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Keeping away from Iowa may be the smarter move

This Saturday, Citizens United and anti-immigration zealot Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) will co-host a summit in Des Moines where a number of 2016 GOP hopefuls (Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Carly Fiorina) will speak. However, it may be that the candidates who […]

Romney’s rocky road ahead

After Mitt Romney’s rushed decision to consider running for president again, he has managed to confuse and discourage potential support, feeding the sentiment in GOP circles that his race is an ego trip unmoored to any rationale for a third run. As the Washington Times noted, his “lexicon” continues to strike GOP activists as liberal. When […]

Hillary’s narrative is all about her

Hillary Clinton, to put it mildly, is not brimming with new ideas. Indeed, she is not brimming with any sort of ideas. Her book was vapid. Her book tour avoided difficult policy issues. Her public speaking consists of long-winded and boring cliches. Is that a problem? Well, for mere mortal politicians it would be since voters […]

Israel intrigue: What happened since the SOTU

It has been a fascinating 48 hours in U.S.-Israeli relations. The president in his State of the Union issued a veto threat concerning Menendez-Kirk sanctions legislation. The next day, Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the administration’s talking points sounded as though they came from Tehran. The administration […]

Huckabee sounds like a crank, again

I have previously criticized Mike Huckabee for saying he would keep fighting even if the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage bans are unconstitutional. He has made matters worse by articulating an argument that is eerily similar to the one thrown up by anti-integration forces in the South after Brown v. Board of Education. I […]

The phony war against jihadists

We are not alone in recognizing that the president’s foreign policy perspective departs from reality. Whether from former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton (“The president is on a different parallel planet to the one we’re sitting on”) or from centrists who have tangled with the Bush administration, there is widespread agreement that he […]

Morning Bits

Still scrounging  for money from big business. “On the heels of President Obama’s strikingly populist tone during his State of the Union address, Hillary Clinton’s first public appearances will be paid speeches before a Canadian bank under investigation for a tax evasion scheme.” She should get some tips from Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). He’s just searching for a […]

The Rand Paul-Barbara Boxer foreign policy

It comes as no surprise that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is teaming up with lefty Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on an Iran alternative sanctions plan he dubs “modest” — read: “ineffective.” Perhaps they should run as a ticket in 2016 (she is retiring so the timing works), or Paul can have her hold out as […]

Signs of potential legislative trades?

Despite a State of the Union speech that was dead on arrival, there are some hopeful signs there might be areas of cooperation. In each case it would involve one side giving up on a dogma that is unworkable in the real world. For starters, neither side is serious about balanced budgets. President Obama is […]

Mitt Romney, recycled

“The articulation of rationales have all been process articulations, and the important thing is to think about the substantive case for why Governor Romney ought to run again.” Huh?? That is Lanhee Chen, quoted by Mary Kissel. Chen was Mitt Romney’s top policy guru who was frequently criticized from within the Romney and Paul Ryan […]

Chris Christie goes abroad

The Associated Press reports: “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will travel to London early next month for a trade mission that will double as another opportunity to bolster his foreign policy credentials ahead of a potential run for president. The three-day trip to England, beginning February 1, will be the Republican’s third foreign trip in recent […]

Unanimity at last: Obama is delusional on foreign policy

If there is one thing the right and left, Democrats and Republicans, politicians and experts could all agree on, it was that President Obama’s take on the world is shockingly delusional. The most common question seems to be: Could he believe what he was saying? On MSNBC Andrea Mitchell said flat-out that the president has a […]

SOTU response: Ernst will win praise

If the president was dull, predictable, and confrontational in his State of the Union address, freshman Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) was vivacious, optimistic, and positive in her response. Plainly, selecting Ernst to give the rebuttal was an effort by Republicans to show voters a new, younger, more constructive GOP. In this case, Ernst carried out […]

Morning Bits

It does not make one confident. “The government’s health insurance website is quietly passing along consumers’ personal data to outside websites, just as President Barack Obama is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections.” I am confident this isn’t happening. Show More Summary

A meaningless State of the Union

Why bother with the State of the Union? The White House, anticipating that no one really wants to listen to these things and perhaps acknowledging that presidents rarely say anything memorable in them, previewed its main proposals from the speech over the last few weeks: a tax hike on the rich, “free” community college tuition […]

Jeb introduces himself

Jeb Bush said he wanted to run a campaign about big ideas. He will now get his chance to start explaining them and introducing himself to voters. Kristy Campbell, a close adviser to Bush, tells me, “On February 4, Governor Bush will address the Detroit Economic Club. [It] will be the first in a series […]

Rand Paul sure attracts the fringe figures

The Free Beacon reports: “A blogger who has been hired to do social media work for Sen. Rand Paul’s (R., Ky.) likely presidential campaign is not a fan of ‘stupid armchair jingoes’ in the Republican Party, says Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) ‘will use anything to satisfy his blood lust,’ and wants Edward Snowden to […]

Israel vs. Iran: Which side is the administration on?

The Jerusalem Post reports: An Iranian general killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target and Israel believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas, a senior security source said on Tuesday. The remarks by the Israeli source, who declined to be identified because Israel has not officially confirmed it carried […]

Hillary Clinton the cipher: What does she believe?

The Post reports: [Hillary] Clinton still faces many of the same challenges she had seven years ago, when she went from being a juggernaut and most likely the first female president in American history to a perceived stumblebum out of touch with the political moment. A campaign that seemed invincible became known for strategic blunders, an […]

GOP needs an alternative agenda

President Obama’s State of the Union speech will remind us that the Third Way, the Clintonian moderate impulse, has been stone-cold dead since Bill Clinton left office 14 years ago. Either in opposition or in the White House, the Democratic Party has become thoroughly McGovernized. It is, as it was more than 40 years ago, […]

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