Jack Kemp's death over the weekend has produced a flood of news stories about his life and political career. From a purely political standpoint, though, one lesson from Kemp's career stands out: It really matters who a presidential candidate picks for a running mate.
Yes, vice presidents are a heartbeat away from the Read More
When Hillary Clinton defied an ocean of pre-election polling that placed her anywhere from five to 13 points behind Barack Obama and won last January's New Hampshire primary, it was described as one of public opinion polling's darkest hours.
So dark that a group of academics and polling professionals spent the last months Read More
Like the sun rising in the east and the L.A. Clippers losing more games than they win, you can count on the losing candidate in any election talking about putting the nastiness of the campaign in the past and giving the winner a chance to succeed.
In that sense, John McCain’s comments in an extended Read More
For a man who often found himself likened to Bob Dole during the presidential campaign, it’s only fitting that John McCain will make his first post-election appearance on a late-night comedy show.
McCain is scheduled to appear on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” tonight, a move that calls to mind Bob Dole’s visit to David Letterman’s Read More
Maybe the media outlets that have been pushing the Obama’s-not-getting-a-bounce theme jumped the gun. The latest Gallup daily tracking poll – the result of interviews conducted between Monday and Wednesday nights this week – finds Obama pulling ahead by six points, 48 percent to John McCain’s 42 percent. That’s a clear Read More
The prospect of Joe Biden joining Barack Obama’s ticket, which seems to have grown more real in recent days, raises an interesting possibility: another Biden presidential campaign.
Given how his campaign turned out this year, the idea of Biden ever Read More
Tim Kaine’s stock as a potential running-mate for Barack Obama has dropped markedly in the last day, with the news that Mark Warner, Kaine’s predecessor as Virginia’s governor, will be the keynote speaker at the convention in Denver.
The thinking, widely repeated in the media Read More
Every four years, involving one party or the other, it seems that we get a batch of stories just like Republicans have succeeded in projecting an image that is not only at total variance with their record but in contradiction of their own platform,” then-Senator Robert Torricelli harrumphed – but Read More
Obviously, Democrats want voters to be thinking about John McCain’s age and fretting over whether it might be eating away at his mental faculties. There’s no other reason why party’s anti-McCain talking points would call for surrogates to so prominently slip forms of the word “confused” into attacks on the soon-to-be 72-year-old Republican candidate.
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Think Barack Obama can get away with an ad like this in the fall?