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Pledge class

Whether it's to flags, fraternities, or charities, privileged douchebags love pledging allegiance.
This campaign season, you’re not really committed to defending the GOP agenda unless you sign on the dotted line
By CHRIS FARAONE AND DAVID EISENBERG  |  July 29, 2011
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Anyone but Mitt

Political leaders don't always rally around the front-runner for their party's presidential nomination, but they normally at least offer deference and respect. That doesn't, however, seem to be the case with Mitt Romney.
Romney vs. the GOP
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 27, 2011

What Huck Will Do


Mike Huckabee won't run for President this time around, which is no great surprise. My prediction: he will endorse Tim Pawlenty, either shortly before or shortly after...
By David S. Bernstein  |  May 15, 2011
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Republican whisper campaigns

Republican would-be candidates have some unusual secrets.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  May 06, 2011

2012 GOP Presidential Rankings, Updated!


In the new issue of the Boston Phoenix – in print tomorrow, online now – I provide my first in-print rankings of the 2012 GOP...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 02, 2011

Not "Skipping," "Losing."


There's a spate of headlines zipping around the national politicojournosphere that Mitt Romney is considering "skipping" the Iowa caucuses in his quest for the 2012...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 27, 2011


Golden Globes, Conservatives, Giffords


I've seen surprisingly little from the cultural conservative klatch about Sunday's Golden Globes, which seemed to be awarded disproportionately to drug addicts (Trent Reznor, Aaron Sorkin),...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 18, 2011
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Mapping out the New Year's political landscape

MAPPING OUT THE NEW YEAR'S POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
Five for 2011
By STEVEN STARK  |  December 31, 2010
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The Road to 2012: The New New Hampshire

For Mitt Romney and other likely presidential contenders, 2011 will be a busy year of campaigning and preparation for the first caucuses and primaries of the nominating process in early 2012.
Mitt Romney and the rest of the GOP field are about to find a whole new set of players standing between them and first-in-the-nation primary victory
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 31, 2010
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L'affaire Olbermann

Keith Olbermann's brief suspension from MSNBC for giving $2400 to each of three Democratic congressional candidates is an interesting case study.
Why Keith should lay off the campaign cash. Plus, Matt O'Malley for City Council.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 12, 2010
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OMG, blame him

With religion being responsible for so many of the conflicts currently plaguing the world, it's good to see that some people are finally pointing the blame finger skyward.
Holy Finger-Pointing
By MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  March 05, 2010


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New and improved Romney

Scott Brown's unexpected victory in last month's special US Senate election captured the attention of the country — and particularly of core Republican voters, who huddled eagerly before their TV screens to watch their hero du jour give his acceptance
He's more fiscal, less social. And he's got millions. But will GOP voters give a Mitt?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 12, 2010
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Sarah Palin, Inc.

Confused commenters have no clue as to the opportunities that await Palin — because few understand the extraordinary, multi-billion-dollar marketplace that has developed for movement conservatives.
The biggest brand name in conservative politics is about to enter the burgeoning right-wing marketplace — and she's perfect for it. Ka-ching!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 17, 2009
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Deep impact

In the most memorable piece in Waterville author Ron Currie Jr.'s 2007 debut short story collection, God is Dead (Viking), God is reincarnated as a Dinka woman in a refugee camp in Sudan, who enlists a jive-talking Colin Powell in an effort to find a
Ron Currie Jr. has a blast with the apocalypse once more
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 03, 2009
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Cracking up

Republicans all over the country find themselves backed into an ideological and political corner: their dogma has brought the country, and their party, to ruin.
State legislators across the country are filing resolutions declaring state sovereignty  just as they did the last time a Democrat won the White House
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 18, 2009
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Star crossed

Rush Limbaugh, pink cheeked and increasingly porcine, has emerged as the de-facto head of the Republican Party.
Limbaugh's a celebrity, not a political player
By EDITORIAL  |  March 04, 2009


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The elephant also rises

Four months ago, the Republican Party seemed headed for the scrap heap. Today, things don't look quite so bad.
The GOP has a bumpy road ahead of them, but if they're savvy they'll be back in power sooner rather than later.
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 25, 2009
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100 Unsexiest Men of the Year Follow-Up

The problem with dropping our Unsexiest list in March of an election year is that we never know what kind of weasels, Republicans, and Republican weasels will urinate in America’s stream of consciousness down the final stretch.
  Because There Was an Election
By Chris Faraone  |  December 04, 2008
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Divide and be conquered

Things do indeed look bad for their Grand Old Party. Actually, it's even worse than they think.
The GOP relied on talk radio to carry its water, but votes are worth more than ratings
By BY STEVEN STARK  |  November 12, 2008
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Maverick in a mess

A number of pundits, mostly of the conservative variety, would like you to believe that if Barack Obama wins on Tuesday, it's the mainstream media’s fault. Don't believe a word of it.  
If McCain loses, is it the mainstream media's fault?
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 29, 2008
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Travels with Sarah

Apparently, the idea of Palin as the Queen Esther for our time has made it to New Hampshire.  
As Palin tours New Hampshire, signs of Biblical calling, talent on the stump, and a shot at 2012
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 22, 2008


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Lou Dobbs in 2012?

On November 4, the United States will elect a new president. And, on November 5, in this era of the permanent campaign, the Road to the White House 2012 will begin in earnest.  
As the GOP implodes, the financial crisis may present a white-hot moment for a third-party voice to enter the fray
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 16, 2008
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Phone free or die!

Though the upcoming presidential election may be tight, at least one thing is certain: John McCain has zero chance of winning Massachusetts.
McCain’s telemarketing team invades Boston
By SCOTT LIEBER  |  July 30, 2008
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Alma Obama

My niece Rachael was graduated from Wesleyan this past Sunday, an accomplishment perhaps overshadowed for some by the highly publicized circumstances surrounding the commencement ceremony.
Understated understudy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008
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Clinton fatigue

This past week, Vermont senator Patrick Leahy urged Hillary Clinton  to quit the Democratic race in the interests of party unity.
What is driving the widespread movement pressuring Hillary to drop out, even though she is very much still in the race?
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 02, 2008
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Giant step

Two weeks ago we noted that, in spite of all the press hype promoting Barack Obama, the Democrats were only two steps away from chaos in their nomination process.
If Hillary Clinton can take Pennsylvania, the Democrats will be shooting themselves in the foot
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 05, 2008


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The battle of the smallest state

Clinton bathed in the intense affection of an adoring crowd, her every statement punctuated by wild applause, chants, and a rising sea of blue signs touting her campaign.
The Rhode Island wields a rare impact as Clinton and Obama go head to head
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 29, 2008
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Crunch time for Obama and Hillary

If you are a believer in omens — you no doubt picked up on the portent of Billary and Barack’s recent prime time TV buys in the Biggest Little .
Advertising time slots offers a preview of the results
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 27, 2008
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One for the books

It’s hard to believe that we just had a week without a primary.
Can tales of the Democratic party’s glory days help Obama and Clinton?
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 27, 2008
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Civil war

The whole Democratic race is still only two steps away from becoming a train wreck that could derail the party’s chances of winning in November.
If Clinton can pull off a couple more victories, the democratic party is headed for a disastrous, fight-worn finish
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 20, 2008