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The Insiders: January, 2012

Posted at 09:04 PM ET, 01/31/2012

After Florida primary, Romney needs to heal party wounds

By Ed Rogers  |  09:04 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Three key decisions for campaigns after Florida

Romney, Gingrich and Obama all face key decisions

By Carter Eskew  |  01:21 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Obama’s polarizing presidency spells trouble for him in November

His polarizing presidency spells trouble for him in November.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Gingrich acts out in the final hours

He is taking a road trod many times before by losing campaigns.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 01/30/2012

A lesson from Lee Atwater

Romney’s campaign shouldn’t be supplying “anatomy of the victory” stories.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:46 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Romney staff’s crass self-promotion

Taking the attention off the candidate.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:57 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Gingrich’s lack of planning shows

His lack of planning shows.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:11 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Super PACs’ bad brand

Corporations may not be leaping to action in response to the Citizens United decision.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 01/27/2012

The real winner of the debate

Only Obama emerged victorious.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:49 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 PM ET, 01/26/2012

At GOP debate, solid Romney vs. big Gingrich

The choice in this GOP primary.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:47 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Gingrich vs. the conservative establishment

They weren’t ready for him.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:24 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Gingrich’s momentum-killer

Objections from the people who know him best.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:24 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Ad wars: Whose has the most bite?

Gingrich and Romney hit each other’s weak spot.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:24 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 01/25/2012

Romney faces a test tonight on immigration

Can he get himself out of trouble with Hispanic voters in Florida?

By Carter Eskew  |  02:05 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/25/2012

RNC is keeping the focus where it belongs

It’s good to see the national party taking care of business.

By Ed Rogers  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 01/25/2012

Why Obama’s presidency hasn't reached its true potential

Why it hasn’t reached its potential

By Carter Eskew  |  07:54 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 01/24/2012

State of the Union address: Obama plays it safe

His talking points will make dull campaign rhetoric.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:15 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Romney’s tax challenge

He has no room for error.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:10 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:29 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Romney’s attacks: Savvy or desperate?

His awkwardness shines through.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:29 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Is a Gingrich candidacy similar to Nixon’s?

To understand Gingrich’s appeal, one has to go back to another underestimated political figure.

By Carter Eskew  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 01/23/2012

What Washington overlooks about Newt

Many GOP voters believe that Newt is at least as electable as Romney.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:39 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Can Romney rebound?

His crisis of credibility.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:45 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Is Gingrich America’s Thatcher?

It was not smart for Gingrich to allow his critics to suggest he made such a comparison, but it isn’t wholly inaccurate either.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 PM ET, 01/21/2012

What Gingrich and Romney shouldn’t do

Newt Gingrich’s South Carolina victory will be over-analyzed and embellished to suggest it has more meaning than it does.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:40 PM ET, 01/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 PM ET, 01/21/2012

Newt Gingrich’s South Carolina win is a Democratic dream

By Carter Eskew  |  10:29 PM ET, 01/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 01/20/2012

In South Carolina, Newt Gingrich isn’t off the hook

By Carter Eskew  |  01:54 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 01/20/2012

Gingrich, the Tiger Woods of the GOP contest

He shows strength in his debate performance.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:45 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:10 AM ET, 01/20/2012

The GOP’s Quidditch-style debate

Romney tries to run out the clock.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:10 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 01/19/2012

What if Romney finishes second in South Carolina?

The race is dramatically unsettled.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:20 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Candidates get courageous, ugly in South Carolina

Give Perry some credit for dropping out.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:52 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Romney will release his tax returns. Then what?

How will the GOP react?

By Ed Rogers  |  10:07 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:23 AM ET, 01/19/2012

A missed opportunity on the Keystone pipeline?

What’s Obama’s longer strategy?

By Carter Eskew  |  07:23 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Release Romney’s tax returns on Saturday night

The campaign should follow these steps to manage the problem.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:46 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/18/2012

The gridlock game: And the winner is ...

Obama could best congressional Republicans.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Romney’s rivals do themselves in

Calling on each other to quit distracts from issues that could actually do some harm.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Releasing tax returns holds new dangers

What happens when the cure — releasing returns — is worse than the disease — the abuse over not releasing them?

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Courage is not what campaigns are about

By Ed Rogers  |  02:44 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 01/17/2012

From Republican presidential candidates, no real courage

By Carter Eskew  |  11:58 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 01/17/2012

Romney takes a beating, but will it matter?

But will it matter?

