Rick Perry On The Rise Before He Even Enters The Race

He’s not in the race (yet), but Rick Perry is already a top-tier 2012 candidate.

Federal Judge Blocks Indiana Law To Defund Planned Parenthood

A setback for Planned Parenthood opponents.

A Libertarian Moment?

Recent polls seem to indicate a shift in public opinion in a more libertarian direction.

Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, And Post-Debate Calculus

Will last night’s debate have any influence on the potential candidates who weren’t there?

The Year of the Politics of the Wife?

Wives have played key roles in several GOP nomination trajectories this year. Newt Gingrich appears to be the latest example.

Rudy Giuliani Leads Republican Field: CNN Poll

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani tops the latest CNN poll of Republican presidential contenders.

After Shakeup, Romney And Palin Lead GOP Field

Gallup takes the first look at the GOP field after Huckabee, Trump, and Daniels dropped out.

Why No Polls?

There have been no significant surveys of the Republican field taken since the announcement that frontrunners Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump and Establishment darling Mitch Daniels have dropped out of the race.

Fox News Frankenstein

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes has come to regret the direction he took the network after the 2008 election.

2012 isn’t 1992

Some think that 2012 will be like 1992. However, that analogy is problematic.

Mitch Daniels Won’t Run in 2012

Mitch Daniels, the candidate of George Will and a host of mainstream Republicans hoping for something better in 2012, has announced he will not be running for president in 2012.

Republicans 2012: Who Else Might Run?

With the customary hand-wringing over the low quality of the presidential field well underway, the corollary pining for other candidates to join the race is starting.

Why 2012 Republican Field is So Weak

The Republican candidates of 2012 are so weak because of GOP losses in 2004 and 2006 Senate and gubernatorial races.

Mitch Daniels In 2009: GOP Should Stress Issues That Unite, Not Issues That Divide

Part of a speech that Mitch Daniels made in 2009 is setting off a firestorm among some conservative bloggers.

Republicans Waiting For Mitch Daniels

With the 2012 GOP field looking very underwhelming, GOP insiders are looking toward Indianapolis for a savior.

Michele Bachmann Running

All signs are that Michele Bachmann is running for president. What impact will she have on the race?

2012 Republican Nominee Will Be …

With co-frontrunner Mike Huckabee out, Mitt Romney looks stronger than ever.

Huckabee’s Out, What’s Next?

Mike Huckabee’s decision not to run has shaken up the GOP field for 2012.

Mitt Romney Tries To Thread The ObamaCare/RomneyCare Needle

Mitt Romney began his effort to confront what is likely to be his biggest political liability in the 2012 campaign.

Spouses and Running for the Presidency

Can one effectively run for the presidency if one’s spouse doesn’t want to be in the spotlight?

Serious Candidates for Serious People

David Brooks declares Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, and Jon Huntsman the only serious candidates for the Republican nomination.

Obama’s Approval Numbers Down, But He Still Leads All GOP Rivals

President Obama is vulnerable, but he’s facing a GOP field that is underwhelming even for Republicans.

Are Social Conservatives The Budget Deal Losers?

Did the GOP toss social conservatives under the bus when it gave away the Planned Parenthood rider?

2012 Republican Nomination Fight One Of The Most Open-Ended Ever

The race for the 2012 Republican nomination is missing the one thing that GOP nomination battles have almost always had, a frontrunner.

Mitch Daniels: Social Issues Truce Is Necessary To Keep The GOP United

Mitch Daniels says that the GOP needs to get beyond its obsession with social issues if it’s going to survive. He’s right.

Demonstrators converge once again on the Capitol after the state Senate abruptly voted Wednesday night to eliminate collective bargaining provisions. The Assembly is expected to vote on the issue Thursday. Demonstrators converge once again on the Capitol after the state Senate abruptly voted Wednesday night to eliminate collective bargaining provisions. The Assembly is expected to vote on the issue Thursday.

Wisconsin Passes Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

Wisconsin Republicans stripped state employees of collective bargaining rights without the Democratic senators who fled the state to prevent a quorum.

Can Republicans Beat Obama?

All of the plausible Republican contenders for 2012 have significant downsides.

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Mitt Romney, Republican Frontrunner, Cipher

Mitt Romney starts his 2012 run as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. But, in reinventing himself yet again, the “authenticity” issue that troubled many of us in 2008 looms again.

Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage No Longer A Winning Issue For The GOP

Opposition to marriage equality is no longer the wedge issue it used to be.

Poll: Majority Of GOP Primary Voters Don’t Believe Obama Was Born In The U.S.

Four years after Barack Obama became a Presidential candidate, the birther myth not only persists, it seems to be becoming more prevalent. Why?

Federal Budget Cuts That Exempt 65% of Spending

Ezra Klein dubs the Federal government “an insurance conglomerate protected by a large, standing army.”

Stupid Poll Tricks

Polls matching President Obama against potential Republican contenders are entertaining but not informative.

Ron Paul Wins CPAC, Loses YAF

Ron Paul has won the CPAC straw poll for a second straight year. But YAF has voted him off its board over his opposition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.