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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to give a victory speech after the Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri primary elections during a news conference held at his Mar-A-Lago Club, in Palm Beach, Florida March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Trump Takes On ‘Corrupt System’ By Bullying Delegates

Despite encountering ever-increasing resistance, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump remains keen on winning the Republican nomination. But in fighting what he views as establishment corruption, his campaign has engaged in bullying to get delegates to support him.

April 26, 2016
Photo: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2014 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, IA. (Gregory Hauenstein/Flickr)

Approaching 2016 Campaign Kickoffs A Blend Of Pageantry, Calculation

For the next several weeks, presidential-candidate announcements will be trumpeted as big news. We’re all about to watch a lot of political theater.

April 4, 2015

Why Is Eric Cantor Afraid Of Immigration Reform?

UPDATE: Apparently, Cantor had plenty of reason to be worried. Shortly after 8pm EST, the Associated Press called Tuesday’s primary for Brat. When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) faces college professor David Brat in Tuesday’s Republican primary, the results will widely be viewed as a signal of how dangerous immigration politics can be for Republican candidates. […]

June 10, 2014

WATCH: Does John Boehner Have ‘Electile Dysfunction?’

Does House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) suffer from “electile dysfunction?” That’s the assertion of a new YouTube ad from Boehner’s Republican primary challenger, J.D. Winteregg. The ad, titled “When The Moment Is Right,” is a Boehner-themed parody of prescription drug ads. “Other signs of electile dysfunction may include extreme skin discoloration, the inability to punch […]

April 14, 2014

Who’s Weirder: Tea Party Rep. Ted Yoho, Or His Role-Playing Primary Opponent?

Photo via SaintPetersBlog  Move over, Georgia: There’s a new craziest primary in the 2014 midterms. Earlier this week, SaintPetersBlog reported a hilarious and disturbing story on Jake Rush, a conservative attorney challenging freshman U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho for the Republican nomination in Florida’s 3rd congressional district. According to the report, Rush is a longtime member […]

April 2, 2014

A Farewell To Crazy: What Went Wrong For Steve Stockman

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr One of the strangest, least effective campaigns in recent memory came to an ignominious end on Tuesday night, when U.S. Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) lost his primary challenge to Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) by a resounding 40 percent margin. Stockman’s failure was not hard to predict; in fact, […]

March 5, 2014

WATCH: Cornyn Slams Obama, Ignores Stockman In New Campaign Ad

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) released a new campaign ad on Friday that blasts President Barack Obama, while completely ignoring his own primary opponent, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX). The ad — titled “Astonishing” — covers most of the standard Republican complaints against the president, displaying images of the Benghazi attack and anti-health care reform […]

January 10, 2014

Why Republicans Can’t Stop Trash Talking Social Security

Truly bad ideas never die; they are recycled in Republican presidential primary campaigns. The example at hand is privatizing Social Security, a long-time obsession of the American right that briefly resurfaced at the beginning of George W. Bush’s second term, and then disappeared just as quickly after a brisk rejection by the public. Now that […]

September 9, 2011

Mitt Romney Wins Republican Debate… By Defending Social Security

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts Governor and one-time frontrunner for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, stood out at a candidate debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California Wednesday night by displaying a solid command of the issues and appearing less abrasive and extreme than his fellow candidates — and specifically by defending Social […]

September 8, 2011

Romney Raises More than Rivals, Himself Last Time Around

Mitt Romney’s campaign for president announced today it raised $18.25 million in the second fundraising quarter that just ended. This is an impressive haul by most measures, as it should outpace the rest of his Republican primary rivals combined. But Mitt failed to outdo his own fundraising haul from the same period in his abortive […]

July 6, 2011