Tales from the Trail

GOP presidential field – looking Perry promising?

May 26, 2011

With polls showing President Barack Obama beating any current 2012 Republican presidential hopeful, some party leaders are casting around for additional contenders, especially those who are well-known and might appeal more to the party’s most conservative wing.

from The Great Debate:

Does Gingrich actually want to be President?

By Ben Adler
May 24, 2011

Newt Gingrich, May 13, 2011

By Ben Adler

The opinions expressed are his own.

There is a well-established template for a politician who has ascended to the pinnacle of national politics, tumbled off of it, and wants to return to run for president. You get out of Washington. You occupy yourself in private or charitable endeavors, maybe write anodyne books and studiously avoid making controversial proclamations that might come back to haunt you.

Pawlenty is in the race for Republican presidential nomination

May 23, 2011

Tim Pawlenty upstaged Tim Pawlenty  on Sunday.

The former Minnesota governor said he is in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, revealing the news in a polished, campaign-ready  video posted on his website.

Let’s fight…

May 19, 2011

The overnight news of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s resignation sets up a global battle over who will succeed him in the IMF’s glass-and-steel headquarters in Washington. But, of course, that’s not the only fight in town.

And the GOP favorite is…

May 18, 2011

Top establishment Republicans are getting more desperate about the GOP’s current presidential line-up all the time.  Care to guess why?

No Trump in GOP deck

May 16, 2011

Was it something they said? Or purely a financial calculation for New York’s celebrity real estate magnate?

Will Obama be a $1 billion man? Democrats say not so fast

May 16, 2011

A persistent theme of President Barack Obama’s nascent re-election bid has been an expectation that the Democratic incumbent — who amassed a $750 million war chest when he won the White House in 2008 — will break his record this time and become the first candidate to raise $1 billion in campaign funds for 2012. 

Your credit payment is due now…

May 16, 2011


The United States is due to hit its $14.3 trillion debt limit today, and tensions are understandably on the increase with Republicans and Democrats wide apart on the budget deal the GOP wants in exchange for increasing the ceiling.

Un-Common culture war over rapper’s visit to White House

May 11, 2011

The White House is standing by its rapper.

Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., who raps under the name Common, will appear Wednesday night as scheduled at a celebration of American poetry and prose at the White House, despite criticism from Sarah Palin and other conservative political figures about  some of his lines, including a song praising a man convicted for killing a police officer and this 2007 rhyme about former Republican President George W. Bush: “Burn a Bush ’cause for peace he no push no button/Killing over oil and grease/no weapons of destruction.”

Reuters/Ipsos poll: Republicans trail Obama

May 11, 2011

President Barack Obama comes out ahead against the field of potential Republican hopefuls for the 2012 presidential election, with more than a 10-point lead over the closest of the pack — Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.