Everybody Running Is Unliked Or Unknown (Or Both)

Ken AshfordElection 2016, PollsLeave a Comment

This graphic from Nate Silver is interesting, but I don’t agree with its title: Yes, most candidates are more unpopular than popular, but I think the story is that Hillary Clinton is more well-known AND more popular than all her possible GOP opponents… with the exception of Dr. Carson who is really unknown and who isn’t going to run anyway.  I … Read More

Clinton Is In

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Now it’s a contest.  Clinton has officially declared her candidacy. Now comes major silliness.  Her opponents — meaning everybody left of center (at least) — will start laying into her, with subtle and not-so-subtle misogyny.  Watch for discussions about hormones and menopause, use of word like “shrill” and “harpy”, how a woman cannot lead the armed forces, and endless jokes … Read More

Nothing Says “I Love Liberty” More Than Threatening To Sue TV Stations That Run Ads Attacking Your Campaign

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Oh, Rand.  You’re playing hardball now.  Grow up: A lawyer for the Rand Paul campaign has sent a legal notice to TV stations that ran a hawkish attack ad based on Paul’s views on Iran, calling the ad defamatory and asking stations to stop showing it. The letter is an objection to a million-dollar ad buy by a group called … Read More

Rand Paul Throws His Tinfoil Hat Into The Ring

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More clowns in the clown car: Pitching himself as a different kind of Republican, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday officially announced he’d seek the GOP nomination for president. “Join me as together we seek a new vision for America,” he continued. “Today, I announce with God’s help, with the help of liberty lovers everywhere, that I am putting myself … Read More

Ted Cruz Started Liking Country Music On 9/11

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Popular Culture, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

HuffPo: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who announced Monday he’s running for president in 2016, said he started listening to country music because of 9/11. During an interview with CBS’ “This Morning,” Cruz revealed he didn’t like the way rock bands reacted to the terrorist attack. “Music is interesting. I grew up listening to classic rock, and I’ll tell you sort … Read More

Don’t Fret Ted Cruz

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

With an announcement at Liberty University, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first major Republican candidate to declare himself officially in the 2016 presidential race. In announcing his presidential ambition yesterday, Cruz repeated a number of dubious claims designed to invigorate the tea party, from which he hails.  His speech was full of the usual red meat — repeal Obamacare, restore … Read More

The Media Is Covering The Clinton E-mail “Flap” Because It Is In The Media

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Political Scandals, Right Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

The media coverage of the flap/scandal/whatever surrounding Hillary Clinton’s emails is embarrassing.  If you’ve been living under a rock, it has come out that Hillary Clinton, while serving as Secretary of State, used a private email server to send and receive emails, thus (arguably) violating a rule set forth by the National Archives (not a law, as in a criminal law, but … Read More

No, She’s Not Hiding

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

So, this happened this morning: FROM: RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer TO: Interested Parties RE: Hillary’s Hiding We’ve noticed it. You’ve noticed it: Hillary Clinton is hiding. Potential Republican presidential candidates are out in public, speaking to voters, and sharing their ideas. But Hillary Clinton is nowhere to be found. Well, we do know she tweeted. Hillary’s only public appearances in 2015 have … Read More

The Vaccination Debate Makes For An Interesting Political Wedge Issue

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Health CareLeave a Comment

Of the potential 2016 presidential candidates on the GOP side, we have Christie and Rand Paul cuddling up with the anti-vaxxers (spouting “freedom” in their answers when asked about whether parents should vax) And then we have one of the most conservative Christian candidates out there, Dr. Ben Carson, who seems to be the voice of reason on this issue: “Although … Read More

Palin’s Speech This Weekend Was So Painfully Bad That Even Conservatives Lament

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Idiocracy, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Falll-out continued for former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin following her speech at the Freedom Summit in Iowa this weekend, that one commentator called “bizarro,” with others calling it “rambling” and “painful.” On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough lamented  Palin’s decline from the candidate who once wowed a national audience with her speech at the Republican  nominating convention in 2008. … Read More

The GOP Nominees: Paul Out, Romney In (Probably)

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Third time is a charm, Romney hopes as The Washington Post is reporting that Romney is reassembling his campaign apparatus and has told a senior Republican he “almost certainly will” run. The news came on the same day that Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate in 2012, said in an interview that he wouldn’t run for president. Romney is entering an already crowded field.  Normally, … Read More