Tag: Jeb

Stupid Thoughts on the Passing Scene – and a Poll

 

Current administration got you down? Cheer up. Kamala Harris is Vice President.

On January 19, 1989, his last full day in office, President Reagan warned the nation: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Nine months later, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born.

California has frequent wildfires due to bad forest management. Then you have the looting and burning in Democrat cities. Why do things managed by Democrats frequently catch on fire? Why aren’t they embarrassed by that?

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When President Obama defeated Mitt Romney, it marked the fifth time in the previous six national elections in which the Republican nominee lost the popular vote to his Democrat counterpart. Having won only 27% of the Latino vote in 2012, the GOP decided that to become competitive again it needed to “reach out” to Hispanics […]

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I just had a thought today that put together two things that I hadn’t put together before:  1. The “sudden” pouring out of the anger at the establishment just when it seemed we had a slate of candidates that were far superior to the previous 5 or 6 Presidential election cycles.  Preview Open

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Where We Are After South Carolina

 

After taking a weekend to collect my thoughts and give myself a pat on the back about the effects of Nikki Haley’s endorsement of Rubio getting him second place in South Carolina let’s get down to brass tacks: What does it all mean?

Obviously it means a reprieve for Rubio, who successfully battled back from 5th place in New Hampshire, and another win for Donald and a big one; in a split field, he’s got the nomination on lock. Was it a terrible body blow for Cruz to come in third (politics goes by Toretto’s law, so don’t talk to me about ties)? Let’s go candidate-by-candidate again to take a look at how this can play out in the coming weeks before Nevada.

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I heard a Jeb! ad on the radio today, and he said “I am the only candidate running on my record, not away from it.” Correct me if I’m wrong, but shouldn’t that be “running on his record”?  What he said is true—he’s the only candidate running on his record, because it is his record. […]

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The South Carolina Primary: What to Watch For

 

shutterstock_371093699The New Hampshire primary had me eating crow with Kasich’s second place win: I bought the conventional wisdom from the polls that Rubio was going to come in second on his way to working the 3-2-1 strategy that his campaign was pursuing to the nomination.

But the post-New Hampshire spin has largely ignored Katich’s Kasich’s second place victory, since everyone was concentrated on the smashing Trump win and Rubio’s slide. As I expected Rubio’s, rebounded in the polling from his New Hampshire loss and seems to be in a strong third and possible second place in South Carolina.

I’ll bullet my three scenarios and then lay out probable spin based on placement for each candidate. I’ll be considering all February polls per RealClearPolitics. Sadly, we do not have an Emerson poll ready for South Carolina since they nailed Iowa and New Hampshire (relatively speaking).

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I’ve been annoyed at people here responding to Trump criticism with some variation of “I suppose you prefer Jeb! then”, especially since Jeb! has been hovering at 1% in Ricochet polling for a while.  Well the pre-caucus poll has been up for a few days, and officially zero Ricochet members have clicked the radio button […]

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A Very Good Week for the GOP

 

FullSizeRender (2)This was a very good week for conservatives who are Republicans. If you are an anti-establishment Republican who borrows the “Republican” brand (what some have called “Neo-RINOs”), but either resist getting involved in party politics, choose to use the Republican mantle to vent at the “GOP establishment” when you run out of things to say about Democrats, or refuse to accept majority rule in party politics, then you had a good week too. In fact, you have had a great seven years (See chart). But who’s keeping score? If you are a libertarian, well it was just another week.This followed a rough week with Hillary claiming victory over Benghazi and dancing over the non-candidate, Sanders.

This week provided a clue about a key avenue of attack in 2016. Kentucky’s next governor, Matt Bevin, is a Republican who tied his opponent to Obama, and to his healthcare, environment, energy, and other policies. He upset the forecasters to win handily. Lesson for 2016: Tie Democrats to Obama and Hillary Clinton to Obama’s third term. And don’t forget Obamacare. Also, pray for the President to walk across a bridge of executive orders on his way out the door. He will anyway, and voters by and large resent imperialism.

Ohio handily rejected the marijuana amendment. This was generally a good thing, unless you are a pot-smoking libertarian or a non-pot smoking libertarian. Hillary Clinton has joined the President and some Republicans in calling for relaxing drug laws and sentencing. Most drug offenders are convicted of distributing serious amounts of bad drugs, so lessening sentences is another ruse, this one speaking to the black community, which has a disproportionate share of drug offenders (mostly traffickers) in prisons. The use of medical marijuana deserves further clarification in Ohio, but this aspect is often used as a disguise for gaining open use. There is a strong argument to be made for drug laws, including, “Why do we need another intoxicant?”, from a public safety point of view, not to mention the imposition drug use places on the individual freedoms of those not using.

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Is there any way possible the Bush family political machine can game (fix) the system for Jeb! to reach the nomination in spite of his apparent low popularity?  Would Jeb! have even made that earlier statement about winning the nomination without the support of conservatives in the party, if he (or his consultants) didn’t have some type of game plan […]

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Jeb at His Campaigning Peak Just Won’t Do

 

This is Jeb at his peak from the 1998 gubernatorial debate–before first winning statewide office against an incumbent party. In a few minutes you can appreciate how he faced a weak candidate and didn’t show in 1998 the qualities that we need in an America thrust to the left by his brother’s successor. Despite the conservative temperament on display, it was a different era: before 9/11, Iraq, the financial crisis, Obamacare and the Tea Party. The wonky folksiness could play in another era.

Does anyone seriously think that this is what is needed against Hillary in 2016?

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In an ominous sign, Mike and the Mechanics begin to spew a flammable gas: First, the dean of the consultant-industrial complex, the man who gave us Presidents McCain and Romney and is now seeking to make it a hat-trick as head of Bush’s SuperPac; Mike Murphy explains why Donald Trump doesn’t matter: He’s dead politically, […]

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The scene: Somewhere in the northeastern United states, a trio of men, familiar to each other by their Skull and Bones nicknames meet in a quiet upstairs room of a club with no name on the outside. They sit on fortunes built over generations as their families successfully transitioned to Finance from mills, and from […]

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Jeb, having failed so far to destroy any of the leading non-establishment candidates, and being stuck at around eight percent support, has apparently decided to shift his negative campaign efforts to Sen. Rubio. According to this article in National Review Online: But on Wednesday, Bush began naming names, comparing Rubio, a man he once urged […]

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Nothing like a fellow Canadian to spot the salmon plank in the eye of the Republic. He’s, like, totally Pooping On the Party: Sean and I analyzed the meaning of Trump’s non-pledge in negotiating terms: when the party establishment is treating you like dog feces on their shoe, why roll over and play the house-trained […]

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Dallas Area Catholic blog comments on Mollie Hemingway’s work over at The Federalist and draws on the testimony of former Planned Parenthood employee Abby Johnson: The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing to look into how Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas engage in the fetal organ trade. However, Planned Parenthood officials […]

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NEW YORK, July 30, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Until the eve of his presidential campaign, Jeb Bush was director of a philanthropy that gave tens of millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood and financed its advocacy of “unrestricted access to abortion” around the world. The charity also approved money to global abortion providers while he sat […]

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