Tales from the Trail

McConnell sees 2012 presidential race wide open, no Republican heir apparent

August 2, 2010

Who will lead the Republican Party in the 2012 presidential race?

USA/Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says plenty of Republicans will throw their hat into that ring, especially if Democratic President Barack Obama’s popularity stays on the low side.

Obama may want to cover his eyes, poll numbers not good

July 21, 2010

A standard public line for presidents is that they don’t make policy based on opinion polls.

Gingrich chides Obama for acting like a teenager with credit card

July 20, 2010

Extending unemployment benefits is this week’s battleground for Democrats versus Republicans. USA/NRA

Palin serves up plenty of red meat at Boston Tea Party

April 14, 2010

Conservative darling Sarah Palin had no trouble stirring up Tea Partiers at a rally in Boston, not far from the site where colonists staged the original Tea Party revolt centuries ago.

Maddow to Brown: Wrong, “I’m not running”

March 26, 2010

Political commentator Rachel Maddow is used to having her say. This time she used a full-page ad in The Boston Globe.

Romney says Obama doesn’t deserve a passing grade

March 2, 2010

Mitt Romney gives Barack Obama an ‘F’ for his performance as president. But that’s not because the former Republican presidential candidate still wants the job — at least, he’s not ready to say yet whether he wants it or not. USA-POLITICS/

Bayh wonders if partisanship will encourage a new Ross Perot

February 16, 2010

Evan Bayh wants out of Washington but wonders if the partisan bickering he leaves behind will one day be swept aside by a new PEROTRoss Perot riding a third-party tidal wave of public anger.

Republican “blank page” challenges Obama

February 12, 2010

OBAMA/The next U.S. presidential election is more than 2-1/2 years away. But pollsters are already asking how President Barack Obama would stack up against a Republican challenger.

2012 may be an open door for Palin, but first comes 2010

February 8, 2010

USA/Sarah Palin’s right. It would be absurd for her not to consider a White House bid in 2012, especially while Tea Partiers are chanting, “Run, Sarah, run!”  
   
But first come this November’s elections, which could help build Palin’s credibility if her high-profile public appearances (and repeated attacks on President Barack Obama) actually help conservative candidates get elected to Congress and important state offices around the country. If.

Gingrich once again at head of Republican pack

February 4, 2010

Once, a first-term Democratic president failed to deliver on healthcare reform and found his party USA-POLITICS/swept from office by a wave of voter anger that brought Republican Newt Gingrich to the forefront of American politics. Could this history lesson from the Clinton era be repeated?