George McGovern once joked that he had wanted to run for president in the worst way — and that he had done so. Read More
With the Vice-Presidential debate behind us, all that remains of the mano-a-mano matchups before Election Day are the final two presidential debates.
According to a Pew research poll, before the first presidential debate, 51 percent of respondents believed that President Barack Obama would win. Many of us were surprised at his dismal performance, but perhaps we shouldn’t have been. Read More
Since 1851, the holder of the America’s Cup trophy has lost only four times. The structure of the race requires challengers to compete against each other to determine who will go head to head with the champion. While teams exhaust themselves vying for a chance to race the incumbent, the team with the trophy need only worry about the final race. Read More
Commentary on the debt limit issue is littered with citations of poll results that show, for example, respondents saying they would blame “congressional Republicans” more than “President Obama” for default or failure to reach agreement. Those citations are mostly accurate, but they miss the point. One of the rules of thumb in polling is that individuals are almost always more favorably regarded than groups. Read More
America was worse than just war-weary by 1973, when the War Powers Act became the law of the land — as the Senate and House both overrode the veto of a hawkish and hard-line president, Richard Nixon.
Most Americans were disillusioned — and many were downright disgusted — about how their commanders-in-chief and congressional rubber-stampers had misled them into the long Vietnam War that began undeclared and would soon end un-won. Read More
Karl Rove spotlights a Polling Co. poll that shows Barack Obama’s approval among young (age 18 to 29) Americans at 53%. Perhaps more important, on the economy only 31% of young voters approve and 44% disapprove. Read More
The weakest part of our political system is the presidential nomination process. And it's not coincidental that it's the part of the federal system that finds least guidance in the Constitution.
There is no provision in the Constitution that says that Iowa and New Hampshire vote first. The idea of giving any two states a preferred position in the process of choosing a president would surely have struck the Framers as unfair. Read More
Way back when, he was President Nixon's "favorite mayor." Now he's President Obama's "favorite Republican." He is Sen. Richard Lugar, R-IN.
Here's something else he may be about 18 months from becoming - the former senior senator from Indiana. Read More
Indiana's Sen. Richard Lugar is almost certainly the most vulnerable Republican incumbent facing re-election in 2012, and not merely because he's been in the Senate since 1977 and ranks third on the Senate's seniority list, trailing only Democrats Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Read More
"Within the Reagan household, and perhaps in Ronald Reagan's heart," his definitive biographer Lou Cannon writes, "there was an early sense that he was a child of destiny." Certainly there was not much in his family background to suggest that. The 40th president was born one hundred years ago on February 6 in the second floor of a gritty-looking building in Tampico, Illinois. Read More