Does Tim Pawlenty Have A Willie Horton Problem?

Tim Pawlenty may face trouble from a pardon he issued while he was Governor of Minnesota.

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.

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?

With Huckabee Out, Bachmann More Likely To Run For POTUS, And That Helps Romney

With Huckabee out, the right side of the GOP primary base may end up divided. And that will help Mitt Romney.

2012 Republican Nominee Will Be …

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

Why Is The Media “Ignoring” Herman Cain (Or Gary Johnson, Or Fred Karger)?

It’s Campaign Fact of Life No. 1: If you aren’t a factor in the race, you aren’t going to get free media.

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.

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.

The First GOP Debate: Clash Of The Pygmies

Last night’s Presidential Debate in South Carolina was interesting, but, in the end, not very important.

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.

The Radicalness of Alleged Conservatives

In all honesty, much of what is coming out of the mouths of self-described conservatives is actually pretty darn radical.

Donald Trump: Republican Frontrunner? Or, Harbinger Of Republican Doom?

For the first time, Donald Trump is leading a poll for the GOP 2012 nomination. That’s bad news for the GOP.

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.

The Triumph Of The Neocons, And The Death Of Fiscal Conservatism

With minor exceptions, all of the potential candidates for the GOP nomination in 2012 seem to have accepted the idea that defense spending, and the Bush-era interventionist foreign policy, are off the table when it comes time to talk spending cuts.

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?

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.

On CPAC, Social Conservatives, And GOProud

On the eve of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, another shot has been fired by those boycotting the meeting due to the presence of a gay conservative group.

Mitt Romney Wins N.H. Straw Poll, Ron Paul Second, Palin Fourth

It’s straw poll season already. First up, New Hampshire where things turned out about how you’d expect them to considering Mitt Romney lives there now.

Assessing The GOP 2012 Frontrunners: They All Stink

Once again, the frontrunners for the 2012 GOP nomination aren’t looking very good at all.

Late Start to 2012 Presidential Race?

By this point in the last presidential cycle, there were already 14 major party candidates who had publicly announced. There are zero today.