Monthly Archives: January 2011


GOP Taps Reince Priebus As New Party Chairman

The Republican National Committee selected a new leader on Friday, with its choice, Reince Priebus of Wisconsin, surviving seven contentious rounds of balloting to overtake Michael Steele, the embattled chairman, as party officials demanded new leadership to fortify the party for the 2012 … Continued


PPP: Palin Not Doing So Well In The Early States

Sarah Palin’s biggest obstacle to the White House may not be her remarkable level of unpopularity with Democrats and independents. Her more immediate problem is that she simply doesn’t have much support in the vital early Republican states of Iowa, … Continued



Starting Lineup: RNC Edition

Good Friday morning from National Harbor, Maryland, where members of the Republican National Committee meet today to elect a chairman for the 2012 election cycle. In lieu of your normal Starting Lineup, we offer five things to watch for as … Continued



What Hutchison’s Retirement Means

Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison‘s announcement on Thursday that she won’t seek re-election will set off a flurry of activity as candidates seek to position themselves for the 2012 race in the reliably Republican state. In a statement Thursday, Hutchison said … Continued


The West Virginia Waiting Game

West Virginia’s political class is in a holding pattern as the state’s highest court decides whether the state has to have a special gubernatorial election this year after Joe Manchin (D) vacated the governorship in 2010 for his successful Senate bid. … Continued


Why The Left Lost It

There has been a great effort this week to come to grips with the American left’s reaction to the Tucson shooting. Paul Krugman of the New York Times and its editorial page, George Packer of the New Yorker, E.J. Dionne … Continued


Bryant Running On Barbour Legacy In Mississippi

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant (R), the early frontrunner in the 2011 gubernatorial race, believes he has a straightforward path to election: All he has to do is follow in Gov. Haley Barbour‘s (R) footsteps. Bryant announced his candidacy last week and, according … Continued