In defense of Ben Carson on the Border
Dennis Welch, local reporter for KTVK-TV in Arizona, made an outrageously worded report on Twitter about Ben Carson which he clarified right after. This report (I assume by design) sparked a wave of outrage against Ben Carson on Twitter. However I think that he’s probably right on border security, and here’s why.
Trump remains ahead, but the polling is unclear
I said last week that we needed more polling to be sure of the Trump situation after the debate and the Redstate Gathering. It turns out the new polling hasn’t clarified things yet.
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, Scott Walker
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In Search of the Wisconsin Version of Scott Walker
I like Scott Walker quite a lot. He’s one of my favorite governors to come down the pipe in a long time. He has taken the fight to the liberals in his state from day one in office, and won far more than he’s lost. Really, Walker should be walking away with both my personal vote and the nomination by this point, based on his | Read More »
Maybe Everything We Think about the Trump Surge is Wrong
By now, if you are the sort of person who reads RedState or other blogs regularly, you have heard the received wisdom regarding Donald Trump’s surge in the polls. Rougly 95% of pundits who have opined on the topic have taken it for granted that Trump’s surge in the polls is due to a surge of grassroots activists who are frustrated with the status quo | Read More »
Ted Cruz’s Time
Look at the Real Clear Politics polling average. The candidates who are perceived to be “not of Washington” are Trump, Carson, Cruz, Huckabee, Fiorina, Paul, Perry, Jindal, and (arguably) Walker. Some of them may be “of Washington,” but they have pretty legitimate outsider, non-establishment bona fides. Add up their polling total in the average and we get 61.4% of the vote. In other words, right | Read More »
The Outsider Fallacy
If the polls are to be believed, the GOP primary electorate really, really wants someone who is an “outsider” to be our nominee for President. Not just an outsider to Washington, mind you, but an outsider to politics altogether. The latest FoxNews poll has Trump in first with 25%, followed by Carson in second with 12% of the vote. Carly Fiorina checks in 7th with | Read More »
Trump was for de Blasio before he was against him
Right now socialist New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is conducting a one man Jihad against Donald Trump, but the fact is, before Trump decided to run for President, Trump was a big fan.
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Has Trump peaked? One poll doesn’t tell us that.
The Real Clear Politics 2016 nomination poll chart appears to be showing that Donald Trump has peaked, and is on the way down. But if you dig past the pretty picture, it’s not clear that’s the case.
The Reformation, Reconciliation, and Revenge of Al Gore
If you ever had a doubt as to whether or not there was a just and loving God, consider, of all places, this BuzzFeed article. Supporters of Al Gore have begun a round of conversations among themselves and with the former vice president about his running for president in 2016, the latest sign that top Democrats have serious doubts that Hillary Clinton is a sure | Read More »
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the Mirror
“[A]ll the other candidates combined get 58.6% of the vote.”Look at the Real Clear Politics averages for the Republicans and for the Democrats. Clinton and Trump lead, but both have begun a downward trend. Clinton’s has been gradual until recently. Trump’s has been a rapid up and now a decline. Two of the Super PACs in the GOP race reached out to me Tuesday to | Read More »
Rick Perry’s Guide to Getting Back in the Race
Rick Perry running out of money is not fatal to his chances for 2016. It happened to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 51% in 2007, prior to him accepting the GOP’s Presidential nomination in 2008. It happened to Newt Gingrich in 2011, prior to beating Mitt Romney in South Carolina in 2012. But both of those men had to tinker with their message. | Read More »
Bobby Jindal: It’s Me You’re Looking For
Republican primary voters have long had a habit of, as the song says, lookin’ for love in all the wrong places. This year, they appear to be doing a lot more of the same during the course of searching for a Presidential frontrunner – but the good news is that it’s yet early in the process and the polls this far out are largely meaningless. | Read More »
Not Dead Yet
Lots of media reports note that Rick Perry’s campaign has stopped paying staff. His campaign itself is out of money though his Super PAC still has more than $10 million cash on hand. That’s why you cannot count Perry out yet. In the 2008 Presidential campaign season, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 51% ran out of money in August of 2007 and went | Read More »
Regarding Jeb Bush and Me
A whole lot of people seem to think I endorsed Jeb Bush this weekend because I noted both that he is a friend and that he was the most conservative Governor in the country when he was there. Or at least in the late 90’s. I was not working from a script, but a lot of people before Bush spoke thought I was endorsing Perry | Read More »
Here at the Redstate Gathering, we’re going to be hearing from most of the Republican Presidential candidates. As they all arrive, the debate is going to be what’s on their minds, and on the minds of their campaign staffers. Whether they did well or not, what they do here will try to build on or recover from the debates, because debates matter.