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The Insiders: February, 2012

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Romney’s ‘authenticity’ problem will be managed, not solved

His ‘authenticity’ problem will be managed, not solved.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:47 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

That Mitt Romney disconnect

He’s got a personality problem but not a message one.

By Carter Eskew  |  02:48 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 AM ET, 02/29/2012

The press smells weakness in Rick Santorum

By Carter Eskew  |  12:40 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 PM ET, 02/28/2012

In Michigan primary, Romney dodges a bullet

But Santorum lives to fight another day.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:44 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 02/28/2012

A late Santorum surge in Michigan?

Will it be enough?

By Carter Eskew  |  02:29 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Kid Rock and college snobs: The strange world of politics

The strange world of politics.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:30 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:27 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Is it over for Santorum?

Despite his poor performance recently, the outcome is still a question mark.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:27 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rick santorum, mitt romney

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Santorum has shot himself in both feet

If Rick Santorum loses tomorrow, it will be largely because he blew it. 

By Ed Rogers  |  03:39 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 02/27/2012

As the battle drags on, enthusiasm is not there

Unlike in the Clinton-Obama battle, the GOP’s lengthening fight is not helping.

By Carter Eskew  |  02:31 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 02/27/2012

The Bush irony

The last Republican president complicates plans for the next one.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:30 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/27/2012

What happens in February won’t matter in November

Ongoing GOP process is not pretty, but November is a different battle.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Guess what? You might be $341,288 in debt.

You could be $341,288 in debt.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:53 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Finally, clear choices for voters in the fall

Romney’s plans offer clear contrast from Obama’s.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Romney gets serious on taxes

His plan isn’t stuck in La La Land.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:14 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mitt romney

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Obama empty of ideas on gas prices

President misses chance to call for lower gas prices.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:44 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Rick Santorum, the ‘just saying’ candidate

He doesn't really have the courage of his convictions

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

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012

You call this a debate?

Everyone comes out flat.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Arizona Republican debate: Romney good, Gingrich a zombie

Romney good, Santorum okay, Paul lucid, Gingrich a zombie.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:15 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Obama can’t stop his ideology

On corporate taxes, he lets it get in the way again.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:23 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Should affirmative action include economic class?

The focus has always been on race, but should economic disparity also be considered?

By Carter Eskew  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/22/2012

The stock market boom: Obama’s saving grace?

A boom will help his reelection chances.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Romney gains in Mich.; religious freedom loses countrywide

Another look at the Michigan primary and contraception debate

By Carter Eskew  |  07:19 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/21/2012

The GOP, gas prices and the values game

Ignore the market but attack Obama’s values.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 02/21/2012

The debate on gas prices we should be having

The debate the GOP should be pressing.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:30 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:17 AM ET, 02/21/2012

The GOP’s disconnect on gas prices

It’s ignoring the causes of higher prices.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:17 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/20/2012

Santorum blunders again

He’s clueless on the Earth’s problems.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/20/2012

Keep the focus on Obama’s handling of the economy

Republican candidates need to stop talking about social issues.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Mormonism isn’t Romney’s problem

Behind his lack of a common touch.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:30 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Is Romney shying away from his greatest strength?

Is he shying away from his greatest strength?

By Carter Eskew  |  07:19 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Where’s the breakout candidate?

A race where no one seems like a front-runner.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:12 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 02/16/2012

What should Romney do?

How he can turn around his campaign.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:11 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Can Santorum defy the conventional wisdom?

A mistake-free weekend would help.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:11 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Michelle Obama, trimming the fat and winning fans

Michelle Obama’s laudable anti-obesity campaign

By Carter Eskew  |  07:33 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 02/15/2012

The deeper you go into Obama’s budget, the worse it looks.

Also, Jennifer Aniston.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:12 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Mud-slinging in Michigan

Santorum and Romney make mistakes in Michigan

By Carter Eskew  |  11:28 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 02/15/2012

GOP showdown in Michigan

Could a loss be a fatal blow to Romney?

