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Opinion: Palin's Out, and Bachmann's Star Dims

Thursday, October 06, 2011

We can barely keep up with the unfolding political events in the past week.

The big panic is that with Nevada setting its caucus date for January 14 the whole calendar has been trashed. Iowa has to have its caucuses one week before New Hampshire so we are now faced ...

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Opinion: In GOP Field, Line Between Contenders and Pretenders is Now Clear

Thursday, October 06, 2011

"Tonight the light of love in your eyes, but will you still love me tomorrow?"

Primaries are exposing and embarrassing for the party involved. They inevitably lead to infighting, dirty revelations, and from the outside resemble a scrum in rugby. Who is winning is not clear until someone, finally, comes up with the ball.

Even then, the winner this week may not be the winner next week. It's all about timing.

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Flexing the Money Muscle: Candidates Disclose Fundraising Totals

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Here comes the money! Candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have reported their earnings from the three-month fundraising quarter that ended last week.

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Opinion: How Chris Christie Shakes up the 2012 Field? He Doesn't

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I don’t want to be a party pooper, but Chris Christie will not go down smoothly with Iowa’s Tea Party infused Republican base. He'll very likely need to skip Iowa - it’s too late to start a caucus campaign anyway - and concentrate on New Hampshire.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: In Reagan Debate, Romney Must Fend off Also-Rans and Contend with Perry

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The presumptive front-runner thought he could just keep his gait steady and eyes steely and it would all be his. But debates are where is center-right two-step looks the most awkward.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: The One Way the GOP can Take Advantage of Anti-Incumbency Fever

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Obama will not face an in-party challenge for the Democratic nomination, but unless things turn around pronto, he limps towards November like Jimmy Carter.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Why Each GOP Contender Thinks They Can Win Florida

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A swath of Florida resembles the deep South, terrain that Rick Perry believes is his. There are plenty of Tea Party conservatives who Bachmann and Ron Paul would love to court. Then again, the state did elect former executive Rick Scott Governor, which shows Romney his pro-corporate constituency, and it is neighbor to Newt's homestate.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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House Races to Watch: Ideological Battle over Bachmann's Neighboring Minn. District

Friday, August 26, 2011

Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, which encompasses the wealthy suburbs west of Minneapolis, should be competitive. Political strategists have often rated the district a tossup, but Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen has managed to keep the district in Republican hands following the 2008 retirement of moderate Rep. Jim Ramstad, even winning by double digits in 2010.

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Opinion: What's Really Behind the 'Bachmann is Stupid' Theme? The Usual Liberal Smugness

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gaffes by Republicans are spread far and wide as evidence by liberals that these people with whom they disagree are not just wrong on the issues, they're stupid.

-Karol MarkowiczIt's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Advice to GOP Debaters - You Can't Run on 'No'

Thursday, August 11, 2011

You'd think the Republicans would be smiling. The economy shows no signs of turning by the 2012 election, a bad sign for any incumbent. The GOP caucus in the Capitol has ensured that Democrats can't govern effectively, giving the president very little to run on in his re-election bid. And Obama is ...

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Opinion: The Iowa Tea Partier's Case for Michelle Bachmann

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Her leadership has been instrumental in shifting the entire debate in Washington. Without Congresswoman Bachmann’s leadership an even worse sellout on the debt ceiling was inevitable.

-Ryan Rhodes, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Obama's Enthusiasm Gap is a Major Problem

Saturday, July 16, 2011

While some progressives are threatening to withhold their votes should Obama pursue cuts to our critical social safety net programs, few doubt liberals will pull the predictable lever in the voting booth. But in terms of building a governing majority, it will be a disaster.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Why GOP Candidates Should Support Indie Music

Friday, July 01, 2011

Every campaign season, without fail, a Republican candidate or elected official is asked to stop playing some celebrity musician's music at their campaign appearances. It's a one-day story, liberals get to point and laugh while Conservatives get to feel bad about being arbitrarily hated.

The default position for famous people ...

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Bachmann Announces Her Run for President

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann (R-MN) talked up her home-field advantage as she officially announced her run for presidency this morning in Iowa. Bachmann lived in Iowa (a state she's hoping to win) until she was twelve and then moved to Minnesota where she became the state's first Republican woman elected to Congress in 2006. She told the crowd in Waterloo, her birthplace: “I often say that everything I need to know I learned in Iowa" and “It’s these Iowa roots and my faith in God that guide me today.”

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An Iowan Take on New Hampshire Debate: Bachmann Wins

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The night’s real stand-out was Michelle Bachmann, who took advantage of the debate spotlight to announce she is running for president. She clearly and surprisingly won the debate. Bachmann was energetic and has a way with words, making some of the other wannabes look limp. Her experience in Congress showed and made her more credible than her critics might want to admit, and certainly complicates things for Sarah Palin.

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A Vigorous Debate with No Ideas

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Their goal was to chase votes — even if that meant running from their signature achievements, their honest disagreements or their more interesting, nuanced approaches. None of them were interested in a challenging, provocative debate. None of them offered the Republican voter something new to consider. They all just tried to deliver voters exactly what they wanted.

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Michele Bachmann: Minnesota Wild

Friday, March 25, 2011

If Representative Michelle Bachmann runs for president, one thing is certain — it will be a lively race. The Minnesota Republican is known for her use of provocative rhetoric and does not shy from controversy, outlandish statements, or blaming the media when confronted with her mistakes. 

Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite, is often compared to that other darling of the extreme right, Sarah Palin. Both have a penchant for making rather public gaffes. However while Palin often gets heat for appearing under-prepared, Bachmann never seems at all flustered, providing non-sequiters with a polished smile and an icy calm that once caused a frustrated Chris Matthews to burst out “Are you hypnotized?”

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Justice Scalia Shouldn't Speak to the Tea Party Caucus

Monday, January 24, 2011

Simply put, this appearance creates appearance problems. It adds to the politicization of the judiciary. And so, I am forced to consider — with all due respect — whether Justice Scalia should be speaking to the caucus, and whether Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court should speak publicly, at all.

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