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Clint Eastwood Stunt Misfires At RNC

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about 2 years ago

Picking an old white man who looked like he was on his last legs to be your mystery speaker was in a lot of ways emblematic of the Republican Party. The GOP has been beaming images from their convention hall of practically all white crowds of middle aged and elderly Americans into our homes every ...

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Cliint Eastwood Stunt Misfires At RNC

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about 2 years ago

Picking an old white man who looked like he was on his last legs to be your mystery speaker was in a lot of ways emblematic of the Republican Party. The GOP has been beaming images from their convention hall of practically all white crowds of middle aged and elderly Americans into our homes every ...

Resurgence

Can Democrats Compete In 2016?

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over 2 years ago

With this unexpected lull in the Republican convention schedule, I started wondering—are the Democrats ready for 2016? I know it sounds a little premature to be wondering about four years from now, especially with the 2012 presidential election season just about to get into full swing, but I am ...

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Is Ryan Sacrificing 2016 Presidential Hopes?

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over 2 years ago

My Twitter timeline started buzzing Friday evening with the news that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan would be the GOP vice presidential nominee. The only reason I can think of for political journalists to begin calling this a “bold pick” is because they have gotten bored with the task of ...

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Romney’s Chickens Coming Home To Roost

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over 2 years ago

Back in April, after Romney had pulled ahead of his GOP presidential competitors for good, I wrote about Romney’s penchant, a la Donald Trump and other mega millionaires, to reframe his life accomplishments in the kind of heroic terms and clearly defined story arcs that often ignored the facts ...