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Why Democrats Could Win in 2016

 
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton at Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, October 2015. Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

With the hotly contested Iowa primaries only two weeks away, the level of political polarization is higher than it’s been in decades. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are veering sharply to the populist left as they each champion a brand of democratic socialism. On the Republican side, the rise of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz reveals the rise of a muscular conservatism that appeals to the far right. By November, this political divide will become more pronounced. No one will be able to say, to quote George Wallace’s oft-repeated remark, that there is not a “dime’s worth of difference” between the two parties.

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For all the mudslinging in the GOP primary, the Democrats’ problems are so much worse.   Think about it:  the leading Democrat candidates both qualify for Social Security, both have been in politics forever, and have woeful empty resumes.  Regardless of who wins the nomination, the Vice President selections are as equally lacking. Preview Open

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Will Democrats’ Populist Obsession with Inequality Be Their Downfall?

 

tightrope_inequality_populism_democrats_economics_2020_500x293President Obama says America’s greatest challenge is the income gap. A 74-year-old “democratic socialist” is the Democratic Party’s hottest star. And the party’s almost certain presidential nominee hedges on whether she’s a capitalist.

The party’s leaders are hardly without popular support for these stances. In a New York Times poll last summer, 83 percent of Democrats surveyed said government should deal ASAP with the income gap, with large majorities favoring higher taxes on the rich and Wall Street.

The Democratic Party clearly has an inequality obsession. But have liberals gone too far? “Yes,” Republicans would surely say, while probably adding a zinger about “class warfare” or some such.

Are Democratic Presidents Really Better for the Economy Than Republican Ones?

 

HillaryClintonPartisans are likely to focus on these stats in Paul Krugman’s latest column: Since 1947, “the economy grew, on average, 4.35 percent per year [under Democrats]; under Republicans, only 2.54 percent.”

To his credit, Krugman does not make strong claims about the superiority of Democratic economic management (though he does mock current GOP policy proposals). Neither does the 2014 study, from where those numbers come, “Presidents and the U.S. Economy: An Econometric Exploration.” The study’s authors, Alan Blinder and Mark Watson, sort of give it the old ¯\_(ツ)_/¯:

Democrats would no doubt like to attribute the large D-R growth gap to macroeconomic policy choices, but the data do not support such a claim. If anything, and we would not make too much of small differences, both fiscal and monetary policy actions seem to be a bit more stabilizing when a Republican is president — even though Federal Reserve chairmen appointed by Democrats preside over faster growth than Federal Reserve chairmen appointed by Republicans by a wide margin.

The NRA Is Doomed. Long Live the NRA.

 

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The National Rifle Association is too rural and too radical to continue. The NRA will soon cease to be relevant in local and national politics as its members age and the political zeitgeist swings in favor of voters who support gun control and restrictions on the Second Amendment. The science is settled on this, it’s inevitable, it’s going to happen.

I’m not quoting this month’s story by Adam Winkler in the Washington Post, rather, I’m quoting a 1996 story in Rolling Stone. The “experts” in the halls of Washington and academia were wrong about the NRA 20 years ago, and they’re wrong about it today as well.

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I live in Snohomish County, Washington, north of Seattle.  Yesterday I received my election ballot in the mail, since we have all-mail voting in our state.  We have races for County Council,  County Executive, and various other lower-level offices (City Councils, Assessor, Treasurer, Clerk, Sheriff…).  The State of Washington also has “top-two” primaries, where the […]

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It was so difficult to hear John McCain say that he wouldn’t use Obama’s long-term and close friendship with Jeremiah Wright against him. What a fool he was — does ANYONE think any Democrat would have let a Republican off in this way? Would Lee Atwater have let Obama off or would he have scraped […]

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First, Mark Steyn, because… brilliant. “Last night the Democrats presented themselves an an openly left-wing party, to whose base Bernie’s honeymoon in the Soviet Union appears far less eccentric than Jim Webb doing his Scoop Jackson routine 40 years too late. Bernie thinks we should be more like Denmark, Sweden and Norway – just debt-ridden […]

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The good folks at Grammarly.com (a super-duper online spelling and grammar checking service) have done another study comparing the online writings of Democrats and Republicans to see which group has the greater “richness” of language (defined as the greatest number of unique words in online postings). Their results: Democratic supporters’ vocabularies were 22.4% richer than […]

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For years, the Democrats and the media protected the Clintons, no matter what they did.  In the 90′s anyone who publicly criticized the Clintons or questioned their fitness for office was widely ridiculed.  Anyone who was willing to testify against them had the whole world come down on them.  That is the Democrats, the media, […]

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On Friday night, along with my Marriott overpriced club sandwich and glass of Malbec, I cozied up to a film I had never seen: Richard Dreyfuss in 1978’s The Big Fix. It’s a forgettable film about an ex-’60s radical who works as a private eye. Dreyfuss is hired to stem a smear campaign against a […]

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Run For The White House: A Guide To The Lesser Candidates

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 4.31.22 PMFor every Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Bernie Sanders, there’s a Robby Wells, Doug Shreffler, John Blythe, and Morrison Bonpasse. Below is a guide to some of the lesser-known candidates angling for the Most Unwanted Job In America.

Brad Winslow is IN!The only Democrat of Orange County, California, Brad Winslow’s platform is a call to arms on behalf of a 28th amendment to the Constitution that would give “Congress and the President a uniform set of goals that they must work on together” and “establishes a set of basic behavior guidelines for the relationship between these two branches.”

Get excited, America!

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In They Hate Your Guts (just-arrived issue of The Weekly Standard) P.J. O’Rourke nails the difference between us’n and them. Maybe there’s more to say, but not much, and there is something wrong with you if you don’t laugh at his descriptions of our current candidates, especially, but not limited to, Jindal.  Trigger Warning: It may hurt […]

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  The Connecticut Democratic Party has announced that it will change the name of their traditional fundraising dinner. No longer will it be the Jefferson Jackson Bailey Dinner. After complaints from the state NAACP, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson’s names will be scrubbed from the event because of “historical ties to slavery”. And yet…. haven’t […]

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Here’s Mr. Mansfield’s recent work telling the story of American politics in the 20th century & the challenge facing conservatives now. This first part deals with the problems of the Democrats. I think it lays out well both the strengths & the weaknesses of modern liberalism, & therefore raises the question, why do not conservatives […]

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