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Here at the “Ricochet Research Center” Max Ledoux and I have been looking at the data on members’ preferences among the rapidly expanding field for the GOP nomination. I’ve put together a few graphics using the data that Max was kind enough to provide me. Preview Open

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Don’t laugh! Michelle even entertained the idea recently on the Letterman show. Besides, who else do Democrats have? Sanders? O’Malley? Biden? None of whom can generate the 95% African-American turnout that Democrats will need to overcome an energized GOP base. (Though the 9 million or so soon-to-be naturalized, amnestied Democrats will certainly help in that […]

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Snarking about Hillary Is Not the Way to the White House

 

YER-economic-growth-sqA number of GOP candidates are engaging in Hillary-bashing over allegations that she used her office as secretary of state to help her husband’s business dealings, prop up speech-making fees, and grease the path for foreign governments to donate massive amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation. But here’s a warning to my friends on the presidential campaign trail: Bashing Hillary is only going to make the Republican party look mean-spirited and snarky. It’s no road to the White House.

I would suggest laying off Hillary and instead showing us what you got in the way of economic-growth policies that will foster 4 to 5 percent growth and maybe another 12 million jobs. The GOP needs a positive growth message, along with a strong national-security message, because the party needs a positive rebranding and a positive vision. But Hillary-bashing will drown that out.

Snarking your way to the presidency is not likely to happen. And if you go that route, slamming Hillary at every turn, you’re going to lose female voters, minority voters, and young voters — constituencies that the GOP desperately needs to win. It might even help Hillary.

Skepticism, Yes. Cynicism, No.

 

Senators Call For Passage Of Military Justice Improvement Act “Leave no tired cliche untouched..is this all there is?”
“Do young people like all these catch phrases?”
“Anyone who thinks college liberals will warm to an anti govt tirade or conservs will buy empty platitudes on def? Get real”

When Rand Paul announced his candidacy this morning, I had one eye on his speech and the other on the Twitter reaction. About a quarter of the tweets were positive to neutral reactions while the rest mocked the candidate, denigrated his fans, and ridiculed his chances in the primary. All the above comments were from a single Beltway GOP voice, but the jaded tone dominated my feed. These weren’t snarky reporters and Democrats, but Republicans who claim to want victory in 2016.

In the rapid-fire world of social media, negative voices dominate, whether fomenting the outrage du jour or sniping at the story of the moment. I get that and, all too often, engage in it myself. But I don’t understand negativity as an aspiration, especially among allegedly savvy Republicans.

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“Not because I believe in bigger government – I don’t.” – President Barack Obama, February 24, 2009, address to joint session of Congress Liberals understand that in order to get elected they must pretend to believe that government is the problem. Aren’t we due for a Republican nominee who does the same? Preview Open

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Captain Rick Perry: Time for a Military Man in the White House?

 

“More than any election since 1980,” ace pollster Kellyanne Conway tells me, “2016 will be a national-security contest.” And she says former governor Rick Perry may have the best chance to convince voters that he can be commander-in-chief.

Let’s think on that. With the world in turmoil, who do you really want sitting across the negotiating table from Vladimir Putin, the Iranian mullahs, or the Chinese? How about a military man to command the war to destroy radical-Islamic jihadism?

A Study In Contrasts: The Leader of the Free World Visits Washington

 

In a gesture of class and magnanimity, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu included in his remarks to the American people the following:

We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel. … Some of that is widely known, like strengthening security cooperation and intelligence sharing, opposing anti-Israel resolutions in the U.N. … Some of what the President has done for Israel is less well-known. … And some of what the president has done for Israel might never be known, because it touches on some of the most sensitive and strategic issues that arise between an American president and an Israeli prime minister. But I know it, and I will always be grateful to President Obama for that support.

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What qualifies me as the most-principled, least-electable conservative in the Republican field? As a third-generation Californian, my connections offer the GOP the best chance of winning my state’s tantalizing 55 electoral votes. And my political experience here in the Golden State speaks for itself: I’m not only president of the Bay Area Republicans Club but I’m also the […]

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On Net Neutrality, the GOP Is Making a Mistake

 

Prelude: Troy asked me to adapt this piece from a private thought that I distributed to a conspiratorial listserv of which I am a member. Because I know Troy, I am reasonably confident that he suggested this piece to me principally because it would open me up to immolation at the fingertips of Richard Epstein, whom I have had the pleasure of hosting for dinner in Palo Alto several times, on no occasion succeeding in winning an argument against him. Richard wrote recently on this page that net neutrality is “a solution in search of a problem.”

Conservatives should be for net neutrality. It isn’t a perfect solution, but network discrimination is indeed bad, and the last-mile Internet industry is more like a government whose actions we should seek to restrain than a private market which, unmolested, will constantly improve.

