May 30, 2012 What Mitt Romney is looking for in Donald Trump is something he can't get from other billionaires. It is populist appeal. Trump has star power the way Sarah Palin had star power, except you won't catch him retreating to Alaska and renouncing it.
May 9, 2012 A political civil war has raged in Wisconsin for nearly 18 months — presaging the fierce national politics of this presidential year.
April 24, 2012 National polls show a close race for the popular vote between President Obama and Mitt Romney, but you may find it more enlightening to look at the larger, more complex puzzle that is the Electoral College map. The state-by-state landscape is distinctly more uphill for the challenger.
April 4, 2012 Rick Santorum came surprisingly close to an upset in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary, losing to Mitt Romney by less than 5 percentage points. It was not as heartbreakingly close as his previous losses in Michigan and Ohio, but it was one more reminder of what might have been.
March 29, 2012 The law known as "Obamacare," now in the hands of the Supreme Court, might have become anathema to all Republicans, but the ideas at its heart were meant to be a moderate, practical answer to the pressure for more government involvement.
March 21, 2012 Were he around today, one wonders if Ronald Reagan would have the chance to grow into the figure he became.
March 14, 2012 Rick Santorum, who won the Alabama and Mississippi primaries on Tuesday, has proven himself the conservatives' favored alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney.
March 7, 2012 Usually by this time in the nominating contests, the GOP has given its heart to its hero, and it's lights out for the rest. But once again, the GOP of 2012 refused to read the usual script.
February 29, 2012 The entire political industry had been poised for weeks for a Rick Santorum breakthrough in Michigan, not quite believing it could happen but believing the polls that said it could.
February 23, 2012 Televised debates are always about expectations, and by this measure the night belonged to Mitt Romney. Flashing once again the combative style he showed last month in Florida, Romney took the fight to Rick Santorum and made the former senator look like, well, a former senator.
February 21, 2012 Attracting the votes of women was already the No. 1 affliction for the Republican Party in 2012. Nominating a candidate who personifies the gender gap in American politics is not a likely antidote.
February 8, 2012 The results of Missouri's "beauty contest" primary and caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado may be poor indicators of the sentiment of most Republicans and independents. Instead, they show the ardor of the fraction of voters who turned out — and the potency of the abortion issue in national politics.
February 5, 2012 Some highly improbable events lately have embarrassed the host states in the presidential nominating process, including Nevada, which held its caucus Saturday night.
February 1, 2012 ANALYSIS: Despite a sweeping victory, it was not all sweetness and light for Mitt Romney in the Sunshine State. Lacking a hero, many conservatives may have stayed home. Turnout this year was down from the primary of 2008 by 10 percentage points, more than 280,000 votes.
January 30, 2012 Mitt Romney's last three rivals have started preparing their backers for a disappointment on primary night in Florida. But they still insist they're in the race until the August convention. Anything less than a show of absolute confidence has a tendency to become a self-fulfilling prophecy of doom.