What Have You Done for Me Lately, GOP?

As I watched Wednesday night’s GOP presidential primary debate on CNN, I couldn’t help but notice that the four surviving Republicans are old news. Three have been out of power for a political half-life. Mitt Romney hasn’t been governor of Massachusetts for five years. Likewise, Rick Santorum hasn’t been in the Senate since January 2007. Newt Gingrich hasn’t been in Congress since 1999. If they...

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OP-ED: Is Mitt Romney the Next Meg Whitman?

Mitt Romney is the front-runner in the GOP presidential primary. In recent debates, the former Massachusetts governor has shone while Texas Gov. Rick Perry has stumbled. Those who were hoping for a candidate with more seasoning (Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels), more principle (House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan) or more pizazz (New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie) are starting to face facts. They’re stuck with the dates who...

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SAUNDERS: Rick Perry’s Bad — Mixing Sex, Power and Mandates

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is getting hammered because he signed an order requiring that sixth-graders be vaccinated against the HPV virus in 2007. Perhaps the most toxic mix in GOP presidential politics is the combination of sex, power and mandates. All three elements play a role in this controversy. SEX HPV is a sexually transmitted disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “HPV is so common that at...

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OP-ED: Perry Punches at GOP Debate — Both Hits and Misses

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a problem. The GOP primary has turned into a two-man race between him and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, it became clear during Wednesday’s debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Unfortunately for the Texas governor, Republicans have learned the lesson of Sarah Palin. In 2008, the Alaska governor was the fresh face. She promised to be a popular, plain-speaking running mate who could...

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SAUNDERS:House Raises the Ceiling

White House spokesman Jay Carney called the debt ceiling deal “a victory for the American people.” There are days when I feel sorry for Carney. At Monday’s press briefing, CBS reporter Norah O’Donnell challenged Carney’s happy-face view of the deal when she observed that President Barack Obama had failed to push Republicans to accept a deal with $1 in tax increases for every $3 in spending cuts....

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