Tag: 2016 Presidential Primary

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Iowa, imperfect as it may be – ethanol welfare queen, goes first tomorrow night. This is the first test after months of 300 person polls, tabloid debates, wisdom of Twitter, and $50+ million dollars set on fire – $49 million of which was apparently torched by Right to Rise on behalf of 2% Jeb!. I’ve […]

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It’s crunch time in the primary process, and I’m seeing lots of people discuss various polls of candidate favorability. For those who want an in-depth look, check out the three articles I post below. They’re all from FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver’s site, which is top-notch when talking polling and likely outcomes. I think they tend to […]

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Today’s Weekly Standard has Bill Kristol reconsidering his previous statements grouping Ben Carson with Donald Trump, as having insufficient conservative policy chops to merit support as a GOP candidate in 2016.  In Kristol’s case, this appears to be due to a lengthy Facebook post by Carson singing admittedly lovely tune from the “citizen government” hymnal […]

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It’s Time for Bush to Withdraw

 

Jeb BushJeb Bush is having a “meeting” this weekend — and CBS reports it in terms seeming to imply he may consider withdrawing from the race. He should.

Bush still has a far greater chance at his party’s nomination than most ambitious politicians can ever dream of. His fundraising may not reach expectations, but he can surely draw enough to drag this campaign out if he choses. Unlike Scott Walker or Rand Paul (who needs to save his Senate seat), he has no day job to think about. Nothing is making him quit.

But it would be far better for the party and the country if he withdrew.

What Happened to Jindal?

 

In this kind of campaign, it’s little surprise that Gov. Bobby Jindal is not playing well nationally. I further understand that his in-state approval ratings has dropped; that can happen in politics when you try to jump from one job to another. But I’ve seen nothing in the national media to put any context to this poll that puts Jindal in 8th place (with a scant 3 percent of the vote), behind Carson (23 percent), Trump (19 perfect), Bush (10 percent), Rubio (9 percent), Fiorina (7 percent), Cruz (6 percent), and Huckabee (4 percent) in Louisiana.

Scott Walker’s Dilemma

 

Governor Scott Walker is exactly the kind of leader conservatives want in the Oval Office. He fights for what he believes, and he believes basically all the things conservatives hold most dear. He has held to key principles, consistently and demonstrably, for years. He has not enriched himself by his office. Every major policy proposal he has made is credible and conservative. He knows the Left like no one in the field. He is a skilled executive with experience in accomplishing the kind of things we want done in Washington.

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Let’s grant outright that there is no perfect solution to the 17-candidate dilemma.  Ideally, every serious candidate should answer almost every serious question.  But none of us want to sit through a dozen answers on Medicare or Common Core or even Iran.  Ten candidates on stage at one time is more than enough.  While we […]

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