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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

He's an out-of-work career politician, who backed Nelson Rockefeller over Ronald Reagan. Not exactly a perfect pick for conservative purists or Iowa evangelicals. 

May 12, 2011

Five men who would be the Republican nominee for president debated Thursday night. It was torture.

May 6, 2011

A closer look at the alleged billionaire's finances reveals bankruptcies and lawsuits.

April 22, 2011

Reed Richardson comes up with questions for the Republican presidential debates.

April 7, 2011

It’s not clear yet how the grassroots organizers featured in Obama's re-election kickoff video will figure into the overall strategy of his campaign.

April 4, 2011

She turns down prime invite from Conservative Political Action Conference. Why? A rival suggests she's tends to skip conservative events in favor of paying gigs. And... the claws come out.

February 12, 2011

The Ohio congressman says challenge would help the president by forcing him to rethink his stands on jobs, taxes, war—and to respect the Democratic base. Updated.

February 11, 2011

With Sarah Palin's star fading, Michele Bachmann is touring Iowa and positioning herself as the next best presidential prospect of Tea Party Republicans.

January 23, 2011

The Tea Party congresswoman from Minnesota is headed for the first-caucus state of Iowa. She's openly discussing a presidential bid. But would she really run? Only "if I felt that's what the Lord was calling me to do."

January 8, 2011

The democratic socialist senator from Vermont has plenty online backing and prominent proponents. But he is not going to challenge Obama in 2012.

December 29, 2010