Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination now, at least in the national polls. Undoubtedly that's the main reason so many East Coast pundits and Beltway wags are making fun of him. He likes guns! He's from Texas! He talks funny! He's a -- gird yourself now -- Christian!
The conservatives, Republicans, independents, and even the growing number of Democrats who embrace traditional values and strongly oppose Barack Obama and his socialist tendencies, are tired. They are bone tired, worried beyond words, and quite frankly sick of one pretend GOP candidate after the other leaving them at the altar.
On April 25, the landscape populated by Republicans hoping to replace President Obama was dramatically reshaped when Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi took himself out of the running. On May 14, the GOP field got even smaller when former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced on his Fox News program his "spiritual" decision not to run. One week later, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels took the easy way out by deciding not to run.
The media is gearing up to full throttle to tease and manipulate the public again with the early favorites leading up to the 2012 presidential elections.
The most recent polls show President Obama leading all of his potential GOP opponents and, in fact easily defeating most of them in hypothetical 2012 elections. The common reaction, even among seasoned commentators and politicos at this point is to shrug ones shoulders and say: “Who Cares?”
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's abrupt withdrawal from the race for the Republican presidential nomination -- after hiring a topnotch New Hampshire campaign manager and planning to fly around the country next week -- has naturally inspired a lot of punditry on the Republican presidential race.
There’s a lot of talk around the country – especially among conservatives – about who will be the savior of the Republican Party as the presidential candidate in 2012. All of that talk is premature.
Whether you sit across from him or watch him speak to a crowd, you are instantly aware that Haley Barbour is very comfortable in his own skin. His confidence is inviting, not arrogant.
Republican Haley Barbour sat in one of those beige hotel meeting rooms that fill this city of endless meetings. Nearing the end of his second and final term as Mississippi’s governor, he hasn’t formally declared but clearly is on the verge of running for president.
The weakest part of our political system is the presidential nomination process. And it's not coincidental that it's the part of the federal system that finds least guidance in the Constitution.
Republican presidential hopefuls are moving about in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Getting lost with all the names being floated around for a GOP presidential primary? Here's the ones you need to know.
And so now we enter the mopey phase of the GOP presidential contest.
Nearly a year ago, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and his healthcare policy team came up with a simple way to save the state's Medicaid program a lot of money. Why not have Medicaid recipients and applicants handle their paperwork online? Using e-mail and a special website rather than paper, Herbert calculated, would save Utah about $6.3 million a year. "It seemed like a no-brainer to us," says the governor.
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