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The Insiders: December, 2011

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/30/2011

Fear and hoping in the Iowa caucus

Despite the illusion of science, campaigns remain superstituous at their cores.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/30/2011

What we know about Iowa

Romney, Santorum surge.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Why the Iowa caucuses matter

The Hawkeye State serves three primary functions.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/29/2011

The Iowa caucuses: Good grief, and good riddance

Iowans don’t really care about the caucuses, so why should we?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/28/2011

3 outcomes in Iowa that could surprise us

Any of these would disrupt the GOP race.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/28/2011

What will the Iowa headlines next week say?

Take a shot at predicting the outcome of next week’s vote.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011

Will Romney run an honest campaign?

Will he run an honest campaign?

By Carter Eskew  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011

A dangerous week for candidates

Just about the only news that will break through is a mistake or a new damaging revelation.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 12/26/2011

In GOP field, only Romney has a winning strategy

Only Romney has one.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:01 PM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 12/26/2011

As the final campaign push begins, regrets abound

Preparing for the final push

By Ed Rogers  |  08:20 AM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Can Romney close the deal in Iowa?

Developments in the 2012 race

By Ed Rogers  |  08:30 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Obama’s good week

The House caves, Gingrich loses steam

By Carter Eskew  |  07:25 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 12/22/2011

The economy remains Obama’s weak point

The election must be about Obama’s weakest point.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:31 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Obama rebound likely to stall

The president needs a path to the political-economic high ground, and the House Republicans may be pointing the way.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:45 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Enjoy the rebound, Obama, and get ready to reconnect with voters

It’s his time to reconnect with voters.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:38 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011

With others looking bad, small wonder Obama looks so good

Others looking bad is what’s making him look so good.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Creativity goes MIA in candidates’ ad campaigns

Campaigns as undistinguished as the candidates themselves.

By Ed Rogers  |  05:54 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/21/2011

A forgettable ad campaign

This year’s candidate pitches are mediocre at best.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:00 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 12/21/2011

A GOP vs. GOP payroll tax fight

The party is creating a catastrophe.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:30 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Dumping the Tea Party

The House Republicans have given Obama an early Christmas gift.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 12/20/2011

How is Gingrich going to turn things around?

How can he turn around his fortunes?

By Carter Eskew  |  02:17 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Newt Gingrich broke the No. 1 rule of politics by bashing judges

His bashing of judges is a big mistake.

By Ed Rogers  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Ron Paul’s un-electability will be his undoing

His un-electability will be his undoing.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:51 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Ron Paul, short on appeal

He may win Iowa, but he won’t get the nomination.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:08 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 12/19/2011

The GOP’s split base: Do they want the anti-Obama or do they want to win?

Do they want the anti-Obama or do they want to win?

By Carter Eskew  |  02:14 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Heading into Iowa, it’s a two-man race

With the preliminaries over, the race is now settling.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:07 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/19/2011

It’s about the economy, not immigration

With all eyes on the economy, the Dream Act will not propel Obama.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/19/2011

Can the Dream Act carry Obama in 2012?

Immigration reform could help his prospects.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Romney’s work with Bain Capital: An American success story

He gave a good answer to a question about Bain Capital.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:05 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Another good week for Mitt Romney

Biggest boost was Nikki Haley’s endorsement.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:50 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/16/2011

An endless debate schedule that helps no one

An endless cycle that helps no one.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 12/16/2011

A debate schedule that’s a plus for voters

This schedule gets it right.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:15 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 12/15/2011

A ‘zany’ move by Romney? Not quite.

Romney’s well-thought-out move.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:01 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Mitt Romney, aristocrat

What using the word “zany” reveals.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:13 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 12/15/2011

A budget fight with no winners

Even an election can’t help this.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:30 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:51 AM ET, 12/15/2011

How to fix the budget impasse

What we need is an election.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:51 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Paul won’t win in Iowa

Paul’s success is simply a shield for Romney and Gingrich.

