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Ron Paul doesn't fit the media's script - Daily Caller

Ron Paul doesn't fit the media's script - Daily Caller | Election 2012 | Scoop.it

When Paul garners nearly a third of the almost 17,000 votes cast in the Ames Straw Poll, the media yawns. But when Pawlenty chews on a piece of straw in front of three people, it’s a major media event. In fact, Pawlenty’s post-Ames departure from the race received more coverage than Paul’s near-victory.

 

For reporters, it wasn’t enough that actual flesh-and-blood voters didn’t really like Pawlenty. Reporters had already determined that people “should” or “would” like him, based on their own perceptions of electability. Similarly, in 2008 the chattering class determined that Rudy Giuliani looked good on paper and was the man to beat in the GOP presidential primaries — that is, unless the obviously formidable Fred Thompson entered the race. Neither candidate amounted to much, and the man whose campaign was considered all but dead, John McCain, went on to win the Republican nomination.

 

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/19/ron-paul-doesnt-fit-the-medias-script/#ixzz1VUpDdOwg

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Will Obama lose the battle but win the war in 2012?

Will Obama lose the battle but win the war in 2012? | Election 2012 | Scoop.it

After a fierce debt ceiling debate, almost eight in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the political system and record numbers disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the economy. But with dwindling prospects of a booming recovery by next year’s election, Obama might pursue a new strategy that takes direct aim at a key segment of voters he must win in 2012; those who say he’s tried — but failed — to solve the country’s major problems.

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Obama's deportation policy: Smart politics?

Obama's deportation policy: Smart politics? | Election 2012 | Scoop.it
PoliticoObama's deportation policy: Smart politics?USA Today (blog)President Obama's new policy on deporting illegal immigrants won't just help those immigrants without criminal records. It could help Obama as well.
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Dems Still Don't Want Hillary to Run Against Obama

Dems Still Don't Want Hillary to Run Against Obama | Election 2012 | Scoop.it

Among all Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters, just 32% said they wanted to see a Democrat challenge Obama in the primary in 2012 versus 59% who didn’t want him challenged for the nomination. And this month these numbers are skewed further in Obama’s favor than they were last November, when 38% favored a challenge and 58% opposed.

 

To put this in historical context, this is roughly half the number of people who wanted to see Bill Clinton challenged by another Democrat in his 1996 re-election campaign. Fully 66% of Democratic voters wanted to see Clinton challenged when polled in 1994 about the upcoming election. The 1994 midterm election gave up many Congressional seats to Republicans, but so did last year’s midterm election.

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Russ Feingold won't run for Senate in 2012

Russ Feingold won't run for Senate in 2012 | Election 2012 | Scoop.it

Los Angeles Times - Russ Feingold won't run for Senate in 2012Los Angeles TimesRuss Feingold will not run for US Senate again in 2012, the Wisconsin Democrat told supporters in an email Friday morning.

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