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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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A small sample of far-right-wing Iowa Republicans favored Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann over Tim Pawlenty in the meaningless Iowa Straw Poll. So Pawlenty dropped out of the presidential race.

August 14, 2011

The Vermont independent is not running for president, but he says it’s time “that people start asking the president some hard questions about why he said one thing during his previous campaign, and is doing another thing today on Social Security, on Medicare.”

August 13, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry has joined the presidential race. Here are some questions he should have to answer. 

August 12, 2011

At the GOP debate in Ames, Iowa, Republican candidates failed to explain how they would solve problems in the world that actually exists. 

August 12, 2011

Sorry guys and gals, but the Republicans who have spent months preparing to compete in tonight’s Iowa debate and Saturday’s Iowa straw poll are about to be elbowed aside by Rick Perry and Sarah Palin.

August 11, 2011

S&P downgraded the US credit rating because the GOP won’t raise taxes and played brinksmanship with the debt ceiling. But Romney, Bachmann et al. say it’s Obama’s fault. 

August 8, 2011

Mitt Romney is the Republican front-runner, but he isn’t as strong among Tea Party activists. 

August 5, 2011

Tim Pawlenty knows that his only route to the Republican nomination is by process of elimination, so he’s trying to eliminate Michele Bachmann. 

August 3, 2011

With the exception of Huntsman, the candidates oppose the deal--a sign that the field will push the party even further to the right during the campaign.

August 1, 2011

Mitt Romney constantly attacks President Obama's record on job growth. But it turns out Romney’s record on it is weak and many of his claims are misleading.

July 25, 2011