November 1, 2011
Joe Gandelman is a veteran journalist who wrote for newspapers overseas and in the United States. He is Editor-in-Chief of “The Moderate Voice,” an Internet hub for independents, centrists and moderates. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.
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You see few authentic political shockers anymore, and when Supreme Court Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberals to uphold President Obama’s health care reform law, that was one of them.
You mean a room packed with show business powerhouses somehow genuinely didn’t know that Don Rickles did jokes with punch lines that were often not PC? His joke was so shocking that it merited a gasp? Puh-leaze!
Can Obama and, even more importantly, some Democrats who have a habit of wimping out and not voting when it looks like they’ll lose, meet the brutal, uphill battle ahead?
The 2012 campaign season is shaping up as a possible “transformational” election, but not the kind that Barack Obama and many Democrats had in mind.
If someone shoots a person wearing a hoodie, could it be partially explained because it made the person look like a menacing gangster? Apparently that continues to be the view of Fox News’ fading, mustachioed news personality Geraldo Rivera, who is at it again. Rivera seems stuck in defending racial-profiling mode as he again calls hoodies provocative “thug gear.”
America’s 2012 Presidential election has now officially entered its “English Class” stage. On Election Day, they’ll get a pop quiz to see how well the national voting class learned the teachers’ definitions. Top grade goes to the teacher whose definition was learned.
Who needs TV with its bad acting when we can watch the Oval Office race between President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney?
Get ready for the 2012 Presidential campaign to be one of the ugliest — and possibly silliest — ever.
Those who believe our two political parties are increasingly predictable, non-and-counter productive and rhetorically toxic may have reason to hope.
Are President Barack Obama and the Democrats political toast?
The controversy over talk show king Rush Limbaugh’s sexually-insulting and innuendo-filled three-day rant against Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke for her advocacy of health-plan coverage for contraceptives was ... no fluke.
Mitt Romney is dominating the national political news cycle here in America's geographical center. But his biggest battle lies ahead: can Romney win the country's political center in what increasingly is shaping up to be a toss-up presidential election?
former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's attempts to control, intimidate or politically use the news media during the South Carolina and Florida presidential debates highlighted how politicians use the media to advance themselves, try to manipulate and bully it, but how in the end if they face "real" journalists the media usually rises again.
The Republican Party is in a new era where the conventional wisdom has been upended, its former presumptive front-runner is on the run and the party's traditional establishment seems about to be evicted.
Only a few months ago Republicans seemed poised to capture control of the Senate, Congress and White House, but now it doesn't seem to be in the tea leaves, largely because catering to the powerful Tea Party pushed the party so far to the right, it sparked a new ideological purity war and threatens to alienate the country's center.
There are some things to look for politically this year, which could give us a clue to where America is heading as it zooms further into the 21st Century.
Here's our modest annual list looking at 2011 — a list that might help guide us in 2012.
The Republican Party's stream of debates is coming under fire for being "increasingly intolerable," hurting the Republicans' brand — and becoming boring.
Dear Mr. Cain: Your key strength has been your firm convictions — that is, until the sexual harassment allegations emerged, and news of at least two hefty legal settlements you paid the alleged victims, and you seemingly tried to match Romney in the Guinness Book of Records for re-explanations. This may sit well with Republicans who already like you, but it won't convince most working journalists and editors, and won't win over most independent voters and moderates.
We're watching a politician, his campaign and some of his supporters, get detoured as they try to escape getting sucked into America's political sinkhole.