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Republican theocrats
When you consider the Democrats' disunity, ineptitude, and near-complete inability to present voters with a coherent program, it would seem that the pundits who have been predicting a Republican tsunami have a strong argument. But wait! Just in time, the GOP comes to the rescue by putting up a whole slew of Christian fundamentalist candidates.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 13, 2010

Cafeteria Americans

The mosque malarkey; constitutional showdown in Cranston
Congratulations to the national Republican Party. Dismissive of the Constitution and thoroughly addicted to whipping up fear and ignorance, they've now managed to get a rise out of the "booboisie" — H.L. Mencken's term for the clueless public — with their demagoguery on the New York "mosque" non-controversy.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 18, 2010

'Tea' is for terrorism

When even the most ‘legitimate’ voices of the right validate dangerously unhinged anti-government rhetoric — DUCK!
A year ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) produced a memo outlining the growing threat posed to this country from right-wing extremists. It compared the situation to that of the early 1990s — which culminated in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 12, 2010

Might as well jump

Recent retirements of key democrats paint a picture of a powerful Republican rogue wave forming. So why are high-profile Republicans jumping ship too?
Last Thursday, Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island — the last of his legendary clan in Congress — announced that he will not run for re-election.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 22, 2010

Merchants of death

Wall Street's latest bad idea. Plus, where the health debate will likely go.
Wall Street has found a new way to make a buck: buy up the life-insurance policies of the sick and the aged at a fraction of their cost, bundle them into bonds that will be sold to investors, and profit from them when the policy holders die sooner rather than later.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 09, 2009

More fun in Nawt Prov

Tales of Ebay Cholly. Plus, our sorry state, kissing cops, and the GOP.
Sal Mancini would be proud.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 29, 2009

Sarah Palin, Inc.

The biggest brand name in conservative politics is about to enter the burgeoning right-wing marketplace — and she's perfect for it. Ka-ching!
Confused commenters have no clue as to the opportunities that await Palin — because few understand the extraordinary, multi-billion-dollar marketplace that has developed for movement conservatives.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 17, 2009

Bridge to nowhere

What's in a name? Plus, a curious consultant, and bashing Obama.
The Department of Transportation has taken quite a few knocks in this space over the years. So to try to offset that, spurred by the story in the June 8 Urinal about the Pawtucket River Bridge, let us throw them a compliment: they do a hell of an artist's rendering.
By PHILLIPE and JORGE  |  June 10, 2009

Right-wing terror

The murder of Dr. George Tiller
Conservatives scoffed in April when the Department of Homeland Security warned that the United States could face another wave of homegrown attacks.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 03, 2009

Rise of the political bogeyman

Impotent on the issues, the GOP turns to scare tactics. Be afraid!
The Republicans appear headed to a second straight national pummeling, which will leave it marginalized in the federal government and an increasing number of state houses. Many party faithful are already noting the need for the GOP to move back toward the moderate center to survive. But the conservatives with microphones are heading down a very different path — and their followers, who now dominate the Republican Party, are going right with them.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 03, 2008

Lou Dobbs in 2012?

As the GOP implodes, the financial crisis may present a white-hot moment for a third-party voice to enter the fray
On November 4, the United States will elect a new president. And, on November 5, in this era of the permanent campaign, the Road to the White House 2012 will begin in earnest.  
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 16, 2008

Breaking the press

Democrats need to look past the media's feel-good coverage of Obama and deal with the realities of the campaign
The narrative of this campaign was supposed to be how a triumphant Obama rode discontent against the Bush administration to an overwhelming victory.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 13, 2008

Easy to love

According to Tip debuts at New Rep; the ART sings Cole Porter
Given the water wings of a viable performance, one-person shows about historical figures tend to sink or swim on the raconteurship of their subjects.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 01, 2008

The 100 unsexiest men in the world

Who would Scarlett least like to be with?
Welcome to the first installment of's 100 Unsexiest Men in the World.
By BILL JENSEN & RYAN STEWART  |  March 27, 2008

See spot run

Candidates seeking the Oval Office are blitzing the airwaves with political ads. But only one seems to be making any traction.
The roughly 205,000 campaign ads that have run on American TV so far this primary season have undoubtedly played a major electoral role.
By LESLIE SAVAN  |  February 13, 2008

Wising up

Edwards must count on Democrats voting with their heads in the primaries
According to the latest conventional wisdom, Hillary Clinton is threatening to turn the Democratic presidential-nomination race into a rout.
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 03, 2007

The X factors

Independent voters and second-choice surges have the potential to shake up the primaries, boosting Rudy and Barack
Sure, the polls show Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton ahead in their quests for their respective parties’ nominations.
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 26, 2007

Rallying cries

Candidates on both sides have yet to define their campaigns. Any ideas?
Though the press focuses on organization, tactics, and fundraising, campaigns are won by unifying ideas.
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 19, 2007

Queen Hillary

Dynasties? Americans love ’em when Heather Locklear or Michael Jordan is involved. But will they embrace the Clintons?
There’s a strange debate dominating the Democratic campaign so far.
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 12, 2007

The power of speech

Obama can talk his way to the presidency
The press — or some of it — at least some of it have put Barack Obama on the road to oblivion.
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 05, 2007

Stable — within limits

Clinton’s dominated the Democratic field since february, but voters are getting used to Obama
There’s been very little movement in state and national Democratic polls over the past six months.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 29, 2007

Replaying injustice

Sacco and Venzetti, 80 years later
They stare from faded photographs like ghosts: faces ashen, eyes doleful and accusatory.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 22, 2007

White elephants

With a crowded field and no runaway favorite, who’s most likely to snag the GOP nomination?
It’s the dog days of summer, a time that used to provide a break from the intensity of presidential campaigns.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 22, 2007

About-face time

Debates usually help lesser-known pols. This season, they’re crushing them.
Conventional wisdom says that debates help everyone but the front-runner in the polls, because they give the pack exposure and face time next to the leader.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 15, 2007

Mitt's equity army

Romney’s war chest is overflowing with the contributions of his financial-world pals. But what is the price of their loyalty?
The predictions coming out of Ames, Iowa, hold that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is expected to win this weekend’s closely watched straw poll.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 10, 2007

Rudy's mayor problem

Giuliani’s campaign-trail fortune could lay in the hands of New York City’s pesky other Hizzoner, Michael Bloomberg
The biggest threat to Giuliani’s campaign can be summed up in two words: Michael Bloomberg.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 08, 2007

Poison ivy

What’s dooming John Edwards’s campaign to be the Democratic nominee? He never attended Harvard or Yale.
John Edwards’s campaign seems to have hit a roadblock that could seriously hurt his chances of securing the Democratic nomination.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 01, 2007

O Positive

Can an Oprah endorsement deliver her fans to the Obama camp?
Although the press covers them pantingly, endorsements often mean little — if anything — in presidential politics.
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 25, 2007

Outsmarting himself

Can race trump the egghead factor in Obama’s bid for the nomination?
Much of Barack Obama’s appeal is rooted in his promise to bring a new style of thoughtful politics to Washington.
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 20, 2007

Factoring in Gingrich

Newt’s expected entry into the race will unsettle the GOP field
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich promises he’ll let us know officially early this fall whether he’ll be a GOP presidential candidate this election.
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 11, 2007

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