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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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This Week in 2012

HOWARD MEGDAL: Today’s editorial in the Des Moines Register highlights a real problem for Michele Bachmann, who officially kicked off her presidential campaign this week. She’s not, as Ed Rollins would want you to believe, Sarah Palin, but…

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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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Christine O’Donnell: A Witch? You? Me?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Christine O’Donnell’s revelatory advertisement advising that “I am you” cast a bright and often unforgiving light on my life to date.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: If there’s one thing I am not, it’s politically savvy. Still, even I knew there was something fishy about Christine O’Donnell’s recent “I’m Not A Witch” ad. For one thing, it’s a given that any time a politician stares directly into a camera and makes a definitive statement, from “I am not a crook” or “I didn’t have sexual relations with that woman” to “Read my lips”—you know that the truth is going to actually be the opposite of what they’re saying. Continue reading

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Haley Barbour For President?

AKIE BERMISS: I think its safe to say that when people talk about the 2012 Presidential Elections the questions on everybody’s lips: Who is Haley Reeves Barbour? Ok, well… maybe not. It much more likely the most people don’t really know or care to know who Haley Barbour. For those that have a modicum of interest: Barbour is the current Governor of the state of Mississippi. He is a life-long Republican who’s first job was a low-level position in the 1968 Nixon campaign. He served as the Chairman of the RNC from 1993 – 1997. He spent much of the late 90s and early 2000s as on the most powerful lobbyists in Washington DC. The guy is about a Republican as Republican gets. He’s southern to the hilt, a former lawyer, and speaks with what might be described as a folksy twang. And all signs indicate that this guy is about to make a bid for President in two years.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Taking aside the aesthetic problems Haley Barbour will have en route to the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, let’s take a look at the political realities he’d face should he mount a campaign. 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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Political Protests

AKIE BERMISS: I understand the idea behind protests. For the human psyche, there is something oh-so-alluring about standing up for what you believe in. Yes, something romantic about gathering with like-minded people in an act of conspicuous solidarity. Its really no surprise that protests are as popular as they are. A protest has everything a parade has (good weather, tons of people, signs and placards, music and shouting) but adds in a little good-natured self-righteousness. You can’t miss! Everybody (who agrees with you) wins.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Akie talks about the heyday of protesting. Maybe we can point to the Nixon Administration’s tactic, talked about at length on the brilliant Nixonland by Rick Pearlstein, of infiltrating anti-war rallies with violent actors to discredit the entire movement. But I am hard-pressed to think of the last protest that worked.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I’m feeling a little weird writing about the lost art of political protesting here, because I realize I’m being nostalgic over something I never fully experienced in its true form. Kind of like when I watch VH1’s I Love the 80’s and chuckle ruefully about TV shows that reached a height of popularity in 1982, when I was 1. Continue reading

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The Future of Sarah Palin

CHRIS PUMMER: I’d say the odds of Sarah Palin mounting a more successful presidential candidacy than Pat Buchannan did in 1996 are slim to none, with slim taking a break to pump iron with Dick Nixon.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Chris’s invoking of Richard Nixon is entirely appropriate, since observers dismiss Sarah Palin, as they did Richard Nixon again and again, at their peril. Continue reading

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Rush Limbaugh: Good OR Bad for GOP?

CHRIS PUMMER: Republicans will have to regroup before they can rebuild, so they’d better embrace would-be donors.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Money from Dittoheads won’t be enough to overcome the ever-emerging Democratic Majority, demographically. Continue reading

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