Some more observations from the Q poll:
#*#At 2 percent, Rand Paul continues his descent out of the top tier and toward the third tier.
#*#Not only does Trump’s support come from across the ideological spectrum, so does Carson’s.
Candidate, Will You Refrain from Executive Legislating?
For Thomas Friedman the key question the Republican candidates need to be made to answer is whether they’d support a 5-cents hike to the federal gasoline tax. Sigh.
For me, it’s “Will you promise to refrain from any …
What the Debate Moderators Should Ask
The Republican candidates for president will gather on a stage in Cleveland, Ohio, tomorrow evening for the first official debates of the 2016 campaign — the main event at 9 p.m. Eastern time for the ten candidates with the highest standing …
Herding Elephants in New Hampshire
Manchester, N.H. — The Voters First Forum was the first attempt at corralling the giant field of Republican presidential hopefuls onto a single stage.
It proved to be as difficult as it sounds.
#ad#Fourteen of the 17 candidates seeking the …
The Weak Link in the GOP Senate Majority?
Illinois Senator Mark Kirk has won a lot of respect for his gritty recovery from a serious stroke in 2012. But his fellow Republicans worry that his recent political and verbal stumbles make him the most vulnerable GOP incumbent up for …
Wanted: Small-Government Republicans
For anyone hoping that the next president will get serious about reducing the size and cost of government, the early days of the campaign have been disappointing, to say the least. The Democrats, of course, have been campaigning as if …
John Kasich’s Presidential Campaign Is Already Facing Its First Big Test
Columbus, Ohio — Governor John Kasich has 16 days to earn a spot on the debate stage in his back yard in Cleveland. And he has six months to make himself a factor in the GOP presidential primary.
Over 42 minutes on Tuesday …
Donald Trump Is Not the First Left-Wing Bogeyman, and He Certainly Won’t Be the Last
I must confess that I’m not all that interested in the battle over Donald Trump. First, it’s July 2015. That means the only people paying attention to electoral politics are the political junkies — and political junkies are outnumbered 2 to 1 …
Trump, the Unhappy Warrior, Woos Angry Voters by Telling Them What They Want to Hear
Las Vegas — It’s the height of political fashion to bash Donald Trump, and I’ve done my share. It’s harder to understand his appeal, but it’s absolutely necessary if we are to come to terms with …
Trump Fans, It’s Time for an Intervention
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There have been …
The Little Details and the Big Picture
Halfway through August in the year before a presidential election, it’s easy to both overstate and understate how much we know. The details of the race at this point—the day by day turns and twists—probably won’t …
Poll Finds Women Receptive to GOP’s Ideas, but Party’s Messaging Needs Work
Republican candidates need to do a better job communicating their message to women, according to a new poll released today.
The poll, conducted on behalf of GOPAC Education Fund and American Freedom Builders, asked registered women voters in Ohio what …
Nice First Impressions at the GOP Speed-Dating Session
From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Everyone Made a Nice First Impression at the Big GOP Speed-Dating Session
Now it feels like a campaign season. Sure, it amounted to Republican speed-dating – two minutes of basic questions, and a …
Planned Parenthood Vote Collides with First GOP Debate
The Senate will vote at 5:30 P.M. EST Monday evening to file cloture on a bill that would block all taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.
At that time, the four Republican senators who are running for president were expected to …
Boehner: Coup Motion ‘Not Even Deserving of a Vote’
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) dismissed a rank-and-file lawmaker’s attempt to strip him of his gavel as an inconsequential maneuver Wednesday.
Representative Mark Meadows (R., N.C.), who temporarily lost a subcommittee chairmanship for voting against leadership but …
Public Support for Republicans Has Dipped — Here’s How They Should Respond
A new report from Pew finding a nine-point drop in the public approval of the GOP has Republican consultants wailing and Democrats rubbing their hands together with glee. In late 2014, the Republicans and Democrats were closer to parity, but now 16 …
The GOP Needs an Enlightened Populism
Populism is on the march — through the United Kingdom, Greece, France, and even our own land. A spike in populist sentiments often points to failures on the part of the governing establishment. That’s certainly the case in Europe, …
Trump’s Lesson: Voters Are Furious about Illegal Immigration
Donald Trump has rocketed to the top, or near the top, of the Republican-primary field by focusing on illegal immigration and border security.
Depending on the poll, Trump is garnering in the high teens of Republican voters. It might …
WHINOS: On the Martyrdom of the Holy, Holy Base
What’s generally misunderstood on the left is that the tea-party movement did not arise as an alternative to the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Democrats but as an alternative to the Bush-McConnell-Hastert Republicans, who were judged to have spent too much, warred too …
Who’s Had Your Back for the Past Seven Years?
As you look at the#…#(sigh) 17 Republicans competing for the 2016 nomination, do you feel like all of them have been fully engaged in the ideological and political battle with the Obama administration since the beginning?
I mentioned this in yesterday’s …