Six Stages of Scandal: E-mailgate just moved into Stage 4
Re-posted from National Review The facts concerning Hillary Clinton’s most recent scandal — “E-mailgate” — may be unique, but the media coverage in our 24/7-news age follows the same predictable story arc every time something like this happens. Up until now, this arc has never been formally recognized or officially named. Therefore, drawing on the familiar and widely accepted “Five Stages of Loss and Grief,” | Read More »
Clinton ‘Crack’ – Warning: Highly habit-forming for Republican political junkies
Re-posted from National Review Here are three stashes of “Clinton Crack” that are sure to keep political junkies like me thoroughly addicted in the days, months, and years to come. 1. Hillary Clinton’s exclusively using a personal e-mail account while at the State Department Excitement/Danger Level: A tsunami crashing on the D.C. Beltway and possibly drowning Clinton Inc. Burning Questions: Will the revelations delay Clinton’s | Read More »
‘Real’ Solutions to Hillary’s 2016 Branding Problem
Re-posted from National Review This past weekend the Washington Post ran a piece with the headline: “The making of Hillary 5.0: Marketing wizards help re-imagine Clinton brand.” The title caught my eye because back in December, here at National Review, I penned a piece titled “Hillary Has a Brand.” That headline, along with numerous bullet points detailing Hillary’s brand, was lifted (as the piece explains) | Read More »
Hillary’s Gender Advantage is Evident in Swing State Poll
Re-posted from National Review A new Quinnipiac poll of three presidential swing states is crack for political junkies looking for their next data fix. The poll examines 2016 voter preferences in Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia. All three states were won by Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, but in 2004 had appeared in the “red” column for George W. Bush. The three are now considered | Read More »
Is Wisconsin the New GOP ‘Power State’ for 2016?
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Champion of the right, “Forward”, our motto, God will give thee might! (The final stanza of the Wisconsin state song.) Currently, on the front lines of all the partisan political battles are three Wisconsinites uniquely positioned to make Democratic-leaning Wisconsin the 2016 Republican power state. The success of this trio would inject new meaning into those century-old state song lyrics in | Read More »
Why Florida Senator Marco Rubio Should Run for Re-Election Instead of President
At this writing, the Real Clear Politics (RCP) 2016 GOP nomination poll averages have former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leading the crowded, wide open field with support from only 16.4 percent of primary voters. Next in line is NJ Gov. Chris Christie with 9.4 percent and then near the back of the pack sits freshman Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 100% as | Read More »
Is the ‘Wide Open’ Race Actually Bad News for Republicans in 2016?
Re-posted from National Review Online On any given news day, the term “wide open” is the most overused phrase to describe the 2016 GOP presidential field. After last weekend’s Iowa Freedom Summit, the first event to showcase a field of potential Republican candidates numbering in double digits, the phrase is now totally exhausted. But reviewing this “competitive” bench of “strong” and “experienced” candidates makes me | Read More »
Romney 2016: Red Flag Warnings Within 2012 Exit Poll Data
It has been less than two weeks since Mitt Romney made his semi-bold pronouncement of 2016 intentions saying, “Everybody in here can go tell your friends that I’m considering a run.” “Everybody” was a group of about 30 mega-donors in New York comprised of the one-percent of one-percent crowd. Since that evening on January 9th, there have been two major developments. First, was a CBS | Read More »
Jeb vs. Mitt: Nasty, Nice or Brutal?
Photo Credit: National Review This is what I call a potential “back to the future” match-up or what the National Review has called Establishment vs. Establishment. Then over at Forbes, John Zogby had a piece with the headline: Jeb vs. Mitt: Good For The GOP. Perhaps some of you have a slightly different opinion? The Washington Post tackled this clash of country | Read More »
Who Is Qualified to Be President? We should expand the constitutional requirements to include experience.
Credit: National Review Re-posted from National Review Online With crowded benches of Democratic and Republican candidates actively contemplating a run for the White House in 2016, should Americans consider expanding the current constitutionally mandated presidential eligibility requirements to include relevant levels of work experience? Since all professional occupations require some form of licensing before one is allowed to have clients or | Read More »