans debated, this time in Las Vegas, and again the dynamic of their presidential race remained static – a disappointing outcome for all of the candidates except Mitt Romney, who once more dominated his would-be competitors. Blitzed repeatedly on issues from health care to immigration, the former Massachusetts governor not only held his […]

October 19, 2011

Cain Uses Campaign Cash To Buy His Own Book

For weeks, Herman Cain has battled speculation that he is more interested in selling books than he is in becoming president of the United States. And that was before today’s Bloomberg News report that Cain has been purchasing copies of his own autobiography with campaign funds. Federal Election Commission records show that Cain paid his […]

October 18, 2011

A Slogan In Every Pot!

Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Have a Coke and a smile. Americans love a catchy slogan, whether it’s a bromide about good ol’ American values or a sappy sales pitch for soda pop. And there you have an explanation of Herman Cain’s moment in the sun. But are Republicans ready to back a presidential […]

October 18, 2011

Romney V. Women

Mitt Romney’s public stance on abortion may have changed at least twice in the past 25 years, but his callous approach to women’s rights has stayed the same. More than 20 years ago, according to a news report published over the weekend, Romney rushed to a Boston hospital and tried to use his position as […]

October 17, 2011

All Cain Is Saying Is Give Pizza A Chance

Herman Cain has long been regarded as the folksiest of the GOP presidential hopefuls, from releasing a gospel album to allegedly taking his tax plan from a video game. But somehow, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and current Republican frontrunner has managed to add another serving of quirkiness to his campaign: A viral video […]

October 17, 2011

In Reality, The Fake Center Cannot Hold

As the nation stumbles toward what could become an epic replay of the 1968 presidential election, many in the Washington political media are hunting for cover. At least that’s a charitable explanation for the fad of sentimental bipartisanship among the nation’s deepest-thinking pundits. Suddenly, everybody’s a “centrist,” seeking common-sense alternatives to the mad combativeness of […]

October 17, 2011

On Race And Herman Cain — A Darker Shade Of Wail

This is for those who keep asking what I think of Herman Cain. In particular, it’s for those who want to know what the tea party’s embrace of this black businessman turned presidential candidate says about my claim that the tea party is racist. I might eat the plate of crow those folks proffer if […]

October 16, 2011

Republicans Looking For Love

So last week, Chris Christie said no. This should not have been a surprise. The New Jersey governor has said “no” repeatedly when urged by Republican movers, shakers and donors to consider running for president. Last week’s last and final “no” theoretically puts the question to bed for good. But it also raises other questions. […]

October 12, 2011

GOP Candidates Agree: Why Attack Mitt Romney When You Can Make Fun Of Herman Cain?

Last night’s Republican presidential primary debate in New Hampshire — it was hosted by Bloomberg/Washington Post and focused on economics — should have been a dangerous one for Mitt Romney: He is the runaway frontrunner, especially after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsed him earlier in the day — and the “Occupy Wall Street” protests […]

October 12, 2011

Chris Christie Endorses Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney received the endorsement of New Jersey Governor and Republican establishment favorite Chris Christie in New Hampshire today. “I’m here for one simple reason: America cannot survive another four years of Barack Obama,” Christie said. This isn’t a shock, as the two men are both Northeastern moderates who have defied party orthodoxy. But to […]

October 11, 2011

Cain Is Real…For Now

Herman Cain, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and Tea Party firebrand who has been written off by the media for months as an also-ran in the Republican presidential field, took advantage of a surprise win in a Florida presidential straw poll last month to surge to the head of the pack in some national polls. […]

October 11, 2011

Class Warfare? Most Americans Support Higher Taxes For The Rich

Before the GOP presidential hopefuls take the stage for tonight’s debate and prepare to decry Obama’s “class warfare,” they might want to mull over the fact that most people — including 53 percent of Republicans — support higher taxes for the wealthiest Americans. Even so, not a single politician participating in the debate has backed […]

October 11, 2011

Why Occupy Wall Street Should Scare Republicans

Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) — In Florida this week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was asked about the growing Occupy Wall Street movement. “I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare,” he said. Romney’s right. It may be dangerous — to his chances of being elected. Occupy Wall Street, now almost three weeks old, isn’t like the […]

October 7, 2011

Christie A Firm ‘No’

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been saying for months he would not run for president in 2012, something he made even more crystal clear at a press conference today. Christie said he “felt an obligation to seriously consider what people were asking me to do,” but that “now is not my time.” This squares […]

October 4, 2011

Obama To GOP: Bring It On

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe even more than the Republicans, President Barack Obama is looking forward to the GOP picking a candidate to challenge him. For now and months to come, Obama is an incumbent with no specific rival, a campaigner against various forces but not one in particular. He is running against a staggering economy. […]

October 4, 2011

Republican Elites Clamor For Stubbornly Uninterested Chris Christie

Republican elites — journalists, operatives, consultants, elected officials — love Chris Christie. They liked his (somewhat) conservative and ultimately successful gubernatorial campaign, where he took down one of their greatest foes — Wall Streeter turned progressive champion Jon Corzine, in a state they rarely can be happy about, New Jersey. And they really adored Christie’s […]

September 30, 2011

If Christie Does Get In, Organizational Hurdles Abound

If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie does decide to jump in his party’s 2012 presidential race, he’ll immediately have to get to work catching up with his opponents — Mitt Romney in particular — logistically: With the initial primary and caucus states poised to move up their contests to January, an October announcement means that […]

September 30, 2011

Newt Gingrich — Still Running — Outlines New Contract With America

Newt Gingrich seized the Speaker’s gavel of the House in 1995 after touting a “Contract with America” across the country in 1994. Running for president this year, he saw his campaign implode over the summer when most of his advisors and consultants jumped ship — many went to Rick Perry’s nascent campaign. But despite those […]

September 28, 2011

Herman Cain Stuns Perry at Straw Poll As Republicans Reconsider Field

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry worked to convince Florida Republicans Saturday that he is the strongest contender for the GOP nomination despite a shaky debate performance earlier this week that has sparked jitters about his bid. Perry lost a key test vote in Florida to businessman Herman Cain on Saturday after making […]

September 26, 2011

Rick Perry Does His Best To Make Israel An Issue Next Fall

At a raucous press conference in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday, with American Jewish leaders and members of the Israeli Parliament standing proudly behind him, Republican presidential frontrunner Rick Perry slammed Barack Obama over his “appeasement” of Palestine and other regional Israeli adversaries and, with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ push for official recognition by the […]

September 20, 2011

Will Rick Perry Be The Michael Dukakis Of 2012?

Fans of both men will be upset, but the political similarities between the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, and 2012 Republican presidential front-runner, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, are more than striking. True, Dukakis, a self-proclaimed “card-carrying member” of the American Civil Liberties Union, was a cerebral reformer, embraced by reformers and […]

September 19, 2011

Republican Candidates Reveal Health Care Plan: Don’t Get Sick

Watching the Republican presidential debaters and their Tea Party supporters on CNN the other night, an ordinary citizen might feel confused. Those people sound angry, but exactly what do they believe our government should (and shouldn’t) do on behalf of its citizens? Ensuring affordable health care for everyone seemed to be on the forbidden list, […]

September 13, 2011