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    The Chances of Ted Cruz

    Power hungry.  Arrogant.  Unwilling to yield or compromise.  Self righteous.  Single-minded piety.  High intellect.  Brilliant with a hard edge.  Charisma.  Fearless.  Extremely smart.  All of these have been used to describe Texas .  There is likely a hint of truth in all these statements.  Detractors focus on the negatives while his supporters see them as strengths.  Say anything you want about the man, but he | Read More »

    Overcoming Paul (Ron, that is…)

    Kentucky looks to be a candidate for President in 2016 for the GOP.  Like the presumed choice of the more establishment Republican, Jeb Bush, this Paul must overcome his last name. Some political pundits find it interesting that the elder Paul is a pariah within the GOP.  A great degree of Ron Paul’s policies dovetail nicely with conservative Republican policies- smaller government, greater states rights, | Read More »

    The Perry Second Chance

    When Texas Governor Rick Perry opted not to run for another term, it became obvious that he was gearing up for another presidential run.  Since 2012, he has appeared at events in Iowa at least 33 times and, in fact, his campaign began almost the day after he bowed out of contention in 2012.  If we look over the history of both parties, we generally | Read More »

    The Rubio Factor

      has instructed his staff to proceed as if he will be a candidate for President in 2016.  This makes sense as gearing for a presidential run can be easily converted to another senatorial run in 2016.  Thus, this writer does not necessarily believe this is a signal that he will run.  I do, however, believe that he is looking into the possibility.  He recently | Read More »

    Gay Marriage in Alabama: Relax & Take a Deep Breath

    It seems that everyone here has their knickers in a twist because the US Supreme Court refused to extend a stay on a lower court ruling on gay marriage in Alabama.  Some are saying that this foretells the future since they have a case before them to be heard in April with a decision likely in June.  You need to understand this in perspective and | Read More »

    Rick Santorum… Yesterday’s News

    Some pundits believe that Rick Santorum can be a player in the 2016 Republican presidential sweepstakes.  This writer is not so sure.  Most of that punditry is based on his performance in 2012, but a little more on that in a bit. No one doubts Santorum’s sincerity.  He has a compelling life story that voters can relate to.  No one doubts that when it comes | Read More »

    The Walker Deference Equation

    Based upon his recent performance at the Iowa Freedom Summit, Scott Walker has been the talk of the Republican Party.  Admittedly, there is plenty to like here as his speech in Des Moines demonstrated.  This writer has been rather consistent in his support of Scott Walker, but I am fully cognizant of the fact that this is only the very beginning of the 2016 election | Read More »

    The 2% Problem & Foreign Policy Looming Large in 2016

    In virtually every poll conducted despite the outlet doing the polling, foreign policy and national security do not rate particularly high on the list of concerns of the electorate.  One Gallup poll puts the number at 2% of voters who believe foreign policy is the number one issue facing this country.  All this may change in 2016 with the presidential election. Foreign policy and, by | Read More »

    The 2016 Gubernatorial Races: A Real Early Take

    There will 11 gubernatorial races in 2016, seven of them currently held by Democrats.  In the four states with Republican Governors, the only state to really worry about is North Carolina.  Meanwhile, of the seven states where there are Democratic Governors, three of them went for both McCain and Romney in the past two presidential elections.  Thus, using this metric alone, the question is whether | Read More »

    Assessing the 2016 Senate Races: The West

    Having looked at the rest of the country, I now turn my attention to the West. Alaska- won as a write-in candidate in 2010 after losing the GOP primary to Joe Miller.  The only question is whether she will run as an independent again, or will she run as a Republican?  The only fear of an independent run is that there is no guarantee she | Read More »