George W. Bush

Hey, GOP: Watch Your Back With Matthew Scully
August 30, 2012

Memo to Romney-Ryan speechwriters John McConnell, Lindsay Hayes, and Stuart Stevens: Watch your back around this guy Matthew Scully! Scully, who with McConnell is credited with writing Paul Ryan’s crowd-pleasing convention speech, is a former White House speechwriter and author of a well-regarded book, Dominion, that urges humans to show greater respect for the animal kingdom. The animal Scully most emulates is the black widow spider.

This Week’s Big Political Story That Went Almost Entirely Unnoticed
August 30, 2012

The thousands of reporters who departed the nation’s capital to cover the Republican National Convention in Florida have done an admirable job covering an important political event. But a big story taking place in the national media’s own backyard, one arguably even more important than the convention, slipped by almost entirely unnoticed: the federal court case pitting South Carolina against the Department of Justice over the state’s controversial Voter ID law.

The GOP’s Unreckoning With The Disappeared Dubya
August 29, 2012

The most surreal part of the Tampa convention is surely the total absence of George W. Bush -- and the bizarre video he sent in Wednesday night.

National Review, Race, And Me
August 29, 2012

I answer National Review's absurd claim that it's Democrats (including me!), not Republicans, who have introduced race into the 2012 campaign.

George W. Bush Never Played the Race Card. That Hasn’t Stopped Mitt Romney.
August 28, 2012

Say what you will about George W. Bush, but he never played the race card. Can we say that about Romney?

Why Mitt Romney Wants to Be Like James K. Polk
August 28, 2012

Romney's looking to the 11th U.S. president as a model. Does it have anything to do with Polk's importance to Mormon history?

Romney Cribs from the GOP’s Willie Horton Playbook
August 27, 2012

1988 all over again? Romney accuses Obama of cultivating a welfare "base."

Romney’s Losing Strategy
August 27, 2012

TAMPA—As they assemble in Tampa, the Republicans should consider not just whether they can win back the presidency in November, but whether they can create a viable majority that can endure past an election cycle. But they won’t. Mitt Romney and his party are oblivious to their longer term prospects.

Mitt Romney, Latter-Day Neocon
August 24, 2012

IN MITT ROMNEY’S 2010 campaign book, No Apology: The Case for National Greatness, the former Massachusetts governor cites twelve countries that the United States has invaded for the “cause of freedom.” Readers expecting to learn about World War II or the downfall of Slobodan Milošević might be surprised by Romney’s list.

Why Obama Must Find His Inner George W. Bush
August 24, 2012

Mitt Romney desperately needs a good convention to turn around his image, but President Obama has a very different task at hand. And as his advisers plot Obama’s pitch for a second term, they should be looking very hard at what George W. Bush managed to accomplish at the Republican National Convention eight years ago. Faced with tepid economic growth, the Obama campaign has always been vulnerable. But it has never been clear that a majority of voters are prepared to fire the president.

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