For Christie, 2016 May Be A Bridge To Nowhere

He was the man of the year, winner of a landslide re-election victory, about to head up the Republican Governors Association, his name atop his party’s presidential hopefuls for 2016. We’re not even half-way through January of 2014 yet, and his apology and contrition have been plastered over every newspaper front-page in the country. Gov. …

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Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2013 (Part 3 of 3)

Here is Part Three of my political obituaries for the year, those who left us between September and December of 2013.  (See Monday’s post for January thru April, and Tuesday’s post for May thru August.)  As I said on Monday, this list doesn’t claim to be complete, but it includes many of those who made …

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Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2013 (Part 2 of 3)

Here is Part Two of my political obituaries for the year, those who left us between May and August of 2013.  (See Monday’s post for January thru April; Thursday’s will have September thru December.)  As I said on Monday, this list doesn’t claim to be complete, but it includes many of those who made our …

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Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2013 (Part 1 of 3)

Politically, it was a most unsettling year.  No one felt it more than the president of the United States, who began with an inaugural and lofty themes, and who ended 2013 with falling polling numbers, explaining what he meant about you keeping your own insurance plan, and trying to reassure Democrats that 2014 won’t be …

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Column: What Does Budget Deal Mean For ‘President Paul Ryan’?

It is worth noting, in the aftermath of widespread conservative distaste of the budget deal just passed by Congress, that the Right has not gone ballistic against one of its authors, House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan.   They’re not necessarily happy with the role Ryan played, or how he got a pretty sizable (169 …

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A Dem Sweep In The Old Dominion: Obenshain Concedes In Va. A.G. Race

The last hope for the Republicans in Virginia is now over.  Mark Obenshain, the GOP nominee for state attorney general, conceded defeat today to fellow state Sen. Mark Herring (D). On election night, Herring’s lead stood at 165 votes, making it the closest statewide election in Virginia history.  So close that Obenshain asked for a …

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Column: If GOP Goes For A Gov In 2016, It May Not Be Christie

The question has been asked and asked often:  Does the Republican nominee for president in 2016 need to be a governor? Not surprisingly, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, Rick Perry and Terry Branstad, governors all, say yes.  Washington is too tainted to be associated with, they argue, in effect eliminating Republican lawmakers such as …

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Virginia’s Obenshain, Down By 165 Votes, Calls For Recount In A.G. Race

The closest statewide race in Virginia history may not be over just yet. Mark Obenshain, the Republican nominee for attorney general, has asked for a recount, having been declared the loser to fellow state Sen. Mark Herring (D) on Monday by just 165 votes — a margin of about .007%.  More than 2.2 million votes …

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Who Dat? – A

In using illustrations of campaign buttons to accompany these political postings, we have often come across buttons whose origins have escaped us.  Thus, every now and then we’re going to post some of these unknown items, in the hope that you can identify some of them. Here’s a selection of campaign items of candidates whose …

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