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The Insiders: October, 2012

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Romney caught red-handed

Reclaiming the language of political outrage.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:19 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 10/31/2012

It's all about Christie

By Carter Eskew  |  09:48 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 10/31/2012

Let Christie be Christie

Why all the hand-wringing over his praise of Obama’s hurricane response?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:34 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Signs of despair and hope for Obama

In the final week, the signals can be read nearly any way you like.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:24 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Bad is getting worse for Obama

By Ed Rogers  |  03:33 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 10/30/2012

One week to go, and there is no good news for Obama

The storm clouds are still gathering.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:25 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Romney has a lot of nerve

He boasts of bipartisanship when he knows his party will never allow it.

By Carter Eskew  |  06:26 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Read all about it: Obama to create a ‘Department of Business’

No, this isn’t something from “SNL” or The Onion.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:11 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 10/29/2012

Sandy, Obama and Romney

Natural disasters have hurt more political careers than they have helped.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:15 AM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 10/29/2012

The politics of the storm

Obama may have received a gift from God to change the momentum of the race.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:50 AM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 10/26/2012

Romney seems suspect

By Carter Eskew  |  10:17 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 10/26/2012

Obama plays to the coarse, ignorant vote

What happened to hope and change?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:21 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Was Susan Rice set up on Libya?

Her comments on Sunday talk shows about Libya has ruined her political career.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:27 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 10/25/2012

Elections matter

A vivid signal for those who would remember of how elections matter.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:46 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 10/25/2012

Obama couldn't lead Washington to a grand bargain if he wanted to

A desperate ploy from the president.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:32 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 10/24/2012

The president’s favorability falters

Another signal from the White House that Obama is out of fresh ideas.

By Ed Rogers  |  06:13 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Halloween for the Republicans comes early

The crazy uncles in the basement are starting to howl.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:08 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 10/24/2012

What kind of president might Romney be?

He’d probably give the social conservatives free reign.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:48 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 10/24/2012

Disappointing business profits cast a chilly shadow on the Obama campaign

How can Obama say the economy is improving now?

By Ed Rogers  |  07:58 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Has Romney peaked too soon?

Has his cleverness and reinvention taken one too many turns?

By Carter Eskew  |  11:09 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Big Bird, Binders, and Bayonets

Have the debates determined the election?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:47 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Technical victory for Obama, but gained little

By Carter Eskew  |  11:36 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Foreign policy debate: Romney did what he needed to do

He was a credible commander in chief.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:15 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 10/22/2012

Who would you rather be?

Romney is riding the wave of momentum; Obama is clinging to his surfboard.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:46 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 10/22/2012

What Obama needs in the final debate

Can he reach female voters?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:04 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Romney ignores facts completely

He continues a Republican trend.

By Carter Eskew  |  01:38 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/19/2012

The RNC scorches Obama with the truth

Powerful new ad holds his feet to the fire on the economy.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Voter ID fraud

Republicans using the law to suppress voting.

By Carter Eskew  |  02:20 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Game change? Will dependent voters reelect Obama?

More people than ever have a selfish interest in voting in favor of their own government benefits.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:57 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Final hurdles for the candidates

Obama and Romney both face burdens in these last few weeks.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:46 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 10/17/2012

Remember, Romney: Keep the economy ‘the main thing’

As the FedEx CEO said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”  In this election, the economy is still the main thing.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:09 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Romney's economic plan falls short

The numbers just don’t add up.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:42 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Obama needed a better debate and he had one

But there was no defining moment for either President Obama or Governor Romney.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:27 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Obama claims victory

Romney’s jauntiness ebbs away.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:14 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Obama's opportunity for a comeback

His plan is to be more aggressive, but his fighting style should be subtle and not wild.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:11 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 10/16/2012

A 100 percent chance the 47 percent will be part of tonight's debate

Expect Obama to be belligerent.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:28 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 10/15/2012

On Obama, Carter, and second chances

The parallels — and one important distinction.

By Carter Eskew  |  05:39 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 10/15/2012

No message for Obama? Just put on a show.

It’s absurd that a big rally and concert Thursday will sway votes in Ohio.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:44 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 10/15/2012

Introducing the ‘You're ahead headpiece’

Just the thing to calm a candidate’s jangled nerves.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:01 AM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 10/15/2012

Obama is a naked emperor with a glass jaw

Peaked too soon?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:29 AM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/12/2012

Obama supporters can remain optimistic

There are signs that the president has his game face on again.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:55 AM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 10/12/2012

Voters see Romney-Ryan with their own eyes

They aren't the villains Obama made them out to be.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:23 AM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 PM ET, 10/11/2012

Biden comes out on top

By Carter Eskew  |  11:03 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 PM ET, 10/11/2012

A debate that won’t change the race

The vice presidential debate did little to shake up the dynamic of the race.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:57 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 10/11/2012

Can Ryan support a ‘moderate’ Romney?

