Ken Rudin http://wamc.org en Lautenberg Death Complicates Christie's Road To November, And 2016 http://wamc.org/post/lautenberg-death-complicates-christies-road-november-and-2016 One of the last things Alaska Gov. <em><strong>Walter Hickel</strong></em> did before he resigned to join the Nixon Cabinet was to fill a Senate vacancy caused by the December 1968 death of <em><strong>E.L. Bartlett</strong></em>, a Democrat. Hickel picked a GOP state representative by the name of <em><strong>Ted Stevens</strong></em>. Stevens, who only months before lost a Republican primary bid for a different seat, went on to serve more than 40 years in the Senate, longer than any Republican in history. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:00:52 +0000 Ken Rudin 66352 at http://wamc.org Lautenberg Death Complicates Christie's Road To November, And 2016 Virginia Lt. Gov. Nominee Excites The Right, And Democrats Couldn't Be Happier http://wamc.org/post/virginia-lt-gov-nominee-excites-right-and-democrats-couldnt-be-happier It's taken awhile, but Tea Party activists and social conservatives are finally beginning to get smiles on their faces. Wed, 29 May 2013 14:49:37 +0000 Ken Rudin 65820 at http://wamc.org Virginia Lt. Gov. Nominee Excites The Right, And Democrats Couldn't Be Happier Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? http://wamc.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 18:36:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 65218 at http://wamc.org Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? Joe Biden Has History On His Side But Little Else If Hillary Clinton Runs http://wamc.org/post/joe-biden-has-history-his-side-little-else-if-hillary-clinton-runs It's pretty much a truism in American political history: If the president is not running again and the vice president wants his party's nomination, it's his for the asking.<p>That was the case in 1960, with <em><strong>President Eisenhower</strong></em> term-limited and Vice President <em><strong>Richard Nixon's</strong></em> path to the GOP nomination unimpeded.<p>It was also true in 1968, when <em><strong>President Johnson</strong></em> decided not to run again and his vice president, <em><strong>Hubert Humphrey</strong></em>, won the Democratic nomination despite not having entered a single Tue, 07 May 2013 14:15:27 +0000 Ken Rudin 64045 at http://wamc.org Joe Biden Has History On His Side But Little Else If Hillary Clinton Runs Open Democratic Senate Seats Again Give Big Opportunity For GOP, Or Not http://wamc.org/post/open-democratic-senate-seats-again-give-big-opportunity-gop-or-not The headlines have not been especially kind to Senate Democrats lately as they, for the second consecutive cycle, head into an election with a numerical disadvantage and more open seats to defend.<p>But looking at an election by simply counting the number of seats up that year or where incumbents are retiring misses the point. In 2012, the mantra was the Republican Party was going to win a Senate majority because the numbers so clearly favored them; they needed a net gain of just four, and of the 33 seats up that year, 23 were held by the Democrats. Wed, 01 May 2013 01:41:13 +0000 Ken Rudin 63548 at http://wamc.org Open Democratic Senate Seats Again Give Big Opportunity For GOP, Or Not Sanford And Weiner: Different Humiliations, Same Remorseful Script http://wamc.org/post/sanford-and-weiner-different-humiliations-same-remorseful-script In the past three decades or so, when writing about political sex scandals became an art form, the tendency has always been to lump everyone together. There are many differences between, say, what <em><strong>Anthony Weiner</strong></em> did and what <em><strong>Mark Sanford</strong></em> did. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:26:16 +0000 Ken Rudin 62469 at http://wamc.org Sanford And Weiner: Different Humiliations, Same Remorseful Script Is It 2016 Yet? Moves By Hillary Clinton & Rand Paul Suggest Yes http://wamc.org/post/it-2016-yet-moves-hillary-clinton-rand-paul-suggest-yes If you have any interest in politics at all, you pretty much know two things. One, that the next presidential election, on Nov. 8, 2016, is only 1,324 days away. And two, you won't be surprised if people are focusing on it in March of 2013.<p>Sometimes the speculation is silly, but sometimes it's not. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:50:53 +0000 Ken Rudin 60642 at http://wamc.org Is It 2016 Yet? Moves By Hillary Clinton & Rand Paul Suggest Yes How Jeb Bush Did In His 2016 Tryout http://wamc.org/post/how-jeb-bush-did-his-2016-tryout Contrary to what you read, everything politicians say and do don't necessarily always have to be only about 2016. Sometimes, really and truly, presidential calculations are not part of the conversation.<p>But regarding the coverage of <em><strong>Jeb Bush</strong></em> in the past week, it's hard to think anything else. Bush, of course, is the son and brother of former presidents. He has been urged to run for president since 2008, and the drumbeat for 2016 is getting louder ... especially since he helped it along by saying he is not ruling it out. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:53:18 +0000 Ken Rudin 59575 at http://wamc.org How Jeb Bush Did In His 2016 Tryout Who's 'Right' — CPAC Or Chris Christie? http://wamc.org/post/whos-right-cpac-or-chris-christie For a city that thrives on huge controversies and breathtaking tremors, perhaps last week's mini-squabble over whether or not to invite <em><strong>Chris Christie</strong></em> to the <a href="http://conservative.org/cpac/2013/">Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)</a> later this month is not what you would call a big deal. But the decision — not to invite him — says something about the conservative movement ... Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:04:13 +0000 Ken Rudin 59009 at http://wamc.org Who's 'Right' — CPAC Or Chris Christie? Monday Was All About Obama. Now All He Needs Is A Cabinet. http://wamc.org/post/monday-was-all-about-obama-now-all-he-needs-cabinet The day had history and symbolism written all over it: the inauguration of President <em><strong>Barack Obama</strong></em>, coming on the very day the nation was honoring the birth of Dr. <em><strong>Martin Luther King Jr.</strong></em><p>The pomp, the ceremony, the speech, the festivities, the parade, the emotions, the hugs, the tears. It's all part of America's finest moment, and yesterday was no exception.<p>But that was yesterday. That "era of good feelings," all one day of it, is about to be replaced by the need to get things done. Improving a stuttering economy. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:08:29 +0000 Ken Rudin 56220 at http://wamc.org Monday Was All About Obama. Now All He Needs Is A Cabinet.