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A common comparison that has been made by some on Ricochet that support trump is that he has been doing better against Clinton than Romney did against Obama in the polls. This is somewhat intuitive I gander since one of trump’s favorite talking points is that he wins in the polls and it is generally […]

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Lately, there have been a lot of comparisons lately between Donald Trump and the previous two Republican nominees for President. When discussing these comparisons, there is almost always someone who complains that McCain and Romney were not ideal conservatives, and that Trump is therefore being treated unfairly. Usually with a whine about “Where was #NeverRomney?” […]

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Jeb Bush Endorses Ted Cruz

 
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I thought my iPad was hacked when the WSJ notification popped-up earlier this morning, so I searched the Internet. And what do you know? Jeb Bush endorsed Senator Ted Cruz for president this morning.

I am trying to wrap my head around what this means and how many fun scenarios or reasons there are to contemplate the why? and why now? For what it’s worth, Bush’s non-president brother, Neil, already endorsed Cruz and joined his campaign.

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(A slightly tongue-in-cheek post) A recent poll showed that Trump trails both Hillary and Sanders in the Reddest state in the land, Utah. No they didn’t have overnight political reformation; They just don’t like Trump. More

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“Electability” Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

 
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I think I’ve only ever been to two political events. The first was a Romney meet-and-greet in the New Hampshire backyard of Ovide LaMontagne during the 2012 primary season; the second was a pre-Election Day rally for him in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, which featured Sen. Marco Rubio.

In both cases I was impressed — even swept up — by the attractive power of their political skill and charisma. How did Romney do that trick of reading my name tag while looking me in the eye, so that I felt like we were friends when he said with such warmth and sincerity, “Thank you, Katie”? How did Rubio pull off that impossible feat of making me feel positively hopeful and enthusiastic, when — moments before — I’d been depressed and cynical about our chances against Obama?

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Romney’s Anti-Trump Speech a Rousing Success

 

Mitt RomneyEarlier today, politicos across America proclaimed that Mitt Romney’s speech denouncing Donald Trump was a complete bust. Morning Consult polled Republicans and found that the broadside had barely moved the needle in the race:

Thirty-one percent of GOP voters said they were more likely to vote for Trump, while 20 percent said less likely, and 43 percent said it had no impact either way.

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In a much-hyped but not-very-impressive speech that will be forgotten by Saturday, Mitt Romney laid out the case of the Republican Establishment against Donald Trump. It was pretty weak tea. “I understand the anger Americans feel today,” he said. No, sir, evidently, you don’t. Because a lot of your speech was a plea for Americans to simply trust, once […]

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High Road to Hell

 

shutterstock_116560858We frequently tell those who fail to recognize the importance of defending ourselves against radical Islam that “you may not be at war with radical Islam, but radical Islam is at war with you.” Yet many of us refuse to acknowledge a truth just as important but perhaps even more urgent: You may not be in a political war with the radical Left, but the radical Left is in a political war with you.

I openly concede that we have opponents who merely disagree with us on policy and fight us with ethical restraint, but almost none of them are in charge. Instead, the Democratic Party’s leadership and its supporting leftist organizations fall almost entirely under the direction of those who see us not as mere political opponents, but enemies. Whether or not you support gay marriage, if you pose any effective resistance to their overall agenda, you will be vilified. They care less about you being an actual racist than if you can be portrayed as one. It doesn’t matter if the GOP nominates Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, or drafts Jon Huntsman to run for president: the nominee will be torn apart and have his character assassinated with every underhanded tactic and rhetorical smear the media can possibly get away with. And yet, our response is much like the Left’s pathetic hopes to defeat Islamism by demonstrating how virtuous we are in comparison.

