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Jeb, you're disappointing me (even though I would never vote for you)

By Richard Barry Until about a week ago, I believed Jeb Bush's eventual victory in the GOP presenting nomination sweepstakes was a slam-dunk. I really bought into the narrative his team was spinning that he might not shine on a day-to-day...Show More Summary

HRC's very important litmus test for SCOTUS nominees

By Richard Barry Let's be honest, many Democrats who place themselves on the left flank of the party are somewhat uneasy about supporting Hillary Clinton. These people, me among them, should understand though that she is what mainstream...Show More Summary

Public policy is hard. Political rhetoric is easy

By Richard Barry One of the saddest things about politics is that politicians can say almost anything about the potential consequences of a given policy of their opponents and then, when it doesn't happen, be sure that most of the electorate will either have forgetten or lost interest in what was previously predicted. Show More Summary

Hey, look at me! I'm a potential Republican presidential hopeful

By Richard Barry To be filed under the category "those who insist on wasting our time," two more potential Republican presidential aspirants are gearing up to tell the world of their plans. Former New York Governor George Pataki has Tweeted that he will announce a decision on May 28th in New Hampshire, and former U.S. Show More Summary

"Modern Family" at the White House?

By Richard Barry I am not one who believes Hillary Clinton's election as president is inevitable. I have said before that under normal circumstances she should be the underdog, what with 8 years of Democratic incumbency, etc. But then there is the disarray of the GOP, etc. Show More Summary

Come on, Barack. You should know better

By Richard Barry President Barack Obama is getting some heat for the way he referred to Senator Elizabeth Warren in citing her criticism of his trade agenda. Among others, Ohio Senator Sherrod Bown, a top Democrat leading the fight against...Show More Summary

Behind the Ad: Get ready Clinton supporters, it's going to get ugly out there (but funny, too)

By Richard Barry Who: America Rising PAC (conservative) Where: Iowa What's going on: As so often happens in presidential politics, you might not even know there was a campaign coming unless you lived in a contested state or region. Last...Show More Summary

Can activist conservatives stop Jeb?

By Richard Barry We are told time and again that the activist conservative base plays a disproportionately large role choosing the Republican presidential nominee. We are also frequently told that mega-donors play an out-sized role, as well as the media, who read the tea leaves in order to pronounce on who has the Big Mo. Show More Summary

Some people use money to influence political decisions - sad, I know

By Richard BarryI'm sure the implication for everyone reading the recent New York Times piece on Marco Rubio's biggest benefactor is that the Clinton's are not the only ones with rich friends who help out and may expect a little assistance in return. Show More Summary

How we got into Iraq will not be a campaign issue in 2016

By Richard Barry In an Op-Ed appearing in the Wall Street Journal in February, Laurence Silberman, the federal judge who co-chaired the the 2004 Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, stated succinctly the conservative position on the charge that George W. Show More Summary

Is Hillary Clinton ready to defend herself against the inevitable social media onslaught?

By Richard Barry Dylan Byers is saying what a lot of people are saying, which is that this presidential election is Hillary Clinton's to lose.He does some compelling Electoral College math suggesting an extremely strong starting position for Mrs. Show More Summary

Life of Brian made you think, but who wants to think?

By Richard Barry As you might know, for two decades GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was Baptist preacher. It's perhaps not surprising that a preacher might say some things up there at the alter that could unhelpful in a political career. Show More Summary

Kentucky hates them some Christian Laettner

By Richard Barry Hey Kentucky, can't forget me, can you? I thought I'd check in on this year's governor's races. There are three. Bobby Jindal is term-limited in Louisiana, making that an open seat, which could make it a competitive race given how unpopular Jindal has become. Show More Summary

Austerity, ideology, and the UK elections

By Frank Moraes It’s hard to get too upset about this last week’s elections in the United Kingdom. The truth is that the UK still has a decent welfare state and the Tories aren’t nearly as crazy as our own Republicans. (There are indications that it is getting worse, though.) But I find the whole thing interesting. Show More Summary

If the appearance of wrong-doing were the point, we'd throw them all out

By Richard Barry As Brent Budowsky writes at The Hill: This week has brought the long awaited and dramatically overhyped publication of Peter Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses...Show More Summary

What impact will new media have on 2016?

By Richard Barry Dylan Byers is saying what a lot of people are saying, which is that this presidential election is Hillary Clinton's to lose.He does some compelling Electoral College math that suggests an extremely strong starting position for Mrs. Show More Summary

We are not going to stop loving political polling

By Richard Barry In noting how poorly pre-election polls underestimated the Conservatives' performance in the U.K. general election and overestimating Labour's result, Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight writes that "it's becoming harderShow More Summary

Mike Huckabee: Man of the people

By Richard Barry Yesterday I noted that Mike Huckabee is setting himself up as the only likely Republican presidential hopeful ready to aggressively protect entitlements like Medicare and Social Security, contrary to conservative orthodox that looks at anything the government does (with the exception of invading other countries) with suspicion. Show More Summary

Can Jeb Bush win by outlasting his rivals?

By Richard Barry A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with a big early lead in the Iowa Republican Caucus with 21 percent of likely GOP caucus participants, followed by Paul and Rubio, each with 13 percent, then Cruz at 12 percent and Huckabee at 11. Show More Summary

WTF Mike?

By Richard BarryEver since we first heard Tea Partiers express the view that government should keep its hands off their Medicare, we knew there was some serious cognitive dissonance going on in the conservative movement. If you think about it, though, people rarely have difficulty with their own entitlements, which they are sure they deserve. Show More Summary

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