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The Insiders: September, 2012

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 09/28/2012

The apogee of Obama's campaign

Even Netanyahu has had nice things to say about the president.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:09 PM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 09/28/2012

Romney attacks, more in sorrow than in anger

If his tactics don’t work, much of the GOP intelligentsia will be on the war path

By Ed Rogers  |  11:37 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Our ever-changing electoral universe

A variety of factors will drive turnout this year and determine the electorate's final composition

By Carter Eskew  |  03:45 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 09/27/2012

There are few new Obama voters

By Ed Rogers  |  02:55 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Worth fighting for

How to keep Obama from slipping up in the debates.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:36 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Campaigns look silly trying to set expectations for debates

Let them speak for themselves.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:38 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 09/26/2012

Blame the pollsters

With the race going Obama’s way, why not take aim at the polls?

By Carter Eskew  |  04:11 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 09/26/2012

The polls really are crazy

And this one really takes the cake...

By Ed Rogers  |  02:44 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 09/26/2012

Economy strengthens as Romney weakens

Voters seem to agree with Obama's narrative that the economy is recovering, albeit slowly.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:40 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 09/26/2012

The (continuing) education of Barack Obama

His U.N. speech wasn’t applicable to the real world.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:45 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Final stage of political denial: Blame the voters

That's where some Republicans seem to be heading today.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:40 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Romney supporters: Don’t panic! II

It is still very early in the contest.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:21 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 09/25/2012

Bad is getting worse for Obama, except with dependent Democrats

Our president engages in glib dithering, and the really bad news is that he is getting away with it.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:31 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 09/25/2012

The calamity is coming

The politics of the impending debt fight won’t be pretty.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:17 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 09/25/2012

America is being warned

This time from IMF official Lagarde.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:12 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 09/24/2012

Mitt Romney, middle-class hero

Polls show the conventional wisdom is wrong.

By Ed Rogers  |  05:28 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 09/24/2012

Obama and Romney on ‘60 Minutes’

Back-to-back interview a good debate primer.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:21 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 09/24/2012

Romney has resurrected a loser issue

His tax return has given Democrats something to feast on.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:54 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 09/24/2012

Local coal could make the national difference in the election

Obama’s attack on coal could come back to hurt him.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:20 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Obama admits he can’t change anything

Here’s the proof that the president lacks the necessary leadership skills.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:01 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Romney will try to regain offensive in first debate

Can what worked in the primaries work for him again?

By Carter Eskew  |  09:42 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Obama is in Romney's head

The president is clearly winning the war of “psych” right now.

By Carter Eskew  |  05:39 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 09/20/2012

Desperate times make desperate measures appealing

Romney hits on ‘redistribution,’ something he himself believes in.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:21 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 09/20/2012

Obama's very own October surprise

Taking out the Libya murderers likely will be a political boon for the president.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:05 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Americans aren’t buying Obama’s peace and prosperity

A recent poll suggests that Obama has a ceiling below 50 percent.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:26 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 09/19/2012

All aboard Obama fundraising train

He should use the positive news to muscle major donors who have been reluctant to support him.

By Carter Eskew  |  03:22 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 09/19/2012

Investors in stock market might win election for Obama

The surge in the stock market is clearly having an impact on investor confidence.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:15 AM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 09/19/2012

Obama is coasting

There’s no effort to restore American prosperity or ensure peace abroad.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:10 AM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Romney makes it too easy

His attempt to clean up the ‘47 percent’ comment didn’t finish the job.

By Carter Eskew  |  05:37 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Romney is durable

After rough stretch, some good signs.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:24 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 09/18/2012

Yesterday, Romney changed his campaign

He was expressing what he deeply believes about can-do’s and can’t do’s.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:22 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 09/18/2012

Romney is off-message

The truth is no defense.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:40 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Mitt Romney has a problem

But in admitting it, the story becomes invariably “campaign in disarray.”

By Carter Eskew  |  03:50 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Romney supporters: Don’t panic!

By any historical measure, the Romney campaign is in pretty good shape.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:21 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 09/17/2012

Will Romney be the next host body?

