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Welcome To The Incredible Shrinking Presidential Election

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Sunday, September 9, 2012

On the morning after the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention two things happened: Mitt Romney’s campaign announced an 

And Now It's Obama's Turn...To Turn To Jimmy Carter?

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Now that Elvis has left the building – Bill Clinton having delivered the seventh major convention speech of his political lifetime – a favorite media guessing game is what previous embattled Democratic president Barack Obama might channel on Thursday night.

Information, Decision-making, and Democracy

by Leisel Boganvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Much of the flurried media coverage of the RNC convention last week highlighted the weird or the unexpected (Santorum’s “hands” speech, Condoleezza Ric

Waiting For Charlotte: Will The Democrats Get The Tampa Treatment?

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Sunday, September 2, 2012

I’d like to discuss the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

Romney's Big Speech: A Viewing Guide

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I won’t bore you with yet another discussion about the pundit-imposed expectations surrounding Mitt Romney’s convention acceptance speech.

Obama, Ryan, and the Youth Vote

via Advancing a Free Society
Monday, August 27, 2012

When Paul Ryan mounts the podium on Wednesday to deliver his acceptance speech, he will give conservatives not just the ideological edge they have been longing for, but also an image of youth.

The 2012 Republican Convention: A Little Love...Even Less TV

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Sunday, August 26, 2012

Michael Dukakis experienced three indignities when he ran as the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988.

Ryan's Expressed Purpose

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Saturday, August 11, 2012

I’ll admit: cynic that I am, I didn’t see this one coming.

Worst Ticket Ever, Barr None

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, August 9, 2012

We go through this every four years.

The two major parties choose their presidential candidates. But that doesn’t stop a slew of lesser-known third parties from trying to crash the big party, with a vow to dramatically reshape the political landscape.


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