Tag: Jindal

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I can certainly appreciate the desire to talk out our current state of affairs but I’m here to tell you, this recent fad of crazy retirement home escapees running for president is but a miserable fog cloaking a significant shift in American politics. What is this foggy shift? I think I might have an answer but I want […]

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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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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.

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Y’all might not have heard this before, but Iowa gets a fair to middlin’ amount of attention from presidential candidates in the run-up to the caucuses.  From fairs to farmhouses, governors and senators alike roll up sleeves, scarf down a pork tenderloin, and reinforce the notion that Iowa’s farmers are truly the most important people […]

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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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