Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

The Base Player

Here's what is so sad: Apparently it was much more important that Mitt Romney open up about his faith, at least to the "base" true believers, than it was for him to answer a simple question about torture.

There he was yesterday, assuring the voters, at least the Christian fundamentalist ones, that he adheres to their standards of morality.

Morality can be a slippery concept. This is the same man who refused to be pinned down on whether waterboarding should be an instrument of U.S. policy.

Huckabee is Heading for Victory in Iowa — if Your Judgment is Accurate

The latest polls have him surging into the lead among Republican primary candidates in the Hawkeye state — and those of you who voted in our latest Quick Poll! think this momentum will carry the former Arkansas governor to victory after New Year. We asked: "What position will Mike Huckabee finish in the Iowa caucuses on Jan 3?" The voting, with position and percentage turned out like this:

• 1st - 48% of all votes
• 2nd - 28% of all votes
• 3rd - 14% of all votes
• 5th - 6% of all votes
• 4th - 3% of all votes


A Failure in Foresight

For all you fans of the HRC vs. BO heavyweight championship taking place in Iowa, I highly recommend you find a copy of The Atlantic and check out Marc Ambinder's piece on how Hillary Clinton's campaign didn't see Barack Obama's presidential bid coming, and that Team Clinton underestimated how well he would be received. After all, according to Ambinder's reporting, Clinton had advised Obama when he entered the Senate on how to play down his celebrity, quietly get in line behind his more senior colleagues and get the right experience. Obama was thought of as a "possible apprentice, and perhaps one day, an heir" to the party's natural leader. Ambinder writes: "Some of her top advisors exuded a sense of entitlement: Clinton deserved to be president; it was her turn. They did not perceive the threat until it was almost too late."

Mitt Romney's 'Faith' Speech

Delivering one of the most widely anticipated political speeches of the year, Mitt Romney spoke about his faith and how it informs his views on public issues. It was widely described as a speech similar to the one given by John F. Kennedy in 1960, when he sought to limit the uproar over the possibility of a Catholic becoming president. However, while both speeches may have centered on religion, there are important differences.

Romney's Speech

Peter Fenn & Frank Donatelli break down what Mitt Romney's needed to prove with speech on his faith.


Why I Chose Romney

I prefer shorter submissions, but I hope everyone will bear with me on this one.

As many of my friends know, I decided last week to support Mitt Romney in his quest for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.

As the 2008 race got under way way back when, I had no real intention of endorsing any of the candidates. There were (and are) a number of good men running, and at the beginning, at least, it didn’t seem as if any of the so-called “first-tier” candidates had the capacity to reach into the various constituent parts of the conservative base of the Republican Party to come anywhere close to developing consensus support among the conservative voters who make up most of that base.

Would You Vote for a Mormon?

When John F. Kennedy was nominated for president, a lot of Americans started worrying about a Catholic in the White House. Not Harry Truman. With a dig at Kennedy’s old man, Ambassador Joseph Kennedy, Truman said: “I’m more afraid of the Pop than the Pope!”

But most Americans weren’t so open-minded. In fact, the only way Kennedy could save his candidacy was by giving a speech to the Houston Ministerial Conference in which he affirmed that, as a Catholic American, his first loyalty was to the Constitution, and not to the Vatican.

The Religious Double Standard

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has very harsh things to say about Mike Huckabee today, likely the harshest things anyone has said yet about the surging underdog now second in Iowa and some national polls. Cohen wants Huckabee, the minister, to come out against religious intolerance. It is religious intolerance, after all, that Mitt Romney fears enough to give a speech Thursday about his Mormon "faith." Romney has watched evangelical Christians in Iowa rally behind Huckabee and has calculated that he must risk further criticism by attempting to assuage them with this address.

Hillary as Muskie

Is Hillary Clinton becoming Ed Muskie?

Her faltering campaign and the resurgence of Barack Obama bring back echoes of Democratic primaries past. There are some interesting similarities between now and 1972.