Republican Mitt Romney tried to be casual, relaxed and engaging in New Hampshire. It didn't work. Crikey's Guy Rundle begins his US roadshow in the bellwether state to report on this week's crucial primary.
Clearly the White House would have liked the birther issue to run on right to the edge of the primary season.
Should the Senate prove the bulwark that preserves enough of the first two years of the Obama administration's reforms for them to be entrenched, that most amazing of historical events will have come to pass -- it will be the Tea Party wot done it, a thing become its opposite, the salve of the Obama era.
Whatever difficulties the Democrats have had to bear through ill-luck, controversial policies or the like, one whole dimension of this loss is due to the political failure of Obama and his team to take people with him, writes Guy Rundle.
Off no more than a gut feeling that some gap may have been closed in the past week, and that anger does not always make it all the way to the polling station, I will predict a loss of 45 in the House, and six in the Senate, and an unknowable capacity to regroup.
It was exciting, it was wild, it was a mad carnival -- and, it has to be said, something of a fizzer. The Rally to Restore Sanity may have done just that -- which is hardly a revolution, reports Guy Rundle from Washington DC.
I'd come to Rhode Island to see what a New England campaign was like. Now I knew. It was like Old England, or Europe at least. , writes Guy Rundle, in Providence, Rhode Island.
Last week, Levi Johnston, on The View, the ladies around him, male stripper at worst hen’s party ever: “Are you still running for mayor? Republican or Democrat? Conservative? Have you ever voted?” Silence....
Delaware, it turns out, is a paradoxical place. To the outside world, its distinct image is precisely nil. Within Delaware, it has a sense of identity so intense as to near-exclude discussion of anything else.
The music cranks up, as the crowd swells towards low triple figures, "don't stop believin", "walking on sunshine", ancient pop-rock that's become the house music for these events.