Evasive language, banishment of experts, and the egos too big to admit error are just some of the pathologies common to both conflicts.
Some advocates of backing "the lesser evil" actually prioritize civil liberties and human rights even less than they themselves imagined.
The obsessions of the political press are unhealthy, but the Republican is clearly losing on substance, too.
The most urgent job for reporters covering his campaign: Get him on record about torture, and avoid euphemism while doing it.
The relationship between the executive branch and legislators ought to be hostile.
A moment's reflection is enough to understand why intellectually honest people should shun the loaded metaphor.
He speaks as if he believes that real right-wingers are obligated to shill for Mitt Romney until Election Day.
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If he loses, they'll complain he was a bad candidate foisted on them by moderates. But look at their assurances from four years ago.
He's given millions to charity. But there are better ways to assess the character of the ultra-wealthy.
The president enjoys a huge lead over Mitt Romney on national-security issues, and conservatives don't even understand why.
The inability to judge arguments on their merits and separate fact from fantasy is what ails the conservative movement.
Yet a recent New York Times editorial proceeds as if the president's three-year-old Cairo speech merits more attention than his drone strikes.
Glancing at many front pages, an uninformed observer would understand only that Mitt Romney said something controversial and wrongheaded.
The talk-radio host has no tolerance for critiques of the Republican candidate -- even when they come from the right.
Speaking to religious conservatives, the Kentucky senator invoked Christ and tied anti-war beliefs to his opposition to abortion.
The blogger and pundit might be an effective propagandist in the short run, but he's keeping the right from grappling with reality.
Ramesh Ponnuru labored in vain to warn the GOP base off this talking point. But it's what they wanted to hear, so it's what Mitt Romney said.
Why a secret recording from a fundraiser is very bad news for the Republican nominee