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Electoral literacy

“Let me tell you about the very rich,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in a short story. “They are different from you and me.”
By PETER KADZIS  |  November 02, 2012

In a Bind

"Binders full of women" were the social-media sensation of last week's presidential debate.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 26, 2012

Warren for Senate

When voters go to the polls on November 6 to choose between incumbent Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren, they will be doing more than casting a ballot for one of Massachusetts's two US senators.

By EDITORIAL  |  October 19, 2012

The good, bad, and ugly in debate politics

Candidate debates feel simultaneously like a timeless honoring of American democratic practice, harkening to Lincoln-Douglas, and a vacuous example of the contemporary political circus, dominated by empty, rehearsed rhetoric and relentless spinning of t

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 12, 2012

Scott Brown's Beef

Incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown is hell-bent on branding his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor of bankruptcy law, with a scarlet letter: H — for hypocrisy.
By PETER KADZIS  |  October 12, 2012

Terry's Last Run: The only state senator in danger this November is the one who holds the place together

Therese Murray took over as Senate president in March 2007, which means — under the eight-year limit adopted after William Bulger's two-decade reign — that she would have to step down just two months into the 2015-2016 session.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 12, 2012


Boston folk hero Rob Potylo teams with Vermin Supreme to Remove Condoms from America’s Dreams

It's the first day of the Democratic National Convention, and after a week of lame protests at the GOP summit in Tampa, it smells like something might erupt.
The Odd Couple...for President
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 05, 2012

How much damage could a President Romney do? Let us count the ways

Mitt Romney's penchant for saying whatever he thinks might get him elected creates a challenge for a country eager to discern what he would actually do as president.
One Nation Under Mitt
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 05, 2012

The weird politics of this year’s ballot questions

The only two contested referendum questions on November's ballot — physician-prescribed suicide and medical marijuana — are totally sex-free. But some of the donors trying to stop both are notorious homophobes.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 28, 2012

At its convention, the GOP tries to clean up for company

For the past several years, the conservative base of the Republican Party — which is now the bulk of the party — has been hoping for another 1964 convention.
(Tea) Party's Over
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 07, 2012

Drinking with the devil

As the dog days of August drag on, you may be unlucky enough to encounter a campaigning politician.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 24, 2012


Romney has capitulated utterly to the gun fetishists — as the body count keeps rising

Mitt Romney, in what his own staff called the first major speech of the general election, received a standing ovation last week at the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention in St. Louis.
Ready, aim
By EDITORIAL  |  April 20, 2012

Education for the future

One of the few developments worth applauding on the sorry American political scene is the renewed focus on education.
Plus, Mitt Romney and his racist, misogynist, know-nothing party
By EDITORIAL  |  March 16, 2012

Democrats are gleeful over Mitt Romney’s bruising primary path, but Romney is still the fight Barack Obama doesn’t want

Back in mid January, when the presidential primary season began and interest in the Republican candidates spread beyond the tight community of political junkies, Mitt Romney's previously untarnished reputation with the general public took a nasty turn.
Bland ambition
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 16, 2012

Mitt's Charlie Card

Last week, Mitt Romney stood uncomfortably to the side as he accepted the endorsement of reality-show blowhard and occasional birther Donald Trump in Las Vegas.
It's no surprise that Barack Obama would copy from Deval Patrick's re-election playbook. But why is Mitt Romney making Charlie Baker's mistakes?  
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  February 10, 2012

Brown, Warren And Outside Groups

[Opening image: Massachusetts State House]Voiceover: Massachusetts is a liberal, Democrat state. It deserves a liberal, Democrat Senator.[fade to black]Voiceover: But two years ago, voters made...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 19, 2012

Romney, MLK, Mike Allen, & Eric Fehrnstrom

Romney, MLK, Mike Allen, & Eric Fehrnstrom

It has come to my attention that a lot of people, particularly in the realm of political reporting and commentary, are under the impression that...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 18, 2012

Bus stopped?

The media mob will have high-tailed it out of New Hampshire by the time you read this.
The iconic campaign bus is no longer full of newspaper reporters writing for the folks back home. Are the political-junkie Web sites filling the void?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 13, 2012

Occupying the New Hampshire primary

The nation's first presidential primary isn't new terrain for activists.
A Wedding and Four Funerals
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 13, 2012

Photos: New Hampshire Primaries: Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Occupy the Primaries continues, Gringrich speaks, and Supreme supporters look on.
Occupy the Primaries continues, Gringrich speaks, and Supreme supporters look on

Photos: New Hampshire Primary, Saturday, January 7th, 2012

The New Hampshire primaries, Saturday, January 7th, 2012.
Occupy the Primaries, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and love from Vermin Supreme


Photos: New Hampshire Primaries, Friday, January 6th, 2012

Ron Paul and Rick Santorum speak to packed houses in New Hampshire for the first day of the weekend primary.
Ron Paul and Rick Santorum speak to packed houses
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  January 13, 2012
Romney Rebound?

Romney Rebound?

Mitt Romney at the Pinkerton School, NH. Saturday, January 7, 2012. Photo (c) Jeremiah Robinson for the Boston Phoenix. Just before the 2004 New Hampshire...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 09, 2012

Rick Santorum: Back in Blah (and three other dumb-ass GOP blunders)

Oh, Rick Santorum. We're so going to enjoy your all-too-brief sojourn as a serious presidential candidate.  RICK SANTORUM: I DIDN'T SAY BLACK PEOPLE, I SAID...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 06, 2012

Saner than the GOP: The Salem Presidential Debate

In what may very well be the most important political event of the year, two presidential candidates are scheduled to debate this Friday evening in Salem, Massachusetts.
Election 2012
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 28, 2011