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As of this writing, Rubio is set to leave Iowa with a strong third place finish (maybe even second!). It’s not a big win, but it did exceed expectations after months of toiling underneath Cruz and Trump. Perhaps Rubio’s surprise performance statewide can best be illustrated by his performance in one small Waukee precinct. According […]

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The Iowa Outcome: How the Spin Will Work

 

It’s Iowa Caucus day and all of us fervently hope that with actual votes public persuasion sessions whatever happens in a caucus itself the craziness will subside and we’ll get on with the whole thing.

While we all have a preferred scenario, I see three plausible outcomes for Iowa which will be spun as positively as they can be by the campaigns.

The Campus Accountability and Safety Act Would Mildly Improve Campus Due Process

 

shutterstock_238978654The Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA) is the subject of a spectacularly poorly researched article by George Will last week, and has been raised by a number of Ricochetti, so I thought it was worth working out what it does. The Act is not going to pass this year, but it’s worth understanding the legislation in contention (even if it doesn’t pass) and this will almost certainly be reintroduced next year and it might pass then. There are some criticisms of it that are simply incorrect. Thus, for instance, the use of the term “victim” in a crime survey context is not a violation of anyone’s civil rights and it’s not new (as anyone could tell if they looked at the law being amended). There are also aspects of Will’s argument that I think are clearly wrong, but on which I would appreciate correction. Happily, Ricochet seems like the place in which to educate myself.

CASA Contents: Higher Education Act

The CASA substantively amends three acts, as well as clarifying its lack of impact on a fourth and calling for a study to be written. Firstly, it amends the Higher Education Act, to require that universities make their protocols more transparent, formally allocate responsibilities with local law enforcement, and review their agreement every two years. If the police and university cannot agree, there is a substantial fine unless the institution submitted a form explaining the problem, showing that it had attempted in good faith to come to an agreement, and including the university’s final proposed agreement. In the 2014 version of the bill, the Secretary could then decide whether or not to impose crippling fines. In the 2015 version of the bill, the Secretary does not have that choice.

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After all the interesting comments on the Hillary vs. Trump post, I thought about this potential matchup.  I know Rubio is either first or second in the Ricochet poll, but I’ve also seen comments from some that they could never vote for Rubio, either because he’s the “establishment” candidate, soft on immigration, Gang of Eight, or […]

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How Is Expanding the H1B Visa Program a Winning Issue for Marco Rubio?

 

Channel-7There’s a stinging  jab at Rubio at the end of this emotional report. (The video is at the link; no embedding option, unfortunately.) We’ve heard these stories before about quality workers being fired and forced to train their replacements but the Disney angle on this one seems to expand the outrage from many different directions.

Is this where Jeb steps in to differentiate himself?

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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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There’s a common line of thought about the GOP race: Obama is failing because of inexperience. Let’s avoid the same fate and nominate a governor — a tried and true model of success. First, on Obama’s fecklessness: we don’t need to rehash all his victories. Instead, look at how he’s getting there: the federal bureaucracy, liberal judges, and independent […]

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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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The Heart of Trump

 

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.

The Race for Second?

 

Paul pauses during a network news interview on Capitol Hill in WashingtonThere is no next-in-line for the GOP nomination this cycle. We had one of the least-inspiring candidates the last time around — last two times? — while the other candidates all sputtered and fell.

This means the race is wide open, and we’ve already had much better talent announced already than we’ve had in the recent past (admittedly, not the highest bar to clear). But I think the vast majority of people, whether or not Scott Walker is exactly their man, don’t see any of the senators pictured here as having what it takes to make it.

This leads to speculation of what exactly Cruz, Rubio, and Paul are trying to accomplish by running. Sure, it will expand their national profile, and that’s usually a good thing for the narcissists who think they can and should rule others. Maybe they are trying to influence debate and nudge the platform and eventual nominee in their preferred direction.