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Archives by Tag 'Mitt Romney'
Profiling “President” Romney
JOHN DEAN
During presidential election cycles, I inevitably find myself measuring candidates with tools developed by the late political scientist James David Barber in his seminal work ...
Romney’s Man on Iran
MAX BLUMENTHAL
In 2005, a group of graduate students at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced and International Studies (SAIS) participated in the school’s annual diplomatic simulation. The high-pressure scenario required the students to negotiate a resolution to a standoff ...
Grandstanding and Betrayal
FRANKLIN LAMB
Shatila Camp, Lebanon In the US, it would be a difficult task to find even more revolting and groveling intellectual “half-men” to borrow a phrase from Syria’s beleaguered President Bashar Assad than Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich during their ...
Goodbye, Gingrich?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Sick with disappointment that I missed the Tin-Tin movie showing in Eureka, I had to settle for Obama’s State of the Union and Thursday’s Republican debate in Jacksonville. Await a presidential State of the Union address with keen anticipation? It’s like sayi...
Why Do “True Believers” Hate Mormons So Much?
ANDREW LEVINE
Before his 2008 campaign began, merely selling his soul – figuratively, of course – to the usual suspects hardly looked like it would be enough to put Barack Hussein Obama in the White House.  With dark skin, an African surname, and a middle name conjuring up memorie...
Taxing Carried Interest
EILEEN APPELBAUM
Private equity firms recruit investors—pension funds, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, wealthy individuals—for an investment fund. The ...
Here He Comes Again!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Newt Gingrich is a one-man, made-in-America melting pot. Here’s a committed devotee of tooth-and-claw capitalism, vultures perched on both shoulders, advocate of 8-year old black children working as janitors – campaigning with a pro-worker film of which John Reed or K...
Sin, Sex and South Carolina
DAVID ROSEN
The South Carolina (SC) primary takes place on Saturday, January 21st and, as expected, Mitt Romney will likely pull off another victory, as he did in New Hampshire but (as the recount showed) not in Iowa.  Nevertheless, with a SC victory, the game’s over!...
The Oys Have It
SAUL LANDAU
“Oy,” sobs the old woman. “Oy! Oy!” “What’s the matter, grandma?” asks a man passing by. “Oy, I’m so thirsty!” He returns with a glass of water. She drinks it and ...
Is the GOP Self-Destructing?
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
I took a busload of students to New Hampshire last week to observe the Republican primary campaign process up close and personal. Alright, alright, I know what you must be thinking:  “Damn, Green, you sure must be a dedicated professor to do that!”  As it hap...
Mitt Romney: Banker and Pornographer
DAVID ROSEN
Mitt is the man!  With wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, he’s a shoe-in to be the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential candidate. Mitt has proved the artful dodger.  So far, he’s succeeded as the political chameleon, effectively rebranding himself from social...
The Apocalyptics
JOHN FEFFER
They’re like a heavy metal band. Dress them up in black, put some Goth makeup on them, give them a name like The Apocalyptics, and they’d fit right in with the head-banger crowd. After all, it’s mostly doom and gloom with the Republican candidates, particularly when...
Election Industry in Crisis as Romney Romps Home
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
He stuck his foot in his mouth a couple of times in the final days, but on Tuesday millionaire Mormon Mitt Romney cantered past the winning post in the New Hampshire primary with 39 per cent of the votes cast. Libertarian Ron Paul ran second with 23 per cent. Another mill...
Why the Tea Party Needs Mitt
THOMAS FRANK
For the last few months, the world has been fascinated by your frenzied search for a presidential candidate who is not Mitt Romney. We know that you find the man inauthentic and that you have buoyed up a string of anti-Mitts in the Iowa polling — Michele Bachmann, R...
Mitt Romney, Abortion Counseller
SUZAN MAZUR
We are reprinting Suzan Mazur’s 2008 interview with Judith Dushku about Mitt Romney’s tenure as a Mormon Bishop. — AC / JSC When Mormon feminist Judith Dushku learned that Mitt Romney, her former bishop and friend, counseled a woman to co...
Save the Economy, Tax Tweets!
PAUL KRASSNER
Politics: The electoral college will be replaced by a system where voters will choose the polling firm they trust the most. Barack Obama will be re-elected because his vice-presidential running mate Joe Biden will be replaced by Hillary Clinton, thereby g...
Making Sport of Our Future
WALTER M. BRASCH
One of the fun things sports writers do is try to predict the winners and scores of upcoming games, from high school through the pros. For special “look-at-us-we’re important” bonus points, they create lists of “Top” teams and rank them, both pre-season and week...
Former “Dumbest Member of Congress” Scorches Romney
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
A  Catholic former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania once rated the dumbest man in the US Congress crested  Tuesday night in Iowa’s see-saw battle among candidates for the Republican nomination and ran a virtual tie with Mormon millionaire Mitt Romney.  Well af...
Iowa Should Withdraw
CHARLES LARSON
I know Iowa.  Iowa still has the best public schools in the country.  It’s got some great businesses and makes the best blue cheese in the country.  I was born and raised in Iowa in a Republican family, even taught in those schools.  But then I left, and I haven...
Suddenly It’s Newt
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Slapstick depends on repetition. The clown always slips in the pile of elephant crap, inevitably walks into the ladder. By such standards Mitt Romney is now the undisputed slapstick king of America. About every four to six weeks the pundits shout out in unison, “That’...
Herman’s Antics
BINOY KAMPMARK
America’s political labelers always get busy during campaigns.  The ‘Black Reagan’, however complimentary one might take it, has been used to describe the rapid rise of Republican contender Herman Cain.  ‘In the firmness and cheerfulness of his conservatism, Her...
Welcome, President Romney
MICHAEL BRENNER
Mitt Romney is our next President in all likelihood.  It will not be victory for his ideas (a pastiche of Wall Street, the Tea Party and the Pentagon) nor his personality (flat and uninspiring) nor his leadership (he is timid and painfully indecisive).  Conviction, ch...
The Romney Doctrine
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
If current polls are correct, Mitt Romney seems likely to become the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and the next president of the United States.  Therefore, we should carefully examine his first major foreign and military policy address—delivered on October 7 a...
Surrealism in Tampa
ALAN FARAGO
I admit, when Newt Gingrich last night took credit for creating a couple of million American jobs when he was Speaker of the House and looked down to see if his nose had grown six inches, I was in the minority of observers of the Republican debate in Orlando who remember ...
The Waste Land
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Across two evenings this week, we’ve been offered America’s future in a couple of visions. Neither of them offered the prime vitamin of bearable politics, the promise of good cheer and a better life at the end of a shortish tunnel. Version one came in t...