There was a time when national political conventions played a significant role in the selection of a president. But that was when party platforms meant something and before interminable primaries sucked the juice out of the event and when party bosses could still broker a deal in a smoke filled room.Read More
To plan a long and challenging journey, would you reject Mapquest and GPS and only consult an atlas from the 1970s?
No question, the past few weeks of the presidential campaign have been all about Barack Obama. The press covered the presumptive Democratic nominee's trip to Afghanistan, Iraq and Europe as it would a sitting president. Yet despite ample coverage in favorable locales -- speaking before 200,000 screaming fans in Berlin, for instance -- Obama continues to struggle for dominance in the polls.Read More
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama took aim at Republican John McCain's maverick image on Wednesday as the campaign trail took another negative turn.
McCain hit Obama with a television advertisement that belittled him as "the biggest celebrity in the world," one who would raise taxes on families in America.Read More
Among the several unpleasant outgrowths of the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton death duel, perhaps the most disturbing was the widespread perception that the junior senator from New York was more attuned to the cares and hardships of the working class than her chic counterpart from Illinois.Read More
On his nightly MSNBC talk show called "Hardball," host Chris Matthews yaks incessantly about all sorts of things political.
But when asked if he might run in 2010 as the Democratic challenger to longtime Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia-area native hasn't had much to say.Read More
Republican presidential candidate John McCain opposes the $300 billion farm bill and subsidies for ethanol, positions that both supporters and opponents say might cost him votes he needs in the upper Midwest this November.Read More
Attention, America: Paris has spoken. Paris Hilton, the blonde, doe-eyed celebrity thrust into the presidential campaign in an ad by Republican candidate John McCain, issued a tart rebuttal Tuesday, albeit in a scantily clad, tongue-in-cheek kind of way.Read More
Solid margins among women, minorities and young voters have powered Barack Obama to a 6 percentage point lead over John McCain in the presidential race, according to a poll released Tuesday.Read More