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  • Bill Maher Accuses Jeb Bush of Converting to Catholism for Political Gain

    02/26/2015 2:15:26 PM PST · 44 of 56
    x to Citizen Zed
    As Maher put it, George W. Bush became an Evangelical Christian before running for governor of Texas, a state where 34% of voters fall in that category. Similarly, Jeb Bush went from Protestant to Catholic and won the governorship in a state where 26% of voters are Catholic.

    W. changed religions years before running for governor. He became a Methodist in 1979 and had his Evangelical experience in 1985 and ran for governor in 1994.

    With Jeb, he didn't become a Catholic for political reasons. He may have wanted to assert himself as a religious churchgoer for political reasons, and his wife's Catholic Church was the obvious choice.

    Certainly he didn't have any of the ethnic appeal that might sway Catholic voters, and becoming a Catholic might actually have hurt him with some voters more than it helped him overall.

  • Ann Coulter excluded from speakers at CPAC

    02/26/2015 1:49:23 PM PST · 24 of 46
    x to sauropod
    Last year she said: “Amnesty is forever and you got to vote for the Republicans one more time and just make it clear; but if you pass amnesty, that’s it, it’s over and then we organize the death squads for the people who wrecked America.”

    This year Jeb Bush is one of the speakers, so of course they're not having her back. It certainly doesn't have anything to do with her not being conservative enough for CPAC.

    Did she really say "all the right things," though?

  • Look Who's Making an Issue of Obama's Religion

    02/25/2015 4:28:38 PM PST · 26 of 30
    x to Kaslin
    "I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion," Obama told attendees at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2009, two weeks after becoming president.

    Hmmm, the story was that his mother and grandparents went to a Unitarian Church in Bellevue, Washington in the 1950s. His grandmother's memorial service was at First Unitarian in Honolulu. He wouldn't lie about something like that would he?

  • What is Mars Made Of?

    02/25/2015 4:19:05 PM PST · 49 of 80
    x to BenLurkin

    Sugar, Glucose syrup, Cocoa butter, Full cream milk powder, Cocoa mass, Vegetable fat, Lactose, Skimmed milk powder, Whey powder, Milk fat, Soya lecithin, Emulsifiers (E471), Fat reduced cocoa, Barley malt extract, Salt, Egg white powder, Glazing agent (pectin), Natural vanilla extract.

  • Heilemann Hails Hillary: 'Looser, Funnier, More Spontaneous' In Latest Speech

    02/25/2015 3:39:51 PM PST · 10 of 50
    x to governsleastgovernsbest

    Drunker?

  • Ohio anchor taken off the air after using racial slur

    02/25/2015 3:36:38 PM PST · 86 of 125
    x to Darksheare
    If she were black and or homosexual, there would be no controversy.

    You're assuming she's White? Maybe. Maybe not. It's hard to tell from the photos. And yet there's still a controversy.

  • Hillary Clinton's Identity Crisis

    02/25/2015 3:26:48 PM PST · 32 of 43
    x to Kaslin
    "It's exactly the same as selling an iPhone or a soft drink or a cereal," Peter Sealey, a longtime corporate marketing strategist, told the Post. "She needs to use everything a brand has: a dominant color, a logo, a symbol. ... The symbol of a Mercedes is a three-pointed star. The symbol of Coca-Cola is the contour bottle. The symbol of McDonald's is the golden arches. What is Clinton's symbol?"

  • Decoding Obama: Muslims Didn't Found America

    02/25/2015 3:25:06 PM PST · 16 of 49
    x to Kaslin
    What historians, the media, and political pundits fail to acknowledge is that Barack Hussein Obama’s ancestral legacy is rooted in the Arab African slave trade that would have been very much involved in the Barbary campaign against the West. The very enemies against which early Americans fought.

    Obama’s father and father’s ancestors lived in the East African Arabic slave-trading region.

