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Mapping Out The New Year's Political Landscapenew

A 5-part breakdown for 2011.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  01-04-2011  |  Commentary

Democrats Against Obamanew

Even before the rout at the polls, Democrats were nervous about their President. The left felt sold out, and moderates were frightened. Now it's payback time.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  11-08-2010  |  Commentary

Pushing for Gay Marriage in the Courtroomnew

The gay-rights movement took a chance on fighting for the right to wed. It's finally paying off.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  04-23-2009  |  LGBT

Obama's Victory Was Bought and Paid for -- with Changenew

Though the American dollar is now taking a horrific beating in these financial End Times, it's still strong enough to put a man in the Oval Office.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  12-29-2008  |  Commentary

GOP Strategy: Divide and Be Conquerednew

The partisans will howl in protest, but while certainly not the only culprit, the relentless stream of invective from the right side of the dial has undeniably been a major contributor to the GOP's demise. It's no coincidence that the Republican eclipse began just when conservative talk radio found its audience.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  11-13-2008  |  Commentary

Obama Redraws the Electoral Mapnew

Barack Obama has made history. The next question is whether his victory has sparked a lasting electoral realignment.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  11-06-2008  |  Commentary

Maverick McCain in a Messnew

McCain's downfall wasn't the media, it was his inability to get out of Bush's shadow.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  10-30-2008  |  Commentary

What If McCain (Gulp!) Won?new

What if all the pundits, pollsters, and press are wrong about Obama's chances? A preview of our worst national nightmare.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  10-23-2008  |  Commentary

Dobbs for President in 2012?new

As the GOP implodes, the financial crisis may present a white-hot moment for a third-party voice to enter the fray -- someone like CNN's Lou Dobbs.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  10-16-2008  |  Commentary

McCain Heads for the Icebergsnew

Did the week that gave us the Wall Street meltdown witness a second collapse -- the self-destruction of the John McCain candidacy?
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  10-02-2008  |  Commentary

The 2008 Campaign Turns into 'American Idol'new

The search for undiscovered electoral talent has led the Democratic Party to nominate Barack Obama, its least-experienced candidate in memory. And this past week, the Republicans trumped that exponentially by elevating Sarah Palin from the relative depths of political obscurity to the nation’s center stage.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  09-04-2008  |  Commentary

What McCain Needs to Do at the RNC to Gain Groundnew

Overriding everything for McCain is the necessity to make his message in the upcoming week a far more positive one than it has been to this juncture. Without a compelling positive vision of change on domestic issues, the Republicans can't win.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  08-28-2008  |  Commentary

What Obama Could Learn from George H. W. Bushnew

When Obama gives his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention next week, he had better send the right message to working-class voters.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  08-20-2008  |  Commentary

The Election Ain't Over Yet -- Quite a Few Hurdles Remain for Obamanew

In the wake of Barack Obama's triumphant European tour, the political press continues, by and large, to declare the election all but over.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  07-31-2008  |  Commentary

The Biggest Story from the Trail Lately: Which Candidate is More Lackluster?new

In the roughly two months since we've known the identity of both major party's presumed nominees, a remarkable thing has happened: neither John McCain nor Barack Obama has done virtually anything to bolster his candidacy.
Boston Phoenix  |  Steven Stark  |  07-31-2008  |  Commentary

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