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Endorsementpalooza Rolls On

Friday, September 02, 2011

The 2012 campaign is well under way, and while most politicians in Washington haven't decided which candidate to support, some have joined droves of state legislators, entertainers and activists in endorsing a candidate.

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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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Opinion: Bush, Phil Gramm, Now Rick Perry ? Texas Won't Stop Messing With Us

Monday, August 29, 2011

'If at first you don't secede, try, try again' might be how they do things in Texas, but it isn't the right campaign slogan for the rest of the USA.

-Justin KrebsIt's A Free Country blogger.

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The Politics of Irene: Winners, Losers and What it Meant for Obama

Sunday, August 28, 2011

As Hurricane Irene stormed up through the East Coast, it interrupted political debates about Libya and the 2012 election and focused attention on the most basic services of government: public safety and public infrastructure. That cuts right at the heart of the debate about the proper role and scope of government that has raged in Washington since the 2010 midterms.

But Hurricane Irene is fundamentally about local politics, because as FEMA director Craig Fugate pointed out, the hurricane did not leave a single “place of damage that tells everybody the story about what's happened." Instead, the weekend ended with multiple storylines ranging from devastation to inconveniences to relief. So as Irene's winds weakened up the coast, so did her ability to shape the national debate about the role of government one way or the other.

Here, a look at the political winners and losers in Irene's wake. 

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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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2012 Candidates Praise Gadhafi's Fall, But Not U.S. Involvement

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

This president decided to follow, rather than lead... so he can't sit back now and claim 'look how well our strategy worked.'

- Presidential hopeful Herman Cain

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Setting The Week in Politics: Huntsman, Perry, Obama and More

Monday, August 22, 2011

[Huntsman]'s starting to have fun with it, and when you're at 2.2 percent in the polls, you can do that...He's making the case that if his party wants to have a real shot at winning in the fall, you can't go with Michele Bachmann, you can't go with Rick Perry.

Melinda Henneberger, contributing editor to Time.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Obama or Perry (or Romney) – Does it Make a Difference to Immigrants?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

As the GOP whittles down its field of presidential candidates, it is worth looking at where these politicians stand on immigration and asking whether it ultimately matters who wins the presidency in 2012 when it comes to advancing policies and laws beneficial to immigrants and their families.

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Opinion: Does a 'Rascally' Rick Perry Have Bill Clinton Worried?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I had a flashback on Tuesday when President Bill Clinton gave a speech to a group of firemen in Midtown Manhattan and called Gov. Rick Perry of Texas a “good-looking rascal” whose anti-government platform was “crazy.”

That rhetorical sleight of hand—raising an alarm about Perry’s potential attraction to voters while simultaneously smack-talking him--reminded me of a conversation I had in mid-2001 with a Clinton staffer.

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Federal Reserve Finds Increased Criticism on the Right

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Texas governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry is not backing down from his threat against Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve. At an event in Iowa on Monday, Perry said that it would be treason if the Fed were to print more money. The Federal Reserve is no stranger from receiving criticism, but where left-wing politicians were formerly it's biggest critics, more recently conservatives like Ron Paul have been lashing out against the Fed.

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Rick Perry: Another Texas Gov to the White House?

Monday, August 15, 2011

George W. Bush successfully made the move from Texas Governor to U.S. president. Can the man who took his place in the Lone Star State follow suit? 

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How This Weekend Changed the Republican Race

Monday, August 15, 2011

Connecting [Michele Bachmann's] ideas very specifically with the jobs crisis hasn't been her strong suit so far; that's something she'll have to demonstrate in the very near future, or she's going to be seen as a less viable candidate, particularly as someone else with populist credentials enters the Republican presidential fray.

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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This Week's Agenda: Obama's Bus Tour, Super Committee, Perry's Bid

Monday, August 15, 2011

President Obama is departing today for his three-day bus tour through the Midwest, where he will stop in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. With his poll numbers slipping, Obama will be talking with Americans about ways to improve the economy and job growth. While Obama is on the road, Texas Governor Rick Perry, who announced this weekend that he will seek the 2012 Republican nomination, will begin fundraising for his campaign. As the race to for the presidency kicks up a notch, a Congressional twelve-member 'super committee' will begin work on a debt-reduction strategy, aiming to come up with a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion by Thanksgiving of this year.

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Opinion: Why Ames was a Win for Ron Paul (Not Bachmann) and Where the GOP Race Goes Now

Sunday, August 14, 2011

All Bachmann did was hold on to a tenuous first place in a rapidly changing and dangerous environment. Ron Paul may have actually “won” the straw poll because it’s an expectations game.

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

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Opinion: Rick Perry - Here Comes our GOP Hero

Saturday, August 13, 2011

He's conservative enough, he's photogenic, well-spoken, has executive experience and he just might save the Republican Party, and the country, from another term of Barack Obama.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Iowa Straw Polls of Years Past Offer Few Predictions. Here's One Anyway

Friday, August 12, 2011

The straw poll allows minor and far-fetched individuals to run in a visible contest and have a good time, but doesn't mean much. The 2007 Poll was an especially good example of this where Mitt Romney won the Poll, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took home the caucus victory, and Sen. John McCain got the nomination.

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

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Opinion: Scoring the Iowa Debate - Bachmann Makes Good, Palin Wins in Absentia

Friday, August 12, 2011

I blogged the Ames debate live for WNYC, New York and I came away with the following observations.

First, the debate was way too long. In Operas you have an intermission and then resume the show – my dad always fell asleep in the second half. In debates ...

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The GOP Debate in Iowa: Where They Disagreed

Friday, August 12, 2011

While the pointed sparring between Minnesotans Michele Bachmann and former Governor Tim Pawlenty drew the most headlines after the GOP debate, there's was just one of many disagreements among the eight Republican candidates on stage in Ames, Iowa. 

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House Races to Watch: Redistricting Complicates a Red Blue Texas Story

Friday, August 12, 2011

When the Republican-led Texas Legislature rearranged the state's congressional districts in June, Democratic U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett recognized immediately that he'd face a tough road back to Washington.

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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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