    So far as we know, his family only became Muslim with his grandfather. While it's likely that Obama has some Arab ancestry, to look at photos of the man said to be his father, it's hard to conclude that there was much.

    Obama’s claim is false if he suggests in any way that Muslims have positively contributed to American culture or history. Such a claim is historically false in its entirety, but also evidences taqqiya, Qur’an instructed deceit.

    It's partly a continuation of America's policy of trying to win over moderate Muslims (really, governments don't have to follow the Koran to shade the truth when it suits their purposes), and partly a Black thing. There were slaves in the colonies from early times who practiced Islam or identified themselves as Muslims, so in a sense Islam was there early on, though in a way most Americans weren't aware of.

    If you want to say that Obama's trying to turn American history upside down, I won't argue with that, but his audience for comments like this isn't you or me. It's first of all Muslims, secondly African-Americans, thirdly his own non-black supporters, and finally, bystanders who'll believe whatever he says.

  • VANITY: Move to Seattle? Any young Conservatives in the city or state?

    02/25/2015 3:11:17 PM PST · 63 of 177
    x to bushwon
  • Giuliani Was Right, Of Course President Obama Doesn't Love America

    02/25/2015 3:08:10 PM PST · 26 of 28
    x to Kaslin
    Quite likely he doesn't love America in the same way or love the same things about America or see America in the same way that other Americans do or previous presidents did.

    Barack Obama comes out of an academic environment that shies away from explicit patriotism, sometimes praising cosmopolitanism above patriotism (as his UChicago colleague Martha Nussbaum did), but more often just not looking at the country and the world in the way previous generations of Americans did (and plenty of Americans still do).

    But if you want to interpret "doesn't love America [in the same way or for the same things many other Americans do] as "hates and wants to destroy America" you may be taking it too far.

    We can't see directly into anybody's heart and ascertain their deepest feelings and motives directly, so politicians have been right in not presuming to know Obama's faith or feelings about his country, but if you want to hazard a guess at someone's sentiments, you have to make an effort to get beyond your own assumptions and the easy answers that make you feel good.

    If you're trying to understand somebody else's way of looking at the world you have to at least make an effort to consider ways in which it might be different from your own. Your first interpretation may well be the right one, but if you show no evidence of having tested it against other possibilities, people will be skeptical or dismissive when it comes to your conclusions.

    Can you recall heartfelt speeches or accolades attributed to America by this president?

    For Barack Obama, America (or the good side of America) is "Selma, Seneca Falls, and Stonewall." That's different from the point of view we grew up with and different from what earlier presidents believed, but arguably, that's where Obama's coming from, and that could be one way of neither loving your America or mine or hating and wanting to destroy the United States.

  • If Ronald Reagan ran today, where would he fall on the conservative spectrum?

    02/25/2015 2:45:37 PM PST · 84 of 123
    x to DoodleDawg
    Stupid question. We don’t live in a vacuum. Issues change, people learn, and positions mature. The issues Ronald Reagan supported today would likely be different from the issues he supported 35 years ago. As those issues were different from the ones he supported 35 years before that.

    All true. It doesn't stop people from asking the question though, even when it comes to long-dead figures like Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR, and JFK. It's more a way of making a political argument than a serious attempt to answer unanswerable questions.

  • Michael Sam gets invite to 'Dancing'

    02/24/2015 4:17:11 PM PST · 16 of 25
    x to 4yearlurker
    Anybody with a real claim to fame probably isn't wasting time on Dancing with the Stars.
  • Why couldn't Scott Walker agree that President Obama is a Christian?

    02/24/2015 4:08:18 PM PST · 66 of 100
    x to Cincinatus' Wife
    This is a turf battle about context, and that's a big battle, not a small one.

    The media wants to use Giuliani's comments against other Republicans: either the Republican candidates support the idea that the president is a Christian or a patriot, or they're maligned for questioning Obama's bona fides, and that's used against the whole party ("fever swamps," etc.)

