Jan 5, 2012, 12:07 pm EDT
Although the Iowa caucuses delivered a major setback to three of the most socially conservative GOP candidates — Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich — only Bachmann read the tea leaves and decided to get out of the presidential race altogether.
What happened to her candidacy, and what — if any — impact will her departure have on the nomination process?
Michele Bachmann, an Iowa native, announced her presidential campaign in her hometown of Waterloo. She made the case that she was a favorite of the Tea Party and would work to repeal Obama’s health care legislation and cut federal spending. While she was the frontrunner in Iowa for most of the summer and won the Ames straw poll in August, her star fell dramatically throughout the fall, and she ended her bid for president after getting a mere 5% of the votes in Iowa. Read
Jan 4, 2012, 11:39 am EDT
The Republican Party is being pulled apart in three directions at once. Eventually, it will be up to voters to decide if this muddled mess provides America a real alternative to Barack Obama.
Although Mitt Romney technically won the Iowa contest last night, I agree with Ron Paul that the results were substantively a three-way tie. (Michelle Bachmann, who came in a distant sixth, announced that she’s ending her campaign.) Rick Santorum lost by a mere 8 votes, and Paul amassed an impressive third-place finish. In fact, Paul received double the number of votes he got four years ago, while Romney’s numbers didn’t budge.
The strange thing is, the policy differences between Romney, Santorum and Paul are so substantial that it’s hard to believe these top three candidates are even in the same party. Read
Dec 30, 2011, 10:47 am EDT
While the rest of us are recovering from the holidays and mulling over the best ways to spend our gift cards, the GOP hopefuls are making their final pleas to the citizens in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Just in case they have run out of campaign material, the debt ceiling compromise of summer 2011 is a gift that keeps on giving. President Barack Obama is expected to formally request to raise the debt ceiling again today. While this move should be no surprise, given the terms our dysfunctional Congress agreed to last summer, it will be greeted with political theatrics nonetheless.
While the obstinate Republican freshmen would love to vote against another debt ceiling increase, the timing of Obama’s request should deny them that pleasure. Congress will be allowed 15 days to vote on a resolution of disapproval, which could in turn be vetoed by the president. However, because neither the House nor the Senate are in session until Jan. 17, a resolution will not be introduced. Read