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



Puerto Rico Governor Backs Priebus For RNC Chair

Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno will support Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus for chairman of the Republican National Committee, marking the fortieth public endorsement for Priebus and setting him up as the clear front-runner going into Friday’s election. Priebus is … Continued


Cain Forms 2012 Committee

Herman Cain (R), the conservative Atlanta-based radio host and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, announced Wednesday that he is officially forming a presidential exploratory committee. The announcement makes Cain the first 2012 contender to launch an exploratory committee. “After receiving … Continued


Obama Begins Gearing Up Re-Election Bid

It’s going to take more than $1 billion to win the 2012 Presidential race: The White House will announce as soon as this month the creation of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, with fund-raising likely to begin in March or … Continued


Presidential Prospects Attending GOP House Retreat

A cadre of potential Republican presidential contenders will address House Republicans this weekend at their annual retreat, according to Republican sources on the Hill. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) are among those slated to address … Continued