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The Insiders: August, 2012

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 08/31/2012

How did Romney do?

He had a lot of doubts to quell but failed at getting the job done.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:36 AM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:11 AM ET, 08/31/2012

Romney did his part; Obama is staring into the abyss

Get ready for a knife fight.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:11 AM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 AM ET, 08/31/2012

Romney showed us greatness in Tampa

Tonight, all his critics are flat-footed and mumbling to themselves.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:19 AM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 08/30/2012

Ryan created a problem for himself

In a great speech, he said some things that were untrue or misleading.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:33 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 08/30/2012

Romney's speech needs to deliver

I want to hear how he will use his remarkable experience in the private sector to solve our economic problems.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:44 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Ryan steps into the big leagues

He is now one of America’s dominant leaders.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:47 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:11 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Todd Akin’s largest benefactors

Harry Reid and Claire McCaskill stepped up.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:11 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 08/29/2012

If Ryan talked economics, what would he say?

Ed Rogers has good advice for the Republican running mate.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:40 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Ryan needs to stick to the economy

A speech all about Paul Ryan is a wasted opportunity.

By Ed Rogers  |  01:23 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 08/29/2012

Chris Christie's and Ann Romney's speeches did not mix

Christie’s was like a rebuttal to Romney’s.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:42 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 08/29/2012

A solid start in Tampa

Ann Romney gets a B+ — but Chris Christie gets an A.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:06 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 08/28/2012

How will Romney feel?

In two nights he claims a prize that eluded his father.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:10 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  RNClive, EP

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Romney Administration Organization Chart. Draft #1.

From Mitch Daniels to Leon Panetta.

By Ed Rogers  |  01:11 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Ann Romney: A highlight of convention

Her love for her husband and her abilities as a public speaker will carry her

By Carter Eskew  |  11:14 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Ann Romney and Gov. Christie both face challenges tonight

They have to explain Romney and his challenges.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:51 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  RNClive

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 08/27/2012

High spirits in Tampa

The mood at the Republican convention is surprisingly buoyant.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:14 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 08/27/2012

A disturbing metaphor for the presidential campaign

The electorate is the bull, and Obama is the matador.

By Carter Eskew  |  02:40 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 08/27/2012

The hero's journey

Romney's consultants know they have to push some kind of narrative for their candidate.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:34 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Tampa convention needs to set a contrast in styles, not just issues

GOP needs to debunk ‘extremist’ myth.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:51 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 08/24/2012

The question we should be asking ourselves

A focus on the nation, not the individual.

By Carter Eskew  |  05:45 PM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 08/24/2012

America hasn’t quit on itself

A majority of voters want to succeed without government’s help.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:02 PM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 08/24/2012

Romney's ad team has its work cut out for it

How does it build an emotional connection to the brand that is Romney?

By Carter Eskew  |  11:25 AM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 08/23/2012

If it goes according to plan, the GOP convention looks good

The overarching theme sticks to economic issues.

By Ed Rogers  |  01:02 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 08/23/2012

What was Romney thinking?

Ryan’s budget plan and far-right views have put Romney-Ryan on the defensive.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:38 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 08/22/2012

Last word on Akin: He’s now the Democrats’ favorite Republican

It would be best if the GOP leadership would clean up this stain.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:07 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 08/22/2012

Akin is rock-bottom

The Missouri senator reminds voters of the new face of the Republican Party.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:53 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 08/22/2012

In Tampa, a rally or a gaffe-a-thon?

The GOP has to avoid giving the left leverage.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:30 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 08/21/2012

A greater opportunity for the president

He can make this election about helping the country imagine and then achieve the beginning of a comeback.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:49 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 08/21/2012

Akin infects the Republican ballot

Every GOP candidate should be on guard.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:28 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 08/20/2012

Todd Akin is a real problem for the GOP

Why are so many Republicans trying to play doctor?

By Carter Eskew  |  01:12 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 08/20/2012

A viewer's guide to the Republican Convention

The story lines to watch for.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:15 AM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 08/20/2012

Obama can't count on any help from the Israelis

Why would Netanyahu want to keep him in office?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:28 AM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 08/17/2012

Mitt Romney’s entitlement problem

How dare we question his tax rate; he has paid millions and millions of dollars in taxes.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:44 AM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 08/17/2012

If Romney isn't going to release his tax returns, he should quit talking about them

No one can defend Romney and the management of his tax returns any longer.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:28 AM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 08/16/2012

Romney's non-strategic behavior

What happened to his economic message?

By Carter Eskew  |  03:06 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 08/16/2012

Obama is preparing his limited positive message

Any discussion of the economy or even domestic policy accomplishments needs to be avoided.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:47 AM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 08/16/2012

Political advertising is dangerous for democracy

How you can have any trust when candidates win office in a way that has compromised their credibility?

