Trump Starts to Show the Real Trump
Last week I wrote about Donald Trump:
He reminds me a lot of Mitt Romney, at least in one respect. I always said that Romney “spoke conservatism as a second language” (a line some people ripped off, btw). That’s …
John McCain, a Big and ‘Lucky’ Life
My guest on Q&A today is Senator John McCain. He has led an extraordinarily big life. We talk about some of it: Vietnam, the 2008 presidential campaign. He talks about Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, and some other figures.
John McCain vs. the ‘Wacko Birds’
Today’s graphic du jour, spotlighted in the Morning Jolt, stems from reports that Senator John McCain isn’t all that enamored with some of his younger Republican colleagues:
When I asked him if “these guys” — having just …
Today’s Jobs Report: No, We Haven’t Turned the Right Corner
Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C. — The news travels on two tracks; the lightning-fast express lane for news junkies like us, plugged into blogs, Twitter, and so on, and the meandering scenic route for everyone else.
There aren’t …
Nine Percent of 2008 Obama Voters Backing Romney
Another reason to be skeptical of the D+19 polls, courtesy Gallup…
Eighty-six percent of voters who say they voted for Barack Obama in 2008 are backing Obama again this year, a smaller proportion than the 92% of 2008 John McCain voters who are …
Obama’s ‘The Fundamentals of Our Economy Are Strong’ Moment
On September 15, 2008, John McCain said, “the fundamentals of our economy are strong.” The Lehman collapse was in progress, and all of Wall Street was feeling intense anxiety, so there were many warning signs of economic trouble ahead. Having said, that, …
Watching the Same ‘Change’
Over on the home page, my review of the HBO movie Game Change is front and center.
I point out some examples where the figures who lived the scenes the movie dramatizes contend the movie-makers are making things up:
Iowa GOP Donors to Christie: Please Run!
Well, here’s a development sure to irk backers of every Republican not named Chris Christie. A group of Iowa Republican donors is traveling to Trenton to, in effect, beg him to run for president:
Some of Iowa’s top …
Reapportionment Bites Obama and the Democrats, Hard
The new Congressional reapportionment numbers are out.
States gaining Congressional seats: Arizona (1), Florida (2), Georgia (1), Nevada (1), South Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1).
States losing Congressional seats: Illinois (1), Iowa (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), New York (2), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (1).
You’ll notice John …
The Big Late-August Primary Roundup
Tomorrow is primary day in four states, and runoff elections occur in a fifth.
Alaska: The Senate GOP primary featuring Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Palin-backed Joe Miller is one of those races I’ve been meaning to take a …
A vision of colorblindness, &c.
One of the reasons I became a conservative, way back, is that I believed in the old liberalism — a liberalism that included colorblindness. I believed in E pluribus unum (“Out of many, one”). I believed in the melting pot. …
Backers of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Suddenly Quite Nervous
From the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Backers Suddenly Quite Nervous
Hey, remember when passage of immigration reform was a certainty, and lawmakers skeptical of the whole legislative contraption could either get on the fast-moving train …
How Many 2008 McCain Voters Went Libertarian in 2012?
Campaign Spot reader Michael writes in, having examined the claim of the missing Republican voters — the drop-off from McCain’s 2008 total to Romney’s 2012. Immediately after the election, many were left incredulous in response to the apparent news that …
McCain’s Defeat, Setting the Stage for the
I’m inside the arena, watching from the press seating section.
Arizona senator John McCain may deserve a lot of grief for not running the all-out, no-quarter-asked-or-given campaign that a lot of conservatives wanted to see in 2008. But he was …
President Obama, the Strong Favorite of IRS Employees
According to a search of FEC contributor data, employees of the Internal Revenue Service have a strong preference in this year’s election. Donors who list their employer as “Internal Revenue Service” or “IRS” have donated $26,538 to President Obama’s …
The Campaign Continues, After Hours
Over on the home page, I have an article on how the Romney campaign is counterpunching much faster in the early 2012 campaign than John McCain’s campaign did in the general election of 2008.
Two points to whet your appetite; first, …
Fred Thompson: Like Heck I Stayed in the Race to Hurt Huckabee!
It seems strange to relitigate a fight from the 2008 GOP presidential primary, but perhaps many Republicans’ minds are on the notion of multiple conservative candidates dividing the vote in South Carolina, leaving the “Establishment” choice a path to victory.
Rummy & Maverick, Not Even ‘Frenemies’
There’s not much doubt about how former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld feels about Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.). In Rumsfeld’s memoir, Known and Unknown, there are four references to McCain; all of them are negative.
John McCain Wins His Primary.
CNN projects John McCain will win Arizona’s GOP senatorial primary. Early on, it is McCain 59 percent, J. D. Hayworth 30 percent, Paul Deakin 10 percent.
The Dangers of Accepting an Invitation From the President
Three times, in recent months, we’ve seen prominent Republican or conservative figures who disagree with Obama agree to attend events in which the president would be speaking to an audience.
Quite a few Supreme Court justices attended the State …