Category Archives: Presidential Campaign

Is Obama Really Leading?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that political polls are open to interpretation and, therefore, sometimes unreliable. Presidential campaign polls can be particularly misleading because, unless one candidate leads the other by an overwhelming margin, a national popular vote poll tells us very little. No, the real meat on the bonesRead MoreRead More

What The Ryan Pick Tells Us

Updated: It now turns out that Ryan will also run for his congressional seat while running as Romney’s veep. In other words, he will be pulling a Joe. Shame on him. The sentence is question has been corrected below. * * * * * * * The reaction on Facebook and Twitter to presumptive RepublicanRead MoreRead More

Obama: I’m Not Playing The Game

I hadn’t noticed until yesterday, but about a week ago yet another piece appeared in a national publication that confirmed what I’ve always suspected about President Obama: The man is either unable or unwilling to build the kinds of personal relationships necessary for good governance. As I pointed out on this blog just before theRead More

Mitt The Heartless: A Kinsleyan Gaffe

Lunchtime thoughts: Fresh off his smashing victory in the Florida primary, Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney committed the most delicious of gaffes. To borrow a construct from Michael Kinsley, Romney told the truth. In the process, he wandered into dangerous territory. In an interview this morning with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, Romney said: “I’m not concerned aboutRead More

Tone Deaf Or Ignorant?

Update: Here is Jordan’s post that includes reader responses, including yours truly’s. * * * * * I recently spotted an item on Jordan Fenster’s fine blog, CT State Politics, noting that he’d received a campaign letter from front-running Democrat Chris Donovan, the current state House Speaker vying to be the Democratic nominee for Connecticut’sRead More

Eschewing The Schmooze

Taking a break from the holiday obsession of the political junkie class (the Iowa caucuses), I noticed yesterday a piece in the New York Times that confirms what I’ve heard from other sources about President Obama: The man simply doesn’t like to engage in the sort of schmoozing and ego-stroking so essential to success inRead More

And A Happy Newt Year

What better way for presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich to ring in the Christmas season than with a dubious gift from George Will, who wrote another scathing column attacking the former Speaker of the House — this time for Newt’s stated intention, if president, of removing from the bench federal judges whose decisions he disagrees with.Read More

‘Christie’s Hefty Burden’

Update: Now Bloomberg’s Michael Kinsley has gotten into the act and is even more blunt: “Look, I’m sorry, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cannot be president: He is just too fat.” * * * * * * As you can imagine, the above headline caught my attention this morning on It was aRead More

Cain and the Not So Stable

No, West isn’t at a Nazievent — he’s visiting a Holocaustmuseum in Jerusalem. I’ve been hearing a lot of noise lately from Tea Party types who are bored with the dreary Republican presidential field for 2012 and are looking for a fresh face who just might stand a chance against The Great One. Two names come upRead More