Ron Elving http://kut.org en Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress? http://kut.org/post/obama-showed-deft-hand-speech-why-not-congress The toughest test of a card player comes not with a big hand or a sheer bust, but rather with cards somewhere in between. Then it's not the deal that makes the difference — it's the sheer skill of the player.<p>The hand President Obama was playing in his <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/28/267858893/live-blog-president-obamas-state-of-union-address">latest State of the Union speech</a> could scarcely be called a powerhouse. Pre-speech coverage was dominated by polls showing his approval rating well underwater and the national mood dyspeptic at best. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:05:19 +0000 Ron Elving 9667 at http://kut.org Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress? Tempest in Tampa: Isaac Tests Mitt Romney's Mettle http://kut.org/post/tempest-tampa-isaac-tests-mitt-romneys-mettle Political conventions are famed for focusing the nation's attention on one name, but at this year's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/08/26/159999311/republicans-are-ready-if-isaac-allows-and-were-on-the-scene-in-tampa" target="_blank">Republican National Convention</a> here in Tampa, that name is not the nominee's.<p>The party hopes that by Tuesday, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=160096975" target="_blank">Isaac the soon-to-be-hurricane</a> will have moved far enough away to let Mitt Romney the soon-to-be presidential nominee resume center st Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:55:40 +0000 Ron Elving 4953 at http://kut.org Tempest in Tampa: Isaac Tests Mitt Romney's Mettle Desert Face-Off May Have Closed Out Debate Season. So What Did We Learn? http://kut.org/post/desert-face-may-have-closed-out-debate-season-so-what-did-we-learn Ten months and a score of debates ago, the Republican Party and a slew of news organizations brought forth on our TV screens a new definition of a presidential nominating process — conceived in targeted marketing and dedicated to the proposition that no number of debates was too many for hardcore conservatives.<p>As spring and summer turned to fall and winter, debate followed debate on cable TV. Many of us gave the last full measure of devotion by watching them all. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:25:55 +0000 Ron Elving 3714 at http://kut.org Desert Face-Off May Have Closed Out Debate Season. So What Did We Learn? South Carolina GOP Bets Its Winning Streak On A Long Shot http://kut.org/post/south-carolina-gop-bets-its-winning-streak-long-shot By embracing Newt Gingrich in its primary, the South Carolina GOP has risked its remarkable record of success at picking the party's eventual nominee for president.<p>It's been quite a run. Beginning with its primary in 1980, when it chose Ronald Reagan, South Carolina has voted first among Southern states. And the Palmetto State's choice has gone on to dominate the other Southern states and lock up the nomination in short order. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 15:11:33 +0000 Ron Elving 3502 at http://kut.org South Carolina GOP Bets Its Winning Streak On A Long Shot Republicans Yearn For More On The 2012 Presidential Trail http://kut.org/post/republicans-yearn-more-2012-presidential-trail The conservative opinion journal <em>The Weekly Standard </em><a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/paul-ryan-passes-run-president_590514.html">reported</a> this week that Paul Ryan has decided "for the final time" that he will not be a candidate for president in 2012.<p>The overtones of disappointment were not just audible, they were deafening. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:39:16 +0000 Ron Elving 2299 at http://kut.org Republicans Yearn For More On The 2012 Presidential Trail Where Does The GOP Race Stand Now? http://kut.org/post/where-does-gop-race-stand-now The Republicans settled their Minnesota sweepstakes over the weekend, but the argument over Iowa goes on.<p>The small Midwestern state once again claimed the national spotlight for itself and dominated the news media. But whether the latest round of fundraising and polling there amounts to a real watershed for the Republican field is highly debatable.<p>It is likely the entry into the field of Texas Gov. Mon, 15 Aug 2011 14:48:55 +0000 Ron Elving 2226 at http://kut.org