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In a Bind

"Binders full of women" were the social-media sensation of last week's presidential debate.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 23, 2012


G(rand) O(ld) P(ricks)

For years, I've chronicled in the Phoenix the dwindling ranks of Republican women in elected office, and suggested that their absence will ultimately hurt the GOP.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 15, 2012


Council Klout

Tito Jackson is one of the most recently elected Boston City Councilors — he won a special election in 2010 to replace Chuck Turner — but he is already the most powerful.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 10, 2012


Terry's Last Run: The only state senator in danger this November is the one who holds the place together

Therese Murray took over as Senate president in March 2007, which means — under the eight-year limit adopted after William Bulger's two-decade reign — that she would have to step down just two months into the 2015-2016 session.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 09, 2012


The good, bad, and ugly in debate politics

Candidate debates feel simultaneously like a timeless honoring of American democratic practice, harkening to Lincoln-Douglas, and a vacuous example of the contemporary political circus, dominated by empty, rehearsed rhetoric and relentless spinning of the media.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 12, 2012


How much damage could a President Romney do? Let us count the ways

One Nation Under Mitt
Mitt Romney's penchant for saying whatever he thinks might get him elected creates a challenge for a country eager to discern what he would actually do as president.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 05, 2012


Can Richard Tisei cure the GOP’s homophobia?

Two weekends ago, the elites of the Massachusetts LGBT community gathered at the Marriott Copley for the 31st annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) New England Dinner Gala.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 05, 2012


The weird politics of this year’s ballot questions

The only two contested referendum questions on November's ballot — physician-prescribed suicide and medical marijuana — are totally sex-free. But some of the donors trying to stop both are notorious homophobes.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 28, 2012


Scott Brown vs. the GOP

Talking Politics
This Thursday brings the first debate of Massachusetts's blockbuster US Senate campaign.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 18, 2012


At its convention, the GOP tries to clean up for company

(Tea) Party's Over
For the past several years, the conservative base of the Republican Party — which is now the bulk of the party — has been hoping for another 1964 convention.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 05, 2012


The GOP has the nominee from Massachusetts, but Barack Obama’s convention will have more of a Bay State flavor

A Wicked Good Convention
When the Democratic National Convention convenes next week, delegates will be gathering in North Carolina to renominate a man born in Hawaii, raised in Kansas, and officially residing in Illinois.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 31, 2012


Next week’s Republican convention offers Mitt Romney a chance to get the voting public to like him — but he might as well not bother

Love me not
Heading into his party's nominating convention, Mitt Romney faces a problem similar to one that confronted Bill Clinton in the summer of 1992: a lot of people don't like him.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 22, 2012


How black sheep could color the Sixth District’s race for Congress

Tisei's family ties
The parents of Republican congressional candidate Richard Tisei, in the course of their business dealings in the 1980s and '90s, prompted a lot of complaints and lost a string of legal judgments.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 01, 2012


Romney’s Shadow Years

Mitt wants to make his departure for the Olympics a clean break from his business life — but it’s not that simple
With just six weeks to go before the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney's campaign has bogged down over the seemingly insignificant minutia of how to precisely define the leave of absence he took from Bain Capital, while he ran the Winter Olympics from 1999 to 2002.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 18, 2012


Mitt Romney's Bain Shadow Years Loom Larger

Mitt Romney's shadow years at Bain have been thrown into the national media spotlight. That's a problem for the Romney campaign.
We now have some additional evidence to what has been pretty evident for many years: when he left for Utah in 1999, Romney handed over day-to-day operational duties to other executives at Bain Capital but retained full ownership of the company in every legal, fiduciary, and ethical sense until finalizing a separation agreement in 2002.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 14, 2012


''Newsroom'' As Farce

We can't wait to see Sorkin's Serious Journalism take on the 2012 Republican nomination process ...
I tried, I honestly tried, to like Newsroom as a show, regardless of its attitude toward politics and the news media. It wasn't easy.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 11, 2012


Massachusetts voters are about to get an up-close look at the right-wing smear machine

Fighting Dirty
If you followed last month's story about the ousting and reinstatement of University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan, it might surprise you to learn that many Massachusetts Republicans believe that Sullivan was forced out over academic fraud she committed 23 years ago with US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 03, 2012


Tierney: brother-in-law’s charges ''bizarre''

Tisei Anything
Tisei Anything
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 03, 2012


Obama's Boston lovefest

Boo Birds in the Hand Dept.
I have always contended that Barack Obama is an inferior public speaker when compared to Deval Patrick, and I thought he demonstrated that truth again this week at a large fundraiser at Boston's Symphony Hall.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 27, 2012


As Democratic bigwigs hope for a surprise candidate for governor, tried-and-true names jockey for position

Inside game
Talking to Democrats recently, at the party's state convention and elsewhere, reveals a widespread hope that an independent Beacon Hill outsider will emerge out of the mist in the 2014 governor's race to challenge the expected Republican nominee, Charlie Baker.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 22, 2012


Just Say No

Lefty activists at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention and Netroots Nation are finding it easier to fight the right wing than to champion their own
The key to understanding American politics these days is recognizing that it's easier to oppose a candidate or policy than it is to promote one of your own.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 13, 2012

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