Robert Schlesinger

January 2011


What's Behind Jon Hunstman for President 2012?

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Jon Huntsman, the Republican former governor of Utah currently serving as U.S. ambassador to China, is reportedly expected to resign his post in the near future. Apparently he has an eye on replacing his boss, and I don’t mean Hillary Clinton at State. Huntsman has reportedly already assembled a ...

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China
McCain, John
Clinton, Hillary
health care reform
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Obama Has Mentioned 'American Exceptionalism' More Than Bush

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Only one sitting president in the last 82 years has publicly uttered the magical phrase “American exceptionalism”--care to guess who it is? Ronald Reagan, he of the “shining city on a hill?” George W. Bush, who closed his speeches by asking that “God continue to bless” America? Nope. The only ...

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Reagan, Ronald
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Sotomayor, Sonia
Specter, Arlen
Clinton, Bill
politics

Palin Disses Reagan With Anti-Obama 'Sputnik Moment' Jab

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It’s an article of faith among conservatives that Ronald Reagan “won” the Cold War, consigning the Soviet Union to what he eloquently termed the “ash heap of history.” The argument goes that Reagan’s acceleration of the arms race, including pursuing his Strategic Defense Initiative “Star Wars”

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Reagan, Ronald
Cold War
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Obama's Not the First to Use 'Sputnik Moment'

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Sputnik is back, baby. In one of the State of the Union sound bites leaked ahead of time, and one of the lines for which the speech will be remembered, President Obama said that this generation is encountering its “Sputnik moment”--a shocking turning point which spurs the country to step up its ...

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Obama, Barack
State of the Union
Romney, Mitt
Clinton, Hillary
Pawlenty, Tim
politics
space
Napolitano, Janet

A Brief History of the State of the Union Address

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President Obama this evening will perform one of the specific duties charged him by the Constitution. Article II, Section 3 mandates that the president "shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall ...

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Eisenhower, Dwight D.
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
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Obama, Barack
White House
Washington, George
Adams, John
Jefferson, Thomas
Wilson, Woodrow
Harding, Warren G.
Truman, Harry S
Carter, Jimmy
Johnson, Lyndon
Bush, George W.
Reagan, Ronald
Biden, Joe
Gore, Al

Bachmann State of the Union Response Shows GOP Message Problem

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When it was announced last week that Wisconsin budget wonk Paul Ryan would be delivering the GOP’s response to the State of the Union, I missed the additional tidbit that Michele Bachmann will be delivering an a response of her own, streamed over the Tea Party Express’s website.

[ See ...

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Is Mitt Romney Setting Up a Tea Party 'Sister Souljah' Moment?

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The Boston Globe has an interesting story pointing out that once-and-future GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not trying to suck up to the Tea Party movement, a fact which distinguishes Romney from virtually every other potential Republican presidential candidate. According to the

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Romney, Mitt

Michelle Obama Weight Gain Battle Should Get Conservative Support

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Mary Kate Cary wrote a very good column making the case for why conservatives should support Michelle Obama's anti-obesity crusade, but there's one point I think she could have fleshed out a bit more. That is: Suppose instead of nutrition we were discussing abortion--or any other issue that ...

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Palin, Sarah
diet and nutrition
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Huckabee, Mike
Washington Post

Sarah Palin's Poll Numbers Hit New Low

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My bloleague Peter Fenn writes that Sarah Palin's post-Tucson performance has sunk her 2012 presidential hopes. Gallup released new poll numbers yesterday underscoring this point.

According to Gallup, Palin's approval numbers are at their worst level since she ascended to national prominence upon ...

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Boehner, John
Pelosi, Nancy
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Giffords, Gabrielle
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2012 presidential election

Palin Aide's Inane Bullseye Map Defense

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Sarah Palin’s famous bullseye map was both offensive and stupid. And while Palin’s camp has taken it down in the wake of yesterday horrific shooting in Arizona, one of the former half-term Alaska governor’s aides has, incredibly, upped the ante for offensive stupidity.

In March Palin unveiled a ...

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Palin, Sarah
gun control and gun rights
2010 Congressional elections
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Giffords, Gabrielle
Democratic Party

Don't Rush to Politicize Arizona Shooting

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A monstrous act was committed in Tucson this morning. This is what we know from news reports: Someone with a gun opened fire at a constituent event which Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was holding at a grocery store. Giffords was among those shot.

This remains uncertain or entirely unknown: How ...

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