A handful of polls this week have found John McCain in a surprisingly close race in his home state. One survey in Arizona puts McCain ahead by just two points, 46 to 44 percent. Another has him ahead by five, 51 to 46, and a third gives him a four-point edge, 48 to 44.
Steve Kornacki’s column today pointedly recalls the nasty Republican memes of the 1992 campaign, which sought to instill doubt about Bill Clinton’s patriotism because he had protested the Vietnam War. So desperate were they to retain power that employees of the first Bush administration rifled illegally through Clinton’s passport files.
(That scandal concluded with Read More
On the morning of September 24, George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, waited patiently in the lobby outside a ballroom at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in the Sheraton New York, wearing a wool pinstriped suit and aggressively biting a red apple.
On a stage inside the ballroom, Bill Clinton, Read More
There’s a cliché that can aptly be applied to the Republicans and their unexpectedly decent odds for winning the presidential race: Be careful what you wish for.
Since World War II, a basic pattern has prevailed, with one party controlling the White House for two terms, followed by the other. In the modern era, eight Read More
Since her selection as John McCain’s running-mate was announced last Friday, the media has been "on a mission to destroy" Sarah Palin. That’s the charge from McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt, at least, and it’s just one of countless over-the-top characterizations from the McCain campaign and its surrogates of the scrutiny Palin has encountered. Read More
When it comes to Barack Obama’s running-mate search, the question of “when?” is now being asked just as often as “who?”
The Politico is reporting that Obama’s decision is expected this week – but that it also might come “as late as Read More
There’s plenty of of noise coming from the right these days, dire warnings to John McCain about the terrible consequences that will befall him if he fails to appease the Republican Party’s base with his VP selection. These voices come in response to McCain’s apparent openness to choosing a Read More
I’m noticing a pattern here: Some outfit conducts a poll, throws Bob Barr’s name into the mix, and reports back that the former Georgia congressman and current Libertarian presidential nominee is scoring somewhere in the mid-single-digits. Then, a bunch of news outlets run the same basic story about how Barr is poised to play Read More
The debate over debates – or more precisely, the debate over joint appearances – has begun this year earlier than ever.
Both John McCain and Barack Obama are months away from formally cementing their respective parties’ nominations, but that didn’t stop McCain from proposing a series of 10 town hall-style forums featuring both candidates over 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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