Thomas Jefferson Street

September 2012


2012 Scare Tactics on Women, Medicare Won't Work

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Is there something about being female or over 65 that makes a person particularly and irrationally fearful?

That would be one (irrational) explanation for why candidates accuse each other of trying to "scare" either group of people.

[See a collection of political cartoons on the 2012 campaign.]

Both ...

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2012 presidential election
Romney, Mitt
Ryan, Paul
Medicare
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Massachusetts
Brown, Scott
Warren, Elizabeth

As Campaign Heats up, Kerry, McCain, Clinton Keep Their Cool

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In this era of unprecedented nastiness in campaigns, let us all celebrate the unsuccessful presidential candidate caucus.

First, we have Sen. John Kerry, who disappointed (and infuriated) Democrats in 2004 for his inability to take out a not-so-popular president. He wavered on gay marriage, and ...

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Clinton, Bill
Clinton, Hillary
Bush, George H.W.
Bush, George W.
2012 presidential election
foreign policy
Rice, Condoleezza

Romney's Foreign Policy Would Play Into the Terrorists' Hands

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This, apparently, is the sum total of Mitt Romney's case for being better at foreign policy than Barack Obama: He's better at rattling sabers than the president is. And while in many ways that means the substance of Romney's would-be policy really isn't that different from Obama's, the stylistic ...

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Romney, Mitt
Obama, Barack
foreign policy
national security
national security terrorism and the military

Mitt Romney Is Not Fit to Be Commander in Chief

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Many of us were shocked, including a lot of Republicans, when Mitt Romney did not reference the troops nor Afghanistan in his speech at the Republican National Convention. Now aids in his camp will say Mitt wanted to focus on the economy; but that doesn't seem to sit well with most, even in GOP ...

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Romney, Mitt
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
foreign policy
Russia

Explaining Romney's Brain Freeze on the Troops and Afghanistan

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Maybe Mitt Romney's brain freeze had to do with "The Germans."

Not the Germans themselves, mind you, or Angela Merkel or the fiscal crisis facing Europe. I'm thinking maybe Romney was watching the Beeb late one night and clicked onto what can justly be described as the most brilliant half-hour of ...

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Republican National Convention
Romney, Mitt
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Obama, Michelle
Democratic National Convention
Biden, Jill

Democrats Got a Backbone at National Convention

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OK, so maybe Democrats are being vastly outspent in the super PAC battles, and maybe they'll also be outraised in donations to the party and campaign. And sure, the economy is still struggling and they have a lot of tough Senate seats to protect—enough that even with Missouri GOP candidate Todd ...

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Democratic National Convention
health care
Strickland, Ted
Lewis, John
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
Kerry, John
bin Laden, Osama

Bill Clinton Made the Economic Case for Barack Obama

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Bill Clinton's speech Wednesday night was a big hit for both presidential candidates: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Former President Clinton gave the best answer yet to the question of why we're all better off economically under Barack Obama than we were four years after George W. Bush's train ...

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Clinton, Bill
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.
Democratic National Convention
economy

Despite Clinton's Endorsement, Obama’s Problems Remain

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Let's think back a week.

Ann Romney had given what Fox News' Britt Hume called "the single most effective political speech I've ever heard given by a political wife." Rep. Paul Ryan had followed with a stirring speech that established his credentials for the vice presidency. Mitt Romney had then ...

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Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
Democratic National Convention
Clinton, Bill
Romney, Mitt
Romney, Ann
Obama, Michelle

Ted Kennedy's Takedown of Mitt Romney Is a Blueprint for Obama

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Can Mitt Romney be beaten by a Democrat who has tested the patience and faith of his party's rank-and-file?

The answer to that question, which faces President Barack Obama this fall, might have been answered posthumously by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, whose takedown of Romney during the ...

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Kennedy, Ted
Obama, Barack
Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election
Democratic National Convention
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