Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

Keeping the American Dream alive

One has not truly arrived in politics until Saturday Night Live makes you the butt of a skit. Undecided voter, welcome to center stage.

These undecided voters’ apparent inability to choose between the “stark choices” and “clear differences” the competing presidential campaigns claim to offer is the source of frustration for many. The truth is these voters are disenchanted and, frankly, uninterested, in policy wonkiness.

They simply want one thing: a president who makes them feel better about tomorrow. The winning candidate is the one who best instills confidence that the American Dream will remain intact. It is not jobs or the economy, it is trust.

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Romney falters on commander in chief test

Despite regular calls for a change of direction to strengthen the United States’ position around the world, Governor Romney’s foreign policy rhetoric culminated in Monday’s debate with what can only be broadly described as a concession of President Obama’s successes.
 
While I concur that this administration has largely pursued the right strategies on the global stage, I am concerned by the apparent lack of critical thought Mr. Romney has given to his positions as he campaigns to be our next commander in chief. He simultaneously criticizes and agrees with our current approach, twisting himself in knots to appeal to his party’s hardline neoconservatives by painting the president as weak, while he avoids sounding too hawkish to a citizenry wary of intervention and tired of war. These inconsistencies are troubling from one who hopes to make the final call on our most consequential national security decisions.

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Republicans victim of their own weakness

In the final presidential debate Monday evening, Mitt Romney allowed Obama to get away with perpetuating several myths that Republicans have, to their detriment and the detriment of the nation, allowed to be baked into political history. Left unchallenged, these stories have left Republicans bleeding on the political battlefield with collateral damage to economic freedom and national security.

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A momentous decision awaits voters

You would have to live in a cave to think politics has not devolved into a nasty blood sport. Campaign ads are loaded with distortion, special interests still determine elections, and the truth is often buried in sexy campaign slogans. Who needs the reality TV Housewives? We've had the debates, a moment of voyeurism when men of power spent more time circling their prey and drawing blood than defining their visions for the country.

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Romney and the lobbysists

The three debates have uncovered just about every policy issue imaginable, but one issue that animated the 2008 campaign has been largely absent: the proper role of lobbyists. Regulations on lobbyists are well-established when it comes to the campaign, but during a presidential transition, the president-elect essentially makes the rules anew each time. Former lobbyists, most infamously Steven Griles at the Department of Interior in 2001, have used the transition of presidents as an opportunity to enrich themselves and advance their client’s interests. How exactly would a President Romney address the issue during his transition and ultimately his administration?

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Obama wins, But Romney stakes claim as commander in chief

President Obama won the third debate, but did Mitt Romney win the White House on Monday night?

At times, as the debate progressed, Romney looked like a bystander, stage-struck to be so close to the actual president of the United States. Towards the end, before he recovered with a strong finish, Romney even began to babble, not quite sure what defence to mount against Obama's continual attacks on his flip-flopping in foreign policy statements. But, for all this...

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Obama wins final debate, but has he undone damage of the first?

President Obama chose to go on the attack in the third presidential debate last night; in a sort of reverse 'rope-a-Hope' strategy the challenger attempted to defuse the pummeling by not quite praising the president's efforts but, rather, agreeing with him whenever it was even remotely possible. This was the Obama of 2008, though the pounding spoke less of hope and change & more of a desperate attempt to please his base.

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GOP war on women is real

If there are any female voters out there still thinking about voting for Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans, I have a binder for you. Not the one Romney mentioned during last week's presidential debate at Hofstra University. No, my binder is full of examples of why the GOP war on women is real. 

If you consider each of them on a stand-alone basis only, then you'd be right to conclude the Republican track record on women's issues is merely pathetic. However, when they are lumped together, one after the other, they should make make a grown woman blush or angry. Or both.

Here are the unvarnished facts:

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Beyond Benghazi: Questions for the foreign policy debate

Two debates down. One -- on foreign policy – to go.

Last Tuesday night the candidates sparred over the tragic attack in Benghazi. The question of how the United States should engage Libya and the region is important, but let’s hope tonight that the conversation around terrorism extends beyond questions about consular security and who knew – and said -- what, when.

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Mitt Romney: The amazing 'Zelig' candidacy

The political career of former Governor Mitt Romney brings to mind the 1983 Woody Allen movie “Zelig.”  The main character of that movie was Leonard Zelig, a human chameleon, who took on the look and characteristics of whatever group he happened to be with. During the recent primaries former Republican presidential contender Jon Huntsman called Romney a “perfectly lubricated weathervane” given the ease with which he changed positions.  Then there is the sign going around the Internet advising voters to have patience as Romney will agree with their position on the issues eventually. This charge moved from the purely metaphorical given the allegations that Romney applied spray on tan before appearing on a national interview on the Hispanic television network Univision.

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