Do Americans View Both Parties as Too Extreme?

According to the Gallup Poll, many Americans today view both major political parties as too extreme ideologically. In a survey conducted from June 14-17 of this year, 46 percent of Americans said that the Democratic Party was "too liberal" while 42 percent described its political views as "about right" and...

THE GOP: POISED FOR ANOTHER QUICK COMEBACK?

The current state of the Republican Party is a good-news, bad-news situation. The good news is that the GOP has gone through several debilitating elections over the last generation and each time has recovered quickly. The bad news is that the conditions may not be as ripe this time for...

Back to the Future for Obama

Comparing the 2004 and 2008 Presidential Elections

Barack Obama's victory in the 2008 presidential election represented one of the most dramatic shifts in political power in American history. In terms of both style and substance, the contrast between Obama and George W. Bush is perhaps as great as that between any incoming and outgoing presidents in the...

Who’s Afraid of Big Government? Not Us

Barack Obama has been pulling the wool over the eyes of the American people. At least that's what some conservative pundits are claiming. Despite his current popularity, commentators such as Michael Barone, Dick Morris, and Karl Rove are predicting that Mr. Obama's approval ratings will come crashing down to earth...

FOR GOP’S SAKE, TEXAS BETTER NOT SECEDE

Of all the jaw-dropping comments made by politicians this year, the one that takes top prize was not uttered in the nation's capital but deep in the heart of Texas. There, in conjunction with a tax day "tea party," Republican Gov. Rick Perry floated the idea of his huge state...

PRESIDENCY 2012: THE INVISIBLE PRIMARY BEGINS

We at the Crystal Ball must beg your forgiveness. With fewer than 1,300 days left until the next general election for President, we have failed to offer a single analysis of this historic upcoming battle. With humility, and hoping for mercy, we submit this first update on 2012. The start...

The Obama Generation

Celebrity Worshippers or Responsible Citizens?

Americans under the age of 30 played a major role in the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. According to the 2008 national exit poll, 18-29 year-olds made up 18 percent of the electorate and they cast 66 percent of their votes for Obama...

CALIFORNIA: THE KEY TO THE ELECTORAL LOCK

California may be the Golden State, but it has been a while since people have called it that without a trace of sarcasm. With its double digit unemployment rate, difficult to balance budget, and crumbling infrastructure, California these days is anything but golden. That is, with the exception of its...