Tales from the Trail

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November 12, 2009

The Vietnam War caused the biggest political division in the United States since the Civil War. It also radicalized a generation and drove a president from office. Yet Democrats are using a photograph of two of the Vietnam War’s leading characters to try to rally the party and raise money.

The First Draft: What if Congress turned Republican on Obama?

November 12, 2009

A Republican-controlled Congress could be a real possibility for the second half of President Barack Obama’s four-year term, according to the latest Gallup poll.
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The poll of 894 registered voters suggests Republicans would win the U.S. House of Representatives by 48 percent to 44 percent if the 2010 congressional election were held today.

New Jersey goes Republican too, bad night for Democrats

November 4, 2009

USA-HEALTHCARE/LUNCHESNo matter how they slice and dice it, Democrat losses in the New Jersey and Virginia governor races are bad news for the party of President Barack Obama as he tries to move an ambitious agenda forward.

Lieberman likely to back some Republicans in 2010 election

October 30, 2009

Senator Joe Lieberman, a former Democrat-turned-independent, is at it again — comforting Republicans and irritating Democrats.

Obama: “Skinny but tough”

October 27, 2009

obamatoughPresident Barack Obama had a message for his political friends and foes on Monday — “just because I’m skinny doesn’t mean I’m not tough.”

Gallup poll: conservatives outnumber moderates and liberals

October 26, 2009

What’s in a political label?

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Well Gallup has found that more Americans identify themselves as conservatives than those who call themselves moderate or liberal.

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Senator McCain: Republicans in search of message to woo angry voters

October 21, 2009

The Republican Party is in search of a message to attract voters who are angry with just about everything -- healthcare, the U.S. deficit, Wall Street bonuses, increased unemployment and home foreclosures to mention a few.

Hey Washington, it’s still the economy

October 20, 2009

Politicians who have a red circle around Election Day in November 2010 would do well to have a look at a new poll by Public Strategies Inc. and Politico. USA-ECONOMY/

Democratic strategist: don’t bet against Harry Reid

September 29, 2009

A top Democratic strategist has a tip for political gamblers: Don’t bet against Harry Reid.

It’s never too early to think elections…

September 29, 2009

It’s more than a year away, but the White House is already making clear that President Barack Obama will not be on the sidelines of the 2010 elections. OBAMA/