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Cue the all-out media assault on Hillary Clinton

By Michael J.W. Stickings What else is new? As of course you know, if you pay even the slightest attention to American politics, and probably even if you don't, Hillary Clinton is running for president. She just hasn't announced it yet. Show More Summary

On the Hustings

Chicago Tribune: "Chicago mayoral race: Garcia concedes defeat to Emanuel"New York Times: "Rand Paul announces presidential run" (Jeremy M. Peters and Alan Rappeport)New York Times: "Rand Paul's challenge: Libertarians are still a small...Show More Summary

Sen. Rand Paul announces with a platform sure to fail

By Richard K. Barry As expected, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky declared himself a candidate for the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday hoping, as the New York Times writes, "to disprove those in his own party who doubt that...Show More Summary

What do you do with a problem like Bill (Clinton)?

By Richard K. Barry The Hill is reporting that staffers hired for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign “have been told that they must be ready to start their campaign roles at any moment — starting Monday.”Given that Clinton signed...Show More Summary

Rand Paul: A gag-worthy campaign slogan

By Richard K. Barry Hmmm, how stupid do I think voters are? Politico is reporting that Rand Paul will soon announce a new campaign slogan: “Defeat the Washington machine. Unleash the American dream." The slogan, beneath the RANDPAC logo...Show More Summary

Toronto Blue Jays win season-opener against Yankees

By Richard K. Barry The Toronto Blue Jays were 6-1 winners in their season-opener over the Yankees in New York today. Drew Hutchison pitched a strong six innings and Edwin Encarnacion and rookie Devon Travis hit home runs. Can a World Series victory be far behind for the boys north of the border? Yes, it can. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton: The art of faking sincerity

By Richard K. BarryWhile I’m on the topic of a presidential candidate’s likeability, do you remember when then-Sen. Obama said “You’re likable enough, Hillary” on the campaign trail in 2008?The obvious point was that Hillary ClintonShow More Summary

Does anyone actually like Ted Cruz (family and pets don’t count)?

By Richard K. Barry Whatever else is true in elections, likeability counts for something. It may be possible to find successful presidential candidates who were perceived as somewhat nasty or unkind, Richard Nixon comes to mind, but it’s rare. Show More Summary

The matter with Kansas is that it's run by a bunch of Republican gun fetishists

By Michael J.W. Stickings This is truly fucked up: Kansans soon can carry concealed weapons without permits or training under a bill signed by Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday. The new law, which kicks in July 1, makes Kansas the sixth...Show More Summary

Isolationism in a foreign policy election

By Richard K. Barry Can a candidate closely associated with isolationist views, whether fairly or not, seriously contend for the GOP presidential nomination? On the eve of his expected presidential announcement, Republican insiders in...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton: The inevitable is upon us

By Richard K. BarryOver the past many months we were forced to endure ridiculous speculation about whether Hillary Clinton would run in 2016. It was never a real question. The answer was always obvious, but talk about it people did because that's how the game is played.You will therefore be unsurprised to learn that Ms. Show More Summary

2016: Too early to say anything, but we'll say it anyway

By Richard K. Barry Jeb Bush leads the Republican field for the 2016 presidential nomination, but Hillary Clinton has a significant advantage over Bush and all other potential GOP candidates in a hypothetical head-to head contest according to a new Washington Post-ABC poll. Show More Summary

Mike Pence in 2016? BWAHAHAHAHAHA

By Richard K. Barry Here's a thought, courtesy of Adam Wren at Politico : Since Pence resigned as chairman of the House Republican Conference in November 2010 to run for governor, conventional wisdom held that he would bide his time in Indianapolis, padding his résumé with executive experience before mounting a presidential bid. Show More Summary

Rand Paul doesn't believe in gay rights because he's an idiot (and a bigot?)

By Michael J.W. Stickings Rand Paul, supposed libertarian but really not, doesn't much care for the gays. And he certainly doesn't think they have rights: Sen. Rand Paul said he doesn't buy into the concept of gay rights because they are defined by a gay person's lifestyle. Show More Summary

We're about to learn a lot more about Marco Rubio's career plans

By Michael J.W. Stickings Yesterday, Daily Intelligencer reported that an announcement from the Republicans' Great Cuban Hope is coming soon: A year after declaring he'd run for the Senate or the presidency in 2016, but not both, Marco Rubio has made up his mind. Show More Summary

On the Hustings

Today News: "Elizabeth Warren on 2016: 'I’m not going to run' — and Hillary Clinton deserves 'a chance to decide'" (Eun Kyung Kim) (The Atlantic): "Hillary Clinton makes it hard to follow the money" (Conor Friedersdorf) Roll Call: "Bill...Show More Summary

The takeaway from Gov. Pence's bigotry

By Richard K. Barry There are many implications to be drawn from Indiana's attempt to give discrimination against gays the cover of law but one of the more interesting has to do with what this will mean at the ballot box in 2016. Jill Lawrence at U.S. Show More Summary

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Happy, happy, happy

By Richard K. Barry A new poll finds that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel can stop worrying. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has opened up a substantial lead on challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia with only a week to go in the runoff campaign, a new Chicago...Show More Summary

Gov. Sununu thinks Obama is baiting birthers by going to Kenya

By Richard K. Barry In an appearance on Fox News (where else?), former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) said that President Obama is "inciting" birther conspiracy theorists by planning a trip to Kenya in July. “I think his trip back...Show More Summary

Obama Derangement Syndrome by the numbers

By Richard K. Barry According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll: A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and SyrianShow More Summary

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