Rubio’s False Promise

Rubio’s False Promise

Sen. Marco Rubio will release his memoir, An American Son in June. In what his publisher is billing as an inspirational story, the Florida Republican writes about his family’s emigration from Cuba and details the sacrifices that his working-class parents made so...
The GOP’s Money Man

The GOP’s Money Man

Not only is Mitt Romney the GOP’s rich-man candidate for president, but his last name actually spells “money.” Just drop the “R,” move the “m” in front of the “o” — and there it is! In fact, put the...
Our Failed Cuba Policy Fixation

Our Failed Cuba Policy Fixation

It’s election season. When they’re not kissing babies or holding staged conversations with average voters at coffee shops, presidential hopefuls will dust off tired arguments about the national security threat posed by Cuba, an island with a population the...
Grand Old Pedagogy

Grand Old Pedagogy

It seems as though the 2012 Republican presidential primaries began the day before forever. But oh the lessons we’ve learned. We’ve been treated to startlingly original theories about the economy, international affairs, history, biology, theology, and...
Attack of the Billionaires

Attack of the Billionaires

It was a total lockdown. As jet after jet swept in surreptitiously with top brass and political decision-makers on board, every entrance to the site of the super-secret Coachella Valley planning summit was secured and patrolled by armed guards and helicopters. This...
Running Against Islam

Running Against Islam

Every political season has its hot-button issues. There’s race, abortion, lunar colonies. But the hottest hot-button issue these days, judging from comments by Republican presidential hopefuls as well as what happened during the 2010 mid-term elections, is...
Party of God

Party of God

The Republican primaries have been a tough sled for God, the Father of the party. (Well, Republicans claim He is.) First, Michele Bachmann came to Him and asked whether she should run for president. “You go, girl,” He said, or words to that effect. I take...

Somebody vs. Someone Else vs. Obama

Phew. Those 20 debates felt like they’d never end. Now that they’re over, however, the Republican Party isn’t particularly close to selecting its presidential nominee. Given the distractions caused by the candidates’ many gaffes and their...
Go Deport Yourself

Go Deport Yourself

I bet Mitt Romney has a sweatshirt that says I (heart) Florida. His victory in the Sunshine State revitalized his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. Florida also gave him an opportunity to explain his immigration policy. Asked how he would deal with...
Dodging the Media on the Campaign Trail

Dodging the Media on the Campaign Trail

If you’re a political candidate these days, the name of the game is to talk to your “target audience” apparently without answering questions from them — or, God forbid, from a journalist. Take Mitt Romney’s recent visit to Colorado, prior...
Inside Rick Santorum’s Head

Inside Rick Santorum’s Head

Rick Santorum is the latest darling of the most extreme of the GOP’s extremist voters. Here’s just an earful of this guy’s moral piety. Let’s start where it all starts for us humans: conception. Not only does Santorum insist that life begins at...
Un-Presidential Primaries

Un-Presidential Primaries

Breaking news: Republicans have found their long-sought alternative to Mitt Romney. Surprisingly, it’s Mitt Romney. Remember the old Mitt Romney? That white-shoe Republican who was all for health care mandates? Who favored reproductive choice and who was no...
Karen Dolan Weighs in on Romney’s Latest Gaffe

Karen Dolan Weighs in on Romney’s Latest Gaffe

Karen Dolan, an IPS expert on poverty and the nation’s frayed safety net, has published an op-ed on CNN’s website in response to GOP presidential hopeful’s latest “oops” moment: “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”...
The 1 Percent Candidate

The 1 Percent Candidate

Think big money and Wall Street have too much influence over national politics? Not to worry: A third-party presidential candidate bankrolled by hedge funds will fix all of that. Believe it or not, that’s the pitch coming from a group called “Americans...