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How do you win the US Presidential Election? Be the President already.

The Economist has an excellent piece this week looking at the advantages enjoyed by incumbant Presidents. http://www.economist.com/node/21554223 Lexington suggests the President enjoys the following advantages: – Use of Air Force One – Command of the Bully Pulpit – Permanent Campaign – Fundraising – Commander in Chief- anniversary of Bin Laden’s death   Advertisements

Veep Choices

The GOP have virtually picked their candidate- all that remains to happen is for Romney to pick his running mate. Sabato looks at the potential candidates with Rob Portman and Marco Rubio emerging as early front runners. There is even a video clip for your entertainment. http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/

The Power to Persuade

According the Neustadt the one thing a good US President needs to be able to do is to persuade people. The lack of formal powers means recourse to the dark arts of persuasion (of America or Congress) are necessary if a President is to acheive anything. This piece in the New Yorker challenges this assumption, and suggests … Continue reading

A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney

I am afraid the blog has been a little neglected over Easter but over the next few days, I will post the plethora of articles I have spotted over the last few weeks. I thought however I would start with this amusing piece (courtesy of Mr Mitchell) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/opinion/sunday/a-quantum-theory-of-mitt-romney.html Aside from the fact its quite amusing the … Continue reading

Balancing the Ticket

As the Republican primary battle continues apace thoughts now begin to turn to the VP nomination. Obviously in 2008 the selection of Sarah Palin added to the drama of the campaign, this piece from the Guardian looks at whether or not Rand Paul might be a good option for a Romney running mate in 2012. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/ana-marie-cox-blog/2012/feb/27/post-palin-logic-behind-gop-vp-pick

Santorum Secures Three Victories

Santorum’s success in the Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri has caused an upset to the seemingly unstoppable progress of Mitt Romney. Most of the commentators consider this to be good for Obama, the NY Times offers a good overview. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/us/politics/minnesota-colorado-missouri-caucuses.html?_r=1  

Good News for Obama?

Gingrich’s victory in South Carolina may have halted the straightforward march of Romney towards the Republican nomination (his tax return probably hasn’t helped either…). While the Newt’s renaissance may be halted in Florida it seems as though this has contributed to a lightening of the mood in the Obama camp… On a serious note the editorial in today’s Telegraph looking into … Continue reading

Another piece on the NDAA

If you found yesterday’s post about the NDAA interesting here is a more detailed account of the same story by the Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-signs-defense-bill-pledges-to-maintain-legal-rights-of-terror-suspects/2011/12/31/gIQATzbkSP_story.html

Civil Liberties and Signing Statements

If ever a story was made for Unit 4 this is it. You have Presidential Power, conflicting (or not) Presidential styles, broken Presidential promises on legislation and signing statements, abuse of the constitution and violations of civil liberties all rolled nicely into an NDAA shaped packaged… This has been doing the rounds of the left … Continue reading

White House Chief of Staff Quits His Post

With the news that William Daley has quit as Chief of Staff- this piece from the Washington Post examines the nature of Presidential appointments. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-chief-of-staff-william-daley-will-quit-his-post/2012/01/09/gIQAz15xlP_story.html?wpisrc=nl_fedinsider .

Major Shift In US Foreign Policy

Barack Obama’s announcement that he intends to cut 500 000 military personnel and that as a result the US will no longer be able to fight two wars simultaneously marks a turning point in US foreign policy.  It also demonstrates the role of the President in Foreign and Defence Policy: This piece from The Independent … Continue reading

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