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By Luke Broadwater | July 8, 2011
Struggling GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty apparently thought he could rev up his campaign by ... wait for it ... tepidly praising the music of Lady Gaga.   Ask yourself a simple question: Is it possible to look less presidential than this?  Keep in mind that this wasn't a case of Pawlenty getting asked a gotcha question from the lame-stream media. He brought up the topic. 
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by Annie Linskey | September 5, 2012
As Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took the stage at the Democratic National Convention last night, pundits in the audience dug out their smart phones and provided insta-analysis on Twitter. The feedback was not entirely positive. Some of the criticism undoubtedly stems from high expectations and reinforces the important role that O'Malley is playing in national politics. When he is talking, opinion-makers are paying attention.  In this case, perhaps he wished they were not. Josh Greenman , a New York Daily News opinion editor, tweeted that the Democrats had "solid night" but added "with the exception of O'Malley.
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Ron Smith | August 18, 2011
A moment ago, I Googled "Ron Paul ignored by media" and came up with 9,222 links. That's a lot of stories about someone being ignored. Here's what happened. In last weekend's Iowa Straw Poll of GOP presidential candidates, the Texas congressman had an exceptionally strong showing, finishing a mere 152 votes behind the winner, Minnesota Rep.Michele Bachmann. Mrs. Bachmann — or the "Queen of Rage," as Newsweek magazine dubbed her — followed her Saturday triumph with Sunday talk show interviews on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News Channel and CNN. Ron Paul appeared on none.
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Susan Reimer | January 9, 2012
Presidential elections have shoehorned their way onto a list that includes Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter and Halloween: treasured national events that have become irritating, if not down right offensive, by how early they start and how long they last. (This list does not include tax season or bathing-suit season, both of which would be unpleasant no matter when they started or how long they lasted.) If you are like me, you have the sense that we have been sorting among possible Republican candidates since March of last year - and the election is still almost 11 months away.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 15, 2011
GOP presidential candidate and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been catching a lot of criticism for his timidity in Monday night's debate. He refused to criticize frontrunner Mitt Romney over his Massachusetts health care plan despite doing so a day earlier.    Comedian Stephen Colbert piled on Tuesday night. He played clips of several pundits ripping Pawlenty, calling him a "loser," a "beta dog" and a "boiled noodle. "  He then showed the key moment in the debate in which Pawlenty declined to attack Romney over what Pawlenty had previously described as "Obamneycare.
NEWS
by Annie Linskey | September 5, 2012
As Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took the stage at the Democratic National Convention last night, pundits in the audience dug out their smart phones and provided insta-analysis on Twitter. The feedback was not entirely positive. Some of the criticism undoubtedly stems from high expectations and reinforces the important role that O'Malley is playing in national politics. When he is talking, opinion-makers are paying attention.  In this case, perhaps he wished they were not. Josh Greenman , a New York Daily News opinion editor, tweeted that the Democrats had "solid night" but added "with the exception of O'Malley.
NEWS
November 6, 2002
U.S. Governors (i) = incumbent ALABAMA 99% Donald Siegelman, Dem (i) 673,400 49% Bob Riley, GOP 669,818 49% ALASKA 28% Open Frank Murkowski, GOP 45,971 58% Fran Ulmer, Dem 31,440 39% ARIZONA 88% Open Janet Napolitano, Dem 426,231 46% Matt Salmon, GOP 411,688 45% ARKANSAS 85% Mike Huckabee, GOP (i) 369,610 55% Jimmie Lou Fisher, Dem 307,353 45% CALIFORNIA 46% Gray Davis, Dem (i) 1,423,823 47% Bill Simon, GOP 1,299,839 43% COLORADO 86% Bill Owens, GOP (i) 720,445 63% Rollie Heath, Dem 383,111 33% CONNECTICUT 99% John Rowland, GOP (i)
NEWS
June 14, 2011
The event was pegged as the first major debate among GOP presidential hopefuls in 2012, but Monday night's gathering turned out to be less a clash of competing ideas than a rote recital of hoary political nostrums that Republican primary voters have made a litmus test of ideological purity. The candidates dutifully repeated the mantra of tax cuts and touted their conservative credentials on social issues such as abortion, gay rights and immigration. But there was little real passion in the give-and-take, which by the end of the event seemed more like polite dinner-party chatter than a discussion of matters of grave national import.
