06.17.09

Race for 2012: The Next Republican President

Former Bush and McCain strategist Mark McKinnon's early look at the contest to challenge President Obama.

Romney Rises Again
by Mark McKinnon

After laying low during Palinpalooza, the former governor is back atop the GOP pack for 2012. Mark McKinnon's year-end rundown of who's hot (Rick Perry) and who's not (Mike Huckabee).

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The GOP Frontrunner Curse
by Mark McKinnon

In the ninth in a series of posts on the 2012 landscape, Mike Huckabee’s pardon of a cop killer pretty much ended his 2012 presidential hopes. Mark McKinnon on why every GOP frontrunner seems to wind up like the drummers in Spinal Tap.

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Huckabee's Power Surge
by Mark McKinnon

The 2008 also-ran is suddenly the hottest Republican in the 2012 presidential field. Bush adviser Mark McKinnon, who's chronicling the race for The Daily Beast, talks with Mike Huckabee’s top strategist.

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Scarborough for President
by Mark McKinnon

Fall brings some dark horses into Mark McKinnon’s 2012 GOP contender rankings, including a general (Petraeus), a whack job (Bachmann) and a congressman-turned-TV host: Joe Scarborough.

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Santorum is Dangerous
by Mark McKinnon

In the sixth in a series of posts on the 2012 landscape, former Bush and McCain strategist Mark McKinnon says that despite former Senator Rick Santorum’s actions and extreme ideology, he and his foray into Iowa should be taken seriously.

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Barbour vs. Obama, 2012
by Mark McKinnon

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In the fifth in a series of posts on the 2012 landscape, former Bush and McCain strategist Mark McKinnon explains why the Mississippi governor, in the wake of the Ensign and Sanford debacles, could go all the way—and why Jenny Sanford is a potential superstar.

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Ensign, Get Your Sorry Ass Out of the Senate
by Mark McKinnon

In the fourth of a series on the 2012 landscape, former Bush and McCain strategist Mark McKinnon says Sen. John Ensign’s hypocrisy makes his misdemeanor of adultery a felony—and he should resign.

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Palin vs. Biden 2016
by Mark McKinnon

In the third of a series on the 2012 landscape, former Bush and McCain strategist Mark McKinnon says Palin is getting stronger by the day—and will be ready to take on the Obama agenda (or his vice president) in three years or seven.

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Republicans of the Future
by Mark McKinnon

In the second in a series of posts on the 2012 landscape, former Bush and McCain strategist Mark McKinnon and Jon Henke, cofounder of TheNextRight.com, name six GOP up-and-comers who could fill the party’s leadership vacuum—and make it likable again.

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The Next Republican President
by Mark McKinnon

In the first in a series of posts on the 2012 landscape, former Bush and McCain strategist Mark McKinnon handicaps 11 Republicans—and explains why Obama might not be a lock for two terms.

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As vice chairman of Public Strategies and president of Maverick Media, Mark McKinnon has helped meet strategic challenges for candidates, causes, and individuals, including George W. Bush, John McCain, Governor Ann Richards, Charlie Wilson, Lance Armstrong, and Bono. McKinnon is co-chair of Arts & Labs, a collaboration between technology and creative communities that have embraced today’s rich Internet environment to deliver innovative and creative digital products to consumers.