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In his closing statement, Ted Cruz pledged to repeal all of the unconstitutional executive orders signed by Obama, discard the Iran deal, investigate and prosecute Planned Parenthood for any crimes they may have committed,  order the IRS to “start” (I think he meant stop) persecuting religious freedom and to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. […]

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Walker got a rather large helping of both the first and second choices in Ricochet’s recent 2016 presidential poll.  Carly Fiorina snagged a surprising second place. She is followed by Cruz, then Perry, then Rubio, then Jindal (if one counts second-choice points) and then Trump (followed very closely by Paul). Yet, Mr. Trump seems to […]

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  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.),who has been licking Trump’s boots and refusing to deplore his racist language, may have a tougher time. Does Cruz try to stay out of the way, or does he suddenly reverse (there is no one more opportunistic than he in the race) and decide he would be better served by […]

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The Heart of Trump

 

Trump CarI’ve resisted writing about the Donald. The sheer absurdity of the man seems to make commentary pointless. Even Jonah Goldberg, who mixed it up with Trump last week over “pants-gate“, has a sort of weary regret in dealing with his badly coiffed arch-nemesis. The absurdity is heightened when you consider the quality of the Republican field in 2016. The GOP has some remarkable bench strength, a sharp contrast to the warmed-over leftovers being passed off by the Democrats.

Compare 2016 with any election cycle in recent memory and you’re spoiled for choice: Jindal, Walker, Perry, Rubio, Cruz and Bush are all very plausible candidates for the presidency. You may have your favorite — I have a certain fondness for Senator Rubio — but each are basically conservatives candidates that the party can rally around. Jeb Bush does have the establishment smell about him, to say nothing of that family name, but see him in a clear and unobstructed light and yes, he would make a decent Commander-in-Chief.

Now enter the Trump. Granted he has put immigration on the table, divorced of even a hint of political correctness, but there are ways of raising awkward subjects without being excessively offensive. We understand that cousin Fred has a drinking problem; throwing it out there in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner between the turkey and coleslaw isn’t really going to help matters. If Trump doesn’t get bored with pretending to run for President – I give it until September – then the Dems are going to have an awesome gaffe reel to play against the eventual Republican nominee next summer.

The Race for Second?

 

Paul pauses during a network news interview on Capitol Hill in WashingtonThere is no next-in-line for the GOP nomination this cycle. We had one of the least-inspiring candidates the last time around — last two times? — while the other candidates all sputtered and fell.

This means the race is wide open, and we’ve already had much better talent announced already than we’ve had in the recent past (admittedly, not the highest bar to clear). But I think the vast majority of people, whether or not Scott Walker is exactly their man, don’t see any of the senators pictured here as having what it takes to make it.

This leads to speculation of what exactly Cruz, Rubio, and Paul are trying to accomplish by running. Sure, it will expand their national profile, and that’s usually a good thing for the narcissists who think they can and should rule others. Maybe they are trying to influence debate and nudge the platform and eventual nominee in their preferred direction.

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Thursday morning, ahead of the House vote on the new immigration bill, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard advised the GOP to “Kill the Bill,” saying: The president’s approval rating is slipping to historic lows. Let it continue to slide. Don’t bail him out by jamming though a bill that divides Republicans, will confuse voters, […]

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President Reagan had a strong vision of what he wanted America to be and he had the political smarts to know how to make that vision a reality.  People like Bob Dole and George H. W. Bush had the political smarts but not the vision.  Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are strong on vision but haven’t been around […]

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