George W. Bush
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.
President Obama, Culture Warrior
August 20, 2012
Why is Obama re-litigating the same cultural issues that hurt Kerry eight years ago?
For the third consecutive time, Republicans are planning to feature an aggrieved Democrat (or ex-Democrat) at their national Convention to personalize claims that the latest Democratic presidential nominee has abandoned the true legacy of his party and left moderate-to-conservative donkeys no option but to vote for the GOP. As it happens, I know the most recent trio of apostates pretty well. 2004’s Zell Miller, who was enlisted to savage John Kerry’s national security credentials, was my boss in Georgia back in the early 1990s.
‘Supporting Our Troops’ Has Become an Exercise in Denial
August 14, 2012
During nearly every major-league baseball game I have attended over the past few years, the P.A. announcer invites men and women in the military to stand up and then asks the rest of us to “honor their service” and their “heroism.” Most of the civilians in the crowd rise to their feet and applaud loudly. I manage to keep my cynicism to myself. My problem is not with the young people who get to spend a few hours away from their jobs protecting the United States from its enemies—real, potential, or imagined. It’s the unwitting hypocrisy of my fellow fans that ticks me off.
Paul Ryan Hearts Unemployment
August 13, 2012
Two days in, we're seeing three main lines of attack against Paul Ryan: 1.) He wants to abolish Medicare "as we know it" and replace it with a voucher system that will shift significant costs onto the elderly. 2.) He wants to abolish Medicaid and the food stamp program, too, and replace them with block grants that would radically shrink available funds for the indigent. 3.) As a budget-balancer he's a phony, because his drastic cuts in federal programs are accompanied by irresponsible cuts in taxes for the rich, and because when George W.