November 17, 2011 |
When Richard M. Nixon ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968, he faced a daunting problem: A lot of voters just didn't like him. Nixon had made his name in politics as an angry, partisan hatchet man, famous for lashing out against Democrats and the news media. To win the presidency, he needed to find a way to soften that too-harsh image. In the months before the 1968 primaries, Nixon's campaign staged gauzy television segments that showed the candidate gently answering questions from ordinary citizens, not pesky reporters.
November 14, 2011 |
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is not the type of person who would sexually harass women, his wife, Gloria Cain, said in excerpts of a Fox News interview released Sunday. Cain's wife of 43 years has remained largely hidden from public eye as her husband seeks the party's nomination to run against President Obama in 2012. But in a rare interview, she addressed the allegations that have roiled her husband's campaign. "You hear the graphic allegations, and we know that would have been something that's totally disrespectful of her as a woman.
November 12, 2011
"I've been watching the Republican debates. I watched these eight clowns on the stage and at the end I wanted to raise my hand and say, 'I don't believe in evolution.'" — Bill Maher "In Herman Cain's defense, there is very little in the pizza world that is not sexually suggestive. " — Jon Stewart "Mentioning executions is a surefire applause line for conservatives. It's like saying 'pot' to the audience of 'The Daily Show.'" — Stephen Colbert on Perry's execution record "2. I wanted to help take the heat off my buddy Herman Cain.
November 11, 2011 |
Earlier this political season, many comedians lamented the absence of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the 2012 presidential race, fearing they would never be able to tap an equally rich source of humor in the stable of button-down Republican candidates. Oh, ye of little faith. Perhaps, after Rick Perry's already infamous debate gaffe of absent-mindedness, "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart put it best this week: "Many Republican faithful thought Perry would be the answer to their prayers.
November 7, 2011 |
In an escalation that sent Herman Cain's presidential campaign into dangerous new territory, a woman offered a graphic public account of being groped by the Republican candidate 14 years ago during the same period in which three other women have anonymously claimed he harassed them. With women's rights attorney Gloria Allred at her side in New York and a national television audience watching, Sharon Bialek said she went public Monday to "give a face and voice to those women who cannot or do not wish to come forward.
November 7, 2011 |
For insight into just how risky it is for Republican presidential candidates to antagonize Latino voters, talk to people who ran GOP presidential campaigns. Census figures alone make clear this isn't a voting bloc that can be written off. In 2000, Latinos amounted to 12.5% of the population. By 2010, that figure had jumped to 16.3%. The growth has been especially strong in states that will be fiercely contested in the '12 election - Virginia, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, to name a few. As inexorable demographic trends change the electoral map, some veteran Republican strategists are watching the GOP presidential contest with growing concern.
November 5, 2011 |
Before a noticeably cool but polite audience of conservative activists, Mitt Romney redoubled his efforts Friday to align his agenda with that of the tea party — laying out a plan to slash $500 billion from the federal budget, in part through major changes to the nation's entitlement programs. Romney's proposals to reduce federal spending to 20% of the nation's gross domestic product by 2016 were far-reaching but often lacked specifics. The former Massachusetts governor said he would lower the cost of Social Security by raising the eligibility age for benefits, but he did not specify how quickly those changes would be phased in. He estimated that he could achieve tens of billions of dollars in savings by capping the cost of Medicaid, the federal program that provides medical care to the poor, and allowing the states to take it over — a move his campaign said would "empower them to innovate.
November 1, 2011 |
Looking back on the events of 2011, who do you think has more regrets for his bad decisions, Hosni Mubarak or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty? I guess you have to give it to Mubarak. After all, the guy gave up a cushy gig ruling Egypt just so he could be (justifiably) prosecuted from a sick bed while his cronies retained power. All Pawlenty did was blow his entirely plausible shot at the presidency. But one thing is clear: Both men misread their moments. Let's hop into the way-back machine.
October 30, 2011 |
Four Republican presidential hopefuls, along with senior advisors to President Obama, took to the airwaves Sunday to trade political jabs and tout their prescriptions for boosting the economy. In appearances on the TV talk shows, GOP candidates Herman Cain and Texas Gov. Rick Perry pointed to their respective plans to simplify the federal tax code as key to economic growth. "This plan is about getting people back to work, putting confidence in the American entrepreneur to know that the regulations are not going to be there," Perry said on "Fox News Sunday.
October 27, 2011
A record number of immigrants were deported in fiscal 2011. You'd think that would be greeted as good news by Republicans, who have repeatedly demanded that the Obama administration crack down on illegal immigration. But it won't be. The latest numbers, released last week, are unlikely to sway the current field of Republican presidential hopefuls, who steadfastly refuse to discuss fixing the broken immigration system, arguing that only stricter enforcement, tougher penalties and a 100% secured border will satisfy them.