Ken Rudin http://wkar.org en Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? http://wkar.org/post/why-dont-we-pay-moreany-attention-los-angeles-mayoral-elections <em><strong>Horace Greeley</strong></em> may have suggested at one point that going west might be a good idea, but he probably wouldn't be happy to see what's going on with Los Angeles as of late. The Dodgers are in last place in the National League West, the Angels are hovering near the bottom of the American League West, and the Lakers' appearance in the playoffs was brutally short. Tue, 21 May 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 36218 at http://wkar.org Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? John Boehner Has Been Up And Down And Up Again. Where Is He Now? http://wkar.org/post/john-boehner-has-been-and-down-and-again-where-he-now As <em><strong>John Boehner</strong></em> finally got the votes to put him over the top, and his re-election as Speaker of the House became official, one had to wonder what was going on in <em><strong></strong></em> his mind.<p>If Boehner has had a rough two years in trying to keep his fellow Republicans on the same page in their battles with <em><strong>President Obama</strong></em>, he endured a miserable couple of weeks in the lead up to the fiscal cliff agreement. His dealings with Obama went nowhere. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:18:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 29232 at http://wkar.org John Boehner Has Been Up And Down And Up Again. Where Is He Now? Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2012 http://wkar.org/post/remembering-those-who-left-us-2012 In political terms, 2012 was not the greatest of years. We witnessed an ugly, personal, petty, and often childish presidential election. Living in a "battleground" or "swing" state often meant being bombarded 24/7 by an incessant barrage of negative campaign commercials. And just as we were finally emerging from the campaign, we ended the year with an unfathomable tragedy, the gunning down of 20 children at an elementary school in Connecticut.<p>But before we enter the new year with new dread, it's time to stop and remember those voices in the world of politics we lost. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:08:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 28686 at http://wkar.org Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2012 Both Sides Itching For A Confirmation Fight Over Susan Rice http://wkar.org/post/both-sides-itching-confirmation-fight-over-susan-rice The election was over. As <em><strong>President Obama</strong></em> faced the press in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, the anger and bitterness of his long battle with <em><strong>Mitt Romney</strong></em> seemed to have faded. Unlike President <em><strong>George W. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:33:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 27127 at http://wkar.org Both Sides Itching For A Confirmation Fight Over Susan Rice Who Gets The Blame For The Romney Loss? The Tea Party Has A Theory. http://wkar.org/post/who-gets-blame-romney-loss-tea-party-has-theory It was an election that, once upon a time, many thought was stacked in <em><strong>Mitt Romney's</strong></em> favor.<p>Unemployment was hovering around eight percent, a number that was much higher in black and Latino households. Many had simply given up and stopped looking for work, pessimistic about the future. Voters were still skeptical or fearful about <em><strong>President Obama's</strong></em> health care plan, and small business owners were bracing for what they thought would be higher costs. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:33:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 26784 at http://wkar.org Who Gets The Blame For The Romney Loss? The Tea Party Has A Theory. What To Look For On Election Day: The Battle For The White House & Congress http://wkar.org/post/what-look-election-day-battle-white-house-congress Tuesday, as those who follow politics probably know, is Election Day. The battle between President<em><strong> Barack Obama</strong></em> and Republican challenger <em><strong>Mitt Romney</strong></em> has been contentious, expensive, personal, illuminating, ugly, frustrating, petty, enlightening and, above all, long. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 14:08:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 26416 at http://wkar.org What To Look For On Election Day: The Battle For The White House & Congress Running Mate Scorecard: Ups And Downs Since 1964 http://wkar.org/post/running-mate-scorecard-ups-and-downs-1964 It will be a while before we know if presidential candidate Mitt Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan to join the Republican ticket will be a plus or minus for his campaign.<p>In my view, not since Jack Kennedy picked Lyndon Johnson has the choice of a running mate truly affected the outcome in November. LBJ did, after all, help bring Texas to the Democratic fold in 1960. But the record for subsequent No. 2s is a bit mixed. Here's my scorecard:<p><strong>1964</strong><p><strong>Democrat</strong>: President Lyndon Johnson, without a vice president since he succeeded the assassinated John F. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:37:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 22080 at http://wkar.org Running Mate Scorecard: Ups And Downs Since 1964 5 Vice Presidential Picks Who Were Key To Victory http://wkar.org/post/5-vice-presidential-picks-who-were-key-victory There have been a number of instances in recent history where the choice of a vice presidential running mate was an important stepping stone toward winning in the fall.