Liz Mair

Patty Murray in Trouble

 

Washington State has a history as a dark blue locale, a well-deserved reputation as a politically dark blue locale, virtually incapable of electing Republicans to major statewide offices, or to a majority of congressional seats. But with the GOP emboldened by a sour economy, long-term high rates of unemployment, and voters concerned about the deficit […]

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Border Skirmishes

 

Yesterday former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney launched the first negative TV ad of the 2008 cycle, hammering former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in Iowa for having “supported in-state tuition benefits for illegal immigrants” and “taxpayer-funded scholarships for illegal aliens.” While a valid critique (Huckabee has never denied Romney’s assertions), it was an odd maneuver. Obviously, […]

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Romney’s Base Hit

 

Yesterday, in College Station, Texas, ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gave his “Faith in America” speech. Designed to allay concerns among the mainly evangelical bloc of Republican voters nervous about nominating a Mormon for the presidency, the speech was the political equivalent of a base hit. Romney’s speech will help him, at least in the short […]

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Huckabee’s Religion Problem

 

On Monday, ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee released his second presidential campaign ad. Focusing on the onetime preacher’s faith, it features the phrase “Christian Leader” flashing across the screen and shows Huckabee speaking to the religious conservative faithful at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit. It’s less than subtle, to be sure. But then, the […]

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Dianne Feinstein, Enemy of the Left

 

Last year, ultra-liberal elements within the Democratic Party waged a heated political battle against Sen. Joe Lieberman, their vice-presidential nominee of just six years earlier. But if you thought that liberal cannibalism stopped with the attack on Connecticut’s junior senator, think again. The left wing has now set its sights on California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, […]

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Big Girls Don’t Cry

 

Last week, Hillary Clinton’s campaign blamed her poor debate performance on sexism. It was a maneuver that seemed suspiciously aimed at detracting from Hillary’s lackluster showing whilst simultaneously shoring up her female support. But, ironically, it has had the opposite effect. Rather than fostering a sense of solidarity between women and the first credible female […]

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Running Interference for Rudy

 

Last week, with the Club for Growth conference and the “Values Voter” summit taking place in Washington, D.C., infighting among the leading Republican presidential contenders reached an all-new high. Except where Sen. John McCain was concerned. After all, while ex-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, ex-Sen. Fred Thompson and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have been […]

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Script and Stage

 

Earlier this month, Sen. Hillary Clinton lost her cool with Randall Rolph, an Iowa voter who dared to ask about her vote in favor of a resolution seen by anti-war activists as a pretext for war with Iran. It was a chilling moment, and one that likely made Clinton’s campaign team recoil in horror. But […]

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New Republican Blues in New Mexico

 

Yesterday, New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici announced that at the end of his current term (expiring in January 2009), he will retire. The announcement opens up another Republican-held Senate seat as the 2008 election approaches — and it will generate new headaches for Republicans, already facing the prospect of losses in the Senate, who would […]

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Democrats’ Mountain West Offense

 

Just over a week ago, third-placed Democratic presidential candidate, ex-Sen. John Edwards, broke with tradition and went to campaign in… Montana. It was an odd move, but perhaps also a savvy one. After all, Edwards’s advisers are surely aware that heading into 2008, the Mountain West will be a key battleground — and one that […]

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