Tag: 2016 Presidential Race

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Over on The Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol published a tweet storm that was also mentioned on the Commentary Podcast.  In short, she states that she has worked and sacrificed for the Republican party and it’s candidates.  She has defended herself to women who say that as a conservative she betrays her own sex.  And now, […]

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Walker to Drop Out (Updated with Official Statement)


WalkerFrom the New York Times:

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has concluded he no longer has a path to the Republican presidential nomination and plans to drop out of the 2016 campaign, according to three Republicans familiar with his decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Mr. Walker called a news conference in Madison at 6 p.m. Eastern time.

UPDATE: Excerpts from Gov. Walker’s official statement, which was emailed this afternoon.

4 on the Floor for the Fourth


150701120633-calvin-coolidge-nationals-exlarge-169Quietly (which seems appropriate), it’s been a good year for Calvin Coolidge. America’s 30th President is this year’s choice as the White House Historical Association’s annual Christmas ornament. And tonight he gets to take what may or may not be a victory lap when an oversized Coolidge mascot competes at the Washington Nationals’ “running of the presidents” — a fourth-inning dash around the ballpark also featuring the likenesses of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft (if the mascots are done to scale, getting stuck behind Taft would seem like a ticket to defeat).

About Coolidge: he’s also the only American president born on America’s birthday (in 1872, in Vermont’s Plymouth Notch). Which prompted me to write this column for Forbes.com about four aspects of the 4th of July that pertain to Republican presidential hopefuls and and the coming election:

1) Coolidge. In this remarkably bunched-together field of Republicans, which candidate(s) comes closest to “Silent Cal” as an espouser of tax cuts, deregulation, and limited government? Remember, it’s not just Ronald Reagan who championed conservative beliefs in a 20th Century White House. Here’s a Coolidge address to Congress, from December 1923 (his first year in office), to get you thinking . . .

Who Will Get Credit For a Stronger US Economy in 2016? Democrats? Republicans? No One?



In my new The Week column, I argue that the economic recovery could well be a major plus for the Democratic presidential nominee:

Mitt Romney couldn’t beat President Obama in 2012 when the jobless rate was almost 8 percent, how can the next Republican nominee beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 when the unemployment rate could be under 5 percent? That’s the big question Republican presidential candidates must ask themselves. And the unpleasant political possibility for the GOP’s White House hopefuls is that the improving U.S. economy is, well, “likeable enough” for voters to give Democrats four more years in the Oval Office. At the very least, the economy might be such a strong tailwind for Democrats that Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, or whoever else the GOP puts up would need to run a near-flawless campaign to win.

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The news of NBC renewing Celebrity Apprentice has political ramifications. (I’ve never seen the show; have you? Is it good? How does it compare to The Bachelor?) For, you see, the Donald will not be seeking the Presidency in 2016. Which leaves a gap in the race for a new television personality. I’m got a […]

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