October 22, 2004 |
Sen. John Kerry has not locked up the swing states that voted Democratic four years ago, a new Knight Ridder-MSNBC poll showed yesterday. In fact, the poll shows that three presidential debates, millions of dollars in campaign advertising and numerous visits from the candidates have changed few minds in those states in the last month. When compared with results from a similar poll in September, the latest poll of Democratic-leaning swing states shows Kerry unable to separate himself from President Bush on the question of who would better handle the economy, usually a strong Democratic issue.
November 7, 2012
By Charles Lane It was exhilarating, that night in July 2004, when a young Senate candidate from Illinois stood before a national television audience, invoked his improbable Kenyan-Kansan background, and called on Americans to unite. "There's not a liberal America and a conservative America," Barack Obama said. "There's the United States of America. ... "We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the red states.
January 29, 2007
IN CAROL Towarnicky's Jan. 17 column "Why the budget is a moral document," she says that President Bush used taxpayer funding to promote faith in Jesus in the guise of aiding prisoners and helping with job searches. But she's fine with Democrats passing funding for stem-cell research, even though many people think it is morally wrong. When Thomas Jefferson mentioned "separation of church and state," he meant that there would not be a national religion. What he was described was freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.
January 26, 2015 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - New Jersey Gov. Christie told an audience of more than 1,000 Iowa conservative activists at a conference here Saturday that he shares the same political values, deriding the "conventional wisdom" that says he's too moderate for the state that will cast the first votes in the 2016 Republican presidential race in a little more than a year. "Let me ask you this, if I was too blunt, too direct, too loud, and too New Jersey for Iowa, then why do you people keep inviting me back?"
November 20, 2012 |
IN WHAT could either turn out to be a romance that will rock the world of tweens or become a sappy, overdubbed, hook-laden song on Taylor Swift 's next album, the 22-year-old country/pop queen may be dating One Direction 's Harry Styles . Styles, however, does not represent a new direction in one way - like former Swift boyfriend Conor Kennedy , he's only 18. He's also exotic like a Kennedy. He's British. "I had to literally do a double-take," an onlooker told People upon seeing Styles with Swift on the set of "The X Factor" last week.
June 13, 2016 |
Neil Newhouse, Mitt Romney's lead pollster in 2012, just finished focus groups in three Midwestern cities: Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Rochester, Minn.; and Dayton, Ohio. "The last question we asked was this: 'If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?' " he told me. "It looked like we'd asked everybody to eat a sour pickle. The looks in their faces were extraordinary. It's a nose-holder election; they want to hold their noses when they vote. " He attributes that to the plurality in the nation that believe the country is on the wrong track.
December 21, 2008 |
In Hopewell Township, the veterans of American Legion Post 339 have put their building up for sale. The post is down from 425 paying members in the 1960s and '70s to 202 this year; about a dozen regularly attend. But it's America that has changed, not vets. Since 1970, the U.S. population has grown by about 50 percent, from roughly 200 million to 300 million. Over the same period, the number of active-duty armed forces has fallen about 50 percent, from 3 million to 1.4 million.
June 3, 2007 |
When I lost my job, I used my severance pay to drive cross-country. I had always had either time or money, never both at once. Now I had a little money, lots of time, and a whole country to explore. While I can't recommend the middle of January for a road trip, there were some perks: showing up without reservations was never a problem, the Grand Canyon was blissfully uncrowded, and I had South Dakota's Badlands all to myself. I drove more than 7,000 miles, from Pennsylvania to Tennessee, Arkansas to Oklahoma, Texas to New Mexico and Arizona, Nevada to California to Montana, through Wyoming and South Dakota, before heading home.
November 23, 2012
By Jonathan Gurwitz Sore losers threatening to leave the United States. Extremists trafficking in loose talk about secession. A description of the aftermath of the 2012 election? Yes, but also of the situation in 2004. The liberal establishment has been exasperated to discover that some Americans who are dismayed at the prospect of living four more years under an administration they detest could consider secession. In response to petitions that appeared on the White House website from citizens in all 50 states asserting the right of states to secede, Obama supporters started their own petition to "strip the citizenship of everyone who signed a petition to secede and exile them.
February 6, 2008 |
I pore over the tallies of Tsunami Tuesday, and all I can hear, in my imagination, is Bill Murray, delivering one of his droll pronouncements: "This is one . . . nutty . . . campaign. " There's no other way to say it. This day was supposed to clarify the two races, not confuse us further. But last night, there was no closure, only the hint of battles to come. Alleged front-runners did not close the sale. Various challengers and upstarts found ample reasons to soldier on. Take the Republican race, for starters.