May 15, 2013 |
When it comes to presidential elections in Pennsylvania, Republicans are like Tantalus, the figure of Greek mythology. The man whose name lives on in the word tantalize was doomed to stand in a pool of water that he could never drink, while grabbing for fruit from a tree he could never reach - for eternity. The Keystone State always looks winnable for Republicans, on paper, but in each of the last six presidential elections, it has slipped away. It's a strategic mirage. In 1988, George H.W. Bush cracked the code, clawing his way to 50 percent of the vote in the Philadelphia media market, home to up to 42 percent of votes cast statewide.
April 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The White House on Sunday warned Republicans that a "my way or the highway" approach would spell the GOP's defeat in the budget negotiations and told its Democratic allies that they, too, will have to bend on President Obama's delayed spending plan, set to be released this week. White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said the White House was willing to work with rank-and-file Republicans to come up with an outline that both jump-starts the economy and reduces the nation's red ink. Yet Pfeiffer also told the GOP that stubbornness among their party's leadership would only yield public embarrassment of the sort the GOP faced last year when voters rejected Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's economic proposals and gave Obama a second term.
April 6, 2013 |
As the confetti fell from the ceiling and President Obama took the stage for his 2012 victory speech, there may have been a factor he forgot to thank - social media. And as Republican candidate Mitt Romney learned of his defeat, there may have been a factor that wasn't foremost in his mind - social media. In a world where people yearn for information at lightning speed, where perception via social media sites like Twitter and Facebook can be a candidate's best friend or worst enemy, it has become increasingly crucial for today's politician to master the information technology of the day. Kevin Arceneaux, an associate professor of political science at Temple University, has watched the use of social media grow from 2004, where they played a minor role, to the present day, where they have become "a central tool for campaigns.
April 5, 2013 |
THE PRIMARY election season for the 2016 presidential cycle may be three years away but we've already noticed one name missing from the pack of would-be contenders in several polls. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum , who finished second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2012 Republican primaries, is not getting much pollster attention. That stood out to us because Romney finished second in the 2008 Republican primaries to U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who finished second in 2000 to former Texas Gov. George W. Bush . McCain and Romney went on to win the GOP nomination for president in their next attempts.
March 18, 2013 |
Meeting with African American leaders at the governor's mansion last year, Gov. Christie told a story from his student days at the University of Delaware. An African American friend, hoping to give the young Christie a sense of being black on a largely white campus, took the future governor to the historically black Delaware State University. Christie stood out. He got stares. And so, the boy from the white North Jersey suburbs got a small sense of his friend's daily existence. Michael Blunt, the African American mayor of tiny Chesilhurst borough in Camden County, recalls being moved when hearing the story.
March 3, 2013 |
BOSTON - Mitt Romney is back, if only briefly. The former Republican presidential candidate is reemerging after nearly four months in seclusion at his Southern California home. Former aides describe his burst of activity this month - a national broadcast interview, a speech at a gathering of conservatives - as a thank-you tour of sorts designed to close out a lengthy political career. His party isn't exactly clamoring for his return. In his first public comments in months, Romney used a Fox News interview to criticize President Obama's leadership.
February 27, 2013 |
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being shunned by the Conservative Political Action Committee, or CPAC, the big confab held each year with top Republican contenders, according to a report. The Washington Post reports that a source not authorized to speak on the record for CPAC said Christie has not been invited. However, CPAC has still not announced its full schedule. But Christie irked a lot of conservatives in the fall after giving credit to President Obama in wake of Superstorm Sandy.
February 3, 2013 |
Sometimes 90 percent just isn't good enough. Ask Mitch McConnell, the most powerful Republican in the U.S. Senate, who, despite a lifetime approval rating of 90 percent from the American Conservative Union, is out of step with some GOP Kentuckians. A recent Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll of 609 registered voters found twice as many people promising to vote against McConnell as those committed to supporting him (34 percent of Republicans said they'd support him against all competitors)
January 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For many Republicans, this is a good weekend to get away from it all. With hundreds of thousands of Democrats traveling to nation's capital for President Obama's inauguration activities, Republicans and supporters of last fall's GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, are leaving town, or staying put and trying to avoid the crowds. After failing to recapture the White House for a second straight presidential election, many are not exactly in a partying mood. "It's a good time to lay low," said John Feehery, president of Quinn Gillespie Communications and a former congressional aide.
January 1, 2013
By Steve Young Remember the winter Sundays of gridiron excitement that we scheduled our lives around? Remember October, filling South Philly with dreams of Broad Street victory parades? Remember the 7-footer we chucked Andre Iguodala for? Remember hockey? Neither do I. But Philadelphia sports held no monopoly on failure last year. 2012 buried the nation under an embarrassment of bad choices and ready-made punch lines. A presidential primary season filled with imploding candidates made it easy for late-night comedians.