Thursday, December 1, 2011

Handicapping the Republican Primaries

Newt For the Win?
For homework this weekend, choose at least one of the articles listed in this post. Complete the following on loose leaf:

  1. Write a 1 paragraph summary. Include the article's main idea and any key points. (5 points)
  2. Explain what you learned from reading the article. (5 points)
  3. How does this article help you become more informed as a voter? (5 points)

The Articles
Here's an article from my favorite political blog, FiveThirtyEight, which predicts what might happen if a candidate such as Newt Gingrich wins some of the early primaries.

This article covers Mitt Romney's personal reinvention.

This article analyzes the apparent reluctance of Republican voters to choose Romney as their candidate.

Along the same lines, here's Gingrich as the "Anti-Romney."

And Gingrich breaking with his party on immigration issues.

Here's an editorial focusing on Cain and the lure of "outsider candidates."

This NY Times editorial suggests that the Republicans can learn a lot from Democratic strategy during the 1992 election.

This article focuses on the Democratic strategy regarding the Payroll Tax Holiday debate.

Finally, here's the Democrats' response to Romney's first national campaign ad.

As a bonus, hot off the presses, here's Romney's first ad for the Iowa primary.

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