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  • Sound and Fury: A Tale Told by a Populist

    11/24/2015 6:11:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | November 24, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    The Wall Street Journal calls it populism ("Populism Rises in GOP Race," Page 1, November 12, 2015), but you could just as well describe populism as what it has always been since it was all the rage -- and I mean rage -- as it swept the Great Plains in the wilder years of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. How begin to describe the wild mix called populism? Among its many ingredients: know-nothingism, conspiracy theories, anti-Catholic and anti- Semitic feeling, and the xenophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-foreigner, and just about anti-everything else. Except the kind of anti-Us feelings fueled by...
  • Cruz's Immigration Plan: Timely Remedy for Amnesty and Syrian Refugee Crisis

    11/19/2015 2:24:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 203 replies ^ | November 19, 2015 | Carl Jackson
    It's official! Sen. Ted Cruz's immigration plan trumps Trump's! I expected that the unveiling of his plan would take a back seat to the Islamic terrorist attack in Paris, France, and rightfully so. However, in lieu of the chaos, presidents will be forced to make many decisions during their tenure that will affect the safety and security of the American people. The Paris attack gave us a chance to see how our candidates would respond if an event like that occured during their administration. In a world with an ever increasing threat of an ISIS attack, immigration is no longer...
  • NBC Tries (and Fails) to Make Story on Ben Carson's Friend a Mountain of a Molehill Story

    11/13/2015 9:07:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | November 13, 2015 | Curtis Houck
    On Thursday night and Friday morning, NBC News tried their best to go after Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson by attempting to make a mountain out of a molehill of his relationship with a man who was convicted nearly a decade ago of insurance fraud while ignoring the ongoing investigation of Hillary Clinton over her private e-mail server. Even though competitors ABC and CBS didn’t cover this story, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt hyped on Thursday that “Republican frontrunner Ben Carson is facing new questions about his friendship with a convicted felon. NBC Tries (and Fails) to Make...
  • Surge of Democratic Turnout Has Yet to Appear

    11/10/2015 6:46:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | November 10, 2015 | Michael Barone
    You don't have to wander long in the liberal commentariat to find projections that the Republican Party is in a death spiral, doomed by demographics, discredited by the dissension among House Republicans, disenchanted with its experienced presidential candidates and despised by the great mass of voters. There is something to be said for each of these propositions -- and yet Republican candidates keep winning elections, as in recent contests in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia. Admittedly, the first three of these states have been solidly Republican in recent presidential and congressional elections, and Americans have increasingly been straight-ticket voters. But...
  • How polling poisoned the political well

    11/08/2015 3:41:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Hot ^ | November 8, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Has political polling reached the end of the line? While some won’t find it as terribly shocking anymore, the polls in Kentucky which had previously been considered among the most reliable missed the Bevin win in the governor’s race by a wide margin. This wasn’t the first time either. The last few cycles down there saw the Bluegrass Poll taking one hit after another and they responded this week with something of an apology. The wide gulf between the results of Tuesday’s election races and the most recent Bluegrass Poll is a source of frustration for the Herald-Leader and its...
  • 20 Questions Conservatives Would Love To See Asked At The Next Democrat Debate

    11/06/2015 9:37:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | November 7. 2015 | John Hawkins
    1) Hillary Clinton, your husband has had numerous affairs, has had sex with an intern and he settled a sexual harassment case with Paula Jones. Incidentally, there are far worse accusations than that against him that haven't been proven. So, isn't it fair to say that your husband is part of the war on women? 2) Hillary Clinton, in the first debate, you said you were proud to have drug companies and health insurance companies as your enemies. However, your campaign and the Clinton Foundation have received millions of dollars from both industries. Will you be giving that money back?...
  • Carl Bernstein: Hillary Clinton Will Murder Benghazi Committee

    10/18/2015 2:58:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies ^ | October 18, 2015 | Jeffrey Meyer
    During an appearance on CNNs Reliable Sources Sunday, veteran journalist Carl Bernstein trashed the Benghazi committee ahead of Hillary Clintons testimony and insisted the Democrat will murder them because it has been a witch hunt. It has been partisan. It's great opportunity for her. Bernstein also praised Clintons debate performance as her greatest moment in this campaign which has been a disaster for her up until the debate but ultimately admitted I don't think that a reset button was successfully hit. We're still back to these basic questions about her truthfulness about the server, the foundation, about the FBI investigation.
  • Small-dollar donors flock to Trump, help power his campaign

