I just don’t see how it can be said, after nearly every debate, that Rudy won when he cannot distance himself from his record. Thompson hit him hard right out of the box, and Rudy responded with tort reform. At least Thompson can justify his position on tort reform on federalism grounds. But Rudy’s extreme positions on a number of issues cannot be squared by someone who continually wraps himself in the Reagan legacy. Rudy is quick on his feet. But there is serious doubt among conservatives.
Sometimes when Joe Biden offers yarns about his childhood, I think of a Woody Allen bit from his stand-up days in which the comic tells the story of being invited to a Halloween party while visiting the Deep South in the early 1960s. Allen decides to dress-up as a ghost, and throws on a white sheet and sets off. ... Read More
‘Dude, I want you to punch Donald Trump in the face.” During Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, Democratic senator Cory Booker of New Jersey quoted a man who approached him at a town hall. “Dude, that’s a felony,” is how Senator Booker described his response. Good for him, fighting against our ... Read More
Julie Gammack is a former Des Moines Register columnist who came across what she believed was “an email from Audubon [County] Farm Bureau pulling away from a Joni Ernst endorsement.” She wrote a tweet declaring, “Well, this seems newsworthy.” Rachel Irwin, the communications director for Chuck Schumer’s ... Read More
Looking at the national polls, some conclude that the 2020 presidential election is over. But candidates -- historically usually Republicans -- have been known to make up a lot of ground in the final weeks or outperform their final polls. See Gerald Ford in 1976, George H. W. Bush in 1992, and Bob Dole in ... Read More