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Both Sides Do It (Except One)


WaPo has a rather interesting headline to an AP report: “Ohio order blocks activities from both campaigns.” Reading through the report, which reads like a blog post with constant updates, I find only one campaign’s “activities” being “blocked,” namely that of Donald Trump. So, how do we arrive at the headline? Through very strained reasoning: […]

I Question The Timing


News outlets are suddenly finding out that Trump was a cad in 2005. Film at 11.

Party Realignment Fantasies


David Brooks thinks American politics “Could get ugly” before the ship gets righted.

No, Ben Carson Is Not Being Subjected To ‘Unfair’ Scrutiny

Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson at National Press Club

Ben Carson and his supporters would have you believe that he is being subjected to unprecedented and unfair scrutiny. That assertion is completely false.

On Marco Rubio And The Issue Of Missed Senate Votes

Image: Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio is taking heat for missing a lot of Senate votes since he started running for President, but he’s not really any worse than other legislators who have run for President.

Tea Party Support At All-Time Low, Even Among Republicans And Conservatives


A new poll shows that the Tea Party movement is more unpopular than it has ever been before, even among Republicans and conservatives.

Jeb Bush Campaign Just Mostly Dead


Several recent nominees were flailing at this point in those cycles.

Gallup Won’t Be Polling The 2016 Presidential Primary Races


One of the nation’s preeminent polling firms is sitting out the 2016 primaries.

John Boehner’s Parting Words For His Critics Are Spot-On


John Boehner let loose on the “false prophets” on the right yesterday, and he’s absolutely right.

Former Aide To Ron Paul And Rand Paul Indicted In Campaign Finance Inquiry


A former campaign manager and close adviser to both former Texas Congressman Ron Paul and Kentucky Congressman Rand Paul has been indicted in connection with a scheme that involved payments to an Iowa politician to switch endorsements in advance of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses: Jesse Benton, a longtime ally of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who […]

Is 2016 a 50-50 Proposition?


Pundits and political scientists agree that, if the 2016 presidential election were today, we’d have a much better idea who would win.

Harry Reid Doesn’t Regret Spreading False Charges About Mitt Romney’s Taxes

Harry Reid

Harry Reid made outlandish claims about Mitt Romney during the 2012 election. He probably knew they were lies when he made them. And he doesn’t care.

Romney Campaign Required Campaign Tweets To Be Approved By 22 People

Romney Twitter

Clearly, the Romney campaign didn’t get the point of social media.

What Happened In Virginia?

Virginia Flag Map

Trying to explain one of the biggest surprises of Election Night 2014.

McConnell Campaign Manager Resigns Amid Investigation Into 2012 Iowa Bribery Scandal

Mitch McConnell Jesse Benton

Mitch McConnell’s campaign was forced to do a shakeup thanks to a scandal that could envelop Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential campaign.

Todd Akin Has No Regrets About His Comments About ‘Legitimate Rape’

Todd Akin

Just in time for the midterms, Todd Akin is back to remind voters of the GOP’s problems with female voters.

Rick Perry Talks Second Chances, Hinting At 2016

Conservative Political Action Conference

Rick Perry continues to hint at another Presidential run.

Nobody Remembers Herman Cain

Herman Cain

At least that’s what seemed to be the case on Jeopardy last night: While the political world might think Herman Cain was the GOP’s most memorable candidate from the clown show known as the “2012 Republican presidential primaries,” apparently last night’s Jeopardy! contestants remember otherwise. The clue: “This pizza magnate and 2012 presidential candidate was […]

One to watch: Alleged Voter Fraud in North Carolina

Ohio Early Voting

Voter ID supporters are pointing to a report from the North Carolina Board of Elections as proof of ongoing Voter Fraud. But, while long on facts, the report has yet to reach any such conclusions.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits On Campaign Contributions


Once again, the Supreme Court reminds us that limiting political speech is unconstitutional.

Mike Huckabee Will Not Be President

Mike Huckabee

Nora Caplan-Bricker contends that, “Mike Huckabee Could Be President—If Only He Wanted It.”

