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Debating the debates

At a Sunday evening meeting of most of the GOP presidential candidates’ representatives the campaigns agreed to take back from the Republican National Committee the debate negotiations with the networks. This in and of itself should not matter to the average voter. It was only in this cycle that the RNC took on the negotiating […]

Syria charade

President Obama’s decision to send a whole 50 Americans from special forces into Syria — but not to engage in “combat” — is precisely the sort of empty gesture that the U.S. has tried in place of an actual policy for fighting Islamic terrorism. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) denounced the move on Fox News Sunday: […]

Ups and downs

UP: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) DOWN: The Bush adviser who wanted to attack Rubio’s attendance record. UP: Trash-talking the media DOWN: MSM defending CNBC UP: Mellow Donald Trump DOWN: Nasty Donald Trumop UP: Special forces to Syria DOWN: “No boots on the ground.” UP: Iran DOWN: “Ending wars” UP: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan […]

Morning Bits

I suspect he understands all too well. “Jeb Bush, during an appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday morning, revealed that he doesn’t really understand how damaging his lifeless performance at last week’s debate in Colorado was to his presidential candidacy.” He understands all too well what he is up against. “If Paul Ryan did anything Sunday, it […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “Sending 50 American Special Forces into Syria in the eyes of ISIL shows that Obama is not all-in, it is a sign of weakness to ISIL.” 2. “Everyone in the newsroom knows he’s extremely far left.” 3. “I’m redesigning this job.” 4. “Sen. Rubio’s legislative record and high personal character would […]

Where is Bush’s joy?

In the wake of Jeb Bush’s semi-disastrous debate performance and a string of less-than-reassuring comments (“My campaign is not terminal!” ) a new and ominous dynamic has emerged. As Bush’s chances narrow, word of plans for a bare-knuckle assault on Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has emerged. Republican veterans — many of whom like or were […]

Distinguished pol of the week

Outgoing House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) got a send-off that finally recognized the Ohio congressman’s service and decency. Incoming Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was greeted with a mixture of anticipation and relief. Not only could Republicans envision an end to bitter infighting in the House, but it seemed possible they might be able to […]

Hillary’s newest e-mail problem

Hillary Clinton would like the final word on Benghazi and her e-mail scandal to be the House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing where her fortitude and Republicans’ ineptitude were on full display. It will not be. Politico reports: Hundreds more emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state were newly deemed classified as part […]

The debate saga continues

The Republican National Committee has had it with NBC News. The Post reports: In a letter to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said that their relationship for the debate, scheduled for Feb. 26 at the University of Houston, was on hold “pending further discussion.” The RNC has faced increasingly vocal — and active — […]

Media turn deaf ear to Hillary’s glaring mistakes

When Hillary Clinton can study up, work out her one-liners, figure out the best way to deflect questions and fence with inquisitors she does well. She thrives therefore in a debate or as a witness. She is the quintessential “A” student. No one will cram harder before the big exam than she. Left to her […]

The pluses and minuses in Ted Cruz’s tax plan

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) put out his tax plan just before Wednesday’s GOP debate. He briefly described it, but it is not clear whether he will emphasize it as he attempts to expand his appeal to a broader segment of the party. In the hullabaloo after the debate, there was little discussion of it. His […]

Morning Bits

Maybe the last one? “Wednesday’s CNBC Republican undercard debate brought in almost one-fourth the viewers of the previous second-tier contest, new ratings show. The early contest between former Sen. Rick Santorum (Penn.), former Gov. George Pataki (N.Y.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.) had an average of just 1.6 million viewers, less than […]

Jeb Bush: What next?

  Anyone who has ever been on a flagging campaign can sympathize with the Bush team today. Some days you don’t want to turn on the TV, look at a headline or check Twitter. Press coverage of the debate was predictably (deservedly, I think) horrendous for their candidate. “Fatal,” “terminal” and other life-ending terms are […]

And then there is the lousy economy

The event this week that may prove to have the most influence on the 2016 elections was not the elevation of Speaker Paul Ryan, nor even last night’s Republican presidential debate. There is a real world outside the political arena, and in that real world in which Americans spend their lives, the U.S. economy, well, […]

Christie’s opportunity as Bush falters

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) deservedly is getting most of the headlines today, but in the race for the mainstream GOP contender, his potential toppling of Jeb Bush opens opportunities for others. Remember that no matter how “angry” the base is and regardless of how much D.C. pols are out of fashion, the GOP in recent […]

Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan: A new generation?

On the day after 44-year old Sen. Marco Rubio’s smashing debate performance 45-year old Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was elected speaker of the House. It is hard to overlook the confluence of these two events. Ryan replaced a speaker from 65-year old John Boehner; Wednesday night Rubio swatted down his friend and one-time ally, the […]

About those moderators

            Almost by acclamation conservative and liberal pundits as well as news reporters pummeled the CNBC moderators. Yes, they asked a ridiculous number of “Why are you so dishonest?” questions, and, yes, they bizarrely cut off participants attempting to make relevant, substantive points. They asked the single silliest and most […]

What went wrong in Libya?

The new Republican SuperPAC Future45 released an ad bashing Hillary Clinton, this one focusing on the Libya disaster. Unlike the House Benghazi committee the ad sticks to the bigger, more important issue. The ad shows Clinton testifying, “I was responsible for working on the policy, both before and after the end of the Gadhafi regime.” […]

Morning Bits

A new leader. “Republicans nominated Rep. Paul Ryan as their choice for House speaker on Wednesday, coalescing around a fiscal conservative who has vowed to move the party past years of infighting with a more open and inclusive approach to running the House. … With a power vacuum looming, Mr. Ryan turned the tables on […]

The third GOP debate: Rubio soars

Going into the GOP presidential debate tonight, Jeb Bush’s SuperPAC, Right to Rise, began hitting Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) with a new Twitter account, @IsMarcoWorking, for missing votes in the Senate.  But it’s not necessarily a felony offense in a party in which contempt for the time-wasting Senate is prevalent. Predictably, the effort prompted a […]

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