Louisiana’s Vitter, An Underdog For Gov., Has A Senate Seat Up In 2016 To Worry About

One may wonder how it could be possible that Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R) is in trouble in his bid to become governor in Saturday’s runoff.  President Obama’s numbers are miserable in the state.  No Democrat has been elected statewide since 2008.  Vitter is the kind of canny politician who is known for doing whatever …

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The Allure Of The Non-Candidate

(NOTE:  The following appeared in USA Today on Monday, Oct. 19.  Since then, Vice President Joe Biden has pulled out of consideration for a presidential bid in 2016, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chair of the Ways & Means Committee, has said he will seek to become speaker of the House.  Neither announcement came as …

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Mr. Unfiltered vs. Ms. Scripted?

And so we wait. We don’t know what Joe Biden is going to do.  He could jump in the presidential race, as late as it is, despite Hillary Clinton’s huge head start and her sizable advantages in money, staff, organization and the opportunity to make history.  And there’s Bernie Sanders to consider as well.  Those …

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The Insults, And The Rising In The Polls, Continue For Trump

He had a history of saying incendiary things. His fellow Republicans, even those who deeply disliked him, refused to take him on; most simply tolerated his antics and stayed silent. But this time, he went too far. “You’ve done enough,” Joseph Welch, the up-to-that-moment tolerant attorney for the Army, said to the senator from Wisconsin. …

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Whither V.P. Biden; Welcome Gov. Brown

One of the more entertaining aspects of following politics is watching how journalists cover Sarah Palin. To a person, they swear up and down that they’ll never write about her again. Then she’ll say something – as she did last month, when she told a reporter that she’s “seriously thinking” about running for president – …

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The Lessons Of 2014

The votes are still being counted in a handful of races around the country, the winners are still basking in their victories, the losers are trying to figure out what went wrong.  Of course, that hasn’t stopped those from already obsessing over 2016.  We’ll have plenty of time to prepare for those elections, both presidential …

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Most Eyes On Florida & Wisconsin Among 36 Governor Races

With most attention this year squarely on which party will control the Senate, it is understandable that the 36 states holding gubernatorial elections are taking a back seat.  But between the recent “fangate” flap in Florida and the presidential hopes of Wisconsin’s Scott Walker — not to mention that two of the last three presidents …

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