Tales from the Trail

2012 Election? In hot summer, it’s leaving Americans cold

July 5, 2012

A long spell of brutally hot weather is not the only thing making Americans cranky this summer.

Will Election 2012 be another Florida 2000?

June 8, 2012

 

The 2008 U.S. presidential election was the first in 12 years in which large numbers of Americans did not believe the result was unfairly influenced by the machinations of politically biased state election officials. But it was also the first in a dozen years that was not close, as Democrat Barack Obama cruised to a blowout victory over Republican John McCain.

Newt’s home field advantage was among the weakest

March 9, 2012

Newt Gingrich faces some do-or-die primary contests in Dixie, his supposed home turf, over the next few days. Alabama and Mississippi hold their respective Republican primaries on Tuesday with Gingrich, the former U.S. House Speaker, and former Senator Rick Santorum expected to compete for, and potentially split, the conservative/evangelical vote.

Maybe it’s better not to get that big endorsement

February 9, 2012

One staple of the U.S. political scene is the quest for endorsements, and Republican front-runner Mitt Romney seems to be leading in the race for support from the GOP establishment.

Romney quizzed by Occupy protesters at N.H. town hall meeting

January 5, 2012

Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney got off to an awkward start back in New Hampshire on Wednesday when the first question he took at a town hall meeting was from an Occupy protester.

Romney targeted over plans for growth — of his house

August 22, 2011

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney,  who has criticized President Barack Obama for taking a nine-day vacation at a time of high unemployment, filed for permits to almost quadruple the size of his oceanfront home in La Jolla, California.

McCain says Trump having fun, Republicans have serious candidates for 2012

May 1, 2011

Republican Senator John McCain, who lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, made clear that he doesn’t see Donald Trump as a serious candidate for 2012.

What would Gingrich do?

March 23, 2011

RTR2JLFO_Comp-150x150President Obama may be in hot water with lawmakers who think the U.S.-led military mission in Libya is a big mistake. But some GOP voices are calling for an escalation of U.S. involvement — or at least an expansion of U.S. goals.

Lugar warns U.S. against war in Libya

March 9, 2011

momarIn recent days  some U.S. senators have been urging President Obama to consider military intervention to help Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gaddafi.

Washington Extra – Chaos theory

February 3, 2011

Something to ponder while thinking about the crisis in Egypt: Chaos Theory or Domino Effect?