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Why it’s all about Obama

October 16th, 2012

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This piece was originally featured on Reuters.

President Barack Obama may have lost the first debate the minute he appeared on stage in Denver. Just by showing up, he changed the terms of the campaign. Viewers immediately saw the election as a referendum on the president. The decision became whether to fire him or rehire him.

This was bound to happen sooner or later.  It always happens when an incumbent is running for reelection.  Until the Oct. 3 debate, Democrats had made a vigorous, and mostly successful, effort to turn the election into a choice rather than a referendum: Which guy do you like better — Obama or Mitt Romney? Read the rest of this entry »

The Republican Demolition Derby

February 21st, 2012

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The 2012 election has crossed a barrier. In the latest CNN poll, 40 percent of Americans say things are going well in the country. Is that good? After all, 60 percent still say things are going badly.

For the Democrats, it is good.

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It’s Perry vs. New Deal

September 14th, 2011

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry made his views pretty clear at the CNN-Tea Party Express debate Monday when he told Mitt Romney, “If what you’re trying to say is that back in the ’30s and ’40s that the federal government made all the right decisions, I disagree with you.’’

Perry doesn’t have a problem just with Social Security. He has a problem with Franklin D. Roosevelt and the whole New Deal.

Only one thing stands between Perry and the Republican nomination for president: the polls.

Not the polls of Republicans. Perry has already conquered those. He became the front-runner for the nomination the minute he got into the race.

Perry is the un-Obama. Republicans instantly recognized the Texas governor as total opposite of the Democratic president. President Barack Obama is cultivated, intellectually complex, cool, deliberative and not particularly forceful. Perry is tough, straightforward, anti-intellectual and something of a hothead. Read the rest of this entry »

But who’s the tea party’s candidate?

March 15th, 2011

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

You can’t a win horse race without a horse. That looks like a problem for tea party Republicans.

The tea party is the most dynamic movement the Republican Party has seen since Ronald Reagan. This movement has always taken pride in the fact that it has no acknowledged national leader or spokesperson.

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What Dems Need: A Moderate Surge

October 1st, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

With the worries over an “enthusiasm gap,” many Democrats are now contemplating a home-stretch election strategy focused on rousing the base. By carrying a left-leaning message, this argument goes, Democrats can reactivate liberal enthusiasm to equal the Tea Party’s passion.

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Dems can gain ground with security

September 29th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

The “Pledge to America” that House Republican leaders released last week offers little in the way of new ideas about national security – mostly procedural bits, like a pledge to hold hearings on Iran or changes in visa paperwork. That is a sea change from the days when the first Republican talking point involved going after Democrats on national security.

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