A Faceful of Squirrel Nuts: A Bad Election Night
Not long ago, I had a post about how I learned of a particularly tough loss, suffered by my football team. (College. My pro team has suffered unbearable losses too.) That led to a note from my colleague Carol Staswick, …
The GOP’s Problem Is Not Merely One Faction
One problem with the “the problem with the GOP is this wing or faction” analysis is that every brand of Republican lost a winnable race Tuesday.
Tea Party enthusiasts have to come to grips with Richard Mourdock losing a winnable …
The Strategic Amnesia of Campaign 2012
I’ve had a variation of this Greg Gutfeld rant brewing in my head for a while now . . . he calls it the “Oh, never mind then” compromise. (Emily Litella!) I had been contemplating the term “strategic amnesia.”
Watch the latest video …
Mitt, Newt, the Ricks, Michele, Ron, Jon . . . and Jeb?
The Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt features the latest futile round of “Hillary 2012″ buzz, a discussion of an anti–Occupy Wall Street theme in the trailer for the upcoming Batman movie, and this latest unexpected turn in the GOP …
No, It Really Is Too Late for Other GOP Candidates
I’m asked if it really is too late for any other Republican candidate to announce a presidential bid.
Right now, any sudden addition would have to run as a write-in candidate in a slew of early-voting states, making the …
The 2012 GOP Presidential Field Is Set.
The Republican presidential field is set.
This probably doesn’t mean the speculation is over, but as of today, anyone who jumped in would not appear on the ballot in the Florida primary — complicating a late, long-shot bid a …
What We Need in a GOP Candidate
The Washington Examiner’s Phil Klein lays out his argument that the GOP field is an “incredibly weak” one, an assessment I share, although I’m not sure the field is “incredibly weak.” I think it’s just that every …
With This Economy, It’s Amazing Obama Is Still in the Race
Another bad week on Wall Street:
After dropping 527 points, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 391 points, the second consecutive rout in the stock market since the Federal Reserve announced a change in strategy for fighting the economic slowdown. One …
Rick Perry Fills the GOP Field’s Vacuum
It’s been said that while the Republican party is still looking for its ideal presidential candidate for the 2012 election, the party has a bumper crop of impressive potential running mates and/or options for 2016. Among those mentioned often are …
Rethinking Those Never-Wrong Criteria for Predicting Presidential Elections . . .
My Internet continues to move about as quickly as the Guantanamo Bay closure process. A belated offering from the Morning Jolt:
Yeah, But How Does Alan Lichtman Do in His Fantasy Football League?
At U.S. News and World Report, …
Nobody’s Really ‘Vetted’ Until They Run for President.
I talked to a veteran of one of the big 2012 Republican presidential campaigns, and he noted that very few politicians know what it is like to be vetted at the level of security that occurs in a presidential campaign.
Richard Epstein, Donald Verrilli, and Michael Carvin Assess SCOTUS Term
An interesting discussion at the Heritage Foundation earlier today. Towards the end, Richard Epstein gets a nice dig at Paul Krugman, too.
The Jindal, McDonnell, and Ryan Bids That Almost Happened
Over on the NRO homepage, a what-might-have-been story: Some frustrated GOP consultants contemplated starting a long-shot effort to draft Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, or Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan into the presidential race, despite the trio’s …
Rove: ‘Obama Will Have the Cash. But He Can’t Run on His Record.’
American Crossroads offers an electoral analysis and pep talk from Karl Rove, complete with snazzy moving graphics floating in the air beside him:
He suggests that the Obama path to victory will require vastly outspending the Republicans in states like …
When You Think Election 2012, Think… ‘PAOHMIWIAMN.’
There is (sigh) more twists and turns of the story of Cain and his accusers in the Morning Jolt, as well as a look at the grim outlook for John Kasich’s reforms in Ohio, and the 2012 electoral map:
2012: An Across-the-Board Anti-Incumbent Year?
Reid Wilson looks at the numbers and suggests that 2012 might be a genuine anti-incumbent year, as opposed to previous “anti-incumbent” years that turned out to be bad for only one party’s incumbents.
For all the attention the “Republican Revolution” class …
Two New Surveys Show Obama in Trouble With Latinos, Swing States
I don’t think either of the survey results cited in Mike Allen’s Politico newsletter are really that surprising, considering the state of the economy, etc., but he calls them “sobering” for Democrats:
THIS CYCLE’S BIGGEST SURVEY OF LATINO VOTERS: Campaigns …
Obama, the GOP, and the ‘Big Nine’
Pollster Glen Bolger wants Republicans to start thinking about the Big Nine. No, that’s not another collegiate football conference:
The nine states that George W. Bush won in 2004 but flipped over to Barack Obama in 2008: Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, …
The DNC Convention Logo: I See Red People
In an acknowledgement that their national convention will in effect, ask the American people to retain a leader who has presided over the first downgrading of the national credit rating in history, the Democratic party announced today that their convention …
Obama Campaign: We Fell Behind on Fundraising Last Month
Last month, some folks scoffed when I wrote this:
To match his $750 million from the 2008 cycle, Obama would need to average $107 million for seven quarters. Obviously, it is possible that Obama can make up ground in the next few quarters. …