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By Kurt Ullrich | December 25, 2011
In Iowan Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," Marian, the River City librarian, spends a lot of time looking for love, while pretending not to. In the end she does, in fact, find it, with a huckster - a man who may be slightly less than sincere. We naturally, and naively, assume it all works out for her, that her choice was sound, that her life will be perfect. A variation on a similar theme plays out quadrennially here in Iowa, where we have the enviable task of being the first in the nation to express our preferences for presidential candidates.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | January 9, 2012
Presidential elections have shoehorned their way onto a list that includes Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter and Halloween: treasured national events that have become irritating, if not down right offensive, by how early they start and how long they last. (This list does not include tax season or bathing-suit season, both of which would be unpleasant no matter when they started or how long they lasted.) If you are like me, you have the sense that we have been sorting among possible Republican candidates since March of last year - and the election is still almost 11 months away.
NEWS
By Kurt Ullrich | December 25, 2011
In Iowan Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," Marian, the River City librarian, spends a lot of time looking for love, while pretending not to. In the end she does, in fact, find it, with a huckster - a man who may be slightly less than sincere. We naturally, and naively, assume it all works out for her, that her choice was sound, that her life will be perfect. A variation on a similar theme plays out quadrennially here in Iowa, where we have the enviable task of being the first in the nation to express our preferences for presidential candidates.
NEWS
Ron Smith | August 19, 2011
A moment ago, I Googled "Ron Paul ignored by media" and came up with 9,222 links. That's a lot of stories about someone being ignored. Here's what happened. In last weekend's Iowa Straw Poll of GOP presidential candidates, the Texas congressman had an exceptionally strong showing, finishing a mere 152 votes behind the winner, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.Mrs. Bachmann - or the "Queen of Rage," as Newsweek magazine dubbed her - followed her Saturday triumph with Sunday talk show interviews on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News Channel and CNN. Ron Paul appeared on none.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | July 8, 2011
Struggling GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty apparently thought he could rev up his campaign by ... wait for it ... tepidly praising the music of Lady Gaga.   Ask yourself a simple question: Is it possible to look less presidential than this?  Keep in mind that this wasn't a case of Pawlenty getting asked a gotcha question from the lame-stream media. He brought up the topic. 
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | June 15, 2011
GOP presidential candidate and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been catching a lot of criticism for his timidity in Monday night's debate. He refused to criticize frontrunner Mitt Romney over his Massachusetts health care plan despite doing so a day earlier.    Comedian Stephen Colbert piled on Tuesday night. He played clips of several pundits ripping Pawlenty, calling him a "loser," a "beta dog" and a "boiled noodle. "  He then showed the key moment in the debate in which Pawlenty declined to attack Romney over what Pawlenty had previously described as "Obamneycare.
NEWS
June 14, 2011
The event was pegged as the first major debate among GOP presidential hopefuls in 2012, but Monday night's gathering turned out to be less a clash of competing ideas than a rote recital of hoary political nostrums that Republican primary voters have made a litmus test of ideological purity. The candidates dutifully repeated the mantra of tax cuts and touted their conservative credentials on social issues such as abortion, gay rights and immigration. But there was little real passion in the give-and-take, which by the end of the event seemed more like polite dinner-party chatter than a discussion of matters of grave national import.
NEWS
November 6, 2002
U.S. Governors (i) = incumbent ALABAMA 99% Donald Siegelman, Dem (i) 673,400 49% Bob Riley, GOP 669,818 49% ALASKA 28% Open Frank Murkowski, GOP 45,971 58% Fran Ulmer, Dem 31,440 39% ARIZONA 88% Open Janet Napolitano, Dem 426,231 46% Matt Salmon, GOP 411,688 45% ARKANSAS 85% Mike Huckabee, GOP (i) 369,610 55% Jimmie Lou Fisher, Dem 307,353 45% CALIFORNIA 46% Gray Davis, Dem (i) 1,423,823 47% Bill Simon, GOP 1,299,839 43% COLORADO 86% Bill Owens, GOP (i) 720,445 63% Rollie Heath, Dem 383,111 33% CONNECTICUT 99% John Rowland, GOP (i)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | March 31, 2011
Arizona Republican congressman Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, made his standup comedy debut at the Congressional Correspondents' Dinner yesterday. He roasted Politico, Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney, Tim Pawlenty, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin and even his father. I thought the jokes about Gingrich's flip-flopping and Pawlenty's irrelevancy were funny, but many of the lines fell flat.   On the whole, it's nice to see a politician with a sense of humor. It's an example many of the others -- who take themselves way too seriously -- could learn from.     
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