Does The 2012 Election Really Matter? Probably Not As Much As You Think

The cable networks and the political parties will tell you otherwise, but the 2012 isn’t quite as important as they’re saying.

Perry Continues To Lead GOP Field

We’re getting close to the point where only two people on this stage will matter.

Obama’s Job Approval, And Favorability, Slip On Economic Woes

The economy continues to drag the President down.

Obama’s Job Approval Continues To Plummet Despite Jobs Plan Push

The President’s jobs push isn’t doing much to help his job approval numbers so far.

Obama at Majority Disapproval; Re-election Likely

51.5 percent of Americans disapprove of President Obama’s job performance. It’s still his race to lose.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I Couldn’t Get Confirmed Today

Supreme Court nominees were confirmed quite easily within recent memory. What’s changed?

GOP 2012 Race A Replay Of 2008 Democratic Race?

Will 2012 be the Republican version of the 2008 race between President Obama and Hillary Clinton?

Jon Huntsman: Moderate Who’s Really Conservative?

That a popular two-term governor of Utah is being rejected by likely Republican primary voters as insufficiently conservative shows just how extreme American politics has gotten.

Libya and the Credit Due

Steve Benen has coined the phrase “Thank America Last” to describe those avoiding praise of President Obama for success in Libya.

Stephen Colbert Treasurer Goes to Rick Perry (with an E)

The treasurer behind “Rick Parry with an ‘A’ for America” has left to work with Rick Perry

Assessing Rick Perry’s Vulnerabilities

Rick Perry may be much less than meets the eye.

Tim Pawlenty Dropping Out Of GOP Race For President

Tim Pawlenty is out, to nobody’s surprise.

Is Ames Straw Poll Meaningless? Or is it Iowa?

The Ames Straw Poll is like the first scrimmage of NFL training camp.

State Polls Show A Tough Electoral Map For Obama

State-level job approval numbers seem to suggest that the President could have Electoral College worries in 2012.

“The Most Pivotal Time In American History,” Or The Least?

Examining the impact of current events requires stepping back from them just a little bit.

Bring Congress Back? Only If There’s Something Constructive To Do

Should President Obama call Congress back into session? Not if there’s nothing to do he shouldn’t.

Obama’s 2012 Re-Election Strategy: The Politics Of Personal Destruction?

The Obama re-election campaign is preparing an extraordinarily negative campaign against Mitt Romney.

Super Tuesday Won’t Be So Super In 2012

The primary calendar is going to look very different next year.

Debt Deal Reveals GOP Split On Defense Spending

The cuts to Pentagon spending in the new debt deal are further revealing a split in the GOP over foreign policy and military spending.

The Next Capitol Hill Battle: The Gas Tax

You thought you’d seen the worst of Congress in July? Oh, you silly American you.

Can Jon Huntsman Revive the Party of Reagan?

Condi Rice’s speechwriter thinks Huntsman can appeal to the Tea Party.

Oral History, Confidentiality, and the Courts

The Obama Justice Department is siding against historians trying to protect the confidentiality of their sources.

Tim Pawlenty’s Foreign Policy Speech And The Neocon Distortion Of Ronald Reagan’s Legacy

Tim Pawlenty’s foreign policy speech shows him siding with the hawks, and joining in the neocon distortion of Reagan’s legacy.

House Refuses To Authorize Libyan War, Then Refuses To Defund Libyan War

Congress had a chance to send a strong message to the Executive Branch today. They failed.

Republican Party Politics And The Isolationist Canard

A few Republicans have picked up on John McCain’s criticism of critics of the Libya mission as being “isolationist.”

Congress and Libya

Is Congress set to vote to authorize military action in Libya?

Republicans At A Foreign Policy Crossroads

For the first time since the end of World War II, the GOP is wrestling with two diametrically opposed visions of foreign affairs.

Opposing Dumb, Unnecessary Wars Is Not “Isolationism”

Contrary to what Senator McCain, seeking realism in military policy does not make one an isolationist.

States Rigging 2012 Elections?

States are racing to put obstacles in front of voters in the name of fraud prevention.

White House’s ‘Libya Isn’t A War-War’ Defense Not Going Over Well In Congress

The White House’s assertion that Libya isn’t covered by the War Powers Act isn’t being accepted on Capitol Hill.

Boehner Gives Obama Until Friday To Justify Libya Mission

The House GOP and the White House moved one step closer to a constitutional confrontation, but is it much ado about nothing?

Will Republicans Nominate a Dove?

WaPo’s Jackson Diehl asks, “Will the GOP nominate a dove?”

Mitt Romney At The Top Of The GOP Field

Despite the disdain for him on the the hard right, Mitt Romney is the man to beat right now in the race for the GOP nomination.

Congress vs. Obama on Libya

The War Powers Act’s 90 day limit is in sight. Will Congress force the president’s hand?

Sarah Palin’s Emails

A quick glance provides some insights into Palin’s thought processes and leadership style.

Does Gingrich Staff Exodus Signal Doom?

There’s precedent for this sort of thing happening and the candidate making the comeback. And you don’t have to go back too far.

Is Mitt Romney’s Religion Still An Issue? Or, Why We Need To Separate Religion And Politics

Some people still think Mitt Romney’s religion is a relevant issue.