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The Election 2012 Trail Mix Awards
November 09, 2012

It's time to recap the most memorable moments of the 2012 campaign.

Did Romney’s Cheapness Doom His Campaign?
November 08, 2012

We're now being told that the Romney campaign was seriously hurt by a lack of funds. Should he have dipped into his own pocket?

Anatomy Of The 47 Percent
October 18, 2012

Mitt Romney's 47 percent: The pie chart.

How the GOP Destroyed its Moderates
October 05, 2012

Moderate Republicanism is not intellectually dead. So where is it?

You Say Subsidiarity, I Say Bullshit—Why Paul Ryan and his Bishop Defenders are Wrong
September 27, 2012

Some Bishops have broken ranks to defend Paul Ryan's budget. Here's what they get wrong about Catholic teaching:

The Dopey Literalism of the RNC’s 13 Screens
August 29, 2012

A close read of the narrative uses of the RNC's many, many screens.

The Far Right Cheers (Half of) the GOP Ticket
August 12, 2012

DES MOINES—“It's a historic day,” Rep. Steve King of Iowa announced yesterday from the podium of the FAMiLY Leadership Summit 2012, a major gathering of social conservatives in a suburban Des Moines megachurch that drew a host of national political celebrities. King wasn’t talking about the event, or even the prospect of ejecting Barack Obama from the White House, but of the choice of his friend and colleague Paul Ryan to become Mitt Romney’s running-mate.

Thanks, Cuz. Thanks, Justice Kennedy.
June 11, 2012

During the Republican presidential primaries, the new landscape created by the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other recent loosening of campaign finance regulations took on an almost comic quality -- we could all laugh over the way that Shel Adelson, the casino magnate, and Foster Friess, the aspirin-contraception-advocate, were keeping alive the candidacies of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, respectively. Some pundits even ventured the argument the SuperPACs allowed by Citizens United were good for democracy in that they were making the primaries more competitive than they other

Five Takeaways From the 2012 Primary Season
June 04, 2012

Now that Mitt Romney is officially the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and we have some distance from the primaries that decided it all, it’s time to consider the lessons. Otherwise, poor memories, shaky analysis and self-serving spin will combine to congeal a conventional “wisdom” that is anything but. As someone who obsessively chronicled every twist and turn of this very odd nomination contest for TNR, here are my five top takeaways: 1.      Mitt Romney is a very lucky man.

What Does Ron Paul Really Want?
May 05, 2012

In 2008, nobody much cared what Ron Paul wanted: He was dismissed as a fringe candidate, someone defined by the decades he spent losing 434-to-one votes in the House and refusing to endorse his party’s presidential candidate. In this presidential cycle, however, questions about Paul’s intentions have risen, precisely because his performance has begun to resemble that of a conventional politician who can compete if not win.

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