The mass shooting in Arizona has raised a political challenge for the Republican Party. Party leaders have spent the last few days rebutting charges from liberals that extreme rhetoric from the right had something to do with inspiring the rampage.
The Tea Party movement is trying to define politics in 2010, but its founding arguments can be traced to at least 1964 -- in a famous campaign speech given on Barry Goldwater's behalf by a Hollywood actor named Ronald Reagan.
As he stood before the delegates of the 1964 Republican Convention in San Francisco, California, Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, the party's presidential nominee, said, "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
President Barack Obama, our newly inaugurated 44th president, showed the millions watching around the world and the freezing millions there in person on the Mall why he won the election -- and why so many believe he can lead us in these troubled times.
Wednesday night's vote on the financial bailout was good for future legislators who plan to run for president. For decades, the conventional wisdom has been that sitting senators make bad presidential candidates.
We talk a lot during presidential years about "coattails" (not many coats have tails anymore, but never mind). We mean, of course, whether the candidate at the top of the ticket can pull other candidates into office.
Republicans took a page from President Johnson's Cold War-era presidential campaign with an advertisement set to air this weekend called "The Stakes," which prominently features al Qaeda leaders threatening to kill Americans.
We live in interesting times, we do, we do. We can read in our daily newspapers that our government is about to launch a three-day propaganda blitz to convince us all that its secret program to spy on us is something we really want and need. "A campaign of high-profile national security events," reports The New York Times, follows "Karl Rove's blistering speech to national Republicans" about what a swell political issue this is for their party.
Born in Wisconsin and schooled at Stanford, the man who set up his early legal practice in the land of Barry Goldwater will be remembered as much for his personal touch on the workings of the Supreme Court as the conservative legal path he charted.
You want irony? This week's CBS News poll reported Congress' approval rating at a dismal 29 percent, the lowest recorded number since 1996, right after that Republican Congress, in a showdown with Democratic president Bill Clinton, followed the unwise leadership of Speaker Newt Gingrich and shut down the government.
Vietnam swift boat veteran John O'Neill has picked up just where he left off in his 1971 debate with presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry. O'Neill has joined with some of his former Navy comrades to oppose Kerry's candidacy. But this time, O'Neill is interested in a different kind of debate. It is called mudslinging.
When public speaking scholars were asked to list the 100 greatest American speeches of the 20th century, only three nomination acceptance speeches made the cut: William Jennings Bryan accepting the 1900 Democratic nomination, Adlai Stevenson accepting the 1952 Democratic nomination, and Barry Goldwater accepting the 1964 Republican nomination.