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We took a family vacation to the Pacific seaside community of La Jolla (San Diego). We encountered two unexpected people. One was dead. When we arrived, it was hard to miss the palm trees lined in a row along the beach front, six or seven stories tall, bending in the breeze, with a clump of foliage at […]

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Happy Halloween, Ricochet, America, soon to be former Speaker Boehner! Speaker Boehner has announced he will step down just before Halloween This is the right thing to do & the timing is no doubt intended to suggest all hell is breaking loose. Maybe you can have the pope back to anoint the next one, just […]

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The First GOP Debate: One Thought

 

The last time around — in 2011 and 2012 — I followed developments minutely, profiling most of the candidates and hoping against hope that someone would emerge on the Republican side who was more impressive than the godfather of Obamacare. But it did not happen. In the world of the blind, the one-eyed man is king, and Mitt Romney was the one-eyed man. The Republican bench was bare. We had has-beens (Gingrich, Santorum) and never-could-have-beens … and so, late in the game, I reluctantly, then a bit too enthusiastically, embraced Romney.

This time, the Republican Party has such a plethora of talent that there are three serious possibilities who did not make the cut for the late-evening debate. Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, and Carly Fiorina are all superior to the best of the candidates that we had last time.

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As we draw nearer to the next election cycle, Republicans seem to have one defining characteristic that sets them apart from those in the opposing party. This can be been seen among Republicans who self-identify as tried and true conservatives just as much those many would label as moderates. What is this defining characteristic? If […]

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Jeb Bush’s 10% Solution

 

Jeb BushIt sounds like a good idea:

Portraying himself as a political outsider — despite his family’s 12 years in the White House — Mr. Bush called for a 10 percent reduction in the federal work force, an immediate hiring freeze, a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget and a six-year waiting period before members of Congress can lobby on Capitol Hill.

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Have you been around the recent political discussions on Ricochet? Lots of people seem ok with the opinion that only net contributors to the public fisc should be allowed to vote. The name for that is, of course, oligarchy. All these men, of course, are convinced that the criterion would never ever become more restrictive–say, […]

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Miss Berlinski once asked, on a whim, a rather dangerous question: What do you believe to be true that no one else believes to be true? That is the way to start a civil war. Happily, I am a stranger, so I believe I can afford to answer that question–not without all due apologies, not […]

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Millions of Americans want a woman president…because well, it’s time. If Mrs. Clinton wins her primary and becomes the Democrat nominee and if the electorate is still hell-bent on having a woman in the Oval Office – no matter how despicable that woman is — then I’m not sure the prospective Republican nominee will have much of […]

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Mitt Romney, will participate in a boxing match for charity. Romney said that it would be a lot “better to provide this kind of entertainment rather than just have dinner and listen to speakers.” More

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The GOP’s Fight Club

 

621_356_fight_club1Sometimes, late-night television writers have to scrounge for material. Other times, comedy falls right in their laps. For example: news reports that a 68-year-old Mitt Romney plans to climb into the ring with former boxing champ Evander Holyfield.

It’s part of a May 15 card in Salt Lake City. And before you think Romney’s lost his mind (or suffered damage from too many political campaigns), rest assured that (a) his heart’s in the right place (it’s a fundraising event for Charity Vision, a humanitarian organization founded by retired Salt Lake physician Bill Jackson) and (b) the former GOP nominee hasn’t lost his sense of humor (“It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious,” he told reporters. “It won’t be much of a fight. We’ll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit.”).

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Why Is the Best Analysis I’ve Read of the Republican Presidential Race at MSNBC?

 

shutterstock_241547266During the bull sessions that accompany the composition of The Daily ShotTDS author Fred Cole and I have maintained a running disagreement about Jeb Bush’s 2016 prospects. Fred thinks (perhaps “fears” is more accurate) that Bush’s decisive early fundraising advantage may well push him to the head of the pack, something on which an awful lot of pundits agree with him. I, by contrast, am not convinced that money will be dispositive here. I look at the swelled ranks of Bush donors and see a lot of investors pouring money into a product that’s ill-suited for its intended market (the GOP primary electorate).

Somehow—and I admit that this leads me to question everything I hold true about the universe—MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki—also of Salon and, presumably, an overzealous HOA and a local Wiccan sect—has broken down this dynamic in a more astute fashion than anyone I’ve seen on the right. To wit:

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