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Starbucks Does Not Equal Savvy

Author: Michael J. Gerson
Newsweek

Michael J. Gerson writes that†"Predicting the ideal combination of background, skills and values in a successful president--or VP--is no easy task."

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Name That Doctrine

Author: Michael J. Gerson
Washington Post

Michael J. Gerson writes about the Bush Doctrine.

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Obama's Panic

Author: Michael J. Gerson
Washington Post

Michael Gerson analyzes, what he considers, Obama's first three major decisions as the democratic presidential candidate and how they will affect his campaign.

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Faith-Based Condescension

Author: Michael J. Gerson
Washington Post

Michael Gerson writes that "deriding Palin's religion has been a poor strategy" for the Democrats.

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Palin, McCain Undercut by 'Character' Fixation

Palin, McCain Undercut by 'Character' Fixation

Author: Amity Shlaes
Bloomberg.com

In this Bloomberg op-ed, Amity Shlaes writes that the problem with character candidacies is that they are all about damage control, leaving little time to develop economic and foreign policy goals. To prove character, John McCain and Sarah Palin must fight the issues and escape the character topic.

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Obama The Orthodox

Author: Michael J. Gerson
Washington Post

Michael Gerson writes that Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention squandered opportunities to transcend partisan divides.

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Falling Upward

Author: Peter Beinart
Time Magazine

Peter Beinart writes that "of all the disasters that have befallen the Republican Party in recent years, the most cataclysmic may be about to unfold: John McCain might win."

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Don't Underestimate the Moment

Author: Michael J. Gerson
Washington Post

Michael Gerson says that Barack Obama's declaration that he will not fill his speech at the Democratic convention with high rhetoric and instead deliver a more "workmanlike speech," is a mistake. To really capture the unique historical moment that he has been given, Obama should address America's deeper divisions based in issues such as wealth, segragation and opportunity.

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Erasing The Race Factor

Author: Peter Beinart
Washington Post

Barack Obama wants race to stay out of the campaign, instead choosing to focus on issues like the environment, gas prices, the Iraq war and almost anything else. Unfortunately for him, he is not going to get his wish, writes Peter Beinart, pointing to the McCain campaign's insistence on making race an issue any chance they get.

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