    What Walker's doing is turning this around and making the media themselves the issue, and when that happens, the press gets very uncomfortable. After all, their veto power is at stake.

  • Obama’s Creed: Are we being prepped for 2016′s fake narrative?

    02/24/2015 4:06:25 PM PST · 4 of 16
    x to doug from upland
    If Obama were running again, maybe, but since he's not any false narrative about him isn't going to affect the election.

    This is a turf battle about context. The media wants to use Giuliani's comments against other Republicans in the way that the writer says: either Republican candidates assert that the president is a Christian or a patriot, or they're maligned for questioning Obama's bona fides, and that's used against the whole party ("fever swamps," etc.)

    What Walker's doing is turning this around and making the media themselves the issue, and when that happens, the press gets very uncomfortable. After all, their veto power is at stake.

  • It’s Germany vs. Greece, And The Very Survival Of The Eurozone Is At Stake

    02/24/2015 3:52:32 PM PST · 7 of 17
    x to SeekAndFind

  • Will Smith Gets Candid About Racism, Gun Culture & Hints About Hip-Hop Return w/Help From Kanye West

    02/24/2015 2:44:23 PM PST · 30 of 76
    x to 2ndDivisionVet

    I’d be wondering when Will Smith finally “jumped the shark” into irrelevance and obscurity, but that expression has already “jumped the shark” itself, leaving we wordless ...

  • Reporter Mocks Scott Walker For Claiming To Communicate With God Through Prayer

    02/24/2015 2:33:42 PM PST · 41 of 55
    x to Cincinatus' Wife
    It sounds like Taegan Goddard is a blogger, not a reporter.

    He's publicizing a news release from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and would have saved himself trouble if he'd made that clear from the beginning.

  • Black conservatives seek to draft Condoleezza Rice for Senate race

    02/24/2015 2:15:04 PM PST · 51 of 54
    x to Responsibility2nd; al baby
    That’s what I thought. She DID vote for the Kenyan.

    I don't think she ever said that. As the secretary of state she didn't say who she voted for and as secretary of state, she congratulated Obama on his win. She went on to say that she thought the fact that the country could elect an African-American was a sign of progress, but she never actually said she voted for him, so far as I know. You can make your own guess how she voted, but it's not a proven thing one way or the other.

  • Documentary claims Putin was a lazy wife-beater who only turned his life around when KGB collapsed

    02/24/2015 2:10:52 PM PST · 37 of 55
    x to Tailgunner Joe
    ... some would say, not so different from the country he now rules ...

    ... cruel, I know, but people can be that way ...

  • Rand Paul: "Mistake" to Jab at Obama's Love of America as Guiliani Did

    02/23/2015 3:50:07 PM PST · 50 of 58
    x to MrB
    So, Rand, you think Obama has American values, or was raised with a love for America and its values?

    He's saying it's a distraction. Do you think it isn't? Would you think talking about what Obama loves is important if you had responsibility for winning elections, formulating policy, and getting legislation through Congress?

  • We [as long as 0bama is in the WH] Are Marie Harf

    02/23/2015 2:44:57 PM PST · 40 of 43
    x to Servant of the Cross
    Marie Harf, the cretinous propagandist and campaign veteran installed by the Obama administration at the State Department — the misfit who plays Messy Marvin to Jen Psaki’s feckless Pippi Longstocking — has called down upon herself a Malibu mudslide of mockery and derision for suggesting that what’s really needed in the war against the Islamic State et al. is better employment opportunities — “jobs for jihadis,” as her critics put it.

    I wish he'd just come out and say what he really thinks ...

  • How Bill O’Reilly imploded at CBS following his Falklands War ‘combat’ reporting

    02/23/2015 2:36:49 PM PST · 30 of 38
    x to Verginius Rufus
    Bill O'Reilly went to Harvard (as he will occasional admit).

    Kennedy School of Government. He did his undergrad at Marist College.

