And Romney’s achievement.Oct 15, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 05 • By HARVEY MANSFIELD
Two things were notable in the debate on October 3: the ennui of Barack Obama and the twist made by Mitt Romney.
The 2012 election is about far more than our pocketbooks.Oct 8, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 04 • By YUVAL LEVIN
Everybody knows that this election is supposed to be all about the economy. Employment, income, growth, and America’s credit rating are too low, while spending, borrowing, deficits, poverty, and gas prices are too high, and voters must decide whether President Obama is responsible for all of that or whether Mitt Romney could do better. Polls certainly suggest that these questions are highest on voters’ minds.
Oct 8, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 04 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
At a rally in Ohio last week, Mitt Romney said, “Obama-care is really Exhibit No. 1 of the president’s political philosophy, and that is that government knows better than people how to run your lives.” The GOP nominee added, “I don’t believe in a bigger and bigger government. . . . I believe in free people pursuing their dreams. I believe in freedom.”
Romney needs to win Colorado, but hasn’t closed the deal.
Oct 1, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 03 • By FRED BARNES
Colorado is Mitt Romney’s safety valve. If he falters in the East—losing, say, Ohio—Colorado is the key to offsetting that defeat and still winning Romney 270 electoral votes. In fact, as the presidential race now stands, Romney probably won’t be sitting in the White House next January unless he does win Colorado.
Oct 1, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 03 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Have you ever watched a football game in which a team runs the ball seemingly at will and wins in a rout? And then, in a rematch, that same team for no good reason throws the ball repeatedly, with little success? Meet Team Republican. In 2010, it ran Obamacare down the Democrats’ throats. The GOP won, 63-0. Now, in the rematch, the Republicans have changed strategy. Confident in their ability to throw easy touchdown passes on the economy, they’ve eschewed the running game. But so far the GOP has barely been able to complete a pass.
The economy alone won’t win the election for Romney. Sep 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 02 • By FRED BARNES
President Obama is outside the ideological mainstream, viewed as very liberal by an electorate that’s moderate or somewhat conservative. His domestic policies are unpopular, notably his health care law, economic stimulus, and spending plans. His foreign policy initiatives—curbing Iran’s nuclear weapons program, improving America’s position in the Middle East, fostering better relations with Russia—have failed. The public wants Obama to jettison his ineffective economic policies and implement new ones. But he refuses.
Romney can deploy the social issues.Sep 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 02 • By FRANK CANNON and JEFFREY BELL
In the July 2 issue of this magazine, we argued that anyone wishing to understand President Obama’s reelection strategy should forget about the 2008 election and examine instead his successful drive to win congressional approval of Obamacare in 2009-2010.
Sep 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 02 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Early Friday morning, September 14, a movie-loving and Romney-supporting friend emailed: “I’m starting to panic. Tell me not to.”
I sent back the obvious response, citing the great Aladdin: “Abu, this is no time to panic. . . . Start panicking!”
A little panic never hurts a trailing campaign. Panic can be your friend—if it leads to a few basic adjustments. And with a few basic adjustments, Mitt Romney can win the presidency—without the help of a magic lamp or a genie.
It’s a dead heat between the aggressive liberal and the decisive manager.
Sep 17, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 01 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
One day after the Democratic convention ended here, and a week after the Republican convention wrapped up in Tampa, and American politics is basically all tied up. Here’s the top line on Real Clear Politics 60 days before November 6: The RCP average for the presidential race shows a dead heat (Obama +0.7 percentage points), the Senate is 46-46 with 8 tossups, and the generic congressional ballot is tied.
There’s no excuse for the Obama record.Sep 17, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 01 • By FRED BARNES
President Obama has had four years to fix the economy, and it’s not his fault he’s failed so far. He’s tried very hard, and he’s made some headway. But the task is so great that no one, not even FDR or Bill Clinton, could have done any better than he has. Thus, on effort and good intentions alone, Obama has earned four more years.
Two guilty parties.Sep 17, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 01 • By JEFFREY BELL and RICH DANKER
Bill Clinton, who rode a recession into office and left the scene just before another one began, knows something about the blame game. Addressing the Democratic convention on Wednesday night, he made a full-throated effort to defend the Obama presidency by putting it in the context of past Republican failure.
Sep 3, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 47 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
What if what everyone knows about presidential elections is wrong?
Everyone knows vice presidential candidates don’t matter. Except that on August 11, the day Paul Ryan was announced, Mitt Romney trailed by almost 5 percentage points in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. Two weeks later Romney had pulled to within 1 point—his strongest rally of the general election season.
Obama is ahead, barely.Sep 3, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 47 • By JAY COST
With just over two months until Election Day, Barack Obama holds a narrow lead over Mitt Romney in the race for the presidency. The lead is shallow, however, and a careful look at the landscape reveals significant weaknesses for the president. The key question remains whether Romney can capitalize on them.