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John Kerry’s First Campaign

John Kerry’s First Campaign

On October 15, 1969, popular protests against the Vietnam War peaked when 10 million people in thousands of communities in all fifty states, students, non-students, the middle-aged and the middle class, from every profession attended protest meetings and rallies. Republican and Democratic politicians maneuvered to address the public meetings. In working-class communities as well as the affluent suburbs, speakers read the names of local men killed in Vietnam. The Moratorium set the stage for serious political action to challenge the…

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Obama Will Win in a Landslide

Obama Will Win in a Landslide

President Barack Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney by significant margins in virtually every political category. Worse for Romney, his campaign lacks the plan and focus to reverse his difficulties. In contrast, Obama’s campaign has made few mistakes while riding the benefits of incumbency. In a lead editorial, the New York Times, September 25, “Why Romney is slipping: By refusing to supply voters with intelligent answers, his campaign is driving them away.” The prestigious London Economist reports On September 22,…

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The Real Reagan Lesson for Romney/Ryan

The Real Reagan Lesson for Romney/Ryan

President Ronald Reagan has become the patron saint of political Republicans, an inspiration and a model for their few glory days since Abraham Lincoln. He has a lesson for the Romney/ Ryan ticket, a lesson that contradicts the low budget and reduced public services advocated by the Republicans. Facing a severe decline in business activity and employment, Reagan horrified his advisors by raising government spending massively, more than his Democratic predecessor did. He stimulated the US economy and led the…

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Why Romney – Ryan Will Fail

Why Romney – Ryan Will Fail

In picking Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential nominee, Romney has surrendered the possibilities of expansion of his party into new areas that might deepen its appeal to the non-conservative voters of America. They have their own special interests that must be addressed to expand the Republican vote. However, Ryan does not have a national constituency. To help the Republican ticket, Ryan must develop additional contacts and loyalties but he is limited by his inexperience as a political figure…

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The Romney Election Strategy

The Romney Election Strategy

Presidential possibility Mitt Romney has a 59 point economic plan to implement his vow to crackdown on China’s trade policy. What is unusual is that Romney’s business experience has identified him with the Republicans’ free-trade, pro-business wing, yet he has promised to go farther than President Obama in confronting China. Other business leaders warn that his approach could set off a trade war that would damage the United States economy. The political question is whether Romney’s stance can attract enough…

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The GOP Gets a Jump Start

The GOP Gets a Jump Start

The Republican presidential candidate debates were combative and entertaining, attracting large crowds on site and millions of viewers on television. This was hardly due to the brilliance and ideas of the candidates who were unimpressive in word and deed. Is this crop of candidates the best that the Republican Party can present to the nation to lead the world’s prime superpower? Should we entrust our country to a retired pizza maker, or a barely literate governor of Texas, or a…

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Gingrich Will Re-elect Barack Obama – In a Landslide

Gingrich Will Re-elect Barack Obama – In a Landslide

Barack Obama is the luckiest candidate for president in the history of the United States. Struggling with unemployment and desperate business conditions, saddled with the costs of two wars he did not start, Obama appeared politically helpless as the constituencies that elected him in 2008 drifted away from him disappointed with his policies. Zany Newt has reversed the political equation as Obama’s key supporters are terrified at the prospect of a wild Gingrich presidency. That possibility is reuniting the Obama…

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Voting Blocs May Decide the 2012 Presidential Election

Voting Blocs May Decide the 2012 Presidential Election

The political face of America is changing as immigrant groups, legal and illegal, build our population to at least 310 million – and rising. As the presidential election of 2012 approaches, the prime question will be turnout, that is, which voting bloc will respond to which candidate. Will the giant demographic trends already in place benefit President Barack Obama and his Democrats sufficiently to overcome the negative effects of joblessness and unresolved wars in remote lands? The basic constituencies of…

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Can Obama be Re-elected in 2012

Can Obama be Re-elected in 2012

As the November congressional elections draw closer, the conventional wisdom is that large Democratic losses in the Senate and the House of Representatives are inevitable parts of the political process, a reaction to the sweeping Democratic victories in 2006 and 2008. Another view holds that the defeated party reorganizes itself and recovers some political power as the nation seeks a new equilibrium. Yes, there have been political eras where this scenario played out, when the president’s party suffered significant midterm…

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Aftershocks from the Massachusetts Earthquake

Aftershocks from the Massachusetts Earthquake

The Democrats in the White House say that Martha Coakley’s political mistakes were the prime factors in her impossible defeat. There is some truth in that – but not a lot. The Democrats in Massachusetts say that the Obama administration’s political mistakes were the prime factors in Coakley’s impossible defeat. There is some truth in that – probably a lot. Scott Brown’s prime issue was Obama’s health care reform bill. During the campaign, Scott Brown said repeatedly that he approved…

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