Blog Profile / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

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Why Announce Now?

First Read: “If you are a minor candidate who’s not expected to raise a lot of money, there is a strategic reason why you might want to announce in late May or early June: You’re able to downplay your 2nd [...]

GOP Clings to Bush Economics

Jonathan Chait: “Indeed, the striking fact about the Republican Party is how little it has questioned Bush’s economic program. The central tenets of Bush-era economic doctrine remain as firmly entrenched as ever. All the Republican economic proposals combine deep tax [...]

The Case for Bernie Sanders

Steve Kornacki: “The scale of the challenge Bernie Sanders faces is well-established. In Hillary Clinton, he will square off against the most overwhelming non-incumbent front-runner either party has seen since the dawn of the modern nominating process. And while the [...]

Suspicion of Obama Reaches New High in Texas

Boston Globe: “Suspicion has built across many parts of America during the administration of President Obama, giving rise to the Tea Party movement and fueling an intense wave of anti-Washington resentment. But the spread of conspiracy theories appeared to reach [...]

Pope Makes Trouble for Republicans

Politico: “Catholic Republicans are developing a pope problem. Earlier this month, Francis recognized Palestinian statehood. This summer, he’s going to issue an encyclical condemning environmental degradation. And in September, just as the GOP primary race heats up, Francis will travel [...]

Quote of the Day

“These people are so greedy, they’re so out of touch with reality. They think they own the world…I’m sorry to have to tell them, they live in the United States, they benefit from the United States, we have kids who [...]

Democrats Want Hagan to Run Again

Democratic powerbrokers, including Sen. Chuck Schumer, are coaxing former Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) to run for Senate again in 2016, National Journal reports. “And not just because they like her. Hagan might be the greatest chance the party has to [...]

How to Deal with So Many Presidential Candidates

My column in The Week: Republicans should run their debates like American Idol.

Pataki Will Run for President

“Ignoring the polls and pundits, former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to announce Thursday that he’s joining the crowded Republican field for president,” the New York Post reports. “The three-term governor will unveil his candidacy in Exeter, N.H., – [...]

Lawmakers Hold Recess Talks on NSA Bill

“Senior lawmakers are scrambling this week in rare recess negotiations to agree on a face-saving change to legislation that would rein in the National Security Agency’s dragnet of phone records, with time running out on some of the government’s domestic [...]

Koch Brothers May Support Multiple Candidates

“David Koch let it slip that the roughly $900 million that he and his brother, Charles, plan to lavish on the 2016 presidential race could find its way into the hands of more than one GOP contender,” the Washington Post [...]

The Carly Fiorina Boomlet

Two new articles suggest Carly Fiorina (R) is impressing GOP voters in the early states. New York Times: “Iowa voters are known to fall in love with firebrand candidates and underfunded outsiders, from Pat Buchanan in 1996 to Howard Dean [...]

Tweet of the Day

I would like to wish everyone, including all haters and losers (of which, sadly, there are many) a truly happy and enjoyable Memorial Day! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2015

NSA Skirmish Tests Political Ties of McConnell and Paul

Sen. Mithc McConnell (R-KY) “has studied Senate procedure firsthand over five decades, and there is not much that can leave him flummoxed, even momentarily. But here he stood — thanks to, of all people, his fellow Republican, fellow Kentuckian, close [...]

Shapiro Declines Senate Bid in Pennsylvania

Josh Shapiro (D) has told national Democratic Party leaders that he will not run for the nomination to challenge Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) next year, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “Senior Democrats had been encouraging Shapiro to jump into the primary [...]

Which Speeches Were for Charity?

Politico: “The Clintons earned more than $25 million in 2014 from speech income, but a second list released this week from the Clinton Foundation showed that an additional at least $12 million was directed to the family charity since 2001 [...]

GOP Candidates Have Few Answers on Islamic State

New York Times: “As President Obama grapples with the unnerving territorial gains of the Islamic State last week, the Republicans eyeing the White House are struggling to put forward strategies of their own. The most detailed ideas have come from [...]

Clinton Emails Highlight Problem with Private Server

Associated Press: “The prospect for political complication in Clinton’s choice to use a personal email account, rather than one issued by the government, was evident in the messages released Friday. They included several that were deemed sensitive but unclassified, contained [...]

Bonus Quote of the Day

“With today’s vote, we have disclosed who we are: a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people.” — Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny, quoted by the Washington Post, after Irish voters legalized same-sex marriage.

McConnell’s Senate in Disarray

New York Times: “As senators raced for the airport on Saturday after a six-week session that ended in disarray, they left behind a wreck of promises made by Mr. McConnell on how a renewed Senate would operate. Mr. McConnell has [......

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