January 25, 2014 |
Remember 2011-12, when the Republicans had a village of presidential candidates who went through what seemed like a basketball season's worth of debates and state contests before they finally settled on the guy they were going to settle on all along, Mitt Romney? Yeah. Some of us are still recovering. The Republican National Committee apparently learned a lesson from that, so it decided Friday to truncate the 2016 nominating schedule, with an eye toward holding the national convention in June or July instead of late August, as in the last cycle.
January 24, 2014 |
In election cycles past, losing presidential candidates have been content to fade into the background, avoiding interviews and sidestepping questions about pressing political matters. But that has not been the case with 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who seemed to pop up everywhere from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to “The Rachael Ray Show” last fall as he promoted his wife's cookbook , and resurfaced again this month as Netflix released a new documentary about his two presidential campaigns.
January 22, 2014 |
"Poverty is not some rare disease from which the rest of us are all immune," a leading American politician said last week. "It is but the worst strain of a widespread disease otherwise known as economic insecurity. Most families worry about making ends meet. " That must have been President Obama or some other Democrat, right? Wrong. It was Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Mitt Romney's former running mate and the Republicans' chief budget-cutter on Capitol Hill. Up to now, his most famous statement about the social safety net was that it risked becoming "a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.
January 19, 2014 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- Mitt Romney may have a home in Park City, but he's not the kind of person you'd expect to attend a movie at the Sundance Film Festival, whose programming leans liberal, particularly among the documentaries. But the former presidential candidate dropped in to the first Sundance screening of “Mitt,” an unusually candid and largely flattering look at Romney shot over the course of his two presidential campaigns. Filmmaker Greg Whitely was given entree to Romney and his family, yet shut out from the campaign strategy meetings that are the staple of movies, books and articles about the political process.
December 28, 2013
Re "The U.S.-Israel rift that isn't," Opinion, Dec. 24 There is an old prayer: "God protect me from my friends, and I will protect myself from my enemies. " That's the way it is with the U.S.-Israel friendship. In the last U.S. election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu openly supported Republican Mitt Romney. And though Romney has moved on, Netanyahu apparently hasn't. It is in our country's interest to achieve a reasonable agreement on Iran's nuclear program, which may not necessarily be on the terms that Netanyahu wants.
December 27, 2013 |
Pope Francis is everyone's man of the year, so if you're a critic of President Obama you might want to try to portray the president as anti-pope. It sounds crazy, but that's exactly what two former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican try to do in a bizarre op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal. In a piece titled " A Mystifying U.S. Diplomatic Pullback From the Vatican ," former ambassadors Jim Nicholson and Ray Flynn criticize the Obama administration for planning to move the headquarters of the U.S. Embassy at the Vatican from a standalone office to surplus space in the U.S. Embassy to Italy.