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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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No Huckabee; Now What?

HOWARD MEGDAL: The exit of Mike Huckabee from the 2012 GOP race has huge ramifications. Arguably, no candidate or potential candidate had a broader hold on the likely GOP electorate as Huckabee.

Consider the groups Huckabee could claim as his…

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The Romney’s Speech

CHRIS PUMMER: If you missed Mitt Romney’s speech last week clarifying his position on the health care reforms passed while he was governor of Massachusetts, you weren’t alone. You were actually part of the vast majority that shrugged at this…

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Palin as Frontrunner?

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Mike Huckabee’s advisor has jumped ship, leaving a gap among religious GOPers that’s free for the taking – in theory. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is inching ahead in all-important New Hampshire, but the Huckabee gap is the perfect place for Sarah Palin to shoulder her way into the front and center of the GOP nomination race.

HOWARD MEGDAL: So let me get this straight: despite no evidence of a drop in support among Republicans, Sarah Palin’s inelegant response to the Arizona shootings is the moment her chances of receiving the 2012 GOP presidential nomination disappeared?

Sorry, I don’t buy it.
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Romney and Michigan

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: According to Public Policy Polling’s, um, polling, Mitt Romney is tied in the popular opinion with Mike Huckabee here in Michigan – and that news is I disagree. That result isn’t so much troubling as it is totally expected.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Mitt Romney’s Michigan primary victory in 2008 only strengthened the nonsense idea that his ties to the state mean anything going into 2012. Continue reading

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Obama and the 2012 Map

JESSICA BADER: As the political season turns from the 2010 elections to the 2012 elections, the reason behind what went wrong for the Democrats this year will be crucial to determining their game plan for 2012. An environment in which defeat was the result of an “enthusiasm gap” – political-speak for “loyal Democratic voters staying home” – calls for a very different strategy than one where the party was done in by previous supporters angrily flipping to the Republicans. While it’s still way too early for any one poll to tell us all that much, and while this country is big and diverse enough that there are different explanations for the election results in different regions, a recent poll of Virginia voters provides much food for thought.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It’s hard to see things getting worse politically for Barack Obama than they are now. The economy, while still under-performing, is improving. The Democratic base simply didn’t turn out in 2010; the GOP base had their best showing in nearly two decades. And still, in trial heats for the presidency, Obama does no worse than tie every possible opponent, while soundly defeating the best-known of the bunch.

In short, media political narrative is no less a lagging indicator to political reality than unemployment is for economic reality. And both should improve for Barack Obama in time for a 2012 win of fairly massive proportions.
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Tim Pawlenty 2012

HOWARD MEGDAL: I must admit to be mystified by those who believe Tim Pawlenty has any realistic chance at the 2012 GOP nomination for president.

CHRIS PUMMER: I’ve been in the chorus of critics singing about how Pawlenty’s foray into the 2012 presidential race is pointless for the painfully plain politician from the northern prairie. Pawlenty will probably need about a dozen unforeseen events to fall his way for the GOP nomination to fland within his grasp.

While Pawlenty needs some luck (or a lot of it), he’s still putting himself in a position to take advantage of it with his ability to raise money. While Howard is unimpressed with his fundraising, I am thoroughly surprised. Continue reading

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Mitt Romney: Recently Burned or Already Toast?

CHRIS PUMMER: I say if Romney suffers a fatal blow to his aspirations for the nation’s top office, it won’t be because of latent anger over health care reform.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It isn’t like Mitt Romney needed another strike against him going into 2012. But the passage of Health Care Reform certainly provides one. Continue reading

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Huckabee: Dead Pol Walking?

CHRIS PUMMER Even if there were many political lessons to be drawn from George W. Bush, the most important is that the greatest quality a politician can have is his ability to carry himself with strength and certainty. What matters here is that Mike Huckabee is not backing down from his decisions.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Mike Huckabee’s Political Career, 1992-2009. Continue reading

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Mike Huckabee: Frontrunner?

HOWARD MEGDAL: If the Republicans were most concerned with who would be the best fit for the 2012 nomination, Mike Huckabee, the talented politician, would be a good choice. However, the reality on the ground is that Huckabee hasn’t made peace with the Grover Norquist Wing of the party, and his PAC fund, just like his 2008 campaign, shows he won’t be able to raise the funds to compete properly.

CHRIS PUMMER: When push comes to shove, if Huckabee looks like he can be a winner, the money will get behind him. John McCain was loathed by Nordquist and company going into last year’s primary season. But after the Maverick clinched the GOP nomination, it didn’t stop Nordquist from embracing him. Continue reading

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