By Carter Eskew  |  10:10 AM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 08/15/2012

Romney could be on a dangerous path

Harsh rhetoric is overturning his image as a pragmatic problem solver.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:31 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 08/15/2012

Biden doesn't matter anymore

Obama has marginalized him, and so should voters

By Ed Rogers  |  10:50 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 08/15/2012

One candidate streaking; the other slumping

Romney looks to be part of the past.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:03 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Obama thinks there are more takers than givers

He believes in government-forced sharing.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:51 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Can Paul Ryan break through the gridlock?

He is uniquely ill-suited for the job.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:06 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Here is Barack Obama's opportunity

He needs to rise up against Paul Ryan’s radical budget cutting.

By Carter Eskew  |  03:59 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 08/13/2012

A lost opportunity with Romney-Ryan

Romney should have Ryan at his side.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:54 AM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 08/13/2012

Romney chooses the criticism he wants to have

With Ryan, Romney offers a clear choice to voters.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:42 AM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 08/11/2012

At least Paul Ryan has an idea

Even though it’s “snake oil.”

By Carter Eskew  |  11:10 AM ET, 08/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 08/11/2012

Paul Ryan’s selection means Mitt Romney is serious

He brings many advantages — but he’s also a risk.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:03 AM ET, 08/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 08/10/2012

Obama has strengthened his position in the race

Polling in swing states and national polls favor the president so far.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:39 AM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 08/10/2012

Campaign 2012: Bad gets worse

It’s been a week of name calling, outright lies and more.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:53 AM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 08/09/2012

Irony and detachment can help Romney

He needs to stop complaining about nasty words.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:15 PM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 08/09/2012

Obama overreaches; Romney’s no killer

How low will the campaign go?

By Ed Rogers  |  03:38 PM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Paul Ryan for VP

His selection could lead to a much-needed debate about the proper role of government.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:04 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:43 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Obama sees himself as a twisted Robin Hood

The ‘take it’ vs. the ‘make it’ approach.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:43 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 08/08/2012

Romney hasn’t lost the summer

Overall, Romney’s in pretty strong shape.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:38 PM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 08/08/2012

Obama is playing a weak hand well

Obama is doing to Romney what Bush did to Kerry.

By Carter Eskew  |  03:40 PM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 08/08/2012

America's better nature

Inspiration in London and on Mars

By Carter Eskew  |  11:45 AM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Obama is beyond the kitchen sink

His desperation is showing in the campaign.

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

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 08/07/2012

Republicans are building a case against Obama

By Ed Rogers  |  04:10 PM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 08/07/2012

Romney questions Sen. Reid's ‘source’

By Carter Eskew  |  03:31 PM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 08/07/2012

If you didn't build it, don't even try to make it

President Obama has shown what he really thinks about encouraging work instead of dependency.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:10 AM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 08/07/2012

Characterizing our candidates

Romney as ruthless Sonny Corleone; Obama as cunning Michael.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:01 AM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 08/06/2012

Do elections have consequences?

Voters may be unsure of this, but 2012 will matter.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:13 PM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 08/06/2012

The business angle of the Chick-fil-A controversy

Supporters of gay marriage probably like Chick-fil-A as much as supporters of traditional marriage do.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:08 AM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 08/06/2012

The mysterious politics of Chick-fil-A

The hue and cry isn’t necessarily about social issues

By Ed Rogers  |  08:15 AM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 08/03/2012

The economy’s still weak, and so is Romney’s rhetoric

So far, he hasn’t shown that he can really solve problems and create jobs.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:29 AM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 08/03/2012

The economic gale against Obama is growing

Does the president really think he has a plan to return the U.S. to growth and prosperity?

By Ed Rogers  |  10:20 AM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 08/02/2012

What could be in Romney’s tax returns?

What the returns might show.

By Carter Eskew  |  03:20 PM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Romney's tax plan only benefits wealthy

It also plays nicely with the unresolved issue of his unreleased tax returns.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:48 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

‘You didn't build that’ hangs over Democrats

The party’s point of view on governing is laid bare.

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

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 08/01/2012

New polling doesn’t mean much for Obama

Still, a good poll is always better than a bad poll.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:56 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 08/01/2012

New polling validates Obama strategy

By Carter Eskew  |  02:07 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 08/01/2012

Tea Party wants to win the culture war

The oft-misunderstood group is setting its sights higher.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:47 AM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 08/01/2012

Ted Cruz: The GOP's answer to Elizabeth Warren

The Senate candidate from Texas will be a party rock star.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:47 AM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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