Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

The conservative paradox - Romney the competent

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.

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As voting approaches, questions over Republicans' outreach to Latinos increase

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.

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Romney puts anti-union politics front and center

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.


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The Danish way of elections


 
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.


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Five reasons why Pawlenty and Perry are poised to be frontrunners

Is Perry too Texan to be the next president? Is Pawlenty destined to be a dud? With Romney currently surging in the polls, some believe that his momentum is unstoppable. However, out of the pack of announced and unannounced GOP candidates, Pawlenty and Perry are best positioned to become frontrunners. Why? They each (1) have held governorships, (2) have the hope and change aura, (3) have actual economic records to run on, (4) are taking Iowa and New Hampshire seriously and (5) can appeal to the base as well as the middle. No other candidate in the GOP field shares these five critically important elements in the formula for primary season success.

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The candidate's guide to the Latino vote

Although we are only halfway through 2011, the 2012 election season is in full swing. The Latino community, like other voters, is waiting to hear from candidates on how they will address the critical issues that our country faces, including getting the U.S. economy back on track, creating jobs, fixing our troubled education system and enacting comprehensive immigration reform. But the campaign so far has not been promising. Few, if any, of the Republican candidates have set up Latino-focused initiatives within their campaigns. More disturbingly, no one has spoken out about the toxic atmosphere confronting Latinos today. Even worse, some have rushed to support the slew of draconian state immigration laws that do nothing to solve our problems, but do plenty to exacerbate racial profiling and harassment of immigrants and American citizens.

Yet there is still time for a dramatic shift in the relationship between the 2012 campaign and Hispanic voters. So we are offering a few nonpartisan dos and don’ts for aspiring candidates:

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A 'serious' to-do list for the female GOP candidates

The 2012 presidential race is another historic one for women. Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann regularly make the short lists of top GOP contenders, registering in the polls and generating throngs of enthusiastic supporters. Four years after Hillary Clinton's defeat, we find ourselves once again asking if a woman could really occupy the Oval Office. But before we start entertaining the notion of a woman president, we need consider whether Palin and Bachmann can break out of the pack and realistically achieve frontrunner status.

The horserace is in full swing, and polls show Mitt Romney with a big lead. Hillary Clinton was the clear Democratic frontrunner at this time four years ago. In contrast, Palin and Bachmann are not polling strongly at this early but critically important stage. Romney leads both women by double-digits in most polls. Bachmann is polling in single-digits. Clearly, they have much ground to make up.

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And the next president will 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.

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Robert Gibbs and Sigmund Freud

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.

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