| Feb 5, 2012
| 5:00 AM
The GOP presidential front-runner recently declared he does not care about poor people. Not much news there. But perhaps Mitt Romney, instead of mangling "America the Beautiful," might be interested in performing the following song, sung to the tune of...
| Nov 12, 2011
| 3:00 AM
In the latest Republican presidential debate in Michigan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry added to his woes by saying there were three federal cabinet departments he would cut if he were president, and then could name only two of them. "The third one, I can't...
| Feb 14, 2012
| 3:00 AM
It's not unusual in politics for a party to nominate in haste and repent in leisure. In 2008, many Republicans feared before the election that they had chosen a loser in John McCain, and in 2004 many Democrats felt the same about John Kerry. It's known as...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 11:06 AM
A year ago, soon after the Tunisian uprising, I demonstrated my powers of prediction in a column about the democracy movement in the Arab world. The revolution in Tunisia, I wrote, "arose from local circumstances that don't foretell what will happen...
| Dec 30, 2011
Although the first voting for presidential delegates is still four days off in Iowa, the political crystal-ball gazers are already speculating which Republican candidates will survive and which will fall off the cliff into oblivion.
It's being said...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 9:30 AM
As political theater, the Republican Party's Iowa caucuses came through: A photo finish with a mere 8 votes separating winner Mitt Romney from the runner-up, former Sen. Rick Santorum. Throw in a third-place for Rep. Ron Paul as well as a decent showing...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 12:00 PM
A year ago, the tea party movement looked like an irresistible wave sweeping through the Republican Party. Anyone who hoped to win this year's GOP presidential nomination, it seemed, would need to embrace tea party activists' stringent demands for smaller...
| Jan 10, 2012
| 12:14 PM
The biggest story of the New Hampshire primary is unlikely to be the identity of the winner — polls suggest Mitt Romney has matters well in hand. The real surprise is what the candidates attacked. Surely no contemporary group of Republican...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 10:50 AM
What presidential candidates say or don't say in televised debates can be very revealing about them. In Rick Perry's unfortunate case the other night, his inability to remember the third of three federal departments he would eliminate has him on a...
| Jan 10, 2012
| 12:41 PM
One can only hope the Baltimore Ravens do a better job of clock management than the Maryland Democratic Party did during its annual pre-session legislative lunch gathering Tuesday.
Gov. Martin O'Malley, the party's leader and the subject of fulsome...
| Jan 16, 2012
| 7:37 PM
Two Democratic lawmakers in Annapolis want to spur a debate about the influence of money in politics and send a rebuke to tea party leaders by having the General Assembly ratify the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which required that U.S. senators...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 3:00 AM
While Mitt Romney continues to depend on the notion that he is the Republican best equipped to beat President Barack Obama in November, another question of perception hovers over him. Do voters like the guy?
It's a question that clings to him as he...