<p>Of course, it's much too early to know how much of a difference GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will make. In the meantime, here is my subjective list of the top five instances in the past half-century or so where a selection of a running mate was crucial to victory:<strong></strong><p><strong>1. 1960: John Kennedy-Lyndon Johnson (D)</strong><p>Without a doubt, No. 1. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:29:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 22081 at http://wkar.org 5 Vice Presidential Picks Who Were Key To Victory The United States Of America ... All Ten Of Them http://wkar.org/post/united-states-america-all-ten-them <strong></strong>In 92 days, we will either re-elect <em><strong>President Obama</strong></em> or replace him with his Republican opponent, <em><strong>Mitt Romney</strong></em>. On paper, at least, voters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia will make that decision.<p>But if you look at the travel schedules and campaign budgets of Obama and Romney, it's clear that the 2012 election will be decided in only ten or fewer states.<p>I'm not arguing for eliminating the electoral college and calling for the president to be elected by popular vote. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 10:48:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 21712 at http://wkar.org The United States Of America ... All Ten Of Them A Congressional Election In Arizona We All Wish Didn't Have To Take Place http://wkar.org/post/congressional-election-arizona-we-all-wish-didnt-have-take-place If Republicans had their way, there would not have been a gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin. An unnecessary waste of time, many of them said.<p>Democrats, for the most part, disagree. <em><strong>Scott Walker's</strong></em> policies, they argued, mandated the recall election.<p>As for today's special election in <strong>Arizona's 8th Congressional District</strong>, both Democrats and Republicans agree that it shouldn't be taking place at all.<p>It's happening because Rep. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:48:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 18785 at http://wkar.org A Congressional Election In Arizona We All Wish Didn't Have To Take Place Wisconsin Recall Is Just One Of Many Highlights Of Big Tuesday Campaign Day http://wkar.org/post/wisconsin-recall-just-one-many-highlights-big-tuesday-campaign-day <strong><em></em></strong>Lots at stake tomorrow, June 5, with primaries in five states, in addition to what would be only the third recall of a sitting governor in U.S. history. Here's the lineup:<p><strong>Wisconsin:</strong> Republican Gov. <em><strong>Scott Walker</strong></em>, first elected in 2010, is the target of Democrats and labor unions, incensed over his move to curtail collective bargaining rights for the state's public employees. He, along with Lt. Gov. <em><strong>Rebecca Kleefisch</strong></em> and four GOP members of the state Senate, are subjects of a recall. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 10:48:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 18354 at http://wkar.org Wisconsin Recall Is Just One Of Many Highlights Of Big Tuesday Campaign Day What Does Ron Paul Want? Hint: It's Not About The 2012 GOP Nomination http://wkar.org/post/what-does-ron-paul-want-hint-its-not-about-2012-gop-nomination <em><strong>Ron Paul</strong></em> is not going to be the Republican nominee for president in 2012. You know it, I know it, everyone knows it. Even Ron Paul knows it. His acknowledgement that <em><strong>Mitt Romney</strong></em> will be the nominee is just stating the obvious.<p>But what exactly did he mean when he said last week that he will "no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not voted"? Mon, 21 May 2012 10:48:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 17653 at http://wkar.org What Does Ron Paul Want? Hint: It's Not About The 2012 GOP Nomination Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar May Not Survive Tuesday's GOP Primary http://wkar.org/post/indiana-sen-dick-lugar-may-not-survive-tuesdays-gop-primary When <em><strong>Richard Lugar</strong></em>, the mayor of Indianapolis, first ran for the Senate, against Democratic incumbent <em><strong>Birch Bayh</strong></em> in 1974, a big part of his problem was that he was a partisan Republican.<p>In fairness, there was nothing wrong with being a partisan Republican in good GOP years ... Mon, 07 May 2012 16:49:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 16916 at http://wkar.org Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar May Not Survive Tuesday's GOP Primary Mitt Romney, New Hampshire And The 'Expectations Game' http://wkar.org/post/mitt-romney-new-hampshire-and-expectations-game A handful of new polls are out, all of which have <em><strong>Mitt Romney</strong></em> ahead in the Jan. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 11:45:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 4073 at http://wkar.org Mitt Romney, New Hampshire And The 'Expectations Game' As Iowa Goes, So Goes What? Past Losers Still Won The GOP Nomination http://wkar.org/post/iowa-republicans-start-it-today The next sounds you hear will be Iowa Republicans rendering their judgment for 2012. The road to the magic number of 1,145 — delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination — begins Tuesday. Tue, 03 Jan 2012 11:45:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 3752 at http://wkar.org As Iowa Goes, So Goes What? Past Losers Still Won The GOP Nomination Obama To Dump Biden From The Ticket In Favor Of Hillary? Give Me A Break http://wkar.org/post/obama-dump-biden-ticket-favor-hillary-give-me-break This week's column was intended to focus on a primer for tomorrow's (Nov. 7) off-year elections. The election preview is below. Mon, 07 Nov 2011 11:45:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 725 at http://wkar.org Obama To Dump Biden From The Ticket In Favor Of Hillary? Give Me A Break