| Feb. 6, 2013, 7:14 p.m.
We may well be at a political tipping point that could mark a dramatic change in American politics.
| Feb. 4, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
The odds are against Senate Democrats this cycle. But, of course, they were against the party two years ago at this time, and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Executive Director Guy Cecil didn’t merely beat the odds — he slaughtered them.
| Jan. 30, 2013, 7:02 p.m.
While this year’s race for governor in Virginia will draw plenty of attention, the 2013 gubernatorial contest in New Jersey looks like a yawner.
| Jan. 28, 2013, 7:08 p.m.
After spending a little more than a year ramming their heads into a brick wall, congressional Republicans and their allies have taken their first positive step: They have stopped doing it.
| Jan. 23, 2013, 7:25 p.m.
“He has earned the trust of both Democrats and Republicans” and has a “reputation for integrity and fairness,” says the biography of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on his official Senate website.
| Jan. 21, 2013, 7:43 p.m.
It is far too early to handicap the 2016 Academy Awards, the 2016 World Series or the 2016 Summer Olympics. And yet, if you are a true political junkie, you may already be apoplectic that we aren’t yet knee-deep in discussions about the next presidential race.
| Jan. 14, 2013, 5:57 p.m.
While most political attention these days is focused on the nation’s capital and President Barack Obama’s second term, across the river in Virginia, politicians from both parties are preparing for what seems to be the oddest gubernatorial race the state has seen in years.
| Jan. 7, 2013, 5:56 p.m.
Democratic insiders are hoping to avoid a primary to pick the party’s nominee for the special election to fill Democrat John Kerry’s eventual open Senate seat later this year. So, they have jumped on the Rep. Edward J. Markey bandwagon, hoping to anoint him as their nominee without much of a fight.
| Jan. 2, 2013, 7:43 p.m.
We’ve just seen Round One in what amounts to a political heavyweight championship fight between Democrats and Republicans. Get ready for the next 11 rounds.
| Dec. 19, 2012, 7:50 p.m.
As the end of the year approaches, it’s difficult not to see the two parties heading in very different directions.
| Dec. 17, 2012, 7:19 p.m.
Wow, what a political cycle. It was filled with twists, turns and surprises.
| Dec. 12, 2012, 7:11 p.m.
My last column included awards for a number of 2012 campaign and candidate categories, including the luckiest candidate and the biggest upset. But those only scratched the surface in an election year during which candidate quality mattered a great deal. Part II of my guide of the best and worst of the 2012 election cycle features some usual and a few more unusual categories.
| Dec. 11, 2012, 12:37 a.m.
As another election year draws to a close, it’s time again for me to pick the cycle’s winners and losers, my most and least favorite candidates, and those who distinguished themselves by skill or by old-fashioned dumb luck.
| Dec. 5, 2012, 7:45 p.m.
The tendency to begin analyzing the next election cycle even before the votes have been counted in the last one shows no indication of abating, unfortunately.
| Dec. 3, 2012, 7:23 p.m.
Anyone who hoped that Democrats and Republicans could find a quick way to avoid the upcoming fiscal cliff should by now know that we are heading for another of those buzzer-beater endings — if Congress and the White House beat the buzzer at all.
| Nov. 28, 2012, 7:11 p.m.
Just two years ago, Republicans seemed likely to have a chance at 60 Senate seats following the 2014 elections. But things certainly changed after Democrats won 25 of the 33 seats up this year.
| Nov. 26, 2012, 8:11 p.m.
Today’s question: What do the following people have in common: actors Alec Baldwin and Robert Redford, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr and former New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter?
| Nov. 19, 2012, 7:11 p.m.
I’ll admit that I get a little defensive about the coverage of House races.
| Nov. 14, 2012, 8:30 p.m.
While most members of the national media have focused on President Barack Obama’s narrow popular vote/substantial electoral vote victory, the far more stunning results occurred in the Senate.
| Nov. 13, 2012, 12:31 a.m.
Almost inevitably, both sides overreact. Some losers see the sky falling, while too many winners (and their press people) draw exaggerated conclusions about their brilliance and about the voters’ messages.