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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 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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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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State of the Mitt

CHRISTIAN HEINZE: Mitt Romney has been appropriately pegged as incompatible with today’s tea party movement, but unlike in past elections – when he’d probably furiously try to brand his forehead with “Don’t tread on me” tats – he’s got a better sense of who he is, and more importantly, who he can’t be. So the current line on Romney holds true: he’s not suited to 2010’s cycle or today’s climate. At all.

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Mitt Romney is shaking hands, kissing babies, making endorsements, and dropping money in every state in the nation in a way that suggests he’s in it for the long haul to 2012. Unfortunately, I’m not feeling Romney’s chances for the GOP presidential nomination. He’s a workhorse in a party addicted to, if not Thoroughbreds, at least some well-spruced Clydesdales. Continue reading

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Sharia Law and Extremism on the Right

JEFF MORROW: Anti-Muslim sentiment in American political discourse has grown increasingly mainstream, and it’s one of the few things in politics that we should be comparing to 1930s Germany.

ALLISON REILLY: The direction the discourse is going is a dangerous one. The current one direction is one towards living in fear and scapegoating our problems on innocent parties just so there’s something tangible and visible to blame. This is why those of us who see through all the rhetoric need to speak up and to speak the truth about these ridiculous claims. Continue reading

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State of the Newt

HOWARD MEGDAL: Newt Gingrich has made little secret of the fact that he wants to be President of the United States. That was clear when he rode an anti-Democratic wave to become Speaker of the House, when he tried to bring down a president, and in every appearance he makes these days with a thinly-veiled PAC geared to return him to the public eye.

DAN SZYMBORSKI: Regardless, Newt’s role in the Republican Party at this point isn’t going to be as a candidate for elective office, but as one of the elder statesmen of the party, which is a role he can handle very well. Newt’s name isn’t of huge value, but instilling an intellectual spirit in the party rather than the kind of lazy conservative faux-populism that Sarah Palin represents can only benefit the party.

CHRIS PUMMER: If Gingrich is the nominee, it’s going to be because the GOP prospects are bleak, the other A-listers have taken a pass, and Newt will be the latest Bob Dole-style firewood thrown into the fires of futility. Which maybe meets his exact place in history. Continue reading

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John Cornyn: Savior OR Prisoner of GOP?

CHRIS PUMMER: That’s why John Cornyn has become an unlikely voice for a moderate GOP, and is maybe the closest thing the party has to a real leader capable of dragging the party closer parity with the Democrats.

HOWARD MEGDAL: But his politics do matter, just not for the reasons commonly assumed. Continue reading

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