June 5, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - The field for the 2016 presidential race has yet to take shape, but over private dinners and meetings, and at an intimate retreat this week hosted by 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, the underground money race on the Republican side has begun. For potential contenders such as Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the money courtship at this stage is a dance: a series of meetings where donors take their measure, while the contenders, in part because of campaign finance laws, talk broadly about their agendas while demurring on the question of whether they will run. But campaign strategists and finance officials note that early meetings, like the ones that begin Wednesday in Park City, are crucial in creating a kinship with potential financiers, while assessing the candidates' aptitude for raising money and establishing viability.
June 1, 2013 |
An early morning skeet-shooting excursion with Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin. A golf game with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. A chance to mingle over breakfast with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Those are just a few of the offerings available to the powerful who donated to 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a three-day gathering that the former Massachusetts governor is hosting next week in Park City , Utah. Donors and former aides say Romney is not looking to take sides, or play kingmaker, for the potential Republican presidential candidates, but rather to connect all of the contenders with the expansive network of donors that propelled him to the Republican nomination, while letting his donors evaluate who - if anyone - they will back in the next round.
May 24, 2013 |
Maybe because President Obama said so many other things in his speech Thursday -- about drones, Guantanamo and a “new phase” in the war against terrorism -- a reference to Benghazi didn't attract much attention. But, at the risk of over-interpretation, it struck me as another attempt by the president to counter the Republican claim that he refused to recognize Benghazi as a terrorist attack. Here's what Obama said: “Now, make no mistake, our nation is still threatened by terrorists.
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May 18, 2013 |
Here's a scientific news flash about our recent presidential election: You could assume that President Obama was more kindly disposed to redistribution of wealth than Mitt Romney just by looking at them. Not because Obama is African American and Romney is white. Not because Romney is a Republican and Obama is a Democrat. You could have made the assumption, according to researchers at Denmark's Aarhus University, Australia's Griffith University and UC Santa Barbara, just by looking at their biceps.
May 7, 2013 |
Al Gore and Mitt Romney have little in common -- except, perhaps, their net worth. Gore, the environmental activist and former U.S. vice president, has amassed a net worth that may exceed $200 million, according to an analysis by Bloomberg . That's not far from the roughly $250 million net worth of Romney, who came up short in his 2012 presidential bid. Though best known for his crusading environmental efforts, Gore also appears to be...
May 3, 2013 |
Anyone who's been within a mile of a computer over the past few years ought to be familiar with Bad Lip Reading, the YouTube channel that churns out dubbed videos of NFL players and various presidential candidates talking in gibberish. ("I will force spiders and badgers on the enemy!" Mitt Romney appeared to say in one viral clip.) Now the channel's anonymous creator has given the Bad Lip Reading treatment to AMC's horror series "The Walking Dead," reimagining Rick as a guy mourning his stolen banjo, Daryl as a man unsatisfied with his "cheetah candy" and the Governor as the joyful star of a Broadway musical.
April 24, 2013 |
Since Mitt Romney lost to President Obama on Nov. 6, the conventional wisdom has been that the Republican Party is in trouble. The less conventional truth is that it is the Democrats whose chances many be more bleak. Yes, Republicans are currently engaged in a round of intraparty sniping between establishment conservatives and the militant, purist right-wingers who abound in the ranks of party activists. And, yes, the 2012 election exposed the GOP's profound unpopularity among rising voting groups, especially Latinos.
April 18, 2013 |
Days after the deadly bombings that turned the Boston Marathon into a scene of triage and tears, President Obama and the first lady were due to attend an interfaith service for the victims. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also planned to be at Cathedral of the Holy Cross for the service, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Thursday. “The service is an opportunity for the community to come together in the wake of the tragic events at...
April 10, 2013 |
As members of the Republican National Committee met in Hollywood to debate how to reverse their party's recent losses in presidential campaigns, they narrowly defeated an effort by a Virginia committeeman to undo all the changes to party rules made during the 2012 Republican convention. The rules fight played out Wednesday beneath a broader debate at the Republicans' spring gathering over how the party can reshape its message to win over more female and minority voters, who favored President Obama over Republican nominee Mitt Romney during the 2012 election.
April 9, 2013 |
After the crushing presidential loss in November, national Republican leaders offered a blunt message in a postelection report: Unless the party appealed to women, minorities and voters with divergent views, there was little hope of reversing their national losing streak. The first test of the party's will to reshape its image comes Wednesday as the 168 members of the Republican National Committee - who represent some of the party's most conservative voices - meet in Hollywood for a three-day retreat to discuss their messaging problems and calendar changes that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus hopes will position them to win in 2016.