By Ed Rogers  |  07:39 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Rising gas prices threaten Obama

Could reach five dollars a gallon.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:10 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 02/14/2012

If Santorum wins Michigan...

Then Romney is finished.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:47 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 02/14/2012

A budget divorced from reality

But a worthy debate for the election.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:30 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 02/14/2012

A dose of reality on the budget

And the hard choices involved.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:14 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Washington follows budget choreography perfectly

The president and the two parties follow the dance steps.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:08 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Things are turning Obama’s way

By Carter Eskew  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Obama’s budget will give GOP much to talk about this week

During a quiet week on the campaign trail, president’s budget will give GOP much to discuss.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Mitt Romney, CPAC and the chance of brokered convention

A look at the headlines from the weekend.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Romney’s real challenge: Winning over the rank-and-file

Swaying the rank-and-file

By Ed Rogers  |  04:03 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012

The political landscape from Antarctica

The view from Antarctica.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Where’s the gravitas, Romney?

His ‘Hannity’ interview falls flat.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:25 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Time to plan around the enthusiasm gap

Perhaps a little panic is in order.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:12 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Birth control issue goes nowhere unless Romney falters badly

The Republican candidate is poorly positioned to make hay of Obama’s birth-control edict.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:26 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 02/09/2012

The dangers of a longer primary season

More time to dislike the candidates.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:30 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Obama’s huge blunder on contraception will be remembered

Obama goofs on contraception rule.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:19 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Is Santorum ready for the fire to come his way?

Can he withstand Romney’s fire?

By Ed Rogers  |  03:55 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Romney out of sync with GOP on contraception

The Republicans’ latest attack on Obama is an attack on their leading presidential candidate.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:28 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/08/2012

From one big day for Santorum to another?

A death knell for Gingrich?

By Ed Rogers  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Rick Santorum, spoiler

And the drama keeps going.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:12 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/07/2012

A reset for campaign financing

The parties need to compromise on a set of fair rules.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Obama and the super PAC: What the media is missing

Why isn’t this group doing better with fundraising?

By Carter Eskew  |  12:36 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Sometimes a Chrysler ad is just a Chrysler ad

Sometimes an ad is just an ad.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:30 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Pawlenty’s VP try-out

He’s helping Romney attack Santorum.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:37 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Economy will remain key issue of election

Even if economic improvement continue, GOP candidate should make a big offer.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:30 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Romney in need of Plan B

Improving economy changes outlook

By Carter Eskew  |  01:23 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Where do the GOP campaigns go from here?

A time for some reflection.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 PM ET, 02/04/2012

Low turnout in Nevada should concern GOP

And why Secret Service protection may hurt Romney.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:37 PM ET, 02/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 02/03/2012

The Insiders: Weekend Reading

Things to think about from The Insiders

By Ed Rogers  |  06:00 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Report on economic growth: More bad news for Obama

How can he leap the low-growth numbers?

By Ed Rogers  |  10:35 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Obama’s big fundraising problem: Himself

He needs to learn to schmooze.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:25 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Electability is helping Romney seem sufficiently conservative

Florida made clear that GOP voters care about electability.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:54 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/02/2012

The spin wars: Obama is winning right now

Obama’s team casts doubt on decisive victory in Florida.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Obama loses the advantage on fundraising

Romney is keeping pace.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:34 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:41 AM ET, 02/02/2012

In Nevada, echoes of the 2010 midterm election

Attack Romney to make Gingrich the nominee

By Ed Rogers  |  07:41 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

The enthusiasm gap

Weak turnout suggests Republicans voters are not energized by the field of candidates.

By Carter Eskew  |  02:10 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Romney’s next steps

What he needs to do to stay on track.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:52 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:51 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Republicans gone rogue

The candidates are putting themselves before their party.

By Carter Eskew  |  07:51 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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