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Haley Barbour: A Force From the South

Friday, February 25, 2011

Don’t let Haley Barbour fool you. 

Though he may refer to himself as “a fat redneck,” though he’s got a charming Mississippi country-boy drawl, though his white hair, apple cheeks and twinkly eyes may make you think of Santa Claus, the man is a perspicacious politician. Barbour spent Presidents Day in Iowa, meeting with state Republican Party officials and lawmakers in the state that serves as the presidential election starting gate.

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Mitch Daniels: The Anti-Palin

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mitch Daniels is feeling popular these days. 

Not only does he have an ad starring New York’s own Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan, but conservative columnist George Will has predicted that he holds potentially great appeal to conservative voters as the anti-Obama. “If they’re disappointed with Mr. Obama, then a short, balding, unimpressive, uncharismatic, competent governor might be just the key,” Will wrote.

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Mitt Romney: Turnaround Artist

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mitt Romney is a man who has held multiple positions on the issues—sometimes on the same issue. In 2008, his campaign aides had a term they preferred for him: a "turnaround" artist. They were referring to his track record in reviving struggling businesses, but one could be forgiven for assuming it applies to his stance on social issues.

Romney has several things going for him which make him a likely contender in the upcoming elections. For one, he has money — lots of it.

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Jimmy McMillan is a Republican

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

That's right. Founder, patriarch, and perma-candidate of the Rent is Too Damn High party, has found a new home: the GOP.

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At CPAC, a Conservative House Divided?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference is always a big shindig, but this year there will be some new faces at the planning table: GOProud, a gay group that implicitly supports gay marriage in addition to the usual laundry list of conservative ideals. GOProud's attendance was enough to set off a boycott of CPAC by prominent conservative politicans and groups, including individuals who had previously attended the conference and even delivered keynote speeches there.

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Iowa Caucuses: America's Political Dinner Bell

Monday, February 07, 2011

American democracy, in a nutshell: Every four years, a bunch of Iowans gather in public schools, libraries, and homes across their great state to decide who will get to be the most powerful person on Earth.

Okay, not quite, but it’s something like that. Since 1972, Iowa has had first dibs on picking the names that will appear on presidential ballots across the nation come November.

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The Takeaway

Who Will Be the Next RNC Chair?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Conservatives from across the country have convened in Washington this week to elect the next Republican National Committee Chair. With the 2012 presidential election right around the corner, Republican officials are looking for a leader who can rally the base, attract new voters and, of course, raise money. Michael Steele, the current RNC chair, doesn't seem to have enough support to win a second term, although he has in some ways raised the profile of the office during his term. What else does the RNC Chair need to ensure a GOP win in 2012?

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The Empire

Lowering the 2012 bar

Monday, December 06, 2010

Michael Bloomberg could be just one of the people making 2012 crowded and enabling the eventual winner to get by without that whole mandate thing.

With a grain of salt about predicting the future, a word from Hedge World:

Usually an incumbent President can be sure of re-nomination as the Democratic candidate, but Obama’s popularity is so low and his effectiveness as President has been so wanting that a challenge from Hillary Clinton is a distinct possibility. Clinton has the Prophet persona and would command the respect of Americans looking for foreign relations expertise. A failed challenge to Obama’s nomination would likely weaken Obama and allow the Republican candidate an easy victory. A potential wildcard would be an insurgent independent campaign by billionaire Michael Bloomberg. His financial background and moderate positions on social issues could attract moderate Republican and Democratic voters. Another possibility is that the Tea Party is unable to assimilate within the Republican Party and decides to nominate its own candidate. This could lead to an 1860 like situation, with four candidates vying for the Presidency. The victor in this scenario might need to be selected by the Electoral College. The next President could be elected with less than 40% of the popular vote.

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Play Nice if You're Playing to Win 2012

Friday, December 03, 2010

Going into 2012, obstructionism isn't a winning strategy for Republicans or for the President. People are paying attention now to how well the kids are playing together in the sandbox, and the most prized toy in 2012 will again be the independent vote. Independents want bipartisanship not because they want the parties to work together philosophically, but because they want to see our system of representative democracy produce results. The party that is seen as the greatest obstacle to productivity will get ousted in 2012.

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Open Thread: Independent Dream Team?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he's not running for president—but so does everyone else who's name comes up in the 2012 conversation. Contrary to Bloomberg's statements, a recent article in the Huffington Post insinuates that all signs point to probably. Were Bloomberg to run, it would be as an Independent, and the article even suggests that former Congressman, current TV host, and Bloomberg best-bud Joe Scarborough would be the likely choice for a running mate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Midterms and Beyond

Friday, October 29, 2010

John Heilemann, national political columnist for New York Magazine and co-author of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, looks ahead to Tuesday's midterm elections and beyond to 2012.

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Bloomberg: No 2012 Talk with Obama

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Over golf, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he and Obama spoke about politics. Sort of. Bloomberg told reporters today:

We did not talk about 2012 or anybody that would run. And certainly not about me. I have twelve hundred and eighteen days left to go in this job and I plan to serve them all out.

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Already!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Azi Paybarah / WNYC

Tucked inside Conservative activist David Horowitz's latest missive to reporters about the dangers of the Obama administration:

"Remember, Barack Obama is up for reelection in 2010. That means we cannot afford to focus entirely on November 2010."

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Blakeman Says Gillibrand Silent on Israel

Friday, July 02, 2010

WNYC

Dickter's interview with Blakeman got refershingly deep into the weeds of foreign policy. 

 Around the 3:30 minute mark, Blakeman says the US is no longer preventing allies from talking to rogue or unfriendly nations.

"The president of Brazil met with the President of Syria. Assad. Bashar Assad. I cannot think that if George Bush was still president, that the President of Brazil would meet with the Syrian president. I cannot imagine a scenario where that would happen."

Around the 4:10 mark, Blakeman hits Gillibrand for not bringing the White House closer into Israel’s corner:

"So, I think there’s a fundamental shift away from Israel and towards the Palestinians, by the administration. Senator Gillibrand has been absolutely silent on that, and I think that has emboldened Iran."

On the home front, Blakeman praised Chris Christie as someone "reflecting the new Republican Party." When asked about Sarah Palin, Blakeman was complimentary, but not non-committal about her 2012 chances.

“I think there’s a perception that she’s not smart. I think she’s very smart. I think she does have great communication skills, leadership skills, but there a lot of good Republicans out there who could be potential presidential candidates, and I think Sarah Palin is just one of them.”

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