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Mitt Romney: The Man From Nowhere

29 February 2012 0:59

In as much as it is possible to feel sympathy for a man seeking the American presidency while possessing a…

2012: Last Chance Republicanism?

28 February 2012 2:06

How large are the stakes in this year’s American presidential election? Pretty huge if you’re a Republican. Jon Chait has…

Tasers: When Non-Lethal Force is Actually Surprisingly Lethal

27 February 2012 14:18

Meanwhile, in other emergency service news: a milestone has been reached in the United States. 500 people, most of them…

Mitt Romney: Man of the People

27 February 2012 10:54

One thing to be said about Mitt Romney: there’s an artless quality to his campaign and there are times when…

Your Latest Santorum: Education Indoctrinates Kids

24 February 2012 15:56

This is one reason – among many – why it is a bad idea to agree to be interviewed by…

Marco Rubio: Mormon!

23 February 2012 16:23

It’s still too soon for Veepstakes – that game is supposed to be played in July – and, anyway, there…

Did Mitt Romney Really Change His Mind on Abortion?

23 February 2012 15:40

Poor Mitt Romney. Once upon a time he aspired to run Massachussetts, a state which backs legal abortion; now he…

10% of Voters Will Agree With Anything (Except for the Canadian Question)

21 February 2012 13:37

Almost no belief is so barmy it can’t win the approval of at least one in ten voters. The problem…

Rick Santorum’s Passion: A Religious Problem

21 February 2012 12:46

There are many, many reason that explain why Rick Santorum will not be the next President of the United States.…

Santorum’s Pill Problem

15 February 2012 12:24

The Republican presidential circus continues to offer great entertainment. For this, Mitt Romney is owed many thanks. His weakness as…

The Great Pundit Hope: A Deadlocked Convention

9 February 2012 15:02

The Santorum Surge is, plainly, grand news for pundits desperately in search of new ways of spinning out the low…

JFK: The Nastiest President of the Twentieth Century?

9 February 2012 11:21

Who was the most reprehensible US President in the twentieth century? That’s a tough question, though not one related to…

Size Matters: Dysfunctional Government Edition

8 February 2012 18:57

Via Andrew, Francis Fukuyama has a new gig at Stanford University running a Governance Project. Introducing it, he lobs a…

Santorum for America! Really?

8 February 2012 13:10

It figures that Rick Santorum would eventually have his turn in the sun in this crazed Presidential beauty contest. He’s…

Halftime in America

7 February 2012 11:58

Is this Chrysler ad, aired during the Superbowl, political? Sure it is, in the way that almost any call to…

Astonishing Scenes as Sarah Palin Says Something Useful…

30 January 2012 18:12

Sarah Palin has provided us with a helpful distillation of what Newt Gingrich’s campaign is all about: At the weekend…

Newt: Ronald Reagan is as Dangerous as Neville Chamberlain

26 January 2012 18:15

There are many reasons why Newt Gingrich remains a preposterous candidate for the Republican party’s presidential nomination. Among them the…

Romney is Grim but Newt Gingrich Remains Impossible

26 January 2012 14:24

A reader writes asking if I wish to reconsider my past certainty that Mitt Romney is the Republican party’s presumptive…

Tales from a Debacle: Perry & Huntsman Editions

19 January 2012 16:25

Some Presidential campaigns make some kind of intuitive sense; others do not. Rick Perry’s run for the Republican nomination this…

Poor Mitt Romney: He Keeps Winning!

12 January 2012 16:02

Mitt Romney’s romp to the Republican nomination has not been without its troubles but Romney’s difficulties are as nothing compared…