Posted: February 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm
Right after the polls closed Tuesday night and Mitt Romney had been declared the winner of the Florida primary, Syndicated Columnists and PBS NewsHour contributors David Brooks, Mark Shields and I looked at each other and sighed.
As we prepared for the NewsHour’s 11 p.m. politics special, would we have anything left to say?
Turns out we had plenty.
Posted: January 31, 2012 at 9:53 am
For some reason in modern politics, it always seems to come down to Florida. It is an irresistible destination. The northern panhandle is a sweet piece of the South. The I-4 corridor---where half the state's registered Republican voters live---slashes the state in half east to west, along the way connecting the two huge media markets of Tampa and Orlando. The east and west coasts are home to vast swaths of northeastern retirees, including a robust and engaged Jewish population.
Posted: January 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm
Pundits. Analysts. Historians. Political scientists. The landscape is lousy with them this election year, and I love talking with them.
But in our PBS NewsHour political coverage this year, we are making a special commitment to seek out the opinions of the people who actually cast the votes. And in each of the contests we have covered so far, we have found they do not disappoint.
Posted: January 21, 2012 at 9:42 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. - In retrospect, it should not come as a surprise that Election Day came to South Carolina with wind, rain and tornado watches. The Gingrich surge here has been that strong.
It cannot be overstated how dramatic the shift from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich has been here on the ground. In a single night -- after Monday night's pivotal debate -- Romney went from an 8 point lead among Tea Party voters to trailing Gingrich by 7 points the very next day. And then the lead grew.
Posted: January 20, 2012 at 8:23 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. - This has probably been the single craziest week of the 2012 campaign, as candidates rose and fell nearly every single day.
As the voters here head to the polls for an unusual Saturday Republican party primary, here’s what I am watching for.