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The traveling candidates

By Raphael J. Sonenshein

July 3, 2008 | 3:39 pm

As John McCain finishes his tour of Colombia and Mexico, Barack Obama is making plans for a trip to Israel, Iraq, France, England, and Jordan.  Smart for Obama, not so smart for McCain. ... read on

  • Torture: What did we know, and when did we know it?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 27, 2008 | 7:19 pm


    “After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes.  The only question that remains to be answered is whether those... read on

  • Will the Democrats cave on telecom immunity?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 19, 2008 | 2:45 pm

    It looks like Congressional Democrats are going to cave in to the Bush administration, this time on telecom immunity for illegal surveillance of Americans.  Maybe public opposition will stop the roll over.  Maybe this is a drama that will end better than it is going right now.  But... read on

  • Hillary withdraws—the end of the beginning

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 8, 2008 | 11:13 am

    Now that Hillary Clinton has issued her long-awaited and full-throated endorsement of Barack Obama, the extended first phase of the 2008 race is over.  There is a slight feeling of anti-climax as we wind up for the big one.  On the Democratic side, the semi-finals were monstrously... read on

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  • Obama and the politics of distraction

    By Raphael Sonenshein

    June 1, 2008 | 12:02 pm

    Democrats have trouble winning presidential elections.  One reason is that they have difficulty keeping the campaign focused on their issues.  Polls show that this year especially the issues favor the Democrats, with the big ones, the Iraq war and the economy deeply in the... read on

  • Israel is central to the Republican strategy in 2008

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 22, 2008 | 4:39 pm

    Have you noticed that Israel is making its way into the Republican talking points in a very big way as this campaign proceeds? This seems to be one of those 60th birthday gifts that leaves the recipient a little baffled and doubtful.

    While it is hardly news that Republicans have... read on
  • Jews and Rev. Wright

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 2, 2008 | 2:07 pm

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  • The Democratic Race: The End is Nigh

    By Pol Observer

    April 21, 2008 | 11:49 pm

    The Democratic race is just about over, and not just because of the calendar.  I don’t think this race is going to make it to the convention.

    The last big state primary is tomorrow, in Pennsylvania.  In the unlikely event that Clinton loses to Obama, she may well withdraw.  Of... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Raphael J. Sonenshein (born 1949 in Nutley, New Jersey) was a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton. He is also served as chairman of the...

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