Carly Fiorina: The Right Outsider
It’s early in the primary process, but Republican primary voters at this point seem determined to nominate an outsider for President, in the sense of someone who has literally never held elected office. I think this impulse is a mistake, as I explained about a month ago, because it ignores the obvious fact that the most important test is how one survives becoming an insider: Basically | Read More »
Stop It. Donald Trump is Nothing Like Ronald Reagan.
The Donald Trump fans have hit on a new talking point to try to convince skeptical conservatives to overlook Trump’s glaring lack of experience, questionable grasp of the issues, and electability problems and pull the lever for him on election day. The talking point is: Look, Trump is just like Reagan, and Reagan both won the election and turned out to be a pretty darn | Read More »
Did your House member vote for Boehner? If so, who’s primarying him?
The 2015 House election for Speaker was historic. It was the first since 1925* in which more than one declared candidate from the same party received votes. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% received 216 votes, other Republicans (including declared candidates Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) 72%, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) 92%, and [mc_name name=’Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)’ | Read More »
They Will Fall One By One, An Unpitied Sacrifice In A Contemptible Struggle
“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” -Burke This primary season, while still in its infancy, has already shown this to be truth. Take notice not only at the lack of the good associating, but also those on our side who chose to combine with bad men. Running for President, | Read More »
Jeb Bush’s Tax Plan and Apple’s Latest Gadgets
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss Jeb Bush’s proposed tax plan, then Xavier Harding talks about Apple’s new iPhone, the iPad Pro, and how the updated Apple TV stacks up against its competitors.
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Among Republicans, CNN poll shows a tight race between Trump and Carson
ORC International conducted a poll for CNN asking about the 2016 Republican race. The headline number says Donald Trump 32, Ben Carson 19, and the rest in single digits. Page 29 of the PDF though says that among Republicans, it’s a much tighter race than that.
Bravo for Ben Carson
One of the irritating things about the way the other GOP frontrunners have dealt with Trump is that they have interpreted Trump’s surge as being all about immigration and have all tried to essentially out-Trump the Donald on this issue. No one’s pandering on this issue has been more transparent or weak-kneed than Scott Walker, who I suppose hoped that he could co-opt at least | Read More »
I expect Donald Trump to do better in Caucuses than in Primaries
Remember Ron Paul? He never had a chance to win the GOP nomination. He was so far outside of the party mainstream, on so many issues, that he was never going to go anywhere. He did however have a strong third place showing in the Iowa caucuses in 2012. The key to understanding how that could be, is to understand the layers of support every | Read More »
Your Daily Donald Trump Moment of Zen
Stressed by the holidays? Vexed that your kid is heading back to unknown challenges at school? Concerned about the fate of the country or the world at large? Here. I give you this video of Donald Trump explaining why he was opposed to the Iran Deal. Or… I mean, I guess that’s what he’s explaining? Let us not burden ourselves, though, with such mundane questions as | Read More »
Carson Over Trump Every Day of the Week, and Twice on Sundays
As I stated yesterday, it’s evident that the Trump phenomenon isn’t going to go away any time soon. However, it’s also equally evident that the Ben Carson phenomenon isn’t going away any time soon, either. How do I know this? A couple of points from the polling released yesterday indicates that Carson’s current base of support in the polls is very stubborn and that his | Read More »
An Unserious Candidate for an Unserious Country
It’s time to stop assuming that the Trump phenomenon will collapse under its own weight. Trump has held a continuous lead in the RCP polling average since July 20th. That’s already longer than any candidate not named Mitt Romney held the lead in 2012, and Trump’s lead is growing rather than shrinking. His main competition at this point is Ben Carson, | Read More »
The Establishment can’t even criticize Trump correctly
My distaste for Trump is well documented at this point, but when I read this evening about Hugh Hewitt’s interview of Donald Trump, I was struck by how terrible Hewitt’s whole line of questioning is. Hewitt – who gave Harriet Miers a “solid B+” and thought that was good enough – has essentially declared that Al Gore would have been a better President than George | Read More »
A look at the GOP Presidential polling four and eight years ago
It’s often misunderstood what polls do. Some are under the false impression that the purpose of a poll is to predict the election results. That’s not quite true, though close to the election, the difference doesn’t matter. However this far out, the difference means everything. Polls measure the current feelings of the electorate. The further out you get from the election, the more detached the | Read More »
The Carson Conundrum
Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS HEALTH) – RTR3F2WE The more I watch Ben Carson, the more I like him. Carson is not the usual politician in every sense of the word. | Read More »
To Hell With You People
Like a recurrence of herpes, Mitt Romney donors have come in from their five star resorts again, taken their silver feet out of their mouths again, and yet again beat the drum for Mitt Romney 2016. These people have all the makings of a cult without a comet or a Scientologist to take them away from us. Seriously, to hell with you people. You guys | Read More »