By Carter Eskew  |  08:05 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:17 AM ET, 01/17/2012

Romney shouldn’t take his lead for granted

He’s got Gingrich on the attack.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:17 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/16/2012

The return of the real Jon Huntsman

His endorsement of Romney tells us more about Huntsman’s character.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 01/16/2012

Questions around Huntsman’s quick endorsement

It is unusual to see such a quick move during the heat of the primaries.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:26 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/16/2012

The flaw in American politics

How did we get here?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012

An outsider’s insights about politics

Non-political journalists often give the best dissection of what is happening on the campaign trail.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/13/2012

The happy businessman vs. the brooding professor

The Republicans have the edge if the election is about contrast.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Romney hands Obama a photo opportunity

Romney’s Bain money shot will do nicely.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:19 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/13/2012

In South Carolina, shades of the 2000 primary

Shades of the 2000 GOP race

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Who is Mitt Romney? He’s got some introducing to do.

The party still feels like it doesn’t know him.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:14 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Bringing sunshine to super PACs

It’s time to add greater disclosure requirements.

By Carter Eskew  |  03:32 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Our campaign finance farce

All candidates need is one fat sugar daddy.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:28 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:06 AM ET, 01/12/2012

Getting past the economic cliches

The GOP should start with a growth target.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:06 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:22 AM ET, 01/12/2012

A shallow debate on capitalism

We are in unchartered territory, folks.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:22 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Speaking of capitalism ...

President Obama belongs in the discussion at least as much as Mitt Romney

By Ed Rogers  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Romney heads into the South Carolina buzz saw

If there is a more down and dirty political venue than South Carolina, I haven’t seen it.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:45 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/11/2012

What’s next for the candidates

Romney looks like a winner.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:22 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Will the GOP now rally behind Romney?

Ron Paul remains the question mark.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:22 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Attacks on Romney won’t help Obama

Months from the now, these negative ads — and their source — won’t matter.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:41 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Gingrich may cost Republicans the White House

His decision to get mad and shut down Romney’s candidacy.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:18 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 01/10/2012

Does Romney have to win every state?

Does he really have to take every state?

By Ed Rogers  |  09:40 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 01/10/2012

Will New Hampshire breathe new life into the search for a Not-Romney?

Will New Hampshire breathe new life into the search for a Not-Romney?

By Carter Eskew  |  07:35 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 01/09/2012

William Daley leaves the White House

What the chief-of staff-shuffle reveals about the president’s team.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:03 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Democrats will have turnout advantage

There is no way the eventual Republican nominee can match his infrastructure.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:09 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/09/2012

What happens after New Hampshire?

Romney can’t assume the nomination is his.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/09/2012

Romney’s okay, Santorum wears and Huntsman works

With time running out, Romney’s okay and Santorum wears thin.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Crucibles for Santorum, Romney

Why Saturday’s debate is important

By Ed Rogers  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 01/06/2012

What Romney should say in New Hampshire

Lifting the debate while he faces the firing squad.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:43 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/06/2012

New Hampshire keeps its own counsel

Stoic Yankees take their primary seriously.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 01/06/2012

New Hampshire: A state of mystery for campaigns

With little information and no sleep, surprises happen.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:54 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Turning an election on turnout

An aggressive effort to get people to vote can mean a crucial two to three points in the results.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:35 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/05/2012

How probable is Obama’s defeat? Let’s go to the calculator.

Will he lose? Let’s go to the calculator.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/05/2012

A Republican failure on the day after Iowa

Why did the candidates not focus on Obama?

By Ed Rogers  |  09:30 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:23 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Romney’s nomination is only a matter of time now

Get ready for Obama vs. Romney

By Carter Eskew  |  07:23 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Romney the target in New Hampshire

Santorum tries to solidify his position as Newt guns for the frontrunner.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:53 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 01/04/2012

The Iowa contrast

Four years later, Romney is the candidate with credible promise.

By Carter Eskew  |  02:05 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 01/04/2012

A big win for Romney

Paul and Santorum aren’t long-term threats.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:14 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Romney and Romney-lite win in Iowa

By Ed Rogers  |  12:23 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Sometimes a loss in Iowa is a good thing

When George H.W. Bush fell short, we stepped up.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:30 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/03/2012

A little post-Iowa music

Something to listen to on the way to New Hampshire.

By Carter Eskew  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 01/03/2012

In the Iowa caucuses, the hay is in the barn

But, oh by the way, the 2012 race will return to Iowa.

By Ed Rogers  |  01:22 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Iowa caucus night: Campaigns can expect an emotional roller coaster

Until the next one, that is

By Carter Eskew  |  12:45 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/03/2012

What to expect after Iowa

Expect a more substantive campaign.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Don’t expect a personality contest from Obama or Romney

He’s still popular.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/02/2012

President Doom and Gloom won’t sit well with voters

His dour persona will hurt his party.

By Ed Rogers  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/02/2012

Playing tricks with Ricks

In what world is Santorum ‘affable’? Don’t count on Perry’s ‘optimism.’

By Carter Eskew  |  11:50 AM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/02/2012

How a long nomination contest could help the GOP

It’ll better prepare the candidates for Obama.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/02/2012

The Obama campaign’s goal: Weaken Romney now

The Obama campaign wants him weak — now.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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