RedState 2016 Presidential Primary Power Rankings: Week 1
Hello and welcome to a new and (hopefully) weekly segment at RedState, the Weekly 2016 Presidential Primary Power Rankings. Each week on Tuesday, I will be compiling this list based on a “secret sauce” formula that I made up that factors in polling data, fundraising information, news items of the week, organization/staff readiness, and more subjective things like “momentum” and “buzz,” which don’t really exist | Read More »
Ending Groundhog Republicanism
Humanity is tormented once again by an age-old issue—is man to live in dignity and freedom under God or be enslaved—are men in government to serve, or are they to master, their fellow men? It befalls us now to resolve this issue anew—perhaps this time for centuries to come. Nor can we evade the issue here at home. Even in this Constitutional Republic, for two | Read More »
Think that the Democrats will retake the House in ’16? Fine. Name the seats.
While you are going to hear a good deal about how the Democrats plan to message, and take advantage of their gerrymandered states, and framing, and almost everything else – one thing that’s going to be not talked about much will be which seats are going to flip.
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Scott Walker, Presumptive 2016 Favorite
Forget what the polls say. Polls this far out are notoriously worthless in predicting Presidential nominees. Right now Scott Walker is sitting in the catbird’s seat for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. Virtually everyone who is contemplating running for President in 2016 or who has ever contemplated running for President in their life went to Iowa last weekend but unless you were a regular reader | Read More »
The 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates Disagree With House Republicans
RedState was pleased to help sponsor this past weekend’s Freedom Summit in Iowa. We asked the candidates runnig for President and others who were speaking five questions. One of those questions was what they think about the House Republican Leaders pulling the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. They, and the members of Congress present, dissent.
Fiorina 2016: A Campaign Without a Raison D’être
In a year in which the GOP promises to field its strongest field of qualified and experienced candidates in a generation, and in which there promises to be a veritable buffet of viable options for establishment and movement conservatives alike, for some reason the existence of Carly Fiorina’s bizarrely pointless 2016 campaign continues to be a story worth reporting on for the political media. The usual | Read More »
Governor Throne of Skulls (Scott Walker) Telegraphs 2016 Bid
With the three establishment-favored Governors (Jeb, Christie, Romney) having already all but declared, the time has come for other contenders to telegraph their intentions or face being left behind in the fundraising/operations cycle. One of my two favorite candidates for 2016 has always been Scott Walker, but the looming question has always been whether Walker would run at all given that a campaign would interfere | Read More »
Much has been written about conservatives in the United States over the past decade. Most of the studies and commentaries come with a healthy dose of bias against conservatism. Those that do the best still have a “Gorillas in the Mist” quality. Some things are vastly easier to understand than those studying them believe. So much of what has happened within the Republican Party since | Read More »
The demographic shriveling of the Democratic party continues.
Oh, dear. It’s worse for the Democratic party than I thought. The GOP dominance in these predominantly white working-class districts underscores the structural challenge facing Democrats: While the party has repeatedly captured the White House despite big deficits among the working-class white voters who once anchored its electoral coalition, these results show how difficult it will be to recapture the House without improving on that | Read More »
Meet the ‘Other’ Woman Union Bosses Want in the Oval Office
While many on the Left (and the Right) believe that the Presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton is a foregone conclusion, there is another woman that many on the Left—and of greater importance, within labor’s ranks—would rather see become President and they are beginning to voice their preference ever more loudly. Enter Democrats’ more liberal senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren. Last week, the AFL-CIO hosted a | Read More »
Why 54 REALLY > 53 or 52, when it comes to Senate math.
And this is why you always try to grab as many seats as you can in an election, period: “Democrats are looking to reclaim their Senate majority in two years, but after losing nine Senate seats in 2014, their path back to that majority won’t be easy.” Because it took us picking up nine Senate seats to get an article like that in the Atlantic. | Read More »
The staffing positioning for 2016 continues.
So, about two months ago there was an email oppo drop on Robby Mook, who is/was presumed to be high up in Hillary Clinton’s eventual Presidential campaign. My (unpublished) take on that email oppo drop, at the time: Dear sweet God, but the Democrats really had no idea that they were about to get Smote, did they? Mook continued: “This has been a tough cycle — | Read More »
Scenes from the 2016 Democratic Shadow Gutter War: Clinton v. Webb.
Via Hot Air comes a whisper of the back-alley brawls that are even now starting to form over the 2016 election, out there where nothing is really too low a blow and everything can be denied later: While they aren’t acknowledging [Jim] Webb publicly, [Hillary] Clinton loyalists are keeping an eye on him privately. The week before Thanksgiving, staffers of Philippe Reines, Clinton’s longtime communications guru, pitched talk | Read More »
Barack Obama not yet understanding that he needs to be irrelevant to 2016.
This should be fascinating to watch: “In recent weeks, Democratic operatives have begun to voice concerns that the 2014 midterms made plain the limits of an approach that failed to reach beyond minority groups or those who are reflexively liberal. And yet what should come next is not yet totally clear.” Largely because it’s essentially futile. The Democrats will not have control over their message in 2016, | Read More »
Three Questions for Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush has declared he is officially looking at running for the Presidency in 2016. Many conservatives acted with horror. But before dismissing Jeb Bush, I think conservatives should probe where his mind and heart are on issues. He was an excellent governor of Florida. I disagree with Bush on common core and immigration, but I think his record in office generally stands the test | Read More »