For Women’s Groups, It’s All About the Planning
September 04, 2012

Planned Parenthood isn’t abandoning its commitment to abortion rights, but birth control may be a more potent political issue.

Can Julian Castro Make It In Texas?
September 04, 2012

The DNC keynote speaker might be the next Barack Obama. But can he ever win statewide office in Texas?

Obama’s Fatal Ambivalence About Wall Street: Convention Edition
September 03, 2012

For those who aren’t familiar with the mini-soap opera surrounding the convention fundraising effort, it goes something like this:

Why Romney’s Convention Won’t Help Him Win Ohio
August 31, 2012

It's very hard to see how Romney wins without Ohio, where Obama just scored a big voting rights win. Did this week's convention help Mitt with that?

The Week in Strange and Small Super PACs: Moms and Dads edition
July 16, 2012

It’s time again to look in on the past week’s stranger super PACs—the small PACs you’ve never heard of that will affect congressional and Senate races across the country. No new super PACs spent their first dime in the last week, but two existing PACs worth highlighting did make independent expenditures.

Euro Trashed
May 04, 2012

I first saw Mitt Romney playing the dread Europe card on the campaign trail in Iowa. “I think President Obama wants to make us a European-style welfare state,” went the standard refrain. “What I know is that, if they do that, they’ll substitute envy for ambition. And they’ll poison the very spirit of America and keep us from being one nation under God.” At another stop, Romney warned that Obama’s policies were already “making us more and more like Europe. I don’t think Europe is working in Europe.

State of the Union - As Prepared
January 24, 2012

THE WHITE HOUSE Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery State of the Union Address: “An America Built to Last” Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 As Prepared for Delivery – Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq.

The End Of Obama's Charlotte Strategy?
November 09, 2011

When the Democrats picked Charlotte over Cleveland and St. Louis as the site for their 2012 convention, there was a clear downside: it would infuriate organized labor, given that North Carolina is one of the least unionized states and that the convention itself would be relying on nonunion labor.

Colorado vs. Ohio
February 23, 2011

In some presidential cycles, an incumbent’s reelection strategy doesn’t matter all that much. When the economy is very strong (1984), the incumbent wins big; when it’s very weak (1932), he loses even bigger. And when a party chooses a nominee seen as outside the mainstream (1964, 1972), it suffers a crushing defeat. It’s possible that one or more of these circumstances could prevail next year. The economy could over- or under-perform current projections; the Republicans could choose a nominee who’s too conservative or lacks credibility as a potential president.

Why the Media Won’t Stop Laughing at Alvin Greene
September 09, 2010

Early last week, Alvin Greene paid a visit to the studios of WBT Radio in Charlotte. Ostensibly, he was there to drum up support for his campaign to unseat South Carolina Senator Jim Demint. But, as is always the case with Greene, politics quickly gave way to farce. For two hours, he offered up his daffy policy proposals (like selling action figures of himself to end the recession) and fumblingly dodged embarrassing questions about his involuntary discharge from the military and his recent indictment for allegedly showing pornography to a University of South Carolina coed.