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Grovelling for dollars on the campaign trail

By Richard K. Barry Maybe I'm too sensitive, but I find it very troubling that some in the media are referring to the spectacle of GOP presidential hopefuls auditioning in front of wealthy donors as things like the "Koch brothers primary"...Show More Summary

Dana Perino, self-righteous fool

By Richard K. Barry Dana Perino, White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, doesn't like Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). In fact, she has called him “poisonous.”“He’s an absolutely poisonous figure in Washington,...Show More Summary

Democrats should like their odds of retaking the Senate

By Richard K. Barry Doug Sosnik at Politico seems to be saying three related but distinct things in an article about who will hold a majority in the U.S. Senate after the 2016 election. The first is that whichever party wins the presidency...Show More Summary

The swift-boating of Hillary Clinton?

By Richard K. Barry We are now starting to hear about a new book by Peter Schweizer called “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.” It will be released MayShow More Summary

Note to Koch brothers: People sometimes believe you when you say things

By Richard K. BarryYesterday it was reported that the Koch brothers, those wild and crazy gazillionaires who like to make and break Republican politicians, had settled on Scott Walker as their choice for the GOP presidential nomination.It...Show More Summary

Was Hillary Clinton the "original Elizabeth Warren?"

By Richard K. Barry Will Hillary Clinton ever be left enough for the left? Well, no. But she's trying.As Amy Chozick at the New York Times writes: For anyone who wondered what kind of economic message Mrs. Clinton would deliver in her campaign, the first few days made it clear: She is embracing the ideas trumpeted by Ms. Show More Summary

The Kochs pick Walker

By Richard K. Barry Looks like we have a winner in the so-call "invisible primary" among Republican presidential hopefuls, which is, as the New York Times describes it, "a period where candidates crisscross the country seeking not the support of voters but the blessing of their party’s biggest donors and fund-raisers." The reason? Charles G. Show More Summary

Come on Lindsey Graham, put a little hate in your heart

By Richard K. BarryWhen did we get to the point that someone's political viability is understood in terms of how much they personally dislike their opponent? Lindsey Graham says his friendliness with the Clintons should not deter Republicans from considering him for the Republican presidential nomination.[...]Show More Summary

And the money kept rolling in (and out)

By Richard K. BarryI would be very happy if voters found a way to wake up and smell the corruption. Turning disgust with billionaire super-PAC benefactors into a platform that moves voters has been an elusive goal for activists seeking to curb the massive sums sloshing through campaigns. Show More Summary

Only in America...

By Richard K. Barry In a piece in the Weekly Standard today, Stephen F. Hayes discussed a recent speech by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivered in New Hampshire as part of his bid to secure the GOP presidential nomination. He’d been...Show More Summary

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Yet another Republican wants in

By Richard K. BarryIt must really gall some of the older political hands in Washington to see so many newbies run for the GOP presidential nomination. After all, press is currency in politics and with all the writing and talking about Cruz, Rubio, Paul, et. Show More Summary

Rand Paul's self-defeating realpolitik

By Richard K. Barry With statements like this, one would assume Rand Paul doesn't want the Republican presidential nomination all that badly. Rand Paul ripped into his hawkish rivals for the Republican nomination Saturday, suggesting...Show More Summary

Percy Sledge: "Take Time To Know Her" (1968)

By Richard K. Barry R&B legend Percy Sledge died last week. He was best known for “When a Man Loves a Woman,” which topped the charts in 1966. He was 74. "Take Time to Know Her" was a single released in 1968 from an album of the same name. It reached No. 11, which made it his second highest charting song (US Hot 100).

On the Hustings

Carly Fiorina Boston Globe: "19 potential GOP candidates stream into New Hampshire" Washington Post: "Huckabee says he’ll announce his presidential plans May 5" Time: "How Hillary Clinton is trying to win over liberal critics" Real Clear Politics: "Fiorina says she'd neutralize Clinton's gender arguments" New York Times: "Republicans in quandary over vote on Loretta Lynch"

Standing with Martin O'Malley (maybe)

By Richard K. Barry But let's get a better campaign photo. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) is saying she expects Hillary Clinton to get a challenger or three and is working on setting up primary...Show More Summary

Too bad for Jeb Bush New Hampshire does not equal America

By Richard K. BarryIf the whole country was like New Hampshire, Jeb Bush would be the Republican presidential nominee in a walk. For Jeb Bush, New Hampshire serves as a linchpin of his strategy. Sandwiched between contests in Iowa and...Show More Summary

Kasich gets ready - time to rent more lecterns

By Richard K. Barry The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Ohio Gov. John Kasich will "launch a national political committee that would allow him to raise money and his profile as he considers a run for president in 2016." A source,...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton's left-speak

By Richard K. Barry Don't you sometimes wonder how much Hillary Clinton is really enjoying having to share even a small part of the stage with "darling-of-the-left" Sen. Elizabeth Warren?Oh, sure, in the latest edition of Time magazine,...Show More Summary

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