| Jul 20, 2012
Being a losing presidential candidate is like what Mr. Dooley said about vice presidents: "It isn't a crime exactly. You can't be sint to jail f'r it, but it's kind iv a disgrace. It's like writin' anonymous letters."
So it has been, unfairly, for former...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 1:22 PM
We’re in an election year, and you know what that means: it’s time for the inevitable blitzkrieg of political advertisements to assault your television screens. To be even more specific, we can all expect the usual slinging of mud between...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 3:00 AM
With his nomination as the Republican candidate for president all but wrapped up, Mitt Romney now faces the challenging task of selecting a running mate. What was once a fairly ho-hum matter (the running gag in the 1931 Gershwin musical lampooning...
| Feb 9, 2008
Beyond the final tally of votes and delegates, Super Tuesday turned out to be a historic moment: An African American candidate rooted in the racially charged urban politics of Chicago sweeping largely white heartland states from North Dakota and Minnesota...
| Sep 21, 2010
Presidents Jimmy Carter and Herbert Hoover might be bracketed together for a number of reasons.
Both were engineers by training, shared an almost theological faith in the chimera of governmental efficiency, believed effective management grew from close...
| Jan 5, 2008
It was political magic versus machine in Iowa on Thursday, and the magic won, as rookies in both parties scored upset victories over more seasoned candidates by attracting legions of new voters with bold calls for change.
But starting in New Hampshire on...
| Aug 25, 2008
In choosing a running mate, every presidential candidate insists that he is seeking above all someone who could serve as president at a moment's notice. Often that assertion is patently preposterous. With his choice of Joe Biden, Barack Obama can make...
| Aug 30, 2008
Apresidential candidate waging a tough campaign decides to shake up the contest by choosing an obscure female politician as his running mate, hoping that the historic choice will provide an advantage against the other party's all-male ticket. That's a...
| Sep 2, 2008
Today's question: How do Joe Biden and Sarah Palin fit in with the recent history of presidential campaigns? All week, historians Lee Edwards and Allan J. Lichtman debate vice presidential politics.
A shrewd gamble that could make history Point: Lee...
| Sep 5, 2008
Today's question: Give us your list of best and worst vice presidents in recent history. Previously, Lichtman and Edwards debated the proper role of the vice president, discussed how history might treat Dick Cheney and digested the current candidates'...
| Sep 3, 2008
Today's question: The office of vice president has been regarded as mostly ceremonial. How much (for better or worse) has Dick Cheney changed that? Previously, Edwards and Lichtman digested the candidates' vice president picks.
Cheney: a cautionary...