Scott Brown Has a Kelly Ayotte Problem
May 19, 2014
It was a free vote for Kelly Ayotte. The fix was already in. And she voted with Jeanne Shaheen, against Scott Brown's wishes, anyhow.
Lindsay Graham and Kelly Ayotte Pander on the Military Budget. Even John McCain Pushes Back.
December 18, 2013
There are some tentatively hopeful noises in Washington about people coming to their senses and deciding to get things done.
A Year After Newtown, Little Has Changed
December 12, 2013
Naming names for legislative cowardice
Obama Needs to Hug a Republican. But Which One?
July 01, 2013
Obama needs to make a new GOP buddy.
The Gun-Vote Backlash Has Only Just Begun
April 23, 2013
Some liberals shrugged at the legislation's defeat, but there could be serious consequences for those who opposed it.
February 01, 2013
Obama's Defense pick barely survives his Senate grilling by John McCain and Ted Cruz.
A Romney in Palin Clothing: The Political Style of Kelly Ayotte
December 06, 2012
Why John McCain likes his new best friend.
Why The Palin Fiasco Argues FOR Kelly Ayotte
August 08, 2012
I’ve generally avoided the veepstakes—better, it seemed, to focus on matters such as what’ll happen to the nearly 100,000 Ohio voters who went to the polls on the final pre-Election Day weekend in 2008 but won’t be able to do so this year. But as Romney’s big day draws near, I’ll offer one pet theory of mine: that the pundits are wrongly counting out Kelly Ayotte, the new senator from New Hampshire. Ayotte offers obvious appeal, not least as a way for Romney to try and close his considerable gender gap with women voters.
Live Free or Die of Boredom: Why This Is the Least Exciting New Hampshire Primary Ever
January 09, 2012
Rochester, N.H.—Having emerged unbloodied Sunday morning from the weekend’s debate double-header, Mitt Romney barreled down Route 101 at more than 80 miles an hour towards a noon rally at the Rochester Opera House. (I can verify the speedometer reading since the Romney campaign bus zoomed past me in a 65-mile-an-hour zone and I tailed it until it turned off the highway). The front-runner’s haste was understandable, since Romney wants this primary inscribed in the record books before his double-digit lead vanishes.
The GOP’s Triple Play
October 18, 2010
PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—The Republican Party is running a three-level campaign this year that gives its candidates a wealth of advantages—in flexibility, deniability, and determination. At the first level are the party's candidates, who can be as reasonable or as angry, as moderate or as conservative, as their circumstances require. Next come the outside groups that refuse to disclose their donor lists. They are doing the dirty work of pounding their Democratic opponents in commercials for which no one is accountable.