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A nominating process as 'a series of heresy trials'

A nominating process as 'a series of heresy trials'

02/28/12 01:15PM

About once every six months or so, David Brooks takes off the gloves and condemns what's become of the Republican Party. The last standout column came in July, when Brooks said the radicalized GOP, no longer "a normal party," is arguably "not fit to govern." Too many Republicans, he added, "have no sense of moral... read more

Romney's subtle shot at the GOP base

02/28/12 12:30PM

Mitt Romney is willing to say and do a lot of distasteful things to pander to Republican voters, but lighting his hair on fire apparently isn't on the table.doesn't seem to mind his pants being on fire. read more

Tuesday's campaign round-up

02/28/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* The final PPP poll out of Michigan shows Rick Santorum edging past Mitt Romney by the narrowest of margins, 38% to 37%. This is, it's worth noting, based on one night's worth... read more

Pic: Democrat votes Santorum in Michigan

Pic: Democrat votes Santorum in Michigan

02/28/12 11:17AM

Earlier this morning, Steve wrote about Rick Santorum appealing for Democratic voters in Michigan today. Self-declared Democrat @KenRWhittaker sends this pic of his ballot -- that's one for Santorum. Judging from #OperationHilarity, there are others.(This pic reached us over Twitter. You can also send us photos, etc., here.) read more

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The first rule of debate club

02/28/12 10:42AM

If you've read "Game Change" or listened to Rachel read key portions of it on the show, then you already know that Mitt Romney doesn't have many friends among his presidency-seeking peers. At least, Gov. Romney didn't seem to win much admiration among his fellow rivals for the 2008 Republican nomination. Whether you'... read more

Republicans used to think this was a problem.

What a difference a decade makes on income inequality

02/28/12 10:05AM

For much of the Obama era, issues such as income inequality have been deemed largely off limits by the right. The problem, according to many conservatives, isn't the growing gap between rich and poor, or the emergence of a new Gilded Age, but rather, talking about these issues in public. Maybe, the argument goes, if we ignore the societal... read more

Exacerbating the gender gap

02/28/12 09:26AM

In 2008, Barack Obama cruised to an easy win over John McCain thanks in large part to a large gender gap -- the Democrat got the support of a narrow plurality of men, but defeated the Republican among women by 13 points.Four years later, the GOP agenda may very well make the gap even wider.The recent furor over whether religious employers should... read more

Mitt Romney heard plenty of stories from his father.

Romney's risible 'recollections'

02/28/12 08:00AM

Mitt Romney has spent the last couple of weeks desperately trying to prove to Michigan Republicans he has deep, meaningful roots to the state, as evidenced by his love of the state's tree heights. read more

'Pro-Detroit' not a selling point for...

'Pro-Detroit' not a selling point for Michigan GOP

02/27/12 07:00PM

Michael Moore, Academy Award winning filmmaker and author of “Here Comes Trouble,” talks with Rachel Maddow about the surprisingly anti-Michigan positions that both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have taken on federal loans to American auto-makers going... watch

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