Sooner or later the bubble had to pop.
When recently asked if she could defeat President Obama in a head-to-head match-up, Sarah Palin confidently responded in the affirmative.
Sooner or later the bubble had to pop.
Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. This is no more obvious than when assessing Mitch Daniels. The popular governor of Indiana may be short on hair and height, but he could well be the hero conservatives and Tea Partiers have been searching for.
Judging by the president’s tone and demeanor in announcing a compromise over the Bush tax cuts, one would be hard pressed to believe that he had come out ahead in an important political battle.
Glance atop the polls for 2012 and you’ll see a familiar list of Republican contenders: Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Newt Gingrich. Romney is as close to a sure bet as you can find. Gingrich’s propensity for throwing the rhetorical grenade at President Obama and his frequent trips to early primary states all point to a run. Even the unpredictable Sarah Palin is leaving a trail of verbal clues that lead her supporters and detractors to believe that she is inclined towards running for the grand prize.
With the Election Day “shellacking” now in the rearview mirror, pundit after pundit is pointing to Bill Clinton and his centrist actions post 1994 as the ideal model for jumpstarting an Obama presidency stuck in the mud. When the comparison is made, the broader point is this: Obama needs to get to the center.
In the constellation of new GOP stars, none shine brighter than Marco Rubio.
With Election Day finally here, President Obama has decided to hunker down in D.C., where, like the rest of us, he will watch with a careful eye returns from across the country. The consensus is that the president and his party are in for a sobering evening. A sagging economy and a sour electorate have put the president and his congressional majorities at risk, and a steady stream of polls have shown an electorate anxious to get out to the voting booth in order to deliver a message of displeasure and rejection to all those in charge.
When President Obama speaks out on the campaign trail, he makes it resoundingly clear who his chief political target is: Republicans.
For Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party magic has worn off and the hard-hitting realities of a general election have set in.
When President Obama appointed Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state, it was rightly viewed as a masterful stroke of Machiavellian politicking; a modern day demonstration of the philosopher’s famous creed: keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
It seems unfathomable that Meg Whitman’s $120-million spending bonanza aimed at transforming her from a former eBay CEO into an influential California governor could yield anything less than a victorious return.
Faced with a rout at the ballot box in November, President Obama and congressional Democrats are running out of both time and options for turning the tide.
Simply put, it’s been an incredible week for Sarah Palin.
Fresh off the heels of a stunning victory in Alaska’s Senate race, the Tea Party has come to Delaware, where it’s turned its sights to centrist Republican Mike Castle.
In the marquee Senate race between three-term Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Republicans sense a golden opportunity.
In a lengthy, but well worth reading, July piece in New York magazine on John McCain’s current political predicament, one Republican strategist who has worked with the senator in the past had this to say about his former client:
By all accounts, President Obama was well aware of the political firestorm that would follow his vocal support for the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero. But his instincts as a former constitutional law professor kicked in, and his desire to engage the country in a teachable moment surpassed his fear that doing so would put him on the wrong side of public opinion on yet another divisive issue.
A common story line this election year is the dramatic increase in the number of Republican women candidates, and by extension, GOP attempts to reach out to the traditionally Democratic constituency of women voters.
Nothing quite compares to being the current occupant of the White House. The power. The prestige. The enchantment. The possibility of leaving office with a cherished legacy and the prospect of making history for all the right reasons.