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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

Let it not be said that I'm incapable of going for the cheap laugh

By Richard Barry The Independent today reported that "a Conservative candidate has urged campaigners 'always' to proofread their leaflets after one of his leaflets accidentally urged people to vote on 'erection day.'"A British Conservative...Show More Summary

You want debates? We'll have debates

By Richard Barry Ooh, frosty. The Democratic National Committee announced on Tuesday that there will be six officially-sanctioned debates as part of the party's presidential nomination process. It's not many, but considering how thin the field is and that the outcome is hardly in doubt, it will do. Show More Summary

With no political experience, would Carly Fiorina hire Carly Fiorina for president?

By Richard Barry As expected, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced her candidacy for president yesterday. She is the first declared female candidate to seek the Republican Party nomination.In an interview on "Good Morning...Show More Summary

What it means to be a minority according to Rand Paul

A recent quote by Rand Paul went like this: “Bias because of color, because you’re Jewish, or because you’re an Evangelical Christian, or because you teach your kids at home. You can be a minority for a variety of reasons.” Well, sure. Show More Summary

Gazpacho: "Golem" (live -- from Night of the Demon)

By Michael J.W. Stickings I'll start this post the same way I started my last two posts (here and here) about about this incredible band: One question I get a lot is, "What's your favorite band from Norway?" I always reply, "Gazpacho, of course. Show More Summary

What would be left enough for Clinton critics?

By Richard Barry Since Hillary Clinton let us know she wanted to be the next president of the United States, she has, perhaps surprisingly, delivered a leftish message on policies like income inequality and criminal justice reform. Her team has argued that Clinton was the Elizabeth Warren of politics long before Sen. Show More Summary

America is not so much ready for Hillary as ready to vote against the GOP

By Richard K. BarryA new poll by AP-Gfk indicates a number of findings that should give the Hillary Clinton campaign pause.Here are three that stood out for me: Nearly four in 10 Democrats, and more than six in 10 independents agreed that "honest" was not the best word for her. Show More Summary

Chris Christie moves aggressively into the "no-hoper" category

By Richard Barry Kudos to Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight for one of the funnier opening lines of a post this campaign season. Regarding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, he writes: We may be about to find out whether a politician can have a negative chance of winning a presidential nomination. Show More Summary

Bernie Sanders, you little scamp. This could be fun

By Richard Barry There won't be enough of them, but it looks like a lot of Americans are tired of the same old nonsense. By which I mean Sen. Bernie Sanders is already raising serious cash for his, yes, I'll say it, Quixotic bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Show More Summary

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