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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.

Blogs

The Republican presidential contender needs to learn a lot more about the radicals who made the America revolution -- especially Tom Paine.

July 2, 2011

It's going to be hard for President Obama to run as an anti-war candidate in 2012, but a Republican might.

June 22, 2011

While his colleague Michele Bachmann mounts a vanity campaign for president, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is mounting a serious campaign for American jobs.

June 18, 2011

The congresswoman used her first presidential debate appearance to announce her candidacy and steal the limelight from everyone else—except, perhaps, Mitt Romney.

June 13, 2011

"Shouldn't we just get rid of Medicare?” "What's with Obamneycare?” and "Weiner versus Vitter?”

June 13, 2011

She's got Paul Revere riding on the wrong side of the Revolution.

June 4, 2011

Romney's "evolving" stance on abortion—and a long list of other issues—won't sell in what's becoming a party of social-policy purists.

June 2, 2011

Now that Mitch Daniels is out of the running, the DC-based defenders of budget-busting corporate giveaways have found a new candidate for the GOP nomination: Paul Ryan.

May 24, 2011

The president used a devastating monologue to end his highest-profile rival's "campaign" before it even began.

May 16, 2011

It's time to harness the overwhelming bipartisan support for curbing the influence of money in our elections.

May 15, 2011