By James Downie  |  05:32 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Could Ron Paul be Gingrich’s undoing?

Iowa polls suggest that he is rising as Gingrich wanes.

By Ed Rogers  |  01:42 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 12/14/2011

The real threat to American democracy

And it’s not big government.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:29 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Class warfare, de Tocqueville-style

Voters may be more threatened than relieved by Obama’s pitch.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Of course 2012 will have negative ads

Raising the other candidate’s negatives is a campaign imperative.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:02 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Understanding Gingrich’s negative campaigning challenge

To get Gingrich’s no-negative campaigning ploy, you have to know Newt.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:10 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Gingrich and Huntsman: No fakers here

They both can go deep on the issues.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:08 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Two smart guys debate one-on-one

The two GOP contenders meet in New Hampshire in a one-on-one debate.

By Carter Eskew  |  06:46 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Crunch time for Gingrich

Can he prove to be a reliable leader?

By Ed Rogers  |  11:30 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Obama’s game plan: Avoiding his own record

A telling ‘60 Minutes.’

By Ed Rogers  |  09:09 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Obama’s Clark Kent moment on ‘60 Minutes’

Time to reset expectations.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:26 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 12/11/2011

No room for error in GOP debate

There were no good or bad game changers for anyone.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:22 PM ET, 12/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Newt Gingrich’s make-or-break moment

A make-or-break moment in Iowa

By Carter Eskew  |  03:36 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 12/09/2011

The GOP nominee should plan for a honeymoon

By Ed Rogers  |  01:19 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Gingrich grabs the favorability crown — for now

What the new Gallup poll means

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 12/09/2011

The week that was: Gingrich scares, Romney struggles, Trump overreaches

By Ed Rogers  |  07:30 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Just because it is supposed to happen . . .

The environment Team Obama finds itself in is very precarious.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:28 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Obama’s reelection campaign gains steam

Gingrich is now in the crosshairs.

By Carter Eskew  |  02:33 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 12/08/2011

The GOP’s payroll tax pickle

Obama’s dare puts them in a tight spot.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:30 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/08/2011

The payroll tax cut vs. vacation plans

The payroll tax cut vs. GOP holiday plans

By Ed Rogers  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Clinton on gay rights: a sop to domestic political allies

By Ed Rogers  |  02:01 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Attacking Obama administration’s new stance on gay rights won’t work

By Carter Eskew  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Obama wastes his political assets

It’s about governing, not giving speeches.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:30 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Obama unveils his re-election message

Don’t underestimate the power of populism.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Trump moderating a GOP debate is a terrible idea

By Ed Rogers  |  04:18 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Newt Gingrich and the surge cycle

By Ed Rogers  |  02:49 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Gingrich blows opportunities

His visit with Trump and his new ad suggest Newt is still knocking the rust off and stretching out the kinks.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Can Gingrich seize the moment?

It’s his chance to present a real platform.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:15 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 12/06/2011

All about Newt

He produces such strong reactions that no one can pause to make a plan.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:39 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Gingrich’s roll will continue

Cain endorsement would still be a net plus.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:09 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Cain endorsing Gingrich won’t make a difference

It won’t make a difference.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:23 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 12/05/2011

A critical week for Newt Gingrich

By Ed Rogers  |  08:30 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Gingrich’s moment

He should remind voters of his path to redemption.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 12/02/2011

The GOP primary intesifies

The GOP primary intensifies.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:12 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Unemployment numbers good news for Obama

If unemplyoment numbers continue this way, his 2012 chances soar.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:14 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 12/02/2011

The underreported strengths of the 2012 GOP candidates

By Ed Rogers  |  08:01 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry will all go on the attack

By Ed Rogers  |  04:19 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Why Mitt Romney should attack Newt Gingrich

By Carter Eskew  |  11:58 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Did GOP governors miss their opportunity?

Obama looks beatable, Romney looks weak and Gingrich is surging.

By  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 12/01/2011

GOP governors sit out the primaries

Where is the passion to join the fight?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:18 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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