  • Ted Cruz just compared Obama to Richard Nixon

    02/23/2015 2:32:28 PM PST · 51 of 73
    x to donna
    Richard Nixon was a victim of the media just like Sarah Palin and all the others.

    _________

    "[A]lways remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself." Richard Nixon, August 9, 1974

  • Obama: The Unanswered Mystery Of The Century

    02/23/2015 1:44:04 PM PST · 37 of 108
    x to Windflier
    Some of these points are valid. It's striking how few people at the schools Obama went to are on record saying anything about him. Some of that has to do with his being a transfer student, and a lot of it has to do with the press not looking for them, and not wanting to hear what they might say.

    Some of the points are off the wall, though. People who aren't actively practicing law often go off the rolls to avoid paying fees. If I remember correctly, for a time in Illinois, lawyers had to petition the court to be removed from active status, so "inactivated by court order" may not mean what people assume it means. And while there may or may not be dozens of social security numbers somehow associated with BHO, it doesn't follow that he used them all for some nefarious purpose. There are a lot of jokesters and scammers out there, and a lot of junk turns up on internet searches.

  • SEN. TED CRUZ: THE 'HISPANIC' CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT?

    02/21/2015 1:34:37 PM PST · 28 of 37
    x to CatherineofAragon
    That's been documented by numerous sources, including Rush Limbaugh, and discussed here at FR. It's easily found by searching the site or putting the keywords into Google. Three million conservatives stayed at home in 2012.

    That gives you a lot of articles -- or a lot of copies of the same article -- written right after the election. Later on, that view was called into question.

    In reality, the exit polls showed that a record 35% of all voters who cast ballots in 2012 identified themselves as “conservative” – which helped to explain why Romney drew more than a million votes more than John McCain, while Obama got nearly four million votes less than he did in 2008. For the victorious George W. Bush in 2004, conservatives amounted to only 34% of those who voted, so their percentage of the electorate actually increased for Mitt Romney. The great Ronald Reagan managed to win a landslide in 1980 with an electorate that included only 28% of self-identified conservatives. Source

    It's hard to say just who is a conservative and who isn't, but it doesn't look like more ideologically committed conservatives stayed home in 2012 than in 2008.

  • Rudy Giuliani clarifies Obama comments by claiming the President influenced by communism, socialism

    02/21/2015 11:52:08 AM PST · 24 of 59
    x to reasonisfaith
    If Obama were not thoroughly communist in his current thinking, he would have clearly and openly denounced the communist associations from earlier in his life.

    Most of his voters have never heard of Frank Marshall Davis, so Obama would be crazy to publicly open up that messy can of worms when he doesn't have to.

  • Dinesh Was Right – Obama Forming Global Caliphate

    02/20/2015 2:15:38 PM PST · 76 of 96
    x to Mozilla
    How can you be sure that this is the reason why the government went after Dinesh -- that this one thing out of all the things he said was true and so rankled the administration that they decided they had to nail him?

    And if Dinesh did what the prosecutors said he did, what else could he have expected but to be prosecuted? Chicago politicians and government hacks have always played hardball with their opponents and it's usually not because they're establishing an Islamic caliphate.

  • Did you know that ‘Islam Has Been Woven Into the Fabric of Our Country Since Its Founding’?

    02/20/2015 2:02:34 PM PST · 43 of 45
    x to Mr. K
    He may have been thinking about slaves brought over here, and they didn't leave behind many traces. Omar Ibn Said was an educated Muslim African who was captured in war, enslaved and transported here. He later wrote his autobiography after he converted to Christianity and was freed. There's been some speculation about whether his conversion was real or motivated by a desire for freedom.

    Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, also known as Job ben Solomon, was another educated Muslim who was briefly a slave in colonial America and wrote an account of his life. Abdu-l-Rahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori is said to have been an African prince who was freed after the Sultan of Morocco intervened with John Quincy Adams, asking for his emancipation.

