Mitt Romney

Following Shooting in Afghanistan, Overall Question is Whether the Mission is Doable

March 12, 2012 by

The shooting of 16 Afghan civilians on Sunday by a U.S. soldier and the Koran burning on the Bagram air base several weeks ago have American officials questioning whether these two events will make it next to impossible for coalition forces to carry through with the mission as planned until 2014, when the U.S. is expected to leave Afghanistan.

Romney’s Problems on “Main Street”

March 6, 2012 by

In Republican voting so far this year, it has been evident that Mitt Romney can draw votes in metropolitan areas with their large numbers of well-off, well educated voters. But the Republican front-runner has struggled mightily in many states to win votes in rural areas and small towns, Main Street America if you will. The dynamic was first apparent with Romney’s virtual tie with Rick Santorum in Iowa. Santorum swept nearly two-thirds of the 99 counties, but Romney carried the five leading counties (in terms of the size of the Republican caucus vote).

Rick Santorum riles the Dutch

February 25, 2012 by

Republican presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, who has been known to garner a fair bit of criticism from liberals, pro-choice groups and moderates, has now apparently riled the otherwise docile Dutch citizenry. I had several occasions to visit the Sint Lucas Andreas Ziekenhuis hospital in the western part of Amsterdam while I attended graduate school at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in 2008.

The Santorum Surge and Its Larger Meaning

February 23, 2012 by

What a long, strange trip it’s been — and it is only February. Real votes make clear what polls cannot fully pick up. The Republican election season has been shaped by two forces, other than the obvious one to oust President Obama. First, the strongest potential candidates did not enter the fray, and the remaining contenders do not satisfy most GOP voters. At every polling opportunity, Republicans have expressed their desire for a wider choice.

Can Romney make a credible pivot to the center?

February 22, 2012 by

To secure the GOP nomination, former Gov. Mitt Romney has had to make a hard shift to the right to convince social, economic and foreign policy conservatives that he’s their guy and can be trusted to uphold their values in the general election against President Obama. The shift has been transparent and increasingly awkward for a politician who many consider to be personally awkward.

South Carolina primary: can a divided Republican house unite around Romney?

January 19, 2012 by

By rights, Mitt Romney should be on the ropes. In the years leading up to the Republican presidential primaries, he supported small-l liberal positions on anything from abortion and gun control to climate mitigation and big spending stimulus packages. When he was governor of Massachusetts, he signed into law a healthcare plan not dissimilar to what Tea Partiers call “Obamacare.” He once even distanced himself from Ronald Reagan, something that amounts to heresy in conservative circles.

The aura of inevitability

January 18, 2012 by

Some presidential election campaigns will end here in South Carolina. The candidate or candidates will come to the realisation that they cannot win the Republican nomination, that their vision of America has not been accepted by the majority, and that despite the hopes and dreams, the hands shaken and the interviews given, that it is finally over. Jon Huntsman has already left the field, lacking money and supporters, his “ticket out of New Hampshire” not even good for a week.

Contemplating a Paul Third Party Run

January 8, 2012 by

Ron Paul finished a disappointing third in the Iowa Caucuses. He is unlikely to win upcoming primaries in New Hampshire, South Carolina or Florida. He probably will not win February caucuses in Nevada or Maine either. Even if Republicans are unable to decide on a candidate by that time, Paul’s influence in the primary will have waned considerably.

Ron Paul on the campaign trail

January 7, 2012 by

Despite coming in third in the Iowa caucuses last Tuesday, behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Ron Paul is polling at second place at 18 percent behind the former governor of Massachusetts. Romney is currently polling at 40 percent, with former Senator Rick Santorum polling a distant third at 11 percent, according to a Suffolk University/7 News two-day tracking poll of likely voters in New Hampshire.

America enters referendum year on Obama

January 5, 2012 by

America has finally set out on the long journey that will culminate with the presidential election on November 6 of this year. Everything that has come before – the registration of candidates, television debates – have all been preludes, a warm-up for the main event. Things began in earnest in the state of Iowa, where on January 3, 2012, Mitt Romney managed to eke out a win in the Republican primary.

Running on Anger

January 2, 2012 by

It is assumed that Ron Paul cannot win the presidency, and this may not necessarily be his ultimate goal. Paul’s message, during floor speeches in the well of the U.S. House of Representatives, on his many Sunday morning talk show appearances, in his newsletters and books, or through Paul’s previous two presidential campaigns, has been to inject his worldview on Americans and into the political discourse.

Gingrich, The Times & Doomsday

December 13, 2011 by

In a recent New York Times article the newspaper’s senior science writer, William J. Broad, takes a dig at Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s obsession with the possibility of a “nightmarish of doomsday scenarios: a nuclear blast high above the United States that would instantly throw the United States in a dark age.”

New Republican Front-runner Roils Mideast Waters

December 13, 2011 by

Newt Gingrich has a well-documented reputation for bomb throwing, but his latest assertions about Palestinians threaten to blow at least two decades of U.S. Middle East diplomacy to pieces. In a pre-recorded interview with the Jewish Channel made public Friday, the former speaker of the House of Representatives and the latest front-runner in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination called the Palestinians an “invented…people”.

On the Reelection of Barack Obama

November 26, 2011 by

If Barack Obama is reelected he should consider himself quite lucky. Obama was heralded into office as a true visionary, someone who would be able to look beyond partisan politics and really change Washington. After all, Obama’s rise captures the very essence of the American dream. Then reality set in. It was naïve of the Obama administration to think that its healthcare policy could be retroactively sold to the American public. It cannot.

The GOP Debate on Foreign Policy: Anti-Obama or a rational departure?

November 23, 2011 by

Whether Obama wins a second term or one of the eight GOP candidates vying for his job, the foreign policy challenges facing the United States will continue to be monumental. From Iran to Afghanistan to immigration policy, the candidates competing for the GOP nomination have sought to portray Obama’s handling of foreign policy as a failure.

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