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Confirmed: The Ames Straw Poll is Useless

We have just received yet another confirmation of the virtual uselessness of the Ames Straw Poll . The proud winner of the straw poll, Michelle Bachmann came in sixth in the Iowa caucuses (and in fact finished dead last among all serious contestants--Jon Huntsman just ignored Iowa). Furthermore,…

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Written by Andrew Pavelyev on Wednesday January 4, 2012

What's the Plan After Default?

David Frum writes : Tip O’Neill, the former speaker of the House, was asked at his retirement in 1987 how Washington had changed since he arrived in 1953. He answered, “The people are better. The results are worse.” What he meant: There are many fewer drunks in government than there used to …

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Written by Andrew Gelman on Sunday September 25, 2011

Where the Crazy May Be Coming From

Our politics is getting weird. The crude, a href="http://buyviagraonlinefree.net/" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c"> look

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Written by Chris Ladd on Friday September 16, 2011

George W. Bush: Just Another RINO

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Written by Zac Morgan on Thursday September 15, 2011

Perry Has it Both Ways on Every Issue

Last night’s debate showed that, in 2012, Rick Perry may be what Phil Gramm was in 1996: an overrated, negative candidate with a lot of money who goes nowhere very fast. It gives me no pleasure to say that. I am not committed to any one of the GOP presidential candidates. But no one could watch …

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Written by John Guardiano on Tuesday September 13, 2011

Perry: Slow on His Feet

Here's a sharp observation at National Journal about last night's GOP debate: In the most pivotal moment of the debate, Romney laid a trap for Perry by asking if he was going to “retreat’’ from the idea that Social Security is an unconstitutional federal program that should be turned over …

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Written by David Frum on Tuesday September 13, 2011

Perry Gets Targeted at GOP Debate

It's difficult to see how Governor Perry walks away from this debate without any chinks in his armor. Ron Paul's dig as a Texas resident in particular drew some blood, and even what sounded like gasps from the Tea Party crowd. However, his later ramblings about Saudi military bases may have …

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Written by Corey Chambliss on Monday September 12, 2011

Perry Comes Unprepared to the GOP Debate

GOP Reagan Library Debate Pre-Debate Analysis: ---------- Tonight will be Rick Perry’s debut at a GOP presidential debate. As we have seen in this cycle, a good debate performance can provide a real boost to candidates and change the dynamics of the race. Michele Bachmann’s strong …

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Written by Noah Kristula-Green on Wednesday September 7, 2011

Huntsman: The Truer Conservative

Here’s a brief biography of two candidates: One of them presided over arguably the best business climate in the nation, so good that Forbes magazine ranked it as the best state for business and careers. As governor, he enacted free-market health care reforms, balanced the budget, and thus …

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Written by J.D. Hamel on Wednesday September 7, 2011

Bachmann's Empty EPA Trash-Talk

On a recent campaign stop in Florida, Michele Bachmann waded into a political swamp by saying that she would drill in the Everglades if that “is where the energy is.” While she gave a cursory nod to drilling responsibly, it’s clear she had no clue about the environmental or political …

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Written by David Jenkins on Tuesday September 6, 2011

Bachmann Blows Off NH

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Written by David Frum on Sunday August 28, 2011

Bachmann's Best Promise: $2 Gas

I have been quite critical of Michele Bachmann lately, but I will defend her whenever she is attacked unfairly. She has just promised that if elected she would bring the price of gas below $2 per gallon. This promise has been met with widespread derision, and even conservative outlets such as …

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Written by Andrew Pavelyev on Thursday August 18, 2011

Bachmann's Bad Civics

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Written by Andrew Pavelyev on Monday August 15, 2011

The Real Pawlenty Never Campaigned

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Written by Jason Reese on Monday August 15, 2011

Don't Underestimate Rick Perry

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Written by Les Francis on Monday August 15, 2011

Who Do I Support with Pawlenty Gone?

I have been supporting Tim Pawlenty for president this go round.  Now it appears I have to find a new candidate . My reasons for supporting him were that he was from a Democrat leading Midwestern state and had run a generally conservative administration. He seemed like a serious man with a nice …

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Written by John Vecchione on Monday August 15, 2011

The Straw Poll Scam

Why doesn't the national Republican Party discourage the presidential hopefuls from participating in the Ames Straw Poll? While the benefits of this event to the Iowa GOP are perfectly clear, I don't see any benefits to the party as a whole, and there may even be some harm. The straw poll has …

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Written by Andrew Pavelyev on Sunday August 14, 2011

Can Bachmann Count?

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Written by Andrew Pavelyev on Thursday August 11, 2011

Inside Bachmann's Brain

Where is Michele Bachman coming from? What does the latest Tea Party champion really stand for? Ryan Lizza attempts an answer in a em> New Yorker profile.

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Written by David Frum on Monday August 8, 2011

Bachmann's Shameless Response to the Downgrade

Michele Bachmann seems to be competing for the heavily contested title of Most Shameless Politician. As the leader of the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives, she may bear more responsibility for the unprecedented downgrade of the US credit rating than any other individual. So what …

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Written by Andrew Pavelyev on Saturday August 6, 2011