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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
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Deep impact

Ron Currie Jr. has a blast with the apocalypse once more
In the most memorable piece in Waterville author Ron Currie Jr.'s 2007 debut short story collection, God is Dead (Viking), God is reincarnated as a Dinka woman in a refugee camp in Sudan, who enlists a jive-talking Colin Powell in an effort to find a young boy.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 01, 2009

Cracking up

State legislators across the country are filing resolutions declaring state sovereignty  just as they did the last time a Democrat won the White House
Republicans all over the country find themselves backed into an ideological and political corner: their dogma has brought the country, and their party, to ruin.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 19, 2009

Star crossed

Limbaugh's a celebrity, not a political player
Rush Limbaugh, pink cheeked and increasingly porcine, has emerged as the de-facto head of the Republican Party.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 06, 2009

The elephant also rises

The GOP has a bumpy road ahead of them, but if they're savvy they'll be back in power sooner rather than later.
Four months ago, the Republican Party seemed headed for the scrap heap. Today, things don't look quite so bad.
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 03, 2009

100 Unsexiest Men of the Year Follow-Up

  Because There Was an Election
The problem with dropping our Unsexiest list in March of an election year is that we never know what kind of weasels, Republicans, and Republican weasels will urinate in America’s stream of consciousness down the final stretch.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 12, 2008

Divide and be conquered

The GOP relied on talk radio to carry its water, but votes are worth more than ratings
Things do indeed look bad for their Grand Old Party. Actually, it's even worse than they think.
By BY STEVEN STARK  |  November 14, 2008

Maverick in a mess

If McCain loses, is it the mainstream media's fault?
A number of pundits, mostly of the conservative variety, would like you to believe that if Barack Obama wins on Tuesday, it's the mainstream media’s fault. Don't believe a word of it.  
By STEVEN STARK  |  November 01, 2008

Travels with Sarah

As Palin tours New Hampshire, signs of Biblical calling, talent on the stump, and a shot at 2012
Apparently, the idea of Palin as the Queen Esther for our time has made it to New Hampshire.  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 24, 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

Phone free or die!

McCain’s telemarketing team invades Boston
Though the upcoming presidential election may be tight, at least one thing is certain: John McCain has zero chance of winning Massachusetts.
By SCOTT LIEBER  |  July 30, 2008

Alma Obama

Understated understudy
My niece Rachael was graduated from Wesleyan this past Sunday, an accomplishment perhaps overshadowed for some by the highly publicized circumstances surrounding the commencement ceremony.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008

Clinton fatigue

What is driving the widespread movement pressuring Hillary to drop out, even though she is very much still in the race?
This past week, Vermont senator Patrick Leahy urged Hillary Clinton  to quit the Democratic race in the interests of party unity.
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 02, 2008

Giant step

If Hillary Clinton can take Pennsylvania, the Democrats will be shooting themselves in the foot
Two weeks ago we noted that, in spite of all the press hype promoting Barack Obama, the Democrats were only two steps away from chaos in their nomination process.
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 05, 2008

The battle of the smallest state

The Rhode Island wields a rare impact as Clinton and Obama go head to head
Clinton bathed in the intense affection of an adoring crowd, her every statement punctuated by wild applause, chants, and a rising sea of blue signs touting her campaign.
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 29, 2008

Crunch time for Obama and Hillary

Advertising time slots offers a preview of the results
If you are a believer in omens — you no doubt picked up on the portent of Billary and Barack’s recent prime time TV buys in the Biggest Little .
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 27, 2008

One for the books

Can tales of the Democratic party’s glory days help Obama and Clinton?
It’s hard to believe that we just had a week without a primary.
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 27, 2008

Civil war

If Clinton can pull off a couple more victories, the democratic party is headed for a disastrous, fight-worn finish
The whole Democratic race is still only two steps away from becoming a train wreck that could derail the party’s chances of winning in November.
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 20, 2008

Losing it?

Hillary Clinton has squandered a huge lead. Can she get it back?
It’s been said that one benefit of the torturous process presidential candidates must undergo is that it gives voters an extended view of their managerial ability.
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 14, 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

Political art

The know-nothing Bush administration makes one more attack on the arts. What you can do and why you should do it.
Tucked inside President Bush’s stinker of a 2009 budget are a series of proposals that would shamefully cut funding for the arts.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 13, 2008

Defined by struggle

Politics and other mistakes
For the next two months, our entertainment options are limited to reality shows, hockey, or politics.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 13, 2008

The morning after

Now that Super Tuesday is behind them, where do they go from here?
Obama now faces a road that may well get rougher. And the fat lady is singing so loudly for Romney that she’s getting hoarse.
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 07, 2008

Super Tuesday: Pretty much as expected

Talking politics
Things turned out more or less as anticipated: John McCain bolstered his frontrunner status on the Republican side, and dueling Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will keep fighting.
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 06, 2008

Vote for Obama

Barack offers America the best chance for a fresh start
If ever there were a need for clarity — of purpose and resolve — it is now.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 06, 2008

Youth in the booth

The frat party at the Electoral College may be over . So why are the kids still turning out?
Sometime since 1976 — just four years after 18 year olds were granted the right to vote but decided they’d rather not — the youth movement has become a joke.
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  January 30, 2008

Super preview

Clinton and McCain shouldn’t write their acceptance speeches just yet
“We came back,” he says. “We came back . . . dear God, [but] not far enough!”
By STEVEN STARK  |  January 30, 2008

Reaming Romney

Letters to the Boston editor, January 25, 2008
Part of me hopes that Mitt Romney will win the Republican nomination because it will be easy for the Democrats to destroy him in the general election.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 23, 2008

Who said Freddy’s dead?

If the Republican convention deadlocks, a modern-day Warren G. Harding could emerge as a surprise neutral nominee
The Republican race is coming into focus. Well, sort of.
By STEVEN STARK  |  January 23, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: California gleaming

Romney gains on McCain in crucial Golden State contest; Clinton's lead holds steady
According to a poll obtained exclusively by the Boston Phoenix , Hillary Clinton leads Barack Obama by 11 percentage points in California.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 22, 2008

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