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Where does one begin to recap 12 months of such willful self-parody?
An inescapable year reaches its inevitable conclusion
| December 19, 2007
Suffrage net city
Three years ago, when the Red Sox were winning and John Kerry was losing, YouTube hadn’t even been invented.
The Web has become key to presidential politics — we rate the candidates on how they’ve put Al Gore’s invention to use
| November 28, 2007
It’s the dog days of summer, a time that used to provide a break from the intensity of presidential campaigns.
With a crowded field and no runaway favorite, who’s most likely to snag the GOP nomination?
| August 22, 2007
Factoring in Gingrich
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich promises he’ll let us know officially early this fall whether he’ll be a GOP presidential candidate this election.
Newt’s expected entry into the race will unsettle the GOP field
| July 11, 2007
As the race for the Democratic nomination enters the summer, there are two figures lurking in the background: Al Gore and Elizabeth Edwards.
Al Gore isn't running (yet); neither is Elizabeth Edwards. But either could be a factor in an Obama win.
| July 02, 2007
I have a terrible confession to make: I couldn’t get through either of the two new biographical tomes about Hillary Clinton.
There's a reason why two new biographies of Hillary Clinton elicit such yawns
| June 22, 2007
Wishing for more than a wash
According to national polls, Giuliani is leading as the Republican front-runner.
How are the GOP front-runners doing in the almighty early-primary states?
| June 13, 2007
Best in show
It looks as if Arthur Branch, a/k/a Fred Thompson, is about to swap Law and Order for the law and disorder otherwise known as campaign 2008.
Fred Thompson’s threatened GOP bid is making things trickier for those candidates facing another debate this week
| May 30, 2007
With the single-minded discipline and cold-blooded calculation of a cyborg, Mitt Romney is executing an aggressive campaign plan.
Mitt Romney has a steely-eyed mission to crush his opponents. Next battlefield: Ames, Iowa.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| May 23, 2007
Size doesn’t matter
Call it the revenge of the little guys, if you will.
Nevermind the revamped primary schedule; the small states can still have plenty of bite
| May 17, 2007
The shape of things to come
The Democratic front-runners and the Republican establishment will be making critical decisions in the coming weeks that will shape the course of the race.
The defining issues of each party’s campaign are being decided now
| May 09, 2007
Lost in space?
As former senator and current Law and Order district attorney Fred Thompson contemplates a run for the presidency, the comparisons with Ronald Reagan continue.
Will Fred Thompson act the part of the next Ronald Reagan or end up like John Glenn?
| May 02, 2007
It’s an unfortunate fact of American political life that one’s entire personal life becomes public the minute one runs for office.
Will Elizabeth Edwards’s cancer give her husband special grace?
| March 28, 2007
Presidential toteboard: why the odds favor Obama
When Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy, there was some wild speculation that Obama might not receive a large share of the black vote.
Black vote + uncommon charisma = quantifiable advantage
| March 14, 2007
Presidential tote board: The Republicans
With all the press coverage of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama you’d think we have a one-party political system heading into next fall’s presidential election.
Setting the odds for 2008
| March 08, 2007
Feeding the rabid right
Mitt Romney’s attempt to follow George W. Bush’s formula to the Republican presidential nomination has hit a snag.
If Mitt Romney can’t persuade conservatives that he’s one of them, his hopes are dead. But convincing them could be fatal too.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| February 28, 2007
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