Ken Rudin http://wkms.org en John Boehner Has Been Up And Down And Up Again. Where Is He Now? http://wkms.org/post/john-boehner-has-been-and-down-and-again-where-he-now As <em><strong>John Boehner</strong></em> finally got the votes to put him over the top, and his re-election as Speaker of the House became official, one had to wonder what was going on in <em><strong></strong></em> his mind.<p>If Boehner has had a rough two years in trying to keep his fellow Republicans on the same page in their battles with <em><strong>President Obama</strong></em>, he endured a miserable couple of weeks in the lead up to the fiscal cliff agreement. His dealings with Obama went nowhere. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:18:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 26451 at http://wkms.org John Boehner Has Been Up And Down And Up Again. Where Is He Now? Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2012 http://wkms.org/post/remembering-those-who-left-us-2012 In political terms, 2012 was not the greatest of years. We witnessed an ugly, personal, petty, and often childish presidential election. Living in a "battleground" or "swing" state often meant being bombarded 24/7 by an incessant barrage of negative campaign commercials. And just as we were finally emerging from the campaign, we ended the year with an unfathomable tragedy, the gunning down of 20 children at an elementary school in Connecticut.<p>But before we enter the new year with new dread, it's time to stop and remember those voices in the world of politics we lost. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:08:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 26042 at http://wkms.org Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2012 Both Sides Itching For A Confirmation Fight Over Susan Rice http://wkms.org/post/both-sides-itching-confirmation-fight-over-susan-rice The election was over. As <em><strong>President Obama</strong></em> faced the press in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, the anger and bitterness of his long battle with <em><strong>Mitt Romney</strong></em> seemed to have faded. Unlike President <em><strong>George W. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:33:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 24657 at http://wkms.org Both Sides Itching For A Confirmation Fight Over Susan Rice Who Gets The Blame For The Romney Loss? The Tea Party Has A Theory. http://wkms.org/post/who-gets-blame-romney-loss-tea-party-has-theory It was an election that, once upon a time, many thought was stacked in <em><strong>Mitt Romney's</strong></em> favor.<p>Unemployment was hovering around eight percent, a number that was much higher in black and Latino households. Many had simply given up and stopped looking for work, pessimistic about the future. Voters were still skeptical or fearful about <em><strong>President Obama's</strong></em> health care plan, and small business owners were bracing for what they thought would be higher costs. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:33:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 24382 at http://wkms.org Who Gets The Blame For The Romney Loss? The Tea Party Has A Theory. What To Look For On Election Day: The Battle For The White House & Congress http://wkms.org/post/what-look-election-day-battle-white-house-congress Tuesday, as those who follow politics probably know, is Election Day. The battle between President<em><strong> Barack Obama</strong></em> and Republican challenger <em><strong>Mitt Romney</strong></em> has been contentious, expensive, personal, illuminating, ugly, frustrating, petty, enlightening and, above all, long. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 14:08:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 24098 at http://wkms.org What To Look For On Election Day: The Battle For The White House & Congress Running Mate Scorecard: Ups And Downs Since 1964 http://wkms.org/post/running-mate-scorecard-ups-and-downs-1964 It will be a while before we know if presidential candidate Mitt Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan to join the Republican ticket will be a plus or minus for his campaign.<p>In my view, not since Jack Kennedy picked Lyndon Johnson has the choice of a running mate truly affected the outcome in November. LBJ did, after all, help bring Texas to the Democratic fold in 1960. But the record for subsequent No. 2s is a bit mixed. Here's my scorecard:<p><strong>1964</strong><p><strong>Democrat</strong>: President Lyndon Johnson, without a vice president since he succeeded the assassinated John F. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:37:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 20598 at http://wkms.org Running Mate Scorecard: Ups And Downs Since 1964 5 Vice Presidential Picks Who Were Key To Victory http://wkms.org/post/5-vice-presidential-picks-who-were-key-victory There have been a number of instances in recent history where the choice of a vice presidential running mate was an important stepping stone toward winning in the fall.<p>Of course, it's much too early to know how much of a difference GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will make. In the meantime, here is my subjective list of the top five instances in the past half-century or so where a selection of a running mate was crucial to victory:<strong></strong><p><strong>1. 1960: John Kennedy-Lyndon Johnson (D)</strong><p>Without a doubt, No. 1. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:29:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 20599 at http://wkms.org 5 Vice Presidential Picks Who Were Key To Victory The United States Of America ... All Ten Of Them http://wkms.org/post/united-states-america-all-ten-them <strong></strong>In 92 days, we will either re-elect <em><strong>President Obama</strong></em> or replace him with his Republican opponent, <em><strong>Mitt Romney</strong></em>. On paper, at least, voters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia will make that decision.<p>But if you look at the travel schedules and campaign budgets of Obama and Romney, it's clear that the 2012 election will be decided in only ten or fewer states.<p>I'm not arguing for eliminating the electoral college and calling for the president to be elected by popular vote. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 10:48:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 20274 at http://wkms.org The United States Of America ... All Ten Of Them