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The kiss of death. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Tuesday that she agrees with GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump when it comes to raising taxes on wealthy Americans.” They can kiss goodbye votes from responsible Republicans. “[T]o argue that public officials can simply refuse to uphold laws they don’t agree with is a prescription for chaos […]

The Senate spectacle

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was an unexpected vote against the Iran bill while Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), having frequently criticized the deal, stuck with his party to declare his support. With Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) also a “no,” you have quite a contrast. The Republicans are the robustly tough-on-Iran and pro-Israel party. The Democrats, […]

The key to puncturing Donald Trump’s ridiculous facade

Denouncing Donald Trump for racism and for insulting POWs did not work. Highlighting his ignorance on matters of grave importance might work, especially in a debate. But ridicule could well be the path to shattering the appearance that he is a serious contender for the presidency. His latest doozy — declaring his military school made […]

The Syria debacle: Many culprits

There is nothing like the spectacle of thousands of refugees pouring into Europe to awaken American politicians and media to the Syrian civil war that has killed more than 200,000 and created millions of refugees, who flooded into Syria’s neighbors before they came to Europe. As many have pointed out, President Obama bears primary responsibility for refusing […]

How Jeb Bush can turn around his campaign

If not for Hillary Clinton’s and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s atrocious summer, Jeb Bush’s declining fortunes may have gotten more attention. In national and Iowa polling, Bush is generally 20 points or more behind Donald Trump and about even with less well-financed and less well-known competitors. Bush’s team seems to be comforted by “fundamentals.” That […]

Hillary Clinton’s comedy of errors

Hillary Clinton’s campaign minions tell the New York Times — scoop! — she is going to be funnier. Well, she certainly is generating plenty of laughs. The Times dutifully transcribes the message from her aides (on background, yet!) that she will “show her humor” and “show her heart.” Oh, and “there will be new efforts […]

Dick Cheney denounces the Iran deal ‘madness’

Today at the American Enterprise Institute former vice president Dick Cheney will address the Iran deal, kicking off a week that is likely to include votes in the Senate and/or the House. Cheney’s position comes as no surprise. In remarks prepared for delivery, he says: Approval of this agreement will not prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.  […]

Morning Bits

Former secretary of state Colin Powell or former vice president Dick Cheney? “All Saddam had to do to get out of jail at that time was to comply with the requirements of the United Nations. He chose not to. And the president decided, based on the intelligence that he had, and what he knew about the […]

An Iran vote on compliance or on the merits?

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and attorney David B. Rivkin, Jr. argue that rather than take a vote of disapproval on the Iran deal when Congress returns this week, lawmakers should vote on a resolution declaring the deal has not been submitted in whole by the Sept. 7 deadline and therefore the president lacks authority to […]

Walker’s search for ‘authenticity’

The most common question I hear from conservatives sympathetic to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is: How could someone so resolute as a governor become a weak-kneed flip-flopper? In a “more in sadness than in anger” column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel titled “Give us back the real Scott Walker,” Christian Schneider tries to explain: In the […]

Six reasons for the rest of the GOP pack’s optimism

With Donald Trump far in the lead and Dr. Ben Carson in second (and moving up) in national and early state polls, oddly that means plenty of good news for the rest of the pack. First, candidates who were once thought to be improbable but are more serious and knowledgeable than Trump and Carson look […]

Hillary Clinton’s death spiral in the polls

The e-mail scandal and its fallout, including the FBI investigation, have wounded Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The only question is whether her condition is so serious and the triage so inept that she will be forced off the battlefield. On Sunday, the NBC News/Marist poll showed her trailing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in New Hampshire and […]

An outsider who does homework

If the GOP insists on an backing an outsider, it’s more obvious each day that non-politician Carly Fiorina  is the party’s best bet. This is not meant to be damning with faint praise. Certainly, Donald Trump (filled with bombast but little else) and Dr. Ben Carson (a decent fellow who’d be an excellent Surgeon General) […]

Ups and downs

  UP: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) DOWN: Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) UP: Iran as issue in 2016 DOWN: Democrats’ chance to win the Senate back UP: Hugh Hewitt DOWN: Talk show radio hosts defending ignorance UP: Employed Americans DOWN:  Voters’ “right track” polling UP: Ben Carson DOWN: Political insiders UP: Socialist sentiment in the Democratic […]

Morning Bits

He hit the nail on the head. “Ohio Gov. John Kasich suggested on Sunday the current surge of Syrian refugees into Europe could have been avoided if the Obama administration had given greater support to the Syrian rebels fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.” Bulls-eye. “[Carly] Fiorina acknowledged that it is ‘perfectly acceptable’ […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “Hillary Clinton has obviously lied about Benghazi, lied about her servers, lied about her emails. She clearly has exchanged confidential, classified information over a personal server and a personal device.” 2. “She’s not running a church. I wouldn’t force this on a church, but in terms of her responsibility, I think […]

Pro-Israel conservatives reject merely ‘policing’ the Iran deal

As the final “undecideds” among Senate Democrats make known their position on the Iran deal, there is the curious spectacle in the presidential race of two candidates — Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich — who have declared that simply policing the deal is sufficient for the next commander in chief. This week, conservatives […]

Distinguished person of the week

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt did something both the mainstream media and conservative cheerleaders refuse to do: Treat Donald Trump like a real candidate. That involves testing what he knows and what his views are. With Trump, as one would expect, that meant a face-splat when asked some simple questions on the Middle East. Hewitt, […]

Hillary Clinton has not hit bottom yet

Gallup reports, “Dogged by continued scrutiny of her email practices as secretary of state, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s favorability with the American public has sunk to one of its lowest levels in Gallup’s 23-year trend. Currently, 41% of U.S. adults say they have a favorable opinion of the Democratic front-runner, while 51% hold an […]

Cardin stands up to the White House with a planned ‘no’ vote on the Iran deal

Considering both Sen. Ben. Cardin (D-Md.) and Donald Trump, only one is qualified to be commander in chief. While I have differences with Cardin on issues such as Cuba, he joined Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Robert Menendez (N.J.) is declaring opposition to the Iran deal, the most important vote in decades, and, more […]

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