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Campaigns and Elections news and analysis from The Nation

  • December 1, 2005

    The Abramoff Effect

    The controversy surrounding conservative lobbyist Jack Abramoff is creating headaches for red-state and swing-state Republicans and opportunities for Democrats to turn a national bribery and influence-peddling scandal into political paydirt.

    John Nichols

  • November 30, 2005

    Can the Democrats Win the Ground War at Home?

    Progressive groups that mobilized for the 2004 elections are now dismissed as failures. But though they were unable to defeat Bush, grassroots activists are creating waves across the country. They may be the ticket to Republican defeat and the creation of a new movement.

    Chris Hayes

  • November 22, 2005

    The Real McCain

    John McCain is a war hero, a sometime Democratic ally, a crusader for campaign finance reform. But the centrist maverick will most likely take a turn to the right if he wants to get to the White House.

    Ari Berman

  • November 10, 2005

    Arnold Show: Canceled

    Buoyed by their defeat of Schwarzeneggar’s “referendum revolution,” Democrats and organized labor are now energized to defeat the governor’s re-election bid next year.

    Marc Cooper

  • November 10, 2005

    Yes, Virginia…

    Democratic gubernatorial wins in Virginia and New Jersey gave the lie to the GOP contention that “conservatism is on the march.” But infighting among Dems doomed electoral reform in Ohio, gay marriage is still illegal in Texas and there’s a long way to go to mid-year elections.

    John Nichols


  • November 10, 2005

    Bringing Down the Bully

    The lesson of the defeat in California of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s referendum revolution is this: The American people will not forever be fooled. The negative message of the Republican right has lost its power to terrorize voters.

    Robert Scheer

  • November 9, 2005

    This Time, Rove’s Tactics Failed

    Democrats celebrate electoral victories in Virginia, New Jersey and California, they shouldn’t waste time gloating. They need to find effective candidates like Tim Kaine and Jon Corzine who will build momentum.

    David Corn

  • October 27, 2005

    Conservative Crackup

    Bush’s lavish subsidies and reckless attempts to export democracy through the barrel of a gun violate conservative principles. Republican realists are finally catching on.

    Eyal Press

  • October 26, 2005

    Hitler in Virginia

    Two offensive attack ads in the Virginia governor’s race have backfired on Republican candidate Jerry Kilgore and his attack-dog media consultant. Does this mean GOP smear tactics are a spent force?

    Max Blumenthal

  • October 20, 2005

    Sweeping Up Ohio

    There’s a way to cure Ohio’s dysfunctional electoral system: an election-reform referendum that allows creation of “swing districts.”

    John Nichols