Tag Archives: Mitt Romney

Romney the Content-Free Candidate: It’s a Feature, Not a Bug

Ben Domenech is a former low-level speechwriter for George W. Bush’s cabinet, and a plagiarist.  He’s also one of the leading voices of the conservative blog network. Here’s what he has to say about Mitt Romney’s debate performance tonight: Considering that President Obama is up against it in the polls, I expect him to pull […]

Four Years of Radicalism

Todd Akin, Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, more or less stands by the medieval view of female sexuality that’s caused him so much negative press this week. So does Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), a well-regarded but consistently crazy member of the Tea Party Caucus. But the boldness of these offensive, sexist, but commonly-held views […]

Calculating the Fallout of a Ryan Loss

For the second time in as many cycles, a panicked, plausibly-centrist Republican presidential nominee selected a relatively unknown, extremist running mate. By doing so, Mitt Romney jettisoned the (apparently losing) message of his campaign to date — “I’m different from Barack Obama in important but unspecified ways” — and embraced, in turn, a highly-specified, woefully unpopular […]

The Purchased Primary: Did Citizens United Work?

I think I speak for all Democrats when I say, I’m going to miss Rick Santorum. (Though odds are he’ll be back.) For all of John Stewart’s mockery, Rick really was an improbable candidate — as is Newt Gingrich, still. So improbable in fact, that… Well, how the Hell did it happen, anyways? The answer seems to be money. […]

In Santorum, Death or Vindication for Democracy?

Especially given Rick Santorum’s two recent wins, and headlines practically blaring Romney’s concomitant weaknesses, I tend to see the Republican primaries as proof of a problem without a solution: members of a democracy don’t always vote for the superior candidate. To be perfectly clear, I’m no fan of Mitt Romney. But I think it’s reasonable to […]

Do Campaign Ads Work?

Here’s a question Mitt Romney might do well to ask himself. Politicians and scholars alike debate the efficacy of high-dollar ad buys, and the importance of tone (positive or negative?). In fact, it’s a subject we’ve discussed here before, because to date the academy’s reached no resolution on the question of whether negative campaigning is […]

Creative Destruction: the Bain Argument

For a first post back, I’d like to revisit a subject that I missed during my self-imposed exile: Newt Gingrich’s decision to try to flank Mitt Romney from the left as well as the right, but taking a few compelling shots at the latter’s business record. If this is something from which we’ve all moved […]

Indefinite Detention, and Our Unlikely Ally in the Fight

At the close of the last year, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012, which includes language that commentators claim, not unfairly, would permit the indefinite detention of even American citizens by a willing administration. The operative sections permit “detention under the law of war without trial until the end […]

Lessons from Iowa

It’s hard to say what to take from last night’s Iowa caucus, except that because Senator Santorum’s little surge translated into real votes, we can conclude that each of the little boomlets that defined the fall campaign were real, and not creations of the media or polling companies. The Republican electorate is actually as undecided […]

The Republican Party as a Shakespearean Anti-Hero

Longtime readers will remember how much I enjoy the theater of politics, and its tendency to produce characters whose fortunes rise and fall in an almost Shakespearean fashion: like Macbeth or Othello, these are likable figures who somehow lose themselves, and everything they’ve built, based on one outsized character flaw. In years past, we’ve had […]