    Anthony Janszoon van Salee, a Dutchman who'd been a pirate in Morocco, was said to be the first Muslim to live in what became the United States, and his Koran was passed down in his family, but he's an even more obscure figure. He's believed to have been an ancestor of Warren Harding and the Vanderbilts.

    This is all little known and somewhat murky historically. None of these figures was very prominent in American history, and we don't know how much of their stories are true, but they did exist, whoever they really were.

    In a way this is "dog whistle" politics that most Americans won't know about or know what to do with, but some African-Americans do know about or believe in them. Essentially, Obama's audience was first the Muslims he was addressing, secondly African-Americans who did know about Muslim slaves, third his younger white supporters who believe what he tells them, rather than you or me.

  • Does Kim Jong Un's new haircut reflect attitude?

    02/19/2015 2:59:08 PM PST · 24 of 41
    x to Citizen Zed
    Looks like he's going for the "Kid" role in the remake ...

  • Across the Great Divide: Can any Republican unify the party in the 2016 primaries?

    02/19/2015 2:56:20 PM PST · 12 of 22
    x to 2ndDivisionVet
    Strange that he makes the divide more about Evangelicals vs. non-Evangelicals than anything else.

    That divide was peripheral or irrelevant in most of the political debates I've ever heard or read.

    Comments?

  • Jeb Bush a Reaganite? Oh, Yes He Is

    02/19/2015 2:28:56 PM PST · 62 of 77
    x to Nachum
    Christopher Ruddy, who just donated a million dollars to Hillary Clinton wrote this...

    I was going to call you on that, but it turns out it's actually true. What's going on?

  • Jeb Bush a Reaganite? Oh, Yes He Is

    02/19/2015 2:28:13 PM PST · 61 of 77
    x to Nachum
    It is true that some people who actually were Reaganites in the 80s might not pass muster as conservatives today, because so much has changed. Somebody who actually was in Reagan's cabinet, like Schultz or Baker, is likely to get dissed by people who didn't know Reagan or have anything to do with him.

    But Bush's problem with the right is that he goes out of his way to antagonize conservatives on things like immigration. There are a lot of libertarians without borders out there who champion "pro-growth, pro-liberty and pro-free enterprise ideas" who one wouldn't consider to be conservative because they don't have enough respect for the nation-state and cultural traditions. When it comes to immigration, Jeb might feel at home with them.

  • Marie Harf to Critics: Maybe My Comments Were ‘Too Nuanced’ for You

    02/18/2015 4:46:55 PM PST · 74 of 77
    x to maggief
    She's not exactly what comes to mind when I think "nuanced" ...

  • Could Jeb Bush convince conservatives on immigration?

    02/18/2015 4:43:16 PM PST · 25 of 71
    x to 2ndDivisionVet
    No. But he's the lightning rod.

    Bush will be wildly unpopular, and then somebody else comes along and says something a little less outrageous and people will think that new candidate is okay.

    It could be that Hegelian dialectical thing that somebody out there is always posting about.

  • Democrats' 'Blue Wall' Not Impregnable to Republicans -- If They're Smart

    02/18/2015 4:39:39 PM PST · 117 of 121
    x to sarge83
    Well, try it the other way and see what happens. Until then, this is like an experiment without a control group, and conclusions are bound to be shaky.

    Some day, maybe soon, conservative sentiment will be so strong in the electorate that it will sweep a conservative to the Republican nomination and the White House, but if conservatives haven't been able to win the nomination since Reagan, could that be a sign that conservative sentiment in the country isn't as strong as some people think, and may not be strong enough in itself to carry any of the conservatives who've run to the nomination, let alone the presidency?

    It could be that 60% of the country is conservative enough about some things to call themselves conservatives (Gallup says it's less than that, with almost as many people calling themselves moderates as conservatives, and we know how a lot of those moderates vote), but that doesn't mean that those voters are conservative about everything and would respond to a candidate who is conservative in ways that they aren't.