Inside the Republican Victory

 

Not sure how many of you read this, but it’s a fascinating account from Robert Costa in the Washington Post. A few really interesting things that I pulled from it:

1. The Pat Roberts campaign was really flatlining and would have lost had it not been taken over by the RNC. This was a Weekend at Bernie’s moment. Mental note: don’t run out-of-touch 78-year-olds and expect them to win. Oh, and Dole is still the big dog in Kansas, at age 91.

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Let us savor last night’s Republican victories. They were not preordained — they reflect the effort and intelligence of many hard-working candidates and their staffs (both paid and volunteer). But then, we should also reflect on the fact that last night contained some disappointments too — and that those disappointments were not preordained, either. Personally, […]

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I’ve watched post after post on Ricochet about the impending victory for the Republicans in the Senate. Okay, the Republicans took the Senate, now what?  McConnell has already said he will re-institute the traditional rules in the Senate. The House is poised to pass a universal spending bill that will take the Congress into 2015. […]

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Perception vs. Reality

 

Here’s a headline you probably weren’t expecting: “Most Expect GOP Victory In November”. It goes with this week’s poll by Associated Press-GfK, which included the following stats:

  • 55% of likely voters are now assuming Republicans will take over the Senate, an 8-point gain from September.
  • 25% of Democrats think it’s going to happen, a 7-point gain in the past month.
  • 47% of likely voters favor a Republican-controlled Congress versus 39% who want Democrats in charge. A month ago, it was an even divide.
  • 44% of women prefer Republicans, versus 42% for Democrats. A month ago, women favored Democrats by a 47%-40% edge.

It’s a reverse from the 2012 campaign, when most voters expected President Obama to win a second term and Mitt Romney’s supporters were more pessimistic than those on the Democratic side.

Nothing is the Matter with Kansas

 

Sam Brownback is a solid Conservative on both the economic and social side of things. He is governor of Kansas who is up for re-election this November. He is also under siege from the very party he represents and the Leftist fringe who believe that the economy is the government. During his term over these near four years, he implemented one of the most ambitious economic programs since the Reagan Revolution. He orchestrated a plan that was put into action in January 2013 and the difference between the numbers of 2012 and 2013 could not be clearer. His plan included tax cuts, dissolving government bureaucracies and slashing regulations on businesses. It is because of this that the Left has taken to point to Kansas as a “Conservative Hell.”

Those were the words of John Judis. He is a very left-wing writer who has hopped around between The New Republic and The Atlantic. His latest hit piece on Gov. Brownback can be found in The New Republic and it is chock-full of hand-wringing over things that simply are not true. Judis laments “Brownback established an Office of the Repealer to take a scythe to regulations on business, he slashed spending on the poor by tightening welfare requirements, he rejected federal Medicaid subsidies and privatized the delivery of Medicaid, and he dissolved four state agencies and eliminated 2,000 state jobs. The heart of his program consisted of drastic tax cuts for the wealthy and eliminating taxes on income from profits for more than 100,000 Kansas businesses. No other state had gone this far.”

The GOP, Gay Marriage, and Campaign Strategy

 

Tony Alter (CC)The GOP has been struggling to deal with social issues and the ballot for some time now. In the conservative echo chamber that is a fact that is daily denied, and the proof offered is the continual support of vocal social conservatives. They are a very vocal minority, and that is not helping the situation. It’s further complicated by the fact that in hindsight, it has been generally assumed that the only reason Barack Obama ended up with a second term was because conservative Republicans decided to stay home on election day, instead of voting for Mitt Romney. Or maybe that isn’t a complicating factor.

For some time now, political pundits and strategists have been going back and forth over precisely where liberty-minded millennial voters will land in upcoming elections. It is hoped that they will decide to follow Tea Party leaders like Rand Paul and Justin Amash, at least since these people are aligned with the GOP, if in name only. That would probably be the case if economic, foreign policy, and deficit spending were the only issues these voters cared about. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

The fact is that while younger voters might agree with many conservative principles when it comes to fiscal and foreign policy issues, they can’t get past the social issues to choose conservatives where it counts — at the ballot box. This is something that Larry Sabato’s Center for Politics has already explored in depth. Boil it down to basics, and the bottom line is that there isn’t a majority of young voters that are for pushing social conservative issues. On the contrary, they’re largely opposed to the conservative stand.

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It’s two months until the election, and I get the distinct feeling no one is up for it. Even if the Republicans take the Senate, which still seems more likely than not, it won’t be an Earth-shattering change to the status quo. 2016 will perhaps be more energetic, but as things stand now, the Democrats […]

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Connecticut’s primary election is Tuesday. We’re down to two contenders for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. Even at this late stage, I am not sure whom to vote for. The front-runner is Tom Foley, who lost to Governor Dan Malloy in 2010. Foley, after a successful career in the private sector, entered government service in the […]

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