Monthly Archives: December 2011

Is Mitt It? The Pundits Say Yes, the Polls Say No

We are witnessing a fascinating struggle between the polling data in Iowa, and how Republican Party leaders and pundits are interpreting that data.  Yesterday, the National Journal ran this story under the headline “Romney: The New Frontrunner in Iowa”.   It … Continue reading

Will It Be Santorum? In Iowa, Timing is Everything – the latest Poll

In politics, as in life, timing is often everything.  A second Iowa poll has just been released, and it suggests that conservatives in Iowa may be  – I stress may be, since this is one poll – coalescing behind Rick … Continue reading

All Iowa, All The Time: Who Will Finish Second?

With less than a week to go before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus, the latest PPP Iowa poll continues to show Ron Paul in a slight lead over Mitt Romney, with Newt Gingrich in third.  None of the numbers have … Continue reading

Are Obama’s Approval Ratings On The Rise?

An apparent uptick in President Obama’s Gallup Poll approval ratings triggered a flurry of stories these past two days speculating what might have caused the change and what it portends for the future.  Politico’s story was headlined Obama job approval … Continue reading

An Imperial Presidency? Obama, Signing Statements and the Unwritten Constitution

Last Friday Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 2055, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012,” which is an omnibus year-end spending bill. While signing the bill into law, however, he issued a statement that declared several provisions within the bill as … Continue reading