February 18, 2013 |
The presidential campaign season filled The Times' mailbag many times over, but not always with the kind of commentary suitable for a letters page. Criticism was plentiful, pointed and often unfair. Praise was rarely offered, and when it was expressed, it typically resembled campaign talking points or punditry memes. A common reaction by letter writers to The Times' 1,000-plus-word endorsement of President Obama, for example, was short and dismissive: "Big surprise. " So far, the local campaigns for the three citywide offices and eight odd-numbered City Council districts have been different.
January 15, 2013 |
For a long time, measuring more years than I care to count, I thought the movie that became "Zero Dark Thirty" would never happen. The goal, to make a modern, rigorous film about counter-terrorism, centered on one of the most important and classified missions in American history, was exciting and worthy enough, or so it seemed. But there were too many obstacles, too many secrets, and politicians standing in the way of an easy path. Somehow, though, thanks to the great persistence of my filmmaking team and an enormous dose of luck, we got the movie made and found studio partners with the courage to release it. Then came the controversy.
January 19, 2012 |
Herman Cain seems to be having something of a Sarah Palin moment. The retired pizza chain executive, who enjoyed a brief but intense flash of political fame last fall when he shot into the lead as a Republican presidential candidate, thrust himself back into the spotlight Wednesday with an "unconventional" endorsement in the GOP primary race. "Here is my unconventional endorsement," he said in an appearance at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Charleston, S.C. "Not a candidate seeking the nomination, not someone that's not running.
October 11, 2011 |
Just one week after announcing he would not run for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is endorsing Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination, sources confirm. Christie will attend Tuesday night's Republican debate in New Hampshire as Romney's guest. The Romney campaign had announced the former Massachusetts governor would address supporters this afternoon with a "special guest. " When he reaffirmed his decision not to be a presidential candidate, Christie had suggested he was not likely to endorse one of the official candidates soon.
September 12, 2011 |
The first bit of rapid response among Republican presidential hopefuls came hours before the start of Monday's "tea party" debate in Tampa, as Rick Perry answered Tim Pawlenty's endorsement of Mitt Romney by announcing the support of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Jindal, once seen as a rising GOP star, said in a statement that Perry's "record on job creation simply cannot be beat. " "The 1 million jobs he's helped create as governor is a stark contrast to the 2.4 million jobs lost on President Obama's watch," said Jindal.
January 2, 2012 |
As Rick Santorum rises in the polls, the Republican presidential candidate is receiving fresh scrutiny over his endorsement of moderate Republican incumbent Arlen Specter against a strong conservative challenger in the 2004 GOP Senate primary in his home state of Pennsylvania. At the first two stops of his final swing through western Iowa, the most conservative part of the state and his stronghold, Santorum was questioned about his endorsement of Specter, an abortion-rights supporter.