When candidates have no foreign policy experience, ideologues are more than happy to fill the void.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:49 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 09/17/2012

Obama's 21st-century Teflon is working

Why is he winning despite his record at home and abroad?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:25 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 09/14/2012

Peace and prosperity? Not from Obama

The president can’t lay claim to attaining either.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:24 AM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 09/14/2012

Obama's chances of reelection

The odds have improved, thanks to better data-mining and voter-contact operations.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:40 AM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 09/13/2012

While U.S. embassies burn, the U.S. economy is on the brink

The economic news is all bad for Obama

By Ed Rogers  |  04:45 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 09/13/2012

Breaking bad for Mitt Romney

Not surprisingly, he seems more than a little angry these days.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:26 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 09/13/2012

America pays for the education of Barack Obama

The murderous rampage on U.S. diplomats is a result of the president’s simpleton vision of world harmony.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:36 AM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 09/13/2012

Mitt, don't lose Peggy Noonan

Her stature as a reasonable conservative makes her judgment of Romney's behavior in recent days quite significant.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:13 AM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Romney made foreign policy gaffe

His unsteadiness will do him lasting damage.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:45 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 09/12/2012

The president was poised; Romney stumbled

Obama showed stature and resolve on embassy crisis; Romney seemed to be winging it.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:26 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 09/12/2012

Romney repeatedly unsteady on foreign policy

He needs to learn that timing is everything in a fluid international crisis.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:26 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 09/12/2012

All eyes are on the president after death of U.S. ambassador in Libya

How will he — and Romney — respond in the wake of Libya killings?

By Ed Rogers  |  09:24 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 09/11/2012

Karl Rove isn't conservative enough

Politico report stokes suspicion among “purist” conservatives.

By Carter Eskew  |  03:34 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 09/11/2012

Innovations in Obama's ground operation

With the help of technology, the campaign is getting up-close and personal with undecided voters.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:27 AM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

The world outside the campaign is uncomfortable for the president

He can’t escape what he helped create.

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

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Romney needed a pivot

It was overdue and ended up being awkward.

By Carter Eskew  |  05:33 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Two more things for Republicans to worry about

Virgil Goode and Ohio’s auto-parts workers.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:23 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 09/10/2012

Mrs. Romney tempted to take things into her own hands

Why aren’t she and the campaign team on the same track?

By Carter Eskew  |  09:58 AM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 09/10/2012

No reward for campaigns in being specific

For candidates, it’s a trap.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:22 AM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 09/07/2012

More numbers to watch

It’s not just about the jobs report.

By Carter Eskew  |  05:02 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 09/07/2012

More numbers to watch

It’s not all about the jobs report.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:40 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 09/07/2012

More numbers to watch

By Carter Eskew  |  04:22 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 09/07/2012

The conventions are over, job numbers are bad – let the attacks begin

Romney has the clear advantage now.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:05 AM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Obama turns the mirror around in convention speech

He found eloquence in making the election about others, not him.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:48 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 09/06/2012

To Republican cheers, Obama doubles down on ‘you didn’t build that’

Obama’s problem is still the economy, and the convention hasn’t done anything to help him.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:18 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 09/06/2012

What we should hear Obama say Thursday night

He needs to speak with both specificity and emotion about his second-term agenda.

By Carter Eskew  |  02:55 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 09/06/2012

The Democrats want out of Charlotte

Their idea bank is exhausted.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:27 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Bill Clinton’s powerful case for a second Obama term

He laid another brick in the foundation for Obama’s re-election.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:42 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 09/05/2012

‘We all belong to the government,’ Nazis, and other news from the convention

By Ed Rogers  |  05:26 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Strong speeches from Deval Patrick and Julian Castro

The Democrats are off to a good start.

By Carter Eskew  |  05:21 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 09/05/2012

Michelle Obama’s masterstroke

In her convention speech, she painted vivid pictures of her father and the president.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:05 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 09/05/2012

Democratic denials and oddballs detract from the first lady in Charlotte

The party exposes itself.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:57 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Obama’s huge opportunity

Now’s the president’s chance to get specific about where and how he wants to lead the country.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:49 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Obama loves Clinton at the convention, but he needs an Eastwood

The campaign could do with someone who’d consume a full day of news.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:46 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Mitt Romney’s weak case over the nation’s past and future

Mitt Romney's weak case.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:41 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:20 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Obama tries to sell hope without any change

The president is in a fragile position.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:20 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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