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
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
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
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
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
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
Looks like the email “flap” had no discernible effect:
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
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
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
Probably wise of him. You wouldn’t want to be a three-time loser. Also, income equality will be an issue this presidential cycle, and he just can’t address that without everyone falling out of their chairs laughing.
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
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
I do so very much want him to run for President in ’16. The guy is a walking talking political disaster.
A small graph from today’s New York TImes shows why Republicans are so keen to restrict early voting, especially on Sundays — it is when blacks go to the polls: .