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In nine months, Americans will select a president, choosing between two candidates despite numerous poll findings that a majority of voters prefer neither one.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist February 3, 2024
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Following months of wrangling over strategy, direction and messaging, President Biden’s campaign brain trust has seemingly settled on a re-election theme – if former President Trump returns to the White House, American democracy and all the inherent freedoms it guarantees will be destroyed.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist January 12, 2024
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For three years, the Biden administration has engaged in denial, blame shifting and half-truths before conceding the southern border is in crisis.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist December 31, 2023
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Following last week’s fourth – and final – 2024 presidential debate sanctioned by the Republican National Committee, increased attention has turned to the continued presence of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and whether it’s time for both to stand aside in the larger interest of solidifying support behind an alternative to former president Donald Trump.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist December 17, 2023
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Stung by a succession of high profile polls showing President Joe Biden trailing former president Donald Trump among crucial swing state voters, the White House and its allies in Congress have scrambled to calm jittery nerves and reassure donors and establishment leaders all is well and under control.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist December 1, 2023
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Former vice president Mike Pence was the first domino to fall, drawing increased focus and pressure on the remaining single-digit candidates for the Republican presidential nomination to confront the harsh reality that victory will not be theirs.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist November 7, 2023
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There exists an “acute and immediate need” for a border wall in the Rio Grande Valley – Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, Oct. 4, 2023.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist October 13, 2023
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Every presidential campaign requires a slogan – a pithy message in six words or less to convey a candidate’s vision, principles and qualifications to serve as leader of the free world.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist September 27, 2023
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When America went to sleep on the night of Aug. 23 following the Republican presidential candidates’ debate, the Real Clear Politics polling averages put former president Donald Trump at 55 percent, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 14 and the rest of the field between less than 1% and 7%.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist September 1, 2023
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In the Democrats’ stepped-up offensive against presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a faint whiff of panic is in the air, a stirring of concern that no good can come from one of the nation’s most storied political names lingering on the fringes of the party’s President Biden re-election strategy.

August 4, 2023
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While the field of participants in the first Republican presidential debate on Aug. 23 in Milwaukee is essentially settled, the run up to the event is overshadowed by who might ditch it altogether and turn it into a meaningless gathering.

By CARL GOLDEN, Syndicated Columnist July 19, 2023
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With two-thirds of the country disapproving of the Biden administration’s handling of the economy and inflation and an equal ratio believing the nation is on the wrong track, the White House and campaign team have settled on a reboot strategy to change the frame of reference of the debate.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist July 7, 2023
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While the internet continues to dissect the 37-count federal indictment against former President Donald Trump for retaining highly classified government documents after leaving office, one of the more intriguing questions is why anyone would do this in the first place.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist June 18, 2023
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Fifty-one years ago, the national Democratic Party and its presidential nominee were characterized as the party of ”acid, amnesty and abortion” in one of the more devastating, effective and enduring slogans in American political history.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist May 21, 2023
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As Donald Trump maintains and builds on his commanding lead in polling of the Republican presidential nominating contest, the notion of the former president’s “inevitability” gains momentum.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist May 7, 2023
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It’s time for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to retreat to his executive suite in Tallahassee, take a deep breath and end his war with the Disney Corp.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist April 21, 2023
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Outwardly at least, the Democratic Party’s national leadership has exhibited no sense of urgency over the absence of any definitive announcement of a President Biden re-election campaign.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist April 16, 2023
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“Defund the police” – the rallying cry of the Democratic Party’s progressive left wing in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police nearly three years ago — was arguably the most self-defeating political slogan in modern history.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist March 10, 2023
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Aside from occupying the White House itself, former president Donald Trump is exactly where he wants to be — at the center of the national political dialogue, a dominating media presence and a controlling influence in the selection of a Republican presidential nominee in 2024.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist February 7, 2023
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A constant in the political universe is the quest to occupy the moral high ground, that space that sets apart those with noble intentions and pure motives from those driven by craven desires in pursuit of personal gains.

By CARL GOLDEN, Syndicated Columnist January 25, 2023
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On Nov. 15, former president Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. Less than three weeks later, he ended it.

By CARL GOLDEN, Syndicated Columnist December 7, 2022
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One of the most enduring justifications for a combat operation was uttered by an Army major in the war in Vietnam in 1968: “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist November 20, 2022
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No matter the outcome of the midterm Congressional election, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s run as leader of her party will come to an end.

October 5, 2022
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It took some time, but the Democratic Party establishment finally recognized what had become apparent to most of the political universe many months ago — If the congressional midterm elections became a referendum on the Biden administration, defeat and the loss of both houses of Congress was inevitable.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist September 9, 2022
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Whether Donald Trump scooped up 15 cartons of documents and classified material and scurried off to his Mar-a-Lago compound 20 months ago is politically inconsequential.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist August 12, 2022
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In the nearly 21 months since the last presidential election, millions of Americans have given the benefit of the doubt to former president Donald Trump as he unleashed a torrent of accusations that his defeat resulted from massive voter fraud, and in an honest process he’d have won a second term.

By CARL GOLDEN, Syndicated Columnist July 27, 2022
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Despite a few points in her testimony in dispute, the narrative laid out by former White House assistant Cassidy Hutchinson concerning the events of Jan. 6, 2021, presents a chilling portrait of a furious president desperately clinging to power surrounded by advisers offering outlandish legal theories to block the certification of Joe Biden as president.

July 10, 2022
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As the Congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U. S. Capitol heads into its final public hearings phase, early indications are that — despite compelling testimony — the needle on the public opinion meter has barely budged, and the impact on the congressional midterm elections, as well as the 2024 presidential contest, will be minimal.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist June 21, 2022
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When the draft Supreme Court opinion overturning the constitutional right to an abortion was leaked to the media last month, it tore through Washington, D.C. with the force of a category five hurricane.

By Carl Golden, Syndicated Columnist June 3, 2022
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With public approval lodged for months between 40 and 42 percent and facing a midterm election anticipated to be a seismic disaster, President Biden has endured an almost Pavlovian response from consultants, strategists, academics and party leaders.

April 25, 2022
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A desperately needed bounce in public acclaim following President Biden’s signing of the $1 trillion infrastructure proposal has yet to materialize, leaving the president wallowing in the low 40 percent range in job-performance approval from a discontented and dispirited nation helpless in the face of out-of-control inflation.

November 26, 2021
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Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the free-spirited tart tongued daughter of Teddy, once described her president father as someone who “wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the infant at every christening.”

By CARL GOLDEN, Syndicated Columnist October 16, 2021
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The White House press corps is in a snit again because President Biden, who many reporters openly cheered on in last year’s election, has stiffed them repeatedly, refusing to answer their questions and — most recently — tossing them unceremoniously out of the Oval Office.

By CARL GOLDEN, Syndicated Columnist September 28, 2021
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It began with 25 candidates. It’s been reduced by half, yet concern persists among Democrats that the party should look beyond the still standing contenders and seek an individual capable of party unification and persuade him or her to enter the race.

October 16, 2019