Patrick Ruffini

Posted November 10, 2007

With less than two months to go until the Iowa Caucuses, there is plenty we can learn from the doings of the fullest field of Presidential candidates in modern history.

Posted October 20, 2007

If you haven't heard of Bobby Jindal, almost certain to be the next Governor of Louisiana, it's partly because his sense of action and purpose about Louisiana post-Katrina is so strong that it's scared off any credible challengers, making this a boring race.

Posted September 29, 2007

Most candidates stop playing the part of ethical crusader once they win the election. Not Sarah Palin.

Posted September 22, 2007

Last week, a SurveyUSA/WBZ poll out of Boston caused a minor earthquake in the Massachusetts political universe. The race to replace liberal Congressman Marty Meehan was supposed to be a sleepy affair leading to a walk-in-the-park victory for Democrat Niki Tsongas, the well-known wife of the late Senator Paul Tsongas.

Posted September 15, 2007

Imagine a patient who upon hearing a potentially life-threatening diagnosis embarks on a spate of binge drinking and chain smoking. That should give you a pretty good idea of what it was like to be a Virginia Republican this past week.

Posted June 27, 2007

A few days ago, I had a chance to catch up with Nebraska attorney general Jon Bruning, who recently announced he was challenging Senator Chuck Hagel in the Republican primary. Hagel's positions against the war in Iraq and for the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill have placed him at odds with most conservatives. Read on to see Bruning explain why "conservatives need a voice," share some of his campaign's internal polling, and talk about his own record, one he says consists of "zero maverick moments."

Posted April 07, 2007

Before Democrats get busy undoing the last six years of the Bush Administration, they must first investigate it. Every bit of it.

Posted March 24, 2007

Something fundamental about the way we campaign changed this week. Candidates no longer have a monopoly on campaigning. Citizens want in on the action too.

Posted March 17, 2007

Time magazine has chosen a weeping (and Photoshopped) Ronald Reagan for its first redesigned cover in 15 years. The theme: "How the Right Went Wrong."

Posted March 10, 2007

Will print newspapers even exist twenty years from now? Judging by the pile of newspapers that stack up in my recycling bin in mint condition each week, the odds can't be good.

Posted March 03, 2007

What does it take to win the White House? Books like The Keys to the White House have tried to answer this question since time immemorial, this one spelling out thirteen (count 'em, thirteen) keys to winning the Oval Office.

Posted February 24, 2007

The strategy that Congress is busy denouncing is proving to be our best hope for victory.