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So after the excitement fades,
We end up with the norm:
Both candidates are regulars
Who say they're for reform.

On the morning after, people awoke to the drear prospect of "gush and bore" for the next six months, and excitement flew out the window.

Progressives are really grasping at straws these days. First we're supposed to get excited because Ralph Nader is running for President as a Green.

In Kennebunk, land of the Bushes,
The men of the cloth all wore tweed.
And one didn't meet any Christians
Like Robertson, Falwell and Reed.

Ralph Nader is running for President, and a fair number of progressives are excited by the prospect. They should be.

We mutter adieu now to Steve,
Who finally decided to leave.
We thought he might never be done
With buying his place in the sun.

By now most of us accept as almost inevitable the idea that education, meaning school reform and access to college, is at or near the top of the political agenda, both in the states and in the na

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Farewell, adieu to Gary Bauer.
We never thought that you'd be our
Next President. Too small. Too sour.
The countryside we'd have to scour

It was the last question at the last New Hampshire town meeting for Bill Bradley.

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Republican presidential candidates think economic and fiscal problems will be solved by magic instead of policies.

September 13, 2011

Republican presidential candidates think economic and fiscal problems will be solved by magic instead of policies.

September 13, 2011

It was 1988 all over again, as one GOP presidential candidates joked about Al Gore, hailed Michael Dukakis' job-creation record and revealed the dark side of Ronald Reagan's presidency. Then Rick Perry went all Herbert Hoover on Social Security.

September 7, 2011

The candidate comes forward with a detailed economic plan that would hinder recovery and lower revenue. 

September 7, 2011

The Texas governor has won in state by appealing to the GOP base. But how will that play in a national election?

September 7, 2011

Romney may attack Perry, but both are political careerists, as are the other contenders.

September 7, 2011

Rick Perry is enjoying the same bump that Michele Bachmann had, especially among Tea Paryiers, but that doesn’t mean he is the Tea Party favorite, yet.

September 6, 2011

AT&T gave Governor Perry huge campaign contributions and bought hundreds of copies of his book. Now, he thinks the government should go easy on AT&T’s merger request. Go figure.

September 1, 2011

 The first Republican candidate's jobs plan is just a collection of right wing talking points. 

September 1, 2011

The former veep once campaigned against Perry, dismissing the Texas governor as a “real talker” rather than the “real deal.” Now, Cheney’s on Fox talking up Perry. What gives? Cheney’s got a thing for “managing” inept and inexperienced governors of Texas.

September 1, 2011