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 »
Actually, it’s the *conservatives* who can make better plays to the middle in 2016.
Allahpundit is raising an excellent point, here: Why would a center-right voter prefer Jeb Bush to Scott Walker? We all do understand, I hope, that Walker will be running basically as a centrist, yes? …I think he’s going to run as a similar sort of pragmatist as Bush — lots of talk about jobs and education, squishy on immigration, socially conservative but low key about | Read More »
The First of Many 2016 Polls
Let the games begin for 2016. RedState readers, who do you prefer? Who is your preferred candidate for 2016Jeb BushBen CarsonChris ChristieSen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%Mike HuckabeeBobby JindalJohn KasichSen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 87%Mike PenceRick PerrySen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 92%Rick SantorumScott WalkerOther Free polls from Pollhost.com
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Chuck Schumer and pretending that the Democratic party is not what it is.
This is an entertaining article on Chuck Schumer by Dan Henninger, but this sentence makes me raise an eyebrow: “With [his speech indicating that Democrats should not have concentrated on Obamacare], Chuck Schumer was sending an audible signal to state and local party bosses around the country and to peeved donors—aghast at the midterm results—that not everyone in Washington has lost his mind to the | Read More »
Is Hillary Clinton’s Run for President Inevitable? Maybe Not.
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Aaron Blake to discuss polling that shows why Hillary Clinton may run for president, five significant reasons she may not and what the Democrat’s field for 2016 looks like without a Clinton on the ballot.
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The Democrats’ surprisingly complicated 2016 Senate problem.
Interesting list of potential Democratic retirements from the Hill, here: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) 6%, 74 Joe Manchin, 67 Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) 6%, 74 Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) 12%, 78 Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 14%, 74 Manchin’s on the list because he’s doing all the things that Senators who are planning to | Read More »