Chuck Schumer Offered Scott Brown Safe Path To Reelection If He Supported “Disclose Act”


New York Senator Chuck Schumer made some interesting comments in a recent interview: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), in a new interview with The New Republic, says he offered former senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) an electoral pass in 2012 if Brown would give Democrats the deciding vote for the so-called “Disclose Act.” The legislation, pushed by Democrats […]

Employment Numbers Rigged Prior To 2012 Election? The Evidence Doesn’t Show It


Was the Jobs Report released one month before Election Day 2012 rigged? Despite a new report, there’s no evidence to suggest that it was.

Romney Leads Obama In Meaningless Poll

Obama Romney 3

More than a year after the 2012 election, a new poll shows Mitt Romney leading President Obama among registered voters: As more bad poll numbers continue to pour in for President Barack Obama, a new survey finds that if the 2012 election matchup were held this month, Mitt Romney would hold the edge with the […]

Obama Shoots Down Talk Of Running Mate Switch In 2012

Obama and Biden in Limo

As far as President Obama was concerned, the idea of replacing Joe Biden on the ticket was always a non-starter: If they had asked me, I would have said there is no way that I’m not running again with Joe Biden,” Obama told NBC’s Chuck Todd, who asked about a report in “Double Down: Game […]

Obama Aides Discussed Booting Biden From Ticket, Book Claims

Obama Biden Clinton

The news that Obama aides discussed a change to the 2012 ticket is part of the latest Halperin/Heilemann campaign history.

Ted Cruz’s Hometown Newspaper Rescinds Endorsement

Ted Cruz Senate Floor

Last year, the Houston Chronicle endorsed Ted Cruz in the General Election to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Today, they informed the world that they really, really regretted that decision: Sen. Ted Cruz’ hometown newspaper, the Houston Chronicle, wishes it could take back its endorsement. The Chronicle’s editorial board, which endorsed […]

38% Of Congressmen Represent “Safe” Districts


Chris Cillizza passes along some facts that explain a lot about why the House of Representatives is in the state it is currently in: Looking for the roots of the current morass in Washington?  Look no further than the chart — built by the WaPo graphics wizards — below that shows the percentage of the vote that all […]

Some Guy Lost Millions On Intrade Betting Mitt Romney Would Win


In the weeks before the 2012 election, someone made a multi-million dollar bet that Mitt Romney would win: One trader lost at least $4 million betting on former presidential candidate Mitt Romney through Intrade, possibly to make it appear he was faring better against President Barack Obama in the waning days and hours of the […]

Joe Biden 2012: If Romney Wins, We’ll Go To War In Syria

Obama and Biden in Limo

Our Vice-President demonstrates his uncanny skills as a prognosticator:  WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Two months before the 2012 presidential election, Vice President Biden warned on the campaign trail that Mitt Romney wanted to go to war with Syria. The video, which was posted by BuzzFeed, was of Biden speaking to supporters at a rally in York, Pa. on […]

How Much Does It Cost To Win A House Seat? About $1.6 Million On Average


It’s gotten much more expensive to win a seat in the House of Representatives: Winning a House seat in 2012 cost the victor on average twice as much as it did a quarter-century ago: about $1.6 million, compared with about $753,000 in 1986. That increase is striking, given that most House races are not as […]

Romney Was Initially Against Running In 2012


According to a new book, Mitt Romney was against the idea of running for President again in 2012: WASHINGTON — Over the Christmas break of 2010, Mitt Romney and his family took an internal poll on whether he should run for president once more. Twelve family members cast ballots. Ten said no. One of the […]

A New Conspiracy Theory: IRS Tea Party Targeting Helped Win The Election For Obama

IRS Tea Party

A new theory circulating on the right asserts that IRS targeting of Tea Party groups had an impact on the 2012 elections by diminish the Tea Party’s effectiveness. It’s mostly nonsense.

RNC Chair: Political Conventions Should Be Earlier Than Late August

2012 GOP Convention

The Chairman of the RNC wants the GOP to hold its quadrennial convention earlier in the year. He’s right.

