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Michele Bachmann’s Downfall: Sexism?

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Michele Bachmann predicted “a miracle” in Iowa only to come in functionally last (ahead only of Jon Huntsman, who didn’t campaign in Iowa; Herman Cain, who is no longer running at all; Buddy Roemer; and “No Preference”). Not surprisingly, Bachmann offered her concession speech not long after. And I’m inclined to believe – perhaps too generously – that it wasn’t sexism that cost Michele Bachmann in Iowa.

CHRIS PUMMER: Save the sexism talk. Bachmann’s ship sank because if would have been lunacy to consider her as President of the United States, and the media should be shamed for ever trying to tell us we should have taken that prospect seriously. Continue reading

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This Week in 2012

CHRIS PUMMER: Despite being dislodged atop recent polls by Herman Cain, Rick Perry still poses the most likely danger to Mitt Romney’s chances of garnering the GOP nomination for president. Continue reading

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The Liberal Enthusiasm Gap

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: The folks at Public Policy Polling recently announced that Democrats are facing an “enthusiasm gap” going into the 2012 presidential (re)election, with fewer than 50 percent of polled Dems announcing they are “very excited” about…

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The Week in 2012

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: As those of you who know me personally are aware, and those of you who don’t know me will soon find out, I don’t follow politics very closely, except for a few rabid months before a presidential election, when I engage in heated debates and pretend to be politically aware. But I do what I can. And tonight I did listen to NRP’s Fresh Air hosted by Terry Gross, in which she interviewed Rachel Tabachnick, who has been studying the growing “New Apostolic Reformation” or, “Terrifyingly Crazy-Pants Fanatical Right Wing Evangelical” movement in America.

CHRIS PUMMER: Seeming crazy in his own way, Jon Huntsman has been trying out a new, tougher attitude with his GOP rivals. Not crazy like believing in demons, but perhaps crazy in thinking he’s advancing his cause to become the Republican presidential nominee. Continue reading

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The Week in 2012

HOWARD MEGDAL: Ah, so much to discuss. I guess I’ll stick with Rick Perry for a bit.

CHRIS PUMMER: Maybe someone can get Mike Huckabee on the phone. What? He doesn’t what? Jeb Bush then. He said no, too? There’s a message from Bob Dornan. No, he’s not dead yet. Continue reading

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The Week in 2012

HOWARD MEGDAL: Writing this as I watch the GOP debate, I’m struck by this thought as Rick Perry prepares to enter- and shake up- this race: are we so sure that Mitt Romney is going to be the best performer against President Obama?

CHRIS PUMMER: Romney still has the advantage, with his head start in organizing and fundraising, a primary calendar that still favors him, and despite his visible faults, the strongest track record of accomplishment and is the weakest fit for the extremist strait jacket Obama will try to squeeze onto his eventual foe. Continue reading

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Wisconsin Recall Results

HOWARD MEGDAL: It is easy to think of Tuesday night’s results in Wisconsin as a disappointment for Democrats-thanks largely to the high expectations the party gave itself. But seeing a pair of Republicans who’d won both in 2008 and 2010 should serve a warning to the pundits scrambling to call President Obama a one-term president.
The country is turning on the Republicans in a huge way.

JESSICA BADER: Flipping a third seat would not have rolled back the legislative attack on collective bargaining, and not flipping that seat does not mean that the recall effort was a failure for Democrats and organized labor. If Tuesday night was a baseball game, there are still more innings left to play. Continue reading

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The Week in 2012

HOWARD MEGDAL: Latest sign that Mitt Romney is a paper tiger- his donor base. As Benjy Sarlin elaborates on here, the number of his small donors is dwarfed by those who have already maxed out. And maxed out means no more money coming this cycle. Continue reading

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This Week in 2012: Huntsman, Perry

HOWARD MEGDAL: Well, it’s official: Jon Huntsman has entered the GOP race with a campaign guaranteed to get him nowhere in 2012. Whether it positions him well for the future has more to do with the GOP than it does with Huntsman.

CHRIS PUMMER: My opinion is that Rick Perry’s chances of grabbing the nomination are overstated. Dissatisfaction with the announced candidates might give him the appearance of strength initially, but he might not have the strength to weather the greatly increased scrutiny that would come with a real candidacy and still be able to slip by Mitt Romney. Continue reading

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What’s Mike Bloomberg Up To?

HOWARD MEGDAL: I believe it is asking the wrong question to wonder if Mike Bloomberg is planning to run for president in 2008, 2012, or any specific year. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t looking to maintain a national profile with an eye on running- should the right circumstances come along.

JESSICA BADER: Perhaps at some point Bloomberg was seriously considering a run for the presidency, but various events over the past couple of years seem to have thrown cold water on the possibility of success in such an undertaking. Continue reading

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