Pine Tree Politics

Presidential Trench Warfare

Mitt Romney didn’t get much of a bounce out of his convention.

The prognosticators on the left have declared, of course, that this means that Romney failed his test with the American people and has already lost the election.

The Storm Gathers in Tampa

Tomorrow was supposed to be the first day of the Republican National Convention, but I and the rest of my companions sitting her in Tampa won’t be gathering in the Tampa Bay Times Forum tomorrow as planned.

Instead, Tropical Storm Isaac has derailed the first day, and we will be squeezing the speakers and activities from the lost day on Monday into the other three days.

Eagle Has Landed

I’ve arrived in (what is now, but won’t be for long) Sunny Tampa, Florida for the Republican National Convention, 2012.

Maine’s Delegate Train Wreck

The Maine delegation to the Republican National Convention next week is a hot mess.

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention to this evolving soap opera – and trust me I don’t blame you for not – an internal fight within the Republican Party has emerged over who is going to Tampa to represent the state.

Help me, Cynthia Dill. You’re my only hope.

As more time passes in the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Senator Olympia Snowe, one thing is becoming abundantly clear:  Cynthia Dill is the only hope Mainers have of defeating Angus King.

Not because she is a threat to win, of course.  I’ve noted since the beginning that Dill will be coming in last in this race, and by a rather substantial margin.

Up Loyalty Creek Without A Paddle

So, you may have heard recently that there is a mini-civil war brewing between U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe and the Republican nominee to replace her, Charlie Summers.

Constitutional hair ripping

I have a confession to make. The Constitution compels me to rip out what remains of my hair.

Not for what it is, of course. As a conservative, I have a well established love of the document, what it means and what it represents. I think that for all its flaws, it and particularly the Bill of Rights, is an ingenious and invaluable advancement in self-government and personal liberty for the world.

A new, and feisty, political culture in Maine

For longer than anyone alive can remember, the culture of Maine politics has been one of collaboration, deference, respect, pleasantness and accommodation. Republicans and Democrats, while philosophically opposed, always seemed to get along well, work together and keep the poisonous political ankle-biting to a minimum.

That culture is now changing.

Political moneyball: Smart strategy, not cash, wins races

Politics is replete with sports metaphors. A great debate performance can be a “home run” for a candidate, causing his opponent to be up “against the ropes,” before he is delivered a “knockout blow” by a great commercial. In 2008, Mitt Romney became famous for talking about first, second and third place primary showings as “gold, silver and bronze,” a nod to his own Olympic back story.

The untold story of the DADT repeal

It was December of 2010, and Congress was in a protracted battle over a host of issues, including an extension of expiring tax cuts, the Defense Authorization bill which included a contentious repeal of the so-called Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, and the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.