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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

HOWARD MEGDAL: Herman Cain’s presidential nomination chances aren’t dead yet. I know, I’m as surprised as you are.

But take a closer look at what has ended the other bubbles, and it doesn’t become so strange after all.

CHRIS PUMMER: If the right wing of the Republican party is still casting for an alternative to Mitt Romney — and I’m not so sure it is more than halfheartedly at this point — Rick Perry is still the only real alternative.
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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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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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Chris Christie, Vacations and 2012

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: First, freshman Rep. Andy Harris wanted his health care without a waiting period. Now, it seems that New Jersey governor Chris Christie doesn’t see why he should have to duck out of Epcot a week early to dig his state out of a blizzard – or at least to look like he’s digging. Continue reading

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The Politics of 2011-2012

CHRIS PUMMER: After last night’s resounding electoral defeat for Democrats at the hands of Tea Party-fueled Republicans, pundits are starting to speculate what it means for the 2012 election cycle.

While I’ve maybe got a few ideas, right now I’d like to caution observers that road from here is going to be very unpredictable. Continue reading

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O’Donnell and First Amendment: Flub or Dog Whistle

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: When Christine O’Donnell got a laugh out of the Widener Law School student body by asking where in the Constitution one can find “separation of church and state”, I, like many people, chalked it up as another silly comment – like how she is “not a witch” but is me, or how we’re about to be colonized by mice with fully-functioning human brains. On closer inspection, however, I don’t think O’Donnell was merely expressing ignorance. I think she knew exactly what she was saying.

ALLISON REILLY: In O’Donnell’s defense, she did at least know the 17th amendment, and said that doesn’t like the idea of repealing it. But, let’s not forget that in an earlier debate, she couldn’t name a recent Supreme Court decision that she didn’t agree with. The amendment flub has been one of several in the past few months, but at least O’Donnell admits they are flubs and acknowledges her error. Continue reading

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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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The Aesthetics of Pledge to America

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: The Wall Street Journal informs me that President Obama will be making a tour shortly “to attempt to dismantle the Republican party’s “Pledge To America” governing platform.” Attempt to dismantle? Either the WSJ has a poor view of our President, or Obama has really lost his edge. Face it, folks; this thing can be dismantled by a hay-fever-ridden twentysomething with an 80s-vintage word processor. Allow me to demonstrate.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Lots of people have commented on the meaning behind the written content of the Pledge to America, but I’d like to talk about the pictures that have been included in the downloadable .pdf document. Does it strike anyone else as odd that 15 of the 48 pages in are devoted to pictures? Is this a doctrine or a children’s book? Continue reading

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Stewart/Colbert Rally

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: In August, we had Glenn Beck’s “civil rights” rally on the Washington Mall, a serious event that nevertheless read as a satire of itself. In October, we’ll have Jon Stewart’s and Steven Colbert’s dueling rallies, satirical events that could, in fact, turn out to be quite serious. Stewart and Colbert are claiming to be having opposing rallies – Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity versus Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive – the two are pretty obviously aimed at the same goal: to expose the overblown nonsense coming out of the Tea Party and similar groups for, well, overblown nonsense.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I was running on the treadmill at the gym while watching the Daily Show last week when the announcement was made for the “Rally to Restore Sanity” in DC on October 30th. I actually did a victory lap right then and there, except in one place and going straight.
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