Late Night: Coming Into Focus

By: Friday September 7, 2012 8:00 pm

For all the human pain it represents, today’s depressing jobs report in the wake of the Democratic and Republican conventions at least helped remind the presidential candidates what this election is supposed to be about — not who gives the best speeches, or who has the most loving (or at least most telegenic) family, but how to get the economy moving again.


Late Night: Conventional (and Post-Conventional) Warfare

By: Friday August 31, 2012 8:01 pm

I’m expecting an ad sometime in the next few weeks that starts with the “Etch-a-Sketch” clip up above, skims through a few quick flip-flops on key issues, then ends with Romney’s smarmy “You’ll have to take my word for it” remark about his tax returns. In fact, I’ll be a little disappointed if it doesn’t happen.

Late Night: Mitt Romney’s Charm Offensive

By: Friday August 24, 2012 8:00 pm

Congratulations! You’ve just about survived the summer — which, politically speaking in this presidential election year, means the dreary interlude between the early-spring nominating contests and the fall cage match campaign.

Can the Presidential Debates Be Saved?

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 11:35 am

Historically, third-party candidates have forced those who can win to address issues of critical importance to the electorate when they would rather avoid them. It’s time for the presidential candidates to start addressing the concerns of the American people directly or make space for those with the courage to do so.

Sign our petition to the Commission on Presidential Debates and the Citizens’ Debate Commission to allow third party candidates in the upcoming presidential debates.

Late Night: Watching What They Do

By: Friday August 10, 2012 8:00 pm

So, as you may have read hereabouts earlier today, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has had to deal with some unpleasant polling news in the last few days.

Team Romney, of course, is telling the press to pay no attention to those silly polls.

Romney Not Done Insulting the British – Next Up: King David Hotel Fundraiser

By: Sunday July 29, 2012 8:35 am

Speculation over why GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney originally excluded reporters from his Jerusalem King David Hotel fundraiser is perhaps beside the point. Nobody in the American press is going to center a story around the event upon the fact that this hotel was the scene of an awful act of terrorism, perpetrated upon the British in July, 1946.

Late Night: Going There

By: Friday May 25, 2012 8:03 pm

There’s every reason to expect the next month or two to be the dullest part of the 2012 presidential race. It doesn’t make much sense for the candidates to make their strongest, sharpest arguments when the public isn’t likely to tune in until the respective party’s conventions at the earliest (and really, not until the formal debates in September).

But then again, the polls are close enough to make the advisers on both sides nervous… and, well, they’ve got to say something between now and late summer, don’t they?

Late Night FDL: GOP’s Dream Ticket… or an Electoral Nightmare?

By: Friday April 27, 2012 8:00 pm

wasn’t aware until today that Politico had such confidence in well-placed sources in the Obama re-election campaign. But how else could reporter Jonathan Martin dare to depict Jeb Bush, the Zeppo of his family’s political dynasty, this way?

Late Night FDL: The Limits of Rovianism

By: Friday April 6, 2012 8:00 pm

If this is the first week of the 2012 general election campaign (as conventional wisdom seems to have it), it’s gotten off to the kind of funhouse-mirror start that, if nothing else, is consistent with how the Republican preliminaries went.

Is Obama’s Cunning Plan Working?

By: Friday February 10, 2012 6:01 pm

Now that the frothmentum is building for Mr. Sad Sweater Vest and his inspiring message that a solid defeat is preferable to a hollow victory, it’s worth asking whether the GOP arrived at this place all by itself.

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