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The GOP's 'Electile Dysfunction'

April 15, 2008 Not long ago, many observers were speculating that presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain would have trouble uniting his party because of the antipathy that much of the Republican establishment and its right wing had long had for the Arizona maverick. Those days are pretty much gone. McCain now fairly ...

Battling a Headwind

April 8, 2008 Conservatives have been surprisingly muted in their criticism of John McCain ever since The New York Times ran an article on February 21 raising questions about the close friendship between the maverick senator from Arizona and a much younger female lobbyist. Maybe there is some truth to the adage "The ...

McCain's Own Surge

April 1, 2008 By almost every available gauge, Republicans are in deep trouble. Except, that is, for the one that counts most -- the presidential election trial heat. The GOP has serious problems, no doubt. According to a report released by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press last week, ...

Monumental Incompetence

March 25, 2008 You have to hand it to the state of Florida and its Democratic Party: When something is just too darned difficult for them, like, say, holding an unscheduled election, they just admit it. There's something to be said for knowing one's limitations, as Clint Eastwood's character pointed out in Magnum ...

Judgment Calls

March 18, 2008 If we've learned anything in political journalism this year, it should be that absolutes are absolutely to be avoided. Hillary Rodham Clinton might well win more delegates than Barack Obama in the April 22 Pennsylvania primary. And it is plausible that she could close in on her rival by winning ...

Starting Line

March 11, 2008 "Once again two great armies will be coming back to Pennsylvania to fight the decisive battle." Tony Corrado, a professor of government at Colby College, is one of the few real experts on the Democratic Party's byzantine delegate-selection process and the strategies that flow from it. When he started using ...

The Democrats' Advantages

March 4, 2008 With the upcoming Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont contests, this presidential primary campaign will, for all intents and purposes, turn the corner. John McCain will almost certainly win enough delegates to officially put him over the top for the Republican nomination, and, although Barack Obama will not have a ...

Closing In

February 26, 2008 Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., clearly had a good night on Tuesday. With his wins in Wisconsin and Hawaii, he seems to be closing in on his party's presidential nomination. Not nearing a majority of the delegates, mind you, but building enough of a delegate lead that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, ...

Depressed Old Party

February 19, 2008 In a funny way, I can identify with how Republicans are feeling and acting these days. I've been fighting a cold since before I boarded a plane for Des Moines to attend the Iowa caucuses, feeling lousy the whole time. Republicans aren't feeling well either. Their 12-year leadership run in ...

The Middle Man

February 5, 2008 With John McCain's 5-point victory in Florida's Republican primary, he appears all but unstoppable. The momentum that this win, wider than expected, gives the Arizonan going into Super Tuesday means that only a massive mistake would derail his candidacy now. The vacuum that existed in the GOP field, unfilled by ...