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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 jgandelman@themoderatevoice.com. His column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

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John Roberts and America's political center — Joe Gandelman

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.

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Don Rickles and the gasp of political correctness — Joe Gandelman

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!

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In the 2012 presidential election, Obama won't go tourist — Joe Gandelman

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?

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Election year 2012: Politics imitates TV art? — Joe Gandelman

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.

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Are hoodies thug gear? — Joe Gandelman

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.”

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Mitt Romney’s definition problem — Joe Gandelman

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.

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Some certainties about the 2012 election — Joe Gandelman

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?

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Presidential campaign of 2012 could be ugliest, silliest ever — Joe Gandelman

Get ready for the 2012 Presidential campaign to be one of the ugliest — and possibly silliest — ever.

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Will the Senate soon get a truly independent senator? -- Joe Gandelman

Those who believe our two political parties are increasingly predictable, non-and-counter productive and rhetorically toxic may have reason to hope.

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A poll or pundit for every perspective -- Joe Gandelman

Are President Barack Obama and the Democrats political toast?

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Rush’s fluke controversy was no fluke — Joe Gandelman

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.

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Can Mitt Romney move to the center, if he’s the Republican nominee? — Joe Gandelman

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?

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Newt Gingrich keeps hitting the reliable anti-media hot button

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.

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A tempestuous wind blows through the GOP Primary — Joe Gandelman

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.

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Suicide by Tea? — Joe Gandelman

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.

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What to watch for in 2012 — Joe Gandelman

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.

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The Best, Worst and Most of 2011 — Joe Gandelman

Here's our modest annual list looking at 2011 — a list that might help guide us in 2012.

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How to make the Republican debates less boring — Joe Gandelman

The Republican Party's stream of debates is coming under fire for being "increasingly intolerable," hurting the Republicans' brand — and becoming boring.

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Sorry Herman, that isn’t how the news media works — Joe Gandelman

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.

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Herman Cain falls into America's political sinkhole - Joe Gandelman

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.

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