October 27, 2009 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) beat back a stiff challenge from Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) to claim the title of most overrated governor in the country in the eyes of Fixistas. More than 9,000(!) votes were cast in less than 24 hours with Perry capturing 43 percent to 35 percent for Crist. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was the highest vote-getter among Democrats, taking 16 percent. None of our other three nominees -- Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.), Martin O'Malley (Md.) and Brian Schweitzer (Mont.)
October 13, 2011 |
The Occupy Wall Street protests spreading across the country are mobilizing liberal activists who have been largely sidelined in the national debate since helping to elect President Obama three years ago. This should be a relief to the White House, which is eager to excite a Democratic base that has grown disappointed in the president and less excited about reelecting him. But it is unclear whether this sudden burst of energy on the American...
November 15, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS — Republican leaders have begun reckoning with the fact that their party has grown increasingly out of step with a broad majority of American voters. While party leaders remain confident in their beliefs, they have identified a litany of problems and a steep set of challenges: flawed candidates, a problematic message, the alienation of nonwhite Americans who account for a growing share of the population, outdated technology and a political operation that is not up to that of the Democrats.
January 30, 2010 |
HONOLULU -- The Republican Party 's flirtation this week with a proposal to punish GOP candidates who do not commit to a list of conservative principles was about more than just purity. It was about winning over angry activists. The dispute was the latest example of the party's uncomfortable relationship with the growing band of disaffected conservatives who make up the grass-roots "tea party" movement. These activists remain deeply distrustful of political parties, yet their swelling numbers...
January 13, 2012 |
Chronicling the American political zeitgeist has never been easy — voters are fickle beasts — and in the past few years it's been nearly impossible to keep up. The tea party movement, that nascent power that drove the 2010 elections, has seen its popularity and influence wane as new movements on the left — Occupy Wall Street, for instance — have stormed onto the stage. Pity the soul who is trying to document the chaotic scene — someone like, say, Thomas Frank. In the past decade, Frank has...
May 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON — Anger over President Barack Obama's policies drove businessman Tom Zawistowski to file paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service nearly three years ago to create the Ohio Liberty Coalition. His nonprofit organization largely attracted conservatives who were new to politics but concerned about the growth of government, fiscal issues and perceived threats to Americans' constitutional protections. It eventually swelled to more than 20,000 members,...