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Mark Sanford's tearful 2009 announcement: An image not easily forgotten.

Will Mark Sanford's sex scandal kill his campaign — or save it?

In a new ad, the former South Carolina governor tells voters he learned from the affair that ended his marriage. Will that help his bid for a seat in Congress?

Future of the GOP : The Bullpen
Matt K. Lewis

Matt K. Lewis: Rand Paul's extraordinarily difficult path to the presidency

Pleasing mainstream conservatives without alienating his libertarian base is much easier said than done

Future of the GOP : Politics
Chuck Hagel: Trapped in political limbo.

Why the Hagel filibuster is a serious mistake for Republicans

Good job, GOP. You just handed Obama a public-relations gift

Future of the GOP : Politics
Hillary Clinton was reportedly the topic of an ill-conceived Tea Party video...

Report: Tea Party group made a bestiality video featuring Hillary Clinton and a panda

The footage was reportedly scrapped before it could be shown to a gathering of hundreds of conservatives

Future of the GOP : Politics
"More government isn't going to help you get ahead. It's going to hold you back. More government isn't going to create more opportunities. It's going to limit them."

Besides that water break, how was Marco Rubio's speech?

Perhaps predictably, opinions are divided along ideological lines

Future of the GOP : Twitter Party
This speech is making me thirsty.

How Marco Rubio rescued his awkward water break moment

The Florida senator's conservative rebuttal to Obama's State of the Union was overshadowed by his thirst

Future of the GOP : Best Video
Ben Carson "may not be politically correct, but he's closer to correct than we've heard in years," says The Wall Street Journal.

The doctor who slammed Obama to his face: Ben Carson for president?

Conservatives swoon over a prominent black surgeon who challenged the president on everything from taxes to health care at last week's National Prayer Breakfast

Future of the GOP : Politics
Marco Rubio: A young senator with old ideas?

Why the GOP should retire its 'big government' attacks on Obama

The shopworn formula to attack the president is well past its expiration date

Future of the GOP : Analysis
Marco Rubio: GOP superstar or the next Kenneth the Page?

Memo to Marco Rubio: Don't do it!

The response to the State of the Union is a trap

Future of the GOP : Politics
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will speak for the Tea Party on Tuesday night, following in the footsteps of Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain.

State of the Union: Will Rand Paul upstage Marco Rubio's response to Obama?

The Republican Party's divisions will be on stark display Tuesday night

Future of the GOP : The Bullpen
Matt K. Lewis

Matt K. Lewis: Chris Christie's waistline, Marco Rubio's hairline, and our raging obsession with superficiality

Face it: Politicians are judged, at least in part, for the way they look

George W. Bush : Politics
Long before illness and privacy breaches, father and son enjoy a 2010 Texas Rangers game.

Hacker publishes private photos, paintings of George W. Bush

The Secret Service is investigating the breach

Future of the GOP : Politics
If the young senator can pull it off, his State of the Union response could be a major career-booster.

Marco Rubio will respond to President Obama's State of the Union

The senator from Florida is clearly the GOP's hottest prospect

Future of the GOP : Politics
Karl Rove: Conservative turncoat?

Why far-right conservatives hate Karl Rove

The Architect's new creation — the Conservative Victory Project — is drawing howls of protests... from conservatives

Future of the GOP : Controversy
Ron Paul doesn't mince words on Twitter, it seems.

Ron Paul's puzzling critique of murdered SEAL Chris Kyle

In 140 characters, the newly retired congressman reminds us why he — and maybe his son — won't top the GOP presidential ticket

Future of the GOP : Politics
Tagg Romney speaking on behalf of his father in Augusta, Maine, on Feb. 4, 2012.

Should Tagg Romney run for Senate in Massachusetts?

Mitt Romney's eldest son would provide the GOP with a recognizable candidate — which has its pluses and minuses

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