Posts tagged "Elections"

U.S.-Cuba Relations: The Times They Are a-Changin

U.S.-Cuba Relations: The Times They Are a-Changin
Changing America’s Cuba policy has traditionally been considered electoral suicide for aspiring politicians. Their thinking has been based on a simple premise. Florida – and the state’s 29 electoral votes – has played kingmaker in the last five elections. And good luck taking Florida without taking a hard line on Cuba. South Florida is loaded with senior... Read more »

America’s Elections: Almost One Month Later

America’s Elections: Almost One Month Later
Mr. Obama Gets Another Shot at Hope and Change The following column about America’s elections was recently published in the Salvadoran newspaper La Prensa Gráfica. It was written the day after the election when Real Politik was feeling particularly bullish about the possibility of a Grand Bargain between Democrats and Republicans on deficit reduction and... Read more »

The Fighting Obama: Good Politics, Lackluster Policy

The Fighting Obama: Good Politics, Lackluster Policy
After seeing his poll numbers hit record low marks last year, President Obama and his team of advisers adopted a more aggressive public posture towards Republican opposition, as well as a born-again populist agenda around the theme of economic justice that appeared front and center during the President’s State of the Union address. The Fighting... Read more »
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Mitt Romney's Win: Iowa Narrowly Delivers

Mitt Romney's Win: Iowa Narrowly Delivers
Real Politik is not a supporter of Mitt Romney. The former governor of Massachusetts is the consummate political shape shifter. There is seemingly no issue that Mr. Romney is incapable of changing positions on at a moment’s notice according the latest opinion polls. Yet, Mr. Romney’s narrow victory in yesterday’s Iowa GOP caucus is good... Read more »

The Problem With Herman Cain

The Problem With Herman Cain
          There has been a lot of talk about why Herman Cain is unfit to be President following the suspension of his campaign amidst revelations about his 13-year extramarital affair. Unfortunately, the most troubling aspect about the Herman Cain saga has nothing to do with Mr. Cain’s sexploits or political Hari... Read more »

Memo to OWS: It's All About Campaign Finance Reform

Memo to OWS: It's All About Campaign Finance Reform
          Like the Tea Party before it, Occupy Wall Street has defied popular expectation and become a major force in American politics. As of this post, OWS protests have raged from coast to coast for more than two months. Time will tell what becomes of the movement, but OWS has definitely... Read more »
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Vote for Rahm and Move Chicago Forward

After two decades of rule under Chicago’s benevolent dictator, Mayor Richard M. Daley, democracy has returned to the city of Chicago. Unfortunately, our mayoral candidates have not lived up to the moment, with the exception of Rahm Emanuel. While Emanuel has not been forced to talk about policy as much as one would have hoped,... Read more »

What the Tea Party Gets Right... and Wrong

The midterm election results have validated the Tea Party as a bona fide player in American politics. It’s certainly possible that we are witnessing the Tea Party’s finest hour and that the movement could fade from prominence as the economy recovers. Nevertheless, let’s give credit where credit is due – the Tea Party has already... Read more »

Election Coverage of Illinois' 9th Congressional District: Schakowsky vs. Pollak

The midterm elections are less than a week away. While the emergence of the Tea Party and lackluster economy have inspired everyone within reach of pen or microphone to predict the death of the Democratic party, the reality is that the House and Senate are both up for grabs. The race for Illinois’ 9th Congressional... Read more »
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The Tea Party Rocks GOP Primaries

Last week was good for the Tea Party, but a potentially devastating one for the GOP. Two Tea Party candidates emerged victorious in primary races over their more moderate Republican colleges. Carl Paladino edged out Rick Lazio to become New York’s GOP gubernatorial candidate and, more significantly, Christine O’Donnell upset Mike Castle in the race... Read more »