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Mark Shields: The 2012 Presidential Race Up to Now

Obama, Romney and the battle of the undecideds

Published on 06.30.2012 4:50 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Life’s Lottery and the Importance of Luck

The best indicator of our progress as a whole should be how well we provide for those with too little

Published on 06.23.2012 12:47 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Campaign Manager Mark Hanna’s Insight on Politics Still Rings True

Well more than a century later, money continues to reign supreme in campaigns

Published on 06.16.2012 11:24 a.m.

 

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Mark Shields: America’s Short List of Successful Businessman Presidents

It seems running a corporation has 'almost nothing in common' with leading a country

Published on 06.09.2012 12:56 p.m.

 

Mark Shields: Our First ‘No Veterans’ Presidential Campaign

A nation of chicken-hawks loudly beats the drums of war

Published on 06.02.2012 5:43 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Facebook Co-Founder Puts Profits Before Patriotism

Eduardo Saverin makes billions in IPO, but not before renouncing his U.S. citizenship and moving to Singapore to avoid paying taxes

Published on 05.19.2012 8:28 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Shortcuts for 2012 Presidential Campaign

A good slogan can define a campaign, but for some candidates, coming up with one is easier said than done

Published on 05.12.2012 12:31 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Mud-Slinging Exposes the Dirty Side of Politics

There will be no shortage of negative statements in the next few months of the presidential campaign

Published on 05.05.2012 7:10 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Vice Presidential Choices Do, In Fact, Matter

And what voters want to know is, 'What's she (or he) really like?'

Published on 04.28.2012 3:39 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Republicans Haven’t Even Fallen ‘In Like’ With Romney

GOP presidential candidate must change voters' perception that he 'rounds the edges'

Published on 04.21.2012 4:40 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: No, Hilary Rosen, Being a Mom Is No Easy Job

Democratic strategist's unfair gaffe about Ann Romney could put Obama's re-election bid at risk

Published on 04.14.2012 12:24 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: The Gerry Ford Test for 2012 Presidential Campaign

Is there a candidate who puts principle above popularity, and the nation's best interests ahead of his own?

Published on 04.07.2012 11:12 a.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Political Humor Is a Serious Matter

Before people vote for you, they first have to like you, and a sense of humor goes a long way

Published on 03.31.2012 10:59 a.m.

 

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Mark Shields: You’re Mitt Romney, and With Friends Like These ...

Republican presidential candidate's embrace of the Paul Ryan budget plan likely to further threaten his standing with voters

Published on 03.24.2012 4:55 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: In 2012, Are Americans Citizens or Consumers?

We have lost our sense of country, devaluing individual sacrifice for the common good

Published on 03.17.2012 11:35 a.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Nebraska’s Bob Kerrey — an Authentic Maverick

Running again for the seat he left in 2000, this independent thinker is just what the Senate needs

Published on 03.11.2012 1:37 a.m.

 

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Mark Shields: When Newt Gingrich Was Speaker of the House ...

Republican presidential candidate's revisionist history gives credit where it's not due

Published on 03.03.2012 3:23 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Republicans Must ‘Cowboy Up’ on Saving U.S. Auto Industry

It's time for GOP to stop whining and to publicly acknowledge this American success story

Published on 02.25.2012 2:58 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: What Endorsements Can Tell Us About Republican Candidates

It's not a good sign when politicians in their own party aren't backing them

Published on 02.18.2012 3:36 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Religion Provides Added Value to Life in U.S.

Obama's mandate regarding contraception and faith-based organizations is bad policy, bad precedent and bad politics

Published on 02.11.2012 12:59 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Boston’s Kevin White — He Could Have Been a Contender

Fellow Democrats undermined the big-city mayor's opportunity for a 1972 vice-presidential run

Published on 02.04.2012 2:06 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Why Newt Gingrich Scares Republicans

Party faces across-the-board defeat with Gingrich the GOP presidential nominee

Published on 01.28.2012 2:56 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Fritz Hollings, an Authentic South Carolina Giant

He was a rare candidate who dared to tell voters the truth as he saw it

Published on 01.21.2012 3:17 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Religious Tolerance Prevails Among Republican Primary Voters

Americans seem to prefer presidential candidates who are church members rather than true believers

Published on 01.14.2012 3:03 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Rick Santorum — GOP Populist, 2012 Version

Presidential candidate should stick to his roots, emphasizing his commitment to improving the lives of blue-collar Americans

Published on 01.07.2012 11:35 a.m.

 

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Mark Shields: In Defense of Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation Influence

Criticism aside, the facts support its rightful place as the leader in presidential caucuses

Published on 12.31.2011 3:30 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Congress Down to Blood Relatives and Paid Staff

Dysfunctional and hyper-partisan, Republicans are only making themselves look worse

Published on 12.24.2011 3:52 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Gingrich Rewrites His Reagan Connection

What he says now regarding the former president blatantly contradicts the facts

Published on 12.17.2011 11:18 a.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Endorsements Matter on Checks, Not for President

Voters have their own ideas of the qualities that matter in a viable candidate

Published on 12.10.2011 5:01 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: A Plea to Republicans — Do Not Nominate Gingrich

As a presidential candidate he would do more harm than good for the country

Published on 12.03.2011 4:05 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Republicans Are Biggest Winners in Super Committee Failure

Gridlock over budget deficit doesn't bode well for the pro-government Democratic Party

Published on 11.26.2011 2:39 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Thanksgiving — The Holiday You Have to Love

Even amid the economic doldrums, there are many reasons to be thankful

Published on 11.19.2011 2:23 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Obama Guilty of Rhetorical Grave-Robbery

President has a habit of quoting Ronald Reagan as an authoritative voice on public policy

Published on 11.12.2011 2:58 p.m.

 

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Mark Shields: Democrats Storm Back From the Dead in Ohio

Gov. Kasich and Republican lawmakers are on notice after labor's successful repeal campaign

Published on 11.05.2011 9:48 a.m.

 

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Mark Shields: News from Cincinnati Not Reassuring for Obama

Voters in a focus group voice what many Americans are likely feeling about where the president is falling short

Published on 10.29.2011 11:37 a.m.

 

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