    10/18/2015 8:02:06 AM PDT · by seekthetruth · 40 replies
    Associated Press via ^ | October 18, 2015 | By JILL COLVIN
    Donald Trump likes to boast about his enormous wealth and how he doesn't need anyone else's money to pay for his presidential campaign. That hasn't stopped tens of thousands of people from chipping in with checks as small as $10 to let the Republican candidate know they're behind him.
  • The July 5th problem: Trump will solve it

    10/16/2015 10:15:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/16/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Of course Donald Trump is doing very well and doesnt need any help; but the way he is mopping the floor with the other guys could actually present a small but real problem on his march to victory. Those who have run local political campaigns, say for County Executive, have likely experienced or seen the problem of dealing with the down time between the county committees endorsement in April or May and the real campaign against a Democrat that starts unofficially the day after Labor Day. This can be called the July 5th problem. If there is excitement about your...
  • The Friday Filibuster: Chaos on Capitol Hill

    10/09/2015 5:58:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    The Friday Filibuster: The one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about this week in politics.Closing Numbers12: The number of Christians ISIS executed in recent attacks for refusing to renounce faith.9: The number of people who died in South Carolinas historic floods.$20,000: The amount of taxpayer dollars one ATF agent stole after submitting fraudulent work hours.16% of New Hampshire Republicans would vote for Fiorina, meaning she came in second place and is gaining on Trump. 42%: The amount deportations have dropped since 2012. 30% of Americans still have a very favorable view of Planned Parenthood, despite theundercover video investigation. 42%...
  • Governor Jindals Bold Reform Plan Slashes Revenue to DC, Abolishes the Corporate Income Tax

    10/09/2015 12:56:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Give him credit. Most elected officials are content to tinker at the edges, but Governor Jindal of Louisiana actually wants to solve problems. Look what hes done, for instance, on fiscal policy. He sought to abolish his states personal income tax, a step that would havedramatically boosted the states competitiveness. That effort stalled, but he actually has been successful in curtailing state spending. Hes amassed one of the best records for frugality of all governors seeking the GOP presidential nomination. And hes now joined the list of presidential candidates seeking to rewrite the internal revenue code. Since weve already reviewed...
  • What Facebook Likes Reveal About Your GOP Candidates Chances

    10/06/2015 8:38:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | October 6, 2015 | Carl Jackson
    After left-wing media went crazy over Dr. Ben Carson's comments about whether or not he'd vote for a Muslim president a few weeks ago, and he gained 100,000 new Facebook "Likes" as a result, I decided to begin tracking how many new Facebook followers each of the GOP candidates were attracting weekly. What I found may surprise you. Candidates perceived as part of the "establishment," such as Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham, and George Pataki had surprisingly few followers considering their name recognition and experience. My initial research revealed Jeb Bush had the most followers amongst the...
  • Hillary the Hypocrite

    09/19/2015 8:58:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | September 19, 2015 | Jeff Crouere
    In a new web advertisement released this week, Hillary Clinton expresses solidarity with victims of sexual assault. She implores those who have been abused not to let anyone silence your voice. You have a right to be heard. You have a right to be believed. Were with you. So, Hillary Clinton, a willing participant in the 1992 Clinton for President Campaigns plan to handle bimbo eruptions, is supposedly concerned about victims of sexual assault. She is so skilled at lying that she does not realize the hypocrisy so evident in her new campaign message. In defending her husband from the...
  • Is Joe Biden Really the Answer to Democrats' Problems?

    09/16/2015 5:36:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | September 16, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    The wheels haven't come off Hillary Rodham Clinton's bus quite yet, but they're getting wobblier. Hence the Joe Biden boomlet. As a columnist, never mind as a conservative, I think it's a fantastic idea. (A Biden vs. Trump debate would cause a national popcorn shortage.) But is Biden really the answer to the Democrats' problem? That depends. As with any malady, the right treatment hinges on the correct diagnosis. You don't recommend better diet and exercise for a shark bite. Biden is a treatment for one symptom, not the whole disease. The latest ABC/Washington Post poll numbers underscore the continuing...
  • The Most Important Piece Of Advice For Republicans Running for President

    09/15/2015 5:03:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | September 15, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Here are the current rules of the political game in America. When Democrats are in office, they move the country to the Left as quickly as possible. When Republicans are in office, the country still moves to the Left, albeit more slowly; so the GOP can claim its "gotten something done." Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been caught in enough scandals, committed enough gaffes and made enough mistakes to destroy any Republican