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December 2011


The Top Five Smart Politics Reports of 2011

A look back at some of the most illuminating and controversial of the 200+ Smart Politics reports published this year.

Ron Paul Seeks First Primary/Caucus Win by GOP US Rep. Since 1964

Wisconsin's John Byrnes won the last presidential contest for a sitting GOP U.S. House member 48 years ago; John Anderson came close in Massachusetts and Vermont in 1980.

Could Bob Kerrey be the Dan Coats of 2012? Interrupted US Senate Tenures Across History

Over the last 222 years, 150 U.S. Senators have had a gap in service in the nation's upper legislative chamber - lasting more than a decade for 32 of them.

Punditry Quotes of the Week: Ron Paul Edition

What the media said about Congressman Paul after his Sioux City, Iowa debate performance.

FOX News Moderators Insert Themselves at GOP Debates More Than Any Other Outlet

FOX moderators have averaged a 40 percent larger share of speaking time compared to moderators at the other eight debates since September.

Ex-Presidents Take Center Stage at Iowa Debate

The seven candidates name-drop 12 ex-presidents 33 times on Thursday; Gingrich makes 22 references to raise his tally this debate season to 63.

Gingrich Has Most Sand in FOX News' Iowa Debate Hourglass

Former House Speaker receives more than one-fifth of the speaking time, edging Romney and Paul and doubling up on Perry.

Ron Paul Reaches All-Time Polling Highs in Iowa and New Hampshire

Paul's support is up 100 percent in Iowa and 50 percent in the Granite State from his '08 campaign peaks.

Jon Kyl: The Big Gun with the Short Name

At six letters, Kyl has the shortest legal first and last name out of the 1,931 men and women to serve in the U.S. Senate; that's a far cry from Frederick Frelinghuysen.

ABC Grants Romney More than Twice as Much Speaking Time as Ron Paul in Iowa Debate

Romney doubles up on Ron Paul once again and speaks more than moderators Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos combined.

Will Michele Bachmann Pull a Phil Gramm in Iowa?

Bachmann is on pace for the worst ever performance at the caucuses by an Iowa Straw Poll winner - a mark currently held by Phil Gramm in 1996.

Is Newt Gingrich Too Old to Beat Barack Obama?

In only two of the nation's 56 presidential elections has the cycle's older nominee been elected with a greater age difference than Gingrich vis-à-vis Obama.

Are the Stars Aligned for an Obama Victory? Astrology and U.S. Presidential Elections

Presidential nominees born under Leo (e.g. Obama) win at a 71 percent clip with Geminis (e.g. Gingrich) coming in at just 29 percent.

Snubbed Again: Ron Paul Surges in Iowa and the Media Yawns

Despite rising to 2nd in the new Des Moines Register survey, Paul gets just 5 percent of coverage in reporting on the poll - the same as Santorum, Perry, and Bachmann.

Impenetrable: Which States Have the Greatest Democratic Dry Spells in Picking Up US House Seats?

South Carolina Republicans have successfully defended their last 42 House seats since 1988; the Missouri GOP is 40-0 in defending its districts since 1994.