By Carter Eskew  |  03:58 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 10/11/2012

Romney flip-flops from abortion moderate to tea party puppet

The candidate touched the third rail of abortion and quickly had to change course.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:20 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 10/11/2012

Obama should fire John Kerry

He’s too dour to channel Mitt Romney in Obama’s debate prep.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:58 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 10/10/2012

The president thinks he’s too polite

His no-holds-barred comeback better be a knockout.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:52 PM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

There will always be Bill Clinton

A pick-me-up for depressed Democrats.

By Carter Eskew  |  02:04 PM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 10/10/2012

It's time for Obama to fight

His salvation could be a strong “we are in this together” message to the middle class.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:57 AM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Obama needs Joe Biden

A strong debate performance by the vice president could begin to right the Obama ship.

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

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 10/09/2012

The Obama campaign has gone crazy

The ‘Big Bird’ ad shows that the president’s aides have gone crazy.

By Ed Rogers  |  04:46 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 10/09/2012

In light of Romney's momentum, the president needs to be more specific

Obama should think like a challenger but act like an incumbent.

By Carter Eskew  |  02:36 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 10/09/2012

What Big Bird means for the presidential election

The Obama campaign has unwisely continued the politicization of the PBS brand.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:23 AM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 10/09/2012

2012 is about the economy; don't change the subject

Why do the Obama campaign a favor?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:44 AM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 10/08/2012

Romney talks foreign policy

His speech at VMI had few ideas on how his administration would make us stronger.

By Carter Eskew  |  04:16 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

The president is intimidated by Romney

When the president's assertions were challenged, he could not make the case for his own reelection.

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

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 10/08/2012

Romney: an acceptable alternative?

Whether he is or isn't is, for the first time in a while, the central question of the campaign.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:34 AM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 10/06/2012

Obama's 3-part message for the Sunday shows

The scramble to say what the president didn’t say in the debate

By Ed Rogers  |  03:20 PM ET, 10/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 10/05/2012

Obama’s luck and Romney’s elasticity

Stronger jobs report comes right as Romney surges.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:50 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 10/05/2012

No excuses, Mr. President

The Obama camp has been caught flat-footed.

By Ed Rogers  |  07:47 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

The presidency is frozen after the debate

Obama has to show new energy and intensity without looking panicked.

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

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Two things Obama needs to do today

How does he change the tenor of the news coverage?

By Carter Eskew  |  12:03 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 10/04/2012

The real Obama disappoints

What will he and his allies do now?

By Ed Rogers  |  08:33 AM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 PM ET, 10/03/2012

Curse for Obama: Good gets better, bad gets worse

By Ed Rogers  |  11:09 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:05 PM ET, 10/03/2012

The Romney comeback began tonight

He repeatedly schooled the president on jobs, taxes, energy, health care and the deficit

By Carter Eskew  |  11:05 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 10/03/2012

Feeling nervous before the debate

I have bought into the notion (is it only spin?) that Obama has more to lose.

By Carter Eskew  |  08:00 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 10/03/2012

If Romney scores tonight, who will notice?

It will be almost impossible for much of the post-debate analysis to be fair.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:47 AM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 10/03/2012

Debates could give Romney a fresh start

He’s still standing after a horrible month.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:44 AM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Arkansas: A Koch brothers case study

Effort to flip state legislature can show the power of spending on down-ballot elections.

By Carter Eskew  |  05:09 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 10/02/2012

Grover Norquist scores again

Just in time for the first debate, he offers the ‘five worst Obamacare taxes.’

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

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 10/02/2012

Three things Obama needs to do in Denver

First, he needs to show some emotion about the struggles facing the American people.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:52 AM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Make Obama reapply for his job

It’s time for Romney to be the scrappy underdog.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:19 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Romney should find his inner underdog

With the race trending against him, he should make a virtue of a necessity.

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

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 10/01/2012

Debates are persuasive, but not decisive

Still, any opportunity for candidates to communicate without filters to undecided voters is vital.

By Carter Eskew  |  09:49 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Romney can corner Obama at the debate

Can he make it the president’s day of reckoning?

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

 

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