The Donald Trump Romney Campaign Video You Nearly Saw

Romney Trump

If you thought that Clint Eastwood’s monologue to an empty chair at the Republican National Convention was bizarre, there was almost an appearance at the RNC that would have likely made Eastwood seem positively Shakespearean by comparison: Real-estate mogul Donald Trump said Friday night that Mitt Romney’s team asked him to appear in a “commercial” […]

Mitt Romney: I Wish Sandy Hadn’t Happened When It Did


Mitt Romney has mostly been out of the public eye since losing the election, but he’s been giving interviews this week, and it’s clear that he still retains the ability to say exactly the wrong thing: Mitt Romney said he wishes Hurricane Sandy hadn’t wreaked havoc on the East Coast a week before the election, […]

Gallup Tries To Explain Why Its Polling Was So Bad In 2012

Gallup is one of the oldest names in polling, but it’s 2012 polling turned out to be among the most inaccurate of all the professional pollsters.  On more than one occasion, its Daily Tracking Poll claimed to show the race tightening and movement in Mitt Romney’s direction that was not being reflected in any other […]

Romney: Benghazi Didn’t Decide The Election


Mitt Romney doesn’t think that the attack in Benghazi played a large role in deciding the 2012 election: The Obama administration’s talking points on the terror attack in Benghazi had no bearing on Mitt Romney’s defeat last year, the former Republican presidential nominee told Jay Leno. The issue of the administration’s talking points has been […]

Could Benghazi Have Changed The Outcome Of The 2012 Election?


Would more information about the Benghazi attacks have changed the outcome of the Presidential election?

Black Voter Turnout Higher Than White Voter Turnout In 2012


2012’s election represented a significant change in voting patterns in the United States. What’s unclear is if the change is a permanent one.

Huntsman 2016?

Jon Huntsman

The GOP’s most promising alternative to Mitt Romney in 2012 may run again in 2016, but it doesn’t seem like he’d go very far.

Gingrich And Santorum Talked About “Stop Romney” Unity Ticket


Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum apparently talked about uniting to stop Romney during the 2012 Republican primaries.

Mitt Romney Still Doesn’t Get It


Mitt Romney gave his first interview since losing the Presidential election to Fox’s Chris Wallace yesterday, and when it comes to the subject of why he lost the election, it’s fairly clear that he still doesn’t get it: Mitt Romney stood by his belief that President Obama was aided in his re-election by giving gifts […]

The GOP’s Problems Aren’t Just About “Messaging”

Elephants Fighting

The GOP isn’t going to solve it’s problems solely by concentrating on “messaging.”

Ohio Woman Claims She Was Fired For Voting For Obama


A woman in Ohio is claiming that the defense contractor she worked at fired her shortly after the 2012 election when the employer learned she voted for President Obama: DAYTON — A Kettering woman alleges in a lawsuit that she was fired for voting for President Obama, a charge the company denies. Patricia Kunkle is seeking […]

The GOP’s Ongoing Bush Problem

George W Bush

Pretending like the Bush administration never happened is a problem for the GOP.

Bachmann Still Hasn’t Paid Former Campaign Staffers


More than a year after it ended, Michele Bachmann’s Presidential campaign still owes salary to several staffers: The presidential campaign of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is refusing to pay five Iowa staffers and asking that they sign non-disclosure agreements, a former campaign aide has alleged. Peter Waldron, who served as Bachmann’s national field coordinator, says that the […]

Obama First POTUS Since Eisenhower To Get 51% Of The Vote Twice


According to the latest tally of the election results, President Obama accomplished a feat unseen since Dwight Eisenhower was President:  Eight weeks after the Nov. 6 presidential election, a revised vote count in New York shows that Barack Obama is the first president in more than five decades to win at least 51 percent of the vote twice. State […]

Governing Requires Compromise


There are factions of the American right that really need to understand this.

Tagg Romney: My Dad Never Really Wanted To Run For President

In yet another post-election analysis, Mitt Romney’s son Tagg states that his father’s involvement in the 2012 campaign wasn’t entirely enthusiastic: More than being reticent, Romney was at first far from sold on a second presidential run. Haunted by his 2008 loss, he initially told his family he would not do it. While candidates often […]

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