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.

Republicans create caucus ‘to listen’ to Tea Party

July 21, 2010

There are scores of U.S. congressional caucuses that focus on specific issues — including ones to combat hunger and cancer, advance the arts, protect the environment and promote the rights of black, Asian, Hispanic and other Americans.

Mixing it up: Race, Tea Party, NAACP, Palin

July 14, 2010

The NAACP’s resolution calling on leaders of the Tea Party movement to repudiate “racist elements” within its ranks has set off a political firestorm. The civil rights group illustrated its accusations with photographs taken at rallies that show supporters carrying controversial signs criticizing President Barack Obama.

Palin seeks to harness power of “Mama Grizzlies”

July 8, 2010

Sarah Palin is out with a new video today and she clearly is attempting to position herself as the leader of Republican conservative women.

Rand Paul blames trash-talking Democrats who throw out red herrings

May 21, 2010

USA/“When does my honeymoon period start?” Rand Paul asked.

That was Paul’s opening line in an ABC “Good Morning America” interview Friday when asked about the controversy this week over comments that suggested he opposed part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that outlawed racial segregation.

The Day After: everyone’s got an opinion

May 19, 2010

Everyone’s got an opinion about what happened Tuesday when Senator Arlen Specter — long-term Republican, newly turned Democrat — lost the Pennsylvania primary, Tea Party candidate Ron Paul won the Senate Republican primary in Kentucky, and neither Democrat in the Arkansas Senate primary could muster 50 percent of the vote so they have to do it all over again in June.

Tea Party toughens up Republican Party – Gingrich

May 18, 2010

The Tea Party movement is a good thing for the Republican Party, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says. It toughens up the GOP.

Sarah Palin endorses Carly Fiorina for Senate

May 6, 2010

PalinFormer vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorsed former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in California on Thursday, a potentially key endorsement in an election that could hinge in part on the candidates’ conservative and outside-the-beltway credentials.

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.

Obama says Washington vitriol is still a solvable problem

March 30, 2010

President Barack Obama thinks Washington’s political climate of vitriolic partisanship could start to wane over the next few years. Republicans just have to calm down, and Democrats have to stop playing the same silly political games as their opponents.