    With people who say they are fiscally or economically conservative but socially liberal and those who are socially conservative but think Republicans are for the rich guys, it can be hard for Republicans or conservatives to get to 50%.

  • The GOP's Electoral Cliff

    02/18/2015 4:08:42 PM PST · 101 of 118
    x to jjotto
    Ever see a list of states that have in the past voted for a conservative in greater numbers than voted for Romney in ‘12?

    Who? Reagan? Not really a fair comparison. The country's changed a lot since the 80s and so has what it means to be a conservative.

    A lot of Reagan's success relates to when he ran. You might as well say that Democrats should copy FDR or LBJ, because they racked up the largest percentage of the vote.

    If you're talking about conservative Senators or Congressmen who got a higher percentage of the vote than Romney, didn't that tend to average out across the country -- Romney running ahead in some places and behind in others?

    But that still doesn't answer the question about how many stay-at-homes were ideological conservatives and how many just didn't want to vote for the clueless rich guy, or about how many people specifically refused to vote Romney and how many had already given up on the GOP before 2012.

  • JEB: AMNESTY BILL ‘SO HUGELY IMPORTANT’ EVEN THOUGH MIDDLE CLASS ‘GETTING SQUEEZED’

    02/18/2015 2:58:15 PM PST · 76 of 113
    x to masadaman
    You really have to listen to him speak in person, answer questions and have a brief conversation with him, which I did last January, to understand how DULL the man really is. I came away asking what can the RNC be thinking?

    Good point, but you can't beat somebody with nobody. That is to say, you can't just say Anybody But Jeb; you have to have a specific alternative. And the problem is that people who don't want Jeb split the vote among a variety candidates who promise to be the most conservative.

    As with last time and the time before, the candidate who might be able to beat Jeb (or Romney or McCain) wouldn't be his total opposite, but somebody who shares at least a few of his qualities --somebody with executive experience, somebody who doesn't scare the swing voters, etc. -- but somebody a lot more dynamic than Jeb.

  • Biden: I'm friends with 'an awful lot' of Somali cab drivers

    02/18/2015 2:19:38 PM PST · 46 of 49
    x to Citizen Zed

    Not to mention all the people with “slight Indian accents” he needs to go to make his morning donut and coffee runs ...

  • The GOP's Electoral Cliff

    02/18/2015 2:15:59 PM PST · 90 of 118
    x to magellan
    Somehow, there were conservatives who refused to come out because Romney was not conservative enough, despite the fact not turning out would result in Obama’s reelection.

    Was there a significant number of ideologically convinced conservatives who stayed home because Romney was insufficiently conservatives, compared, say, to voters who weren't ideologically much of anything who stayed home because they thought he was a rich guy who didn't know about or care about ordinary people?

    Instinct tells me that the second group was much larger, though I haven't seen any data one way or the other. The proportion between the two groups could indicate just what kind of Republican could win those stay at homes.

  • Why I have resigned from the Telegraph

    02/18/2015 1:51:06 PM PST · 26 of 37
    x to servo1969
    Recently readers were introduced to someone called the Duke of Wessex. Prince Edward is the Earl of Wessex.

    There was a front page story about deer-hunting. It was actually about deer-stalking, a completely different activity.

    The horror!

  • Why the 2016 Republican nominee is likely to be chosen by the blue states

    02/17/2015 2:48:55 PM PST · 23 of 23
    x to Ingtar
    Last time, all the more conservative states were proportional, while the more liberal were winner take all.

    I'm not so sure. NJ and DE were winner take all, so were UT and AZ, and of course FL. CT and NY were "modified winner take all", so were AL and OK. LA, MS and TX were proportional. So were MA, RI, HI, and NH. Source

    Romney did get more delegates nationwide than he would have with strict proportionality, but that may be because he won states where fewer voters were Republicans. So he'd get delegates from VT or ME when not so many Republican votes were cast in primaries in those states. Proportional representation can make results proportional within a state, but so long as we vote by states and allocate delegates by populations there are limits to how proportional one can make the process.

