The Fate of a Rock Star

January 9, 2007 · 12:07 AM EST

There’s been some controversy over Barack Obama’s middle name, but it’s his new title that’s puzzling. Why do we have to label the senator a rock star? Are we talking about a rock star in the vein of The Beatles or Hanson?

Actual musical rock stars generally gain their status through their…

Gerald Ford: An Admirable Man in a Very Different Era

by Stuart Rothenberg January 7, 2007 · 11:00 PM EST

I never met former President Gerald Ford, but everything I know about him confirms that he was an honorable and decent man who sought to heal the nation’s wounds after the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

But I was at least mildly surprised that all of the kind commentary about his…

The Rothenberg Political Report Steps into 20th Century

January 3, 2007 · 9:39 AM EST

With the dawn of 2007, The Rothenberg Political Report stepped into the 20th century and now accepts credit cards. Just go to the right-hand side-bar and click on the Google Checkout button for your one or two-year subscription to the print edition of the Report.

The Rothenberg Political Report is…

2007 Back Issues

January 2, 2007 · 12:05 AM EST

The following are past races covered in the print edition of The Rothenberg Political Report. Back issues are not sold individually and are not available online. Subscriptions are available via credit card on the website or by check and delivered via regular U.S. mail.

December 21, 2007, Vol. 30,…

Happy Holidays!

December 15, 2006 · 1:41 PM EST

Just a quick note to say Happy Holidays from the entire staff of the Rothenberg Political Report. We wanted to express our thanks to you for reading and following the election with us. We’re looking forward to a break, but we’ll be ready to start all over again next year. Happy Holidays!

-Stu &…

New Print Edition: Illinois 6 & Pennsylvania 4

December 15, 2006 · 12:19 PM EST

The December 15, 2006 print edition of the Rothenberg Political Report is on its way to subscribers. This is our final edition of the year. Our first issue in January will be our 2008 Senate overview. To read the complete analysis of what happened in these two races, you must subscribe.

Illinois 6:…

The Year That Was: A Very, Very, Very Weird One in Politics

by Stuart Rothenberg December 13, 2006 · 11:01 PM EST

Every so often, we have a very odd political year. The year 2006 was one of them.

Here’s a little test. Which one of the following things did you expect to happen 12 months ago? Please, be honest.

• Democrats would win the Senate;

• Republican Reps. Jim Leach (Iowa), Jeb Bradley (N.H.) and…

Do ’08 Presidential Contenders Need a Great Story?

by Stuart Rothenberg December 10, 2006 · 11:13 PM EST

Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) was an orphan before being adopted by a couple in Pittsburgh. His adoptive mother struggled with alcoholism.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was born in Hawaii to a Kenyan-born economist who was educated at Harvard and a white woman from Kansas. He grew up in Indonesia…

Looking Back at ’06: The Most, the Least, the Best and the Worst

by Stuart Rothenberg December 6, 2006 · 11:02 PM EST

OK, it’s that time of year again when we can all vote for the best and worst candidates and campaigns. Here are my nominees:

Please Don’t Ever Run Again

• Francine Busby (D-Calif.)
• Patty Wetterling (D-Minn.)
• Bill Gluba (D-Iowa)
• Bill Weld (R-N.Y./Mass.)

Analysis: All of these…

How’d We Do?

December 4, 2006 · 12:08 AM EST

How’d we do? Not bad. Not bad at all.

For the Senate, we pretty much hit the nail on the head. In our last issue before the election, we wrote: “While Senate control is in doubt, with anything from a 51-49 Republican Senate to a 52-48 Democratic Senate possible, we do not think the two sides…