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Death knell for the local GOP?

Obituaries for the Massachusetts Republican Party have been written many times — I've contributed several items to that genre myself.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 21, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff: What's at stake

If the just-concluded national election proves anything, it is that the Republican Party lives in a parallel universe, with its own brand of reality that is dangerously disconnected from the experience of most Americans.

By EDITORIAL  |  November 16, 2012

Goodbye, Azeroth

In the wake of the scandalous discovery that Democratic state Senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz of Waterville is a devotee of the online game World of Warcraft, the Maine Republican Party has prepared a list of acceptable leisure-time activities for i
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 19, 2012

Don't tell me what to do

Welcome to the 2012 Republican Party caucus for the town of East Abunni, Maine.
Straw polls
By AL DIAMON  |  March 02, 2012
Everything you always wanted to know about Mitt Romney's taxes but were afraid to ask

Everything you always wanted to know about Mitt Romney's taxes but were afraid to ask

Look, he's not releasing his taxes. OK? We all know that's just a Democratic ploy to make us hate rich people. Well, on second thought:...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 24, 2012
Romney, Marriott, & Self-Deportation

Romney, Marriott, & Self-Deportation

Last night's Presidential debate opens the door for someone (maybe someone from CNN, in Thursday's debate?) to pose a question I've long suggested for Mitt...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 24, 2012

Think Mitt Romney had a bad week? Joe Biden's was worse.

Think Mitt Romney had a bad week? Joe Biden's was worse.

Progressives snickered endlessly last night, re-assured that the GOP primary will continue to be a bruising, embarassing, drawn-out affair for MITT ROMNEY and NEWT GINGRICH. They...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 22, 2012
Mitt Romney's definition of "not very much" money: $360,000 a year

Mitt Romney's definition of "not very much" money: $360,000 a year

MITT ROMNEY still isn't eager to release his tax records  (last night he said he'd maybe let you look at them in April, but he's...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 17, 2012

After brutal New Hampshire primary, Mitt Wins, And Speaks

It's a good night for Mitt Romney. He won solidly (though not overwhelmingly), while Ron Paul appears to have exceeded my expectations -- which is...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 10, 2012
Gingrich wins NH Primary Day internet wars with Stop Romney's Pious Baloney -- The Website

Gingrich wins NH Primary Day internet wars with Stop Romney's Pious Baloney -- The Website

 Everyone's favorite Sunday-morning NBC debate zinger got its own website -- albeit a Z-grade, 12-year-old-with-a-geocities-account type website. But there's plenty to love about --...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 10, 2012
Video: Mitt Romney tells New Hampshire "I like being able to fire people" (and three more clips about Mittens and greed)

Video: Mitt Romney tells New Hampshire "I like being able to fire people" (and three more clips about Mittens and greed)

Mitt Romney: Ready . . . aim . . . (Photo by Jeremiah Robinson for the Boston Phoenix)About half our crew is still staggering around...
By Carly Carioli  |  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

Oh No, Tannenbaum

P&J used to think that when it came time to cull the herd in America, those folks who waited two days outside Walmart or Best Buy to take advantage of discounted shopping on Thanksgiving night or early Black Friday morning should be at the top of t
Ho-ho . . . No; adios, Ken McKay; talking baseball; remembering a guitar giant
By  |  December 03, 2011

What is Phil Davidson Yelling About?

The public needs to hear this message from Phil Davidson, who, shockingly, did not win the Republican nomination for Treasurer of Stark County, Ohio. In...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  September 09, 2010

Cafeteria Americans

Congratulations to the national Republican Party. Dismissive of the Constitution and thoroughly addicted to whipping up fear and ignorance, they've now managed to get a rise out of the "booboisie" — H.L. Mencken's term for the clueless public — with thei
The mosque malarkey; constitutional showdown in Cranston
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 20, 2010

Cutting taxes (and throats)

"If there was such a thing as Chapter 11 for politicians, the Republican push to extend the unaffordable Bush tax cuts would amount to a bankruptcy filing . . . It is . . . unseemly for the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell to insist that the nati
The GOP only cares about winning; the rich get even richers; notes from the road
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 06, 2010


GOP’s state convention delivers the bland brand

Massachusetts Republican candidates for office this November might be well-advised to legally change their names and appear on the ballot as “Someone Else,” “Another Option,” or “Available Alternative.”
Dull and Duller Dept.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 23, 2010

Romney's new character: Macho man

Few things are more predictable than a GOP presidential candidate posturing as a he-man protector of America, and depicting his Democratic counterpart as an effete, appeasing girlie-man on the dangerous world stage.
In his new book, Mitt makes himself over as a muscular defender of America
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 12, 2010

The next Scott Brown?

Republican Scott Brown's victory last month in the race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat has every two-bit GOP hopeful in the Northeast claiming the mantle of the pick-up truck populist.
John J. Loughlin’s suddenly high-profile campaign to oust Patrick Kennedy
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 12, 2010

Poor reception

The right loves to rant against the "liberal-media elite," but there's one key media sector where the conservative id reigns supreme: talk radio.
Talk radio helped energize Scott Brown's Senate campaign. Will it doom the Democrats in 2010?
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 05, 2010

Massachusetts: You might be living in a red state if

Scott Brown’s Senatorial victory is merely the latest sign that red tides are creeping upon our once-progressive Commonwealth. Don’t believe us? Consider that Kenny Chesney sells out Gillette Stadium every summer, and, of course, that wealthy Republican
31 signs that Scott Brown’s victory is changing the face of the commonwealth for the worse
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010


Tea-bagger Brown triumphs

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley may be a good person and a dedicated public servant, but thanks to her gut-wrenching loss to tea-bagging Republican Scott Brown in the race for the US Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy, Coakley is now
Obama must rally independents
By EDITORIAL  |  January 22, 2010

A split atop the RI Tea Party

The Rhode Island Tea Party, a right-wing assemblage best known for its tax day rally against government spending on the State House steps, was until recently run by three women — Colleen Conley, Marina Peterson and, to a lesser degree, Nan Hayden. But n
Tea Time
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 25, 2009

She's dead to me

Olympia Snowe is doomed.
Not even the squirrelly set can save her
By AL DIAMON  |  November 27, 2009

Snowe: A party of one

US Senator Olympia Snowe has maneuvered herself into a position where she is the only hope Democrats have of getting a "bipartisan" agreement on healthcare reform.
Party politics
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 18, 2009

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

CAPTION CONTEST: Caption this Sarah Palin photo

CAPTION CONTEST: Caption this Sarah Palin photo

CAPTION THIS PHOTO Mine: Sarah Palin continues to slice out will-to-live from Alaskans
By Lisa Spinelli  |  July 13, 2009

Female Trouble

Conventional political wisdom says that for a party to oppose a woman — or a women's issue — it's best to send out a female spokesperson.
A shocking dearth of Republican female pols should have the party in a panic. So why doesn't it care?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 05, 2009

One foot in the grave

Here's who the Maine Republican Party should nominate for governor in 2010.
The governor's race lurches along
By AL DIAMON  |  April 24, 2009

Slideshow: Boston Tea Party 2009

Protestors assembed at the Commons for the Boston Tea Party 2009, also called Tea Bagging Day
Tea Bagging on the Commons
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2009