  • South Pasadena Home Built For President Garfield’s Widow For Sale At $3M

    02/17/2015 2:24:34 PM PST · 13 of 16
    x to BenLurkin

  • Democrats' 'Blue Wall' Not Impregnable to Republicans -- If They're Smart

    02/17/2015 2:12:36 PM PST · 103 of 121
    x to sarge83
    We haven’t ran a Cruz type candidate since 1984 ...

    Reagan was already in office in 1984, so he was running a "stay the course" campaign -- or at least a lot of people who voted for him understood him as running such a campaign. In that sense, he wasn't as different from the other candidates you put down as one might think. If Ted Cruz gets the nomination and runs the campaign many expect, he wouldn't be running a "stay the course" campaign and wouldn't be able to count on support in some of the places where Reagan did well.

    Also, how much more liberal in practice do you really think Bob Dole was than Reagan? In practice, that is, in terms of deeds rather than words. I get that Reagan talked about going further, but a lot of his support came from the perception that there was only so much that he'd be able to get through Congress. Maybe Dole should have been more rousing and promised conservative voters more (it wouldn't have won him the election), but maybe he recognized just how much change any president could really make in the system and didn't overpromise.

    And also, is the country today the same as it was in 1984? Hasn't the political environment changed a lot since then?

  • Why Jeb Bush is Likely to Win the Republican Nomination

    02/17/2015 2:09:13 PM PST · 109 of 141
    x to pinochet
    Right now, the WASP Republican establishment has lined up behind Jeb Bush.

    How many of them are left? Are they really the same as the old East Coast Republican Establishment? From one point of view a wealthy country clubber from Utah or Alabama may not be so different from the East Coast Rockefeller Republicans of a half century ago, but something has definitely changed in the country and the party.

    Wealthy Republican Catholics have also lined up behind Jeb, because he is the first Catholic (although a convert from Waspish Protestantism) with the best chance to become a Republican President.

    First I've heard of it. There may be a tiny bit more of a cultural affinity with Jeb than with Ted or Rand or Scott, but I don't see Catholic Republicans lining up to contribute or vote for Jeb. It's not like he's Al Smith (or Rudy Giuliani or even Chris Christie). White bread Jeb just doesn't rock the ethnic thing.

    If Jeb does win the nomination it would be because he made himself appear to be mainstream, non-confrontational and vanilla, while other candidates identified too closely with specific factions in the party and destroyed each other.

    Sure, he'd have more money, but that doesn't have much to do with religion. After all, however important Mormon seed money was, most of Romney's campaign money must have come from non-Mormons. Jeb's aiming at being more moderate than the other candidates and the money people like moderates.

  • Texas GOP Rep: Obama ‘Deserves Impeachment’

    02/14/2015 11:57:06 AM PST · 17 of 53
    x to lqcincinnatus
    His son is a former Navy Seal and was Chris Kyle's team leader.

    Married to FNC's Jenna Lee.

  • What exactly are we learning from The Learning Channel?

    02/14/2015 11:54:18 AM PST · 35 of 50
    x to driftless2

    Another aspect is that the TV market is so fragmented that you need a much smaller segment of the population to make a show a “hit.” Public taste in TV has always tended towards junk, but in the old days, broadcast networks needed to get a large chunk of the public, so programming couldn’t be complete trash. It’s unfortunate that decent scripted programming has to attract a very large audience to pay off everybody’s salary, while the worst in reality broadcasting turns a profit early on with a much smaller audience because it’s cheaper to produce.

  • What exactly are we learning from The Learning Channel?

    02/14/2015 11:41:01 AM PST · 28 of 50
    x to driftless2

    Plus, there may be a problem with saturation. The umpteenth show about the Civil War or the American Revolution or World War II will likely get fewer viewers and generate less enthusiasm than the first or best show. If reality programming is that much cheaper and there are people willing to watch it, that’s where the cable channels will go.

  • What exactly are we learning from The Learning Channel?

    02/14/2015 11:37:46 AM PST · 26 of 50
    x to driftless2
    Why are most cable channels nothing but dreck like most network channels?

    Reality TV, which is what they've gone over to, is cheaper to produce because they don't have to pay people. Ideology plays a role, but if they think Duck Dynasty will generate revenue they aren't going to turn it down because of politics.

    It's funny to think that going all the way to Alaska, say, and filming gold miners or mountain men for months could be cheaper than staying in the city and making a historical documentary from archival sources, but I guess the people who control the archives want to be paid for the right to use their material, and the staff has to pay big city rents and other living costs. It could actually be cheaper to move everyone to the bayou and feed them sandwiches and the odd muskrat.

  • Ted Cruz is the most underrated candidate in the 2016 field

    02/14/2015 10:52:09 AM PST · 62 of 75
    x to SoConPubbie
    Those are not the actions of a Ronald Reagan type conservative!

    Look up Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. You can also look up Reagan's "Eleventh Commandment".

    I know some people want to believe that there has always been a civil war and unlasting enmity between the two sides of the Republican Party, but once Reagan was established as the likely nominee in 1980, there wasn't much objection from the "Establishment." Not if you compare it too some of the more divisive elections in our history.

    Sure, there were the expected fights over abortion at the convention, and one very liberal candidate (John Anderson) ran a third party campaign, but there weren't walkouts or bitter disputes and the party elite or Establishment fell in line behind Reagan. Anderson got support from liberal Democrats and people who weren't likely to vote for any Republican, not from established GOP bigwigs.

    One big reason why there was no party split and little disaffection was that Reagan invited George Bush and James Baker and other Bushites or moderates into his administration. Reagan knew when to fight and when to compromise. He was the acknowledged leader of the conservatives -- there weren't all these factions promoting their own narrow agenda and particular favorites -- and the rest of the party also gave him their support, sometimes grudgingly, sometimes gladly.

    If we had the situation we have today, Phil Crane or John Connolly or somebody else would have cozied up to some particular conservative faction and split the movement. Reagan might never have become president. If Scott Walker isn't the one and only love of some faction, it doesn't mean that he's on the same page or in the same lane as Jeb Bush. It could mean that he has the kind of unifying potential that Reagan had. I'm not saying there's an exact comparison -- I'm not saying he'll be the best candidate or win -- I'm just talking issue with some of the logic (or illogic) in the article.

  • Ted Cruz is the most underrated candidate in the 2016 field

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    These two guys get it right, where Walker is concerned. He is the backup Establishment candidate if Jeb Bush fails.

    Sure, in the same way that in 1980 Reagan was the backup establishment candidate if George Bush (as they called Papa Bush back then) failed.

    Essentially, what you've got are a lot of boutique or niche candidates. Reagan had appeal that went beyond those niches or specialty groups that later developed. He wasn't confined by categories that didn't yet play a large part in Republican politics.

    Something similar is true of Walker now. He's hardly in the same confined Establishment or moderate lane with Jeb Bush (the lane Christie or Romney would have been in). He's also not narrowly oriented to Evangelical or social conservatism on the one hand or freewheeling libertarian economic conservatism on the other. Nor is he in the Tea Party niche with Cruz.

    That's what Jonah Goldberg was getting at a few days ago when he labeled Walker "vanilla" -- meaning that he was a generic Republican who wasn't owned by any of the various blocs that make up the party and wasn't beholden to any one particular group. A lot of people read "vanilla" as some kind of insult and didn't get the point Jonah was making.

    The unfortunate thing about GOP politics now is that if a candidate isn't wholly given over to one of the large blocs that make up the party, many assume that he or she is the Establishment candidate. That's not necessarily the case now, any more than it was the case with Reagan 35 years ago.