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QUIZ: Candidate or Criminal?

Of the 16 passages printed below, half were written or spoken by a 2012 Republican candidate for president. The other half were written by incarcerated criminals. Can you tell the difference?
Telling politicians from those in the pen isn't easy — just take their words for it
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 23, 2011
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Mitt's best week ever

The quadrennial farce known as the Ames Straw Poll has once again made its mark on the race for the Republican presidential nomination — by rewarding the candidate smart enough to avoid it.
Romney's presidential quest is looking better than ever - no thanks to his own campaign
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 19, 2011

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

Romney Leaves A Lot On The Table

According to reports, Mitt Romney will report raising $18.25 million since officially launching his Presidential campaign in early April. This is way ahead of the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 06, 2011

Debate Nonsense

Man, you could just feel the stupid last night, at the GOP Presidential debate up in Manchester, New Hampshire. The idiocy, the closed-information-loop spiral of...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 14, 2011

Q&A #4 -- Intrade Odds

"Joey" asks: On the InTrade exchange for the 2012 Republican Nomination for President, whose shares are currently undervalued/overvalued in your mind? Ecellent question. Rounding off, here...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 01, 2011

Klout-less Romney

This afternoon, to stir up some online enthusiasm over Thursday's big Presidential campaign launch event, Mitt Romney launched a little Twitter hashtag fun. It didn't...
By David S. Bernstein  |  May 31, 2011

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

Republican whisper campaigns

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

Dancing On The Debt Ceiling

It strikes me as a big deal, in GOP 2012 politics terms, that Tim Pawlenty has come out firmly opposed to Congress raising the debt...
By David S. Bernstein  |  April 18, 2011

GOP Presidential Rankings, Updated 4/13

Much has happened in the two months and change since my last rankings, but my Top 3 remains the same: Tim Pawlenty, Haley Barbour, and Mitt Romney. ...
By David S. Bernstein  |  April 13, 2011

Romney Counter-Programs

The 2012 Presidential campaign officially began last night -- or so claims the folks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, which held its Spring...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 08, 2011

Not Thune Enough

South Dakota Senator John Thune announced today that he's opting out of the 2012 GOP Presidential sweepstakes. Thune recently rose to #4 on my rankings,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 22, 2011

The GOP's top dog? It's T-Paw, not Mitt.

Whatever the reason, the field of Republican presidential candidates is failing to form, just a year away now Iowa and New Hampshire voting in the nation's first presidential caucus and primary.
Pawlenty tops our list
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 04, 2011

The Book On T-Paw

Tim Pawlenty -- or, more accurately, "Tim Pawlenty," the character in Courage to Stand: an American Story loosely based on the Minnesota Governor -- comes...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 31, 2011

Tim Pawlenty: a Marxist?

 People of every political persuasion are impressed with Tim Pawlenty’s recent campaign promo/book ad on YouTube. But before those on the right get too enthusiastic...
By Peter Keough  |  January 25, 2011

Avoiding the "First Primary"?

Herman Cain announced his 2012 Presidential exploratory committee formation today, the first (somewhat) significant candidate to do so. Most importantly, this forces polijournos like me...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 12, 2011
Bernstein Brothers Handicap GOP 2012

Bernstein Brothers Handicap GOP 2012

Michele BachmannDavid S. Bernstein: I invited you to have this email conversation about the 2012 GOP Presidential campaign because you and I both follow politics, but...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 07, 2011

GOP 2012 Rankings, New Year Update

I've been doing these rankings for two years now, starting on the final day of 2008. Looking back at that first list, seemingly so early...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 03, 2011

Mapping out the New Year's political landscape

Five for 2011
By STEVEN STARK  |  December 31, 2010


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

GOP 2012 Rankings, Post-Midterm Update

Pop Quiz: What is Peter Bragdon's phone number?Don't have it? Don't know who Peter Bragdon is? Guess you're not a Republican running for President.Bragdon will...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 09, 2010

The circus came to town

In the days leading up to November 2, voters here and across the country heard a lot about the Tea Party — what various wins and losses would mean for the staying power of this relatively new political phenomenon, which candidates represented real Tea
Tea Party
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2010

GOP 2012 Rankings, Updated 9/20/2010

With the completion of the 2010 primaries, and the latest 2012 meat-market (the Values Voters Conference), now's a good time to update my rankings of...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 20, 2010

GOP 2012 Rankings, Updated 6/10/10

I've been getting poked and prodded by folks about my extreme lateness updating these rankings -- nice to know you care! Sorry for the lengthy...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 10, 2010

GOP 2012 Rankings, Updated 3/1/10

 I’ve been doing these rankings every two months since right after the last Presidential election (here's the last one), and every two months I get...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 01, 2010

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

Quick GOP '12 Updates

A couple of updates to my most recent rankings of the GOP's top contenders for the 2012 Presidential nomination:--Mike Pence (#2) has declined to run...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 26, 2010

GOP 2012 Presidential Rankings -- Updated!

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