Sarah Palin has been an avid campaigner this election season, in some cases plucking insurgent candidates from near obscurity to successfully take on more established opponents. Not all of her candidates have won, but in the world of Republican primaries often decided by a relatively small group of conservative voters, Palin’s blessing – which she’s given to 43 candidates – can be a major factor.
Democrats will be watching the Republican contests closely, hoping for additional upsets by tea party-backed candidates. Democrats hope the Republicans will be saddled with unelectable candidates. Republicans are looking to ride a wave of voter anger over the sputtering economy and politics-as-usual to regain control of Congress. The competition between traditional Republicans and their tea party counterparts is particularly strong in Delaware, New Hampshire, and New York. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Maryland also hold primaries Tuesday.
Neither Sarah Palin nor Glenn Beck is currently running for anything, but both are deftly navigating today's media landscape and having some success steering the national debate.
A faux Republican from California's nonexistent 54th District, Jack Kimble, is tweeting and blogging his way to becoming this season's leading candidate-for-fun. Stephen Colbert 'ran' for president in 2008.
The media have been criticized for giving Terry Jones and his Koran-burning scheme publicity. But the Web has changed the media landscape. Ignoring the event wasn't an option, media experts say.
Kelsey Grammer of 'Frasier' fame is one face behind RightNetwork, a new entertainment TV network. It seeks to appeal to conservatives who made Fox News and Rush Limbaugh successful.
President Obama celebrated the end of the Iraq war with all the pomp of a pizza delivery boy, Stephen Colbert quipped. So Colbert's trying to do the thing right. Is it a dig at Obama?