Losing Latino Votes

Losing Latino Votes

Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, received a rapturous welcome at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The audience cheered as he assailed President Barack Obama’s record. Ryan seemed boisterous and full of energy. He could almost pass for one...
Romney Runs away from his Running Mate

Romney Runs away from his Running Mate

Poor Paul Ryan — he successfully rammed a budget bill through the U.S. House of Representatives that gutted Medicare, thus earning him the undying adulation of the far-right Republican fringe, whose unrestrained enthusiasm for him compelled Mitt Romney to name...
How Romney Could Blow Iowa

How Romney Could Blow Iowa

Should Congress renew the wind-energy production tax credit that’s scheduled to expire at the end of 2012? It depends on whom you ask — a Democrat, a Republican, or another Republican. On August 1, Mitt Romney declared his strong opposition to this tax...
How Mitt Got His

How Mitt Got His

What a blessing it is for Mitt Romney to serve as the Republican nominee for president. He’s a living portrait of Mr. Wall Street Man. As his candidacy unfolds, it’s allowing us commoners to get a peek into how the privileged few rig the rules for their...
The African-American Swing State

The African-American Swing State

The list of 2012 swing states includes Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, Nevada, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado. Whichever candidate carries these “battlegrounds,” where neither presidential candidate currently has a clear lead, will...

Romney Passes the Buck

Because Bain Capital did things between 1999 and 2002 that Mitt Romney doesn’t want to defend — such as exporting American jobs — Romney claims that its outsourcing program wasn’t his doing. He says he played no “active role” in...
Year of the Gaffe

Year of the Gaffe

Maybe you think the presidential election will come down to the issues. That would mean looking at how Barack Obama and Mitt Romney differ on important matters — or, in many cases, how they don’t. Or perhaps the election might be all about money, and the...
Running for Magician-in-Chief

Running for Magician-in-Chief

Our long national nightmare is over. Mitt Romney has won the Republican nomination for president. Let the etch-a-sketching begin. Romney was officially put over the top by the Texas primary last month, although in truth his victory had been a foregone conclusion ever...
The Truth’s Liberal Tilt

The Truth’s Liberal Tilt

When you ask conservatives for proof of the “liberal media bias” they are so concerned about, you often get a response along the lines of, “The media are liberal because we say so! It’s obvious.” So I was happy to find a case where the...
Declaration of War

Declaration of War

Republican lawmakers have declared war on the presidency. Not so odd, perhaps, given their recent record. But the leader they’re targeting this time is Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor is clearly going to be the party’s candidate....
The War on Mommies

The War on Mommies

The so-called “mommy wars” are heating up again. Once more, we’re seeing stay-at-home moms supposedly pitted against moms with paid jobs during an election year. The latest episode started when Democratic analyst Hilary Rosen questioned Ann...
Romney’s Borking Strategy

Romney’s Borking Strategy

Many presidents leave their most enduring legacy to the nation in the justices that they name to the Supreme Court. So what inspired former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to name former judge Robert Bork to co-chair his presidential campaign advisory committee on...