November 30, 2011, 07:00 pm
By Mark Skoda, conservative talk show host, blogger and founder of the Memphis TEA Party
Conservatism, Reaganism and 1980 they shout! RINO’s and off with their heads. And in the case of Mitt Romney, no core convictions, plastic and a flip-flopper. And that’s the nice stuff.
So where is it that the conservative movement wants to go in context of the race for 2012? During my daily radio show and through my tea party activism, I have heard many of the concerns and the often visceral reaction to the ascendancy of Mitt Romney to the Republican nomination. At times, it seems that Mitt Romney was the anti-Christ of the conservative movement. Somehow his life’s experience, changes in viewpoints along with his private and public life have all been in vain according to the chatter of the movement.
November 28, 2011, 08:03 pm
By Javier Ortiz, Republican strategist
Each presidential campaign brings with it political strategists and demographers saying Latino’s influence is growing and neither party has a lock on the fastest growing segment of the electorate, yet the truth is Republicans have a huge deficiency of trust. In spite of this reality, the Republicans have not developed a serious political plan targeting Hispanics.
The GOP establishment has done little to begin communicating with Latino voters, the segment of the electorate I believe could decide the outcome of the presidential contest. It is important to note that groups such as American Crossroads have engaged in Spanish-language advertising, the Hispanic Leadership Network is conducting grassroots activities and the Republican State Leadership Committee has pledged to recruit 100 Hispanic candidates for state legislative races. While these outside efforts are significant, it does not translate to a commitment on the part of the national party starting with its presidential candidates.
October 05, 2011, 03:07 pm
By John Logan,Professor and Director of Labor and Employment Studies at San Francisco State University
With Chris Christie now officially out of the running, Mitt Romney has once again emerged as the GOP Presidential candidate to beat. It is hardly surprising that the former Massachusetts governor has reclaimed the frontrunner mantle. Despite a lack of enthusiasm for his candidacy among Republican activists, Romney has qualities that would serve him well in a contest with President Obama — he is intelligent and articulate, he has embraced fewer extreme social policies than his GOP rivals, and he can appeal to independent voters.
And despite his claims about having the interests of American workers at heart, he is virulently anti-union. At Republican gatherings, Romney frequently proclaims his anti-labor positions, especially with regard to public sector collective bargaining, right-to-work laws, and the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) complaint against Boeing.
COPENHAGEN – With the 2012 campaign in full swing, and the United States’ election day now 14 months away, let us put the brakes on for a moment and focus us on another election .
Yesterday, Danes elected a new prime minister – for the first time ever a woman - and decided on the distribution of the 179 seats in parliament.
The campaign season lasted all of three weeks.
There were no political ads on television.
Voter participation was 87.7 percent.
Compared to the United States – the land of the permanent campaign – the parliamentary democracy of Denmark offers us a glimpse of what elections could be.
To understand American presidential elections and predict their outcome, forget the polls and the pundits. Forget the media coverage based on the horserace model in which candidates surge ahead or fall behind according to campaign events.
Political speech is often characterized by occasional "slips of the tongue." These come in two kinds — as gaffes or Freudian slips. The former represent a blunder, or simply an accidental mistake. The latter are mistakes that may reflect wider and deeper underlying beliefs.