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Last Hurrah Of Nixon's 'New Majority'? 9/24/12
Looking back all the way to America’s Civil War, there have been three dominant presidential coalitions.

Obama Leads Romney 52-45 In New Reason-Rupe Poll; 9/24/12
A new national Reason-Rupe poll of likely voters finds President Barack Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney 48 percent to 43 percent in the presidential race. When undecided voters are asked which way they are leaning Obama’s lead over Romney grows to 52-45.

Beltway Crowd Seizes GOP 9/4/12
Conservatives took control of the Republican Party in 1964 and lost control of it permanently last week. The Romney/Beltway/Wall Street faction of the GOP, lead by Romney Counsel Ben Ginsburg, quietly jammed through 20 arcane rule changes to limit grass-roots conservative influence in the Party. Indeed, under the new rules Barry Goldwater could not have had his name put in nomination at the 1960 convention (in a moment of high drama Goldwater withdrew his name, throwing his support to Richard Nixon) and Ronald Reagan could not have had his name put in nomination at the 1976 convention.

Ron Paul: Gov. Gary Johnson is "Wonderful, Doing Good Job" 9/4/12
When asked about Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson last week, Congressman Ron Paul said: "I think he's wonderful and I think he's doing a good job and people should look at him - and every individual should make up their own mind!"

How Do You Screw Up A Balloon Drop? 9/4/12
How do you screw up a balloon drop? Mitt Romney brought his acceptance speech to a well crafted crescendo... and then the hall went flat. Romney and Ryan posed together only briefly, waving for a less than three minutes after Romney's speech, missing a opportunity to whip the crowd into a frenzy. The Romney and Ryan spouses joined their husbands for a moment, again missing the chance to drive the convention crowd wild, before being joined prematurely by their extended families.

Here Comes Gary Johnson 9/4/12
This fall, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson will be on the ballot in all 50 states as the Libertarian Party candidate for President. Who Johnson's voters are and from whom they come from may well determine who the next president is. Despite the fact that Johnson may win relatively few votes, like Ralph Nader in 2000, this could determine the outcome.

Romney Snub Of Ron Paul Supporters Is Dumb 8/30/12
"Politics is the art of inclusion" said former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean. The Romney campaign seems to have forgotten this wise advice. Although, I am certainly a practitioner of hardball politics,the Romney treatment of Congressman Ron Paul at the Republican National Convention strikes me as gratuitous, unnecessary and perhaps fatal in terms of Romney's November prospects.

Live From Tampa, Roger Stone's Steakhouse Politics: Charred and Bloody 8/29/12
Roger Stone, the veteran Republican political consultant, has been to every GOP convention since Nelson Rockefeller was booed down in 1964.

M. Patton Echols, RIP 8/22/12
M. Patton Echols, a lawyer, State Senator and Republican Candidate for Attorney General for Virginia in the infancy of the Virginia Republican Party died on July 26, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. A VMI Graduate, Marion "Pat" Echols was an early supporter of Goldwater and a major figure in the development in Virginia as a two party state.

The Paul Ryan Selection 8/17/12
I've waited a few days to lay out my analysis of the selection of Paul Ryan for the VP slot on the Romney ticket. Unlike politicos like Dick Morris who bad-mouths the selection privately and shills for it publicly, I'll tell you what I really think. My sources tell me David Koch played a key role in Ryan's selection and that Koch's wife Julia had been quietly lobbying for Ryan. The selection was cemented at the July 22nd fundraiser Koch held for Romney at the former's sumptuous Hamptons estate.

Why Scott Rasmussen Is Wrong To Exclude Gary Johnson From His Polls 8/8/12
Pollster Scott Rasmussen's explanation as to why he is not including Governor Gary Johnson in his Presidential polling reminds me somewhat of the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. Nothing Rasmussen says makes any sense.

Watergate After 40 Years 8/7/12
Forty years after Watergate, as the agreed demonology of that drama begins to unravel and the chief authors of it, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, struggle to keep the conventional wisdom about it intact as an article of righteous liberal faith, a factual review is timely.

Eliot Spitzer More Prosecutorial Misconduct 8/7/12
A dentist who beat bogus charges of a $1 million Medicaid fraud can take his alleged persecutors in the state to trial, a federal judge ruled.

Former NH Gov Sold-Out Reagan Revolution 7/31/12
Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus announced that former Bush 41 White House Chief of Staff and New Hampshire Governor John Sununu, will chair the Committee on Rules and Order of Business at the Republican National Convention. The appointment is, of course, Mitt Romney's, raising serious questions about Romney's judgment and commitment to conservative principles.

Citizens United Promotes Golden Age Of Political Consulting 7/31/12
One thing is for sure; The Citizens United decision has created the golden age for political consultants and operatives. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that as I approach my 60 birthday that all of the regulations and restraints on money in politics would be removed.

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