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RECENT ARTICLES

    Competence and Trust

    Presidential elections are importantly about policies, but they are also about competence and trust. The shift in this election has occured in large part because the debates have given Mitt Romney an opportunity to demonstrate that he is not the person that hundreds of millions of Democratic dollars tried to paint him to be, but more subliminally the public is seeing the staggering the gap | Read More »

    Those Middle Class Republicans

    I was stunned, absolutely stunned, by the latest week’s polling by Democrat-leaning Public Policy Polling  for the ultra-liberal Daily Kos and the activist public employee union, SEIU. The Romney “up four” suggests that the recent Gallup polls showing him up 4 to 7 points nationally may not really be outliers. More interesting are some of the cross tabs, the slicing and dicing of the data. | Read More »

    Working with Congress

    If somebody from the Romney campaign is reading Red State, please consider the VP debate in this light: The American people want Washington to work together to solve our major problems. By almost any analysis, the Republicans will hold the House of Representatives. If, God forbid, Obama wins the election, Paul Ryan will remain the chair of the Budget Committee. With his rude, boorish behavior | Read More »

    Debating Lessons and Campaign Momentum

    I feel a bit of the pain that the Democrats felt after the first presidential debate. ” Why didn’t my guy talk about … ?”; “why didn’t he call the other guy out on his gross distortions ?”; “how did we ever agree to that moderator?” By chance I experienced the emotions first hand when I recently did a debate on NPR about the candidates’ economic | Read More »

    Obama’s “New Normal”

    With the debate-induced collapse of the “demonize Mitt Romney” strategy, Team Obama’s positioning is now “things are getting a little better and this is as good as anybody could do.” Lets take a look. Much of the media have supported the Obama contention that the Labor Department’s much-quoted 7.8% September unemployment number represents a significant breakthrough – never mind that it is based on a | Read More »

    It’s Romney’s to Win (It Really Is !)

    This was written Wednesday afternoon, but is doubly true after the first debate. Those of us who obsess over a second Obama presidency need to stop offering unsolicited advice to our chosen candidate and realize that this is not his first rodeo. It might be useful to instead reflect on the broader shape of the election and the advantages that Romney has. First, I will | Read More »

    Fair and Balanced Gaffes

    Definition of “gaffe” – when a politician tells the truth. Actually, there are several kinds of gaffes: 1. Joe Biden gaffes. Joe is a buffoon; everybody knows that Joe is a buffoon; he gets a pass. 2. Intentional gaffes – or at least ones where the gaffer knowingly applies over the top spin with the expectation that the media will give him / her a | Read More »

    Fair and Balanced Gaffes

    Definition of “gaffe” – when a politician tells the truth. Actually, there are several kinds of gaffes: 1. Joe Biden gaffes. Joe is a buffoon; everybody knows that Joe is a buffoon; he gets a pass. 2. Intentional gaffes – or at least ones where the gaffer knowingly applies over the top spin with the expectation that the media will give him / her a | Read More »

    Obama’s Foreign Policy Collapse

        Nothing is more central to the Obama foreign policy than his outreach to the Muslim world as reflected in his June 2009 Cairo speech. As is often the case, the speech was soaring. It reflected a great sensitivity to Muslim religion, culture, and history. It also leaned forward in criticizing the Bush policies – interrogation, Guantanamo, Iraq, Afghanistan. At various points it criticized Germany | Read More »

    The Critical Debates

    With the unexpected “Clinton Bounce” from the Democratic convention, the good news is that there is no Clinton on the ballot, the merits of the case against Obama have not changed (probably improved with the demonstrated failure of “leading from behind”), Romney and his PACs  have plenty of money, and the debates offer a real opportunity to make the case to a large audience. So, | Read More »