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PostPartisan: February, 2012

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Smaller bonus checks lead to Wall Street whining

I’ll let one of the real-life characters do all the talking.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  06:00 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Olympia Snowe (R-Maverick) to retire

Her retirement announcement was a surprise. Her reasons for bidding the Senate buh-bye are not.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:30 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Michigan exit polls: More trouble for Romney and the GOP [Update]

Further confirmation of the lack of enthusiasm for Romney and the Republican candidates.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:48 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Mitt Romney has more skills than you think

His weaknesses have very little to do with him personally.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  09:08 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Michigan primary was an opportunity blown for Rick Santorum

Women were key to his Michigan loss.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  12:06 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 02/29/2012

After losing Michigan, Arizona primaries, Rick Santorum runs away from the social fringe

He moves away from running a turn-out-the-base-of-the-base-of-the-base campaign.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  12:02 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Obama slices more bailout baloney

Obama distorts the record.

By Charles Lane  |  04:07 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Angela Merkel: from Bush to beer

What is it about the German Chancellor’s back that warrants so much unwanted attention?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:46 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Santorum: Weird extremism, or shrewd politics?

How to take Santorum’s over-the-top statements

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  12:23 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 02/28/2012

‘Oscar diplomacy’? Obama ought to try it on Iran

Maybe it’s time for Obama to take this tack with Iran.

By David Ignatius  |  11:07 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 02/28/2012

A good night for Romney

The real story of today’s primaries.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  09:45 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/28/2012

A Michigan monkey wrench for Romney?

There’s a reason Santorum is robo-calling Democrats in Michigan to get them to vote for him over Romney. It could be the key to victory.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Angry Rick Santorum’s ‘snob’ appeal against Obama

He criticizes Obama for wanting Americans to go to college. Never mind that two-thirds of all jobs will require some education beyond high school.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:20 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Endorsement shut-out predicted Santorum’s troubles

The lack of high-profile support has halted his surge.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Negotiations with the Taliban find some momentum

Small concessions point to momentum in negotiations.

By David Ignatius  |  09:45 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Clinton got it right on China’s and Russia’s ‘despicable’ Syria vetoes

Clinton got it right on China’s and Russia’s vetoes on Syria.

By Richard Cohen  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Angry Rick Santorum ‘throws up’ on JFK

President Kennedy’s 1960 speech on religion made him ‘throw up’? How vivid.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:39 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Would Romney really stick with the austerity argument?

Probably not everything he says about the economy

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  09:48 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Friday’s p-Op quiz: ‘Transvaginal’ edition

Which conservative columnist called Rick Santorum a "reactionary"?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Abbas punts on the Mideast peace process, again

Palestinian president decides not to engage with Israel, again.

By Jackson Diehl  |  04:00 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Chris Christie is wrong on Obama and gay marriage

Chris Christie and President Obama both support civil unions. But the similarities end there.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:48 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Rick Santorum loses ‘true conservative’ crown at Arizona debate

“Taking one for the team” may have cost the great lecturer on principles his crown as the “true conservative” in the GOP race.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:04 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Va.’s anti-abortion bill: This is conservatism?

This is conservatism?

By Richard Cohen  |  09:08 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 02/23/2012

How partisanship works

Romney’s supporters give us a show.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  08:21 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Santorum’s defensive debate night

Romney won without being attractive.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  10:45 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Arizona Republican debate: mash-up in Mesa

These gatherings have excited and terrifying, and tonight promises to be no different.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:27 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 02/22/2012

NBC News-Marist poll: Romney might need a Michigan Miracle

There’s a tension between what Republicans say they want in a nominee and who that nominee should be.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:45 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Santorum’s Ash Wednesday test

His religious statements give Romney an opening in debate.

By E.J. Dionne  |  10:55 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 02/22/2012

What makes a strong third-party candidate?

What history suggests is that success isn’t about issues — it’s about resources.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  08:25 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Newt Gingrich’s ‘most dangerous’ attack on President Obama

“Barack Obama is the most dangerous president in modern history.” Gingrich will say anything to get attention.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:50 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Santorum is too strident for this ‘center-right’ nation

His rhetoric has gone so far to the right that even if he were to pivot towards the center he’ll still be far right.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:00 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Why Peter Gleick’s sting of the Heartland Institute hurts the climate change cause

Climate scientists must be better than their opponents.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  03:48 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Are billionaires disrupting the presidential campaign?

The right very wealthy individual can really make a mess.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  01:23 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Dunderheaded damage to U.S.

Idiotic incineration of sacred text harms U.S. in Afghanistan.

By David Ignatius  |  12:22 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/21/2012

A big gay week for same-sex marriage

Last week was a really big week for the gays. Three steps forward and one step back on the road to equality.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Mitt Romney tries for ‘Best in Show’ in Michigan

“I love cars.”

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:45 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Rick Santorum is no Foster Friess or Barack Obama

Friess apologized for his dumb joke. Santorum blamed the media.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Nixon goes to China: A smart journey looks even smarter

His journey was even smarter than I had thought.

By David Ignatius  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Friday’s p-Op quiz: ‘Linsanity’ edition

Did someone really say that in the old days all ‘gals’ had to do was put Bufferin between their knees for contraception?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Foster Friess is a real pill on contraception

“Back in my days they used Bayer Aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.”

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:53 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Chris Christie does right by Whitney Houston

An appropriate tribute to a “cultural icon in NJ’ history.”

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:45 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Gingrich joins Palin as the ‘most disliked politician in America’

Super-high disapproval ratings made their White House ambitions quaintly Quixotic.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:45 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Media should challenge Santorum and Gingrich’s ‘cafeteria Catholicism’

Moderators of upcoming debates should challenge them on their differences with papal decrees.

By James Downie  |  03:00 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Free advice for Archbishop Dolan

He should consider apologizing to Sister Carol Keehan, the president of the Catholic Health Association

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  04:49 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Where’s the outrage over Nicki Minaj’s mockery?

Where’s the outrage over her anti-Catholic Grammy performance?

By Michael Gerson  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Iran’s measure of desperation

If it is behind the attack in India, Iran is risking an economic lifeline.

By Jackson Diehl  |  12:24 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 02/10/2012

King memorial ‘drum major’ quote will be fixed with full passage

Interior Secretary says new version will use the full passage.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:54 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Rick Santorum is the conservative alternative to reality

He consistently mistakes belief for truth — and even fiction for fact.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  02:59 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Obama does the right thing on contraception

His move is a welcome step away from a religious battle that neither he nor the country needed.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  12:54 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Friday’s p-Op quiz: ‘Clint Eastwood’ edition

It’s haltime in America and which Republican is fearful that President Obama will quarterback the second half?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Why the U.S. should arm the Syrian opposition

Either an Assad victory or a long war would be a disaster for the United States and its allies.

By Jackson Diehl  |  04:36 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Budget surplus: ‘For Michigan, we cheer for Michigan’

After a decade of economic pain and adversity, Michigan is celebrating a budget surplus and sunnier fiscal years ahead.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:14 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Mitt Romney’s character flaw

Voters sense a lack of character in someone for a job that demands bedrock principles and core beliefs.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:45 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Myth: ‘Gays make more money than non-gays’

Just like most Americans, gays don’t make a lot of money. Actually, they make less.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Prop 8, the president and the make-up of the Supreme Court

Ninth Circuit hightlights how the next president could change the direction of the Supreme Court and the fight for marriage equality.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:45 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 02/07/2012

A compromise on contraception?

The legal issues around the new rule are clear.  The White House’s political calculation is not.

By Michael Gerson  |  05:07 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/07/2012

California’s Prop 8 ban on gay marriage: unconstitutional

The Ninth Circuit has spoken. California’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Singapore on China policy: Don’t call it ‘containment’

For Singapore, containment isn’t the solution.

By Fred Hiatt  |  12:35 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Santorum’s moment — or his last stand

If he wins in Colorado, Minnesota or Missouri, he has a rationale for going on.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  11:56 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Why do Rove and conservatives root against the United States?

What’s not to like about an American icon touting the resurgence of an American icon?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:30 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Campaign hubris from Obama and Romney

Stories about their campaign inner workings to rattle opponents have all the subtlety of a red dress at a funeral.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:30 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/06/2012

More income inequality for LGBT families

The level playing field American families expect is off-limits to gay families.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Friday’s p-Op quiz: ‘Spacious skies’ edition

Who said that “the only three species destined to survive a nuclear holocaust will be cockroaches, Cher and Newton Leroy Gingrich”?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Tony Blankley, R.I.P.

There were few conservatives I enjoyed arguing with more.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  05:48 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Romney, Trump and the conservative base

First, Christine O’Donnell. Now, Donald Trump. Romney is casting about for acceptance and validation.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:45 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Panetta adds a few details about U.S. step back from Afghanistan

By David Ignatius  |  04:37 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Trump to endorse Romney?!

Only a true showman could orchestrate the media frenzy surrounding today’s impending announcement.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:15 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012

The income inequality faced by LGBT families

Raising children is neither cheap nor easy. Doing so as a same-sex couple is more complicated and expensive, thanks to this nation’s laws.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Rights

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Panetta suggests earlier Afghan withdrawal

But officials can’t wish away the facts on the ground.

By David Ignatius  |  05:56 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 02/01/2012

The big winner in the Florida Republican primary wasn’t Romney — it was Florida

The state’s cheating on its primary date gets rewarded, again.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  03:40 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Following the Florida primary, death watch on Gingrich, Santorum campaigns

Post pundits got the Florida results right — but when will Gingrich and Santorum drop out?

By Stephen Stromberg  |  03:13 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Mitt Romney’s ‘very poor’ way of speaking

He has an uncanny ability to muddle his message by putting his ample silver foot in his mouth.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:40 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election 2012

Posted at 10:55 PM ET, 01/31/2012

It's not over

The Republican primary battle will grind on for months.

By Eugene Robinson  |  10:55 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Endgame in Syria

Transition plan is rushing along.

By David Ignatius  |  05:49 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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