How Rand Paul Could Pull a Thad Cochran

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 11:51 am

The surprise victory of Senator Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) may have provided some of the best evidence for how Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) could gain a big advantage in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

“But the Other Guys are Crazy” Strategy Sadly Seems to Be Working

By: Monday March 5, 2012 4:39 pm

Since entering the election year President Obama hasn’t taken many concrete steps to reignite enthusiasm among his potential supporters beyond adopting a tougher rhetorical tone about inequality and criticizing the Republican candidates’ positions. It seems the Obama campaign so far is mainly banking on a “but the other guys are so much worse” strategy to [...]

GOP Primary Turns into Self Parody: Trump to Moderate a Debate

By: Friday December 2, 2011 3:45 pm

Words effectively escape me at this most recent development in what has already been a rather absurd Republican presidential primary. Reality TV star Donald Trump will be the moderator of a presidential primary debate. From the New York Times: Donald Trump is pairing up with Newsmax, the conservative magazine and news Web site, to moderate [...]

Perry Reminds Us That Debates Can Matter

By: Thursday November 10, 2011 10:39 am

With some many debates in the Republican primary this year the impact anyone has is often extremely small, but there is always the potential a debate can matter if a single moment from it goes viral. A memorable line or terrible gaffe could end up being the 30 second clip that epitomizes some large dynamic [...]

Mitt Romney Starting to Win the Electability Argument

By: Monday November 7, 2011 11:24 am

The good news for Mitt Romney is that the electability argument finally seems to be breaking through with the Republican base. According to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll he is currently seen by Republicans and Republican leaning independents as the candidate with the best chance of beating President Obama. From the Washington Post: The [...]

Gingrich Campaign Implosion Continues

By: Tuesday June 21, 2011 2:42 pm

From the start the Gingrich campaign always seemed ill-convinced, given that polling showed most Americans know who he was and had already decide there was no chance they would ever vote for him to become president. Combined with the spectacularly quick collapse of his campaign so soon after it launched, it should be a safe to assume any hope of Gingrich presidential aspirations coming to fruition are all but officially dead

First Victim of Ryancare Litmus Test? Gingrich Lose Top Campaign Staff

By: Thursday June 9, 2011 4:14 pm

It is hard to read the tea leaves sometimes, but when a major Republican crosses his party on Ryancare, then his campaign staff quit, well that is not that tough to read.

Mitt Sitting Pretty: Romney Leads Latest Poll of GOP Field

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 5:03 pm

The news for Mitt Romney has been pretty good lately; he leads the Republican presidential field in the the latest Gallup poll of the race. Romney also ranks first among potential Republican primary voters who feel business and the economy are the most important issue right now. While polling at only 17 percent is a [...]

Does New Polling on Afghanistan Reveal Opportunities for Anti-War Republicans?

By: Wednesday May 11, 2011 6:05 pm

The recent Gallup poll found not only that the overwhelming majority of Americans think it is time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan, but even among Republicans there is an even split between those who say withdraw and those who think we should stay. Theoretically, this should create a potential opening for an anti-war [...]

Romney Likely to Benefit from a Continued Bad Economy

By: Friday February 25, 2011 3:15 pm

Gallup is out with a new poll of Republican voters, comparing which candidates they prefer for the 2012 nomination and which issues they claim are most important to them. The issues of government spending and the economy ranked highest with Republican voters, and Romney did his best with that group. Having worked hard to cultivate [...]

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