The question is simple: Do you think the federal government should force millions of workers to pay union dues or be fired?
Every presidential candidate should answer that question.
We know where President Barack Obama stands. Read More
Here’s what the Republicans should do for their best shot at winning the 2012 election: Add Mitt Romney and Rick Perry together, and divide them by two. Then they’d have “Mick,” their dream of a candidate. Read More
The other day in an office waiting room, two young women were discussing the Republican presidential situation. One said she definitely was for Mitt Romney, but the other said she had not decided yet, indicating she might tilt toward Rick Perry. Read More
There’s only one group less happy about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s rise than the Romney campaign.
It’s not President Barack Obama’s crew. They think they can paint Perry as a Lone Star wacko whose job creation record is awesome — if you like working with mops and buckets.
It’s not unionized federal workers. If Perry wins, they’ll lean back and gobble muffins until the next liberal president comes along. Read More
Whether he wins the nomination or not, Gov. Rick Perry’s August charge into the top echelon of GOP presidential hopefuls marks at least this turning point: In national Republican politics, Texas is the new California.
Back in the day — say, the 1960s through the 1990s — California was the jumping-off point par excellence in making a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Read More
Last week, Ezra Klein, star liberal blogger for the Washington Post, enthused that “Rick Perry’s book is good. Really.”
Unlike most campaign books, Klein reported, “Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington” is “a book about Rick Perry’s ideas. Read More
Texas Gov. Rick Perry now claims to be “America’s jobs governor.” And if America continues to post the pathetic employment numbers we’ve seen in recent months, expect to hear him say it a lot — and even longer if he wins the Republican nomination for president.
So far, Democrats have not developed a very effective counterargument. Given the condition of the economy, it’s understandable. Read More
I have been one who has been inclined to dismiss the presidential candidacy of former Senator Rick Santorum, who was defeated when he sought a third term in 2006 by a 59%-41% margin. The argument has been that a politician who has been rejected by 18 points by his longtime constituents, and in a perennial target state, just isn’t a viable nominee with any chance to win a general election.
Well, I may need to revise this view, at least a little bit. Read More
Paul Burka is a longtime writer for Texas Monthly and a superb political reporter. He is known to be generous to out-of-state reporters trying to learn about Texas, and in that spirit he has provided us with a succinct article entitled “Dear Yankee: Eight things you ought to know before you start writing stories about Rick Perry. Read More
A new Gallup poll finds Mitt Romney still at the top of the Republican presidential field, but with opponents closing in. And in a sign of the still-unsettled nature of the GOP race, Romney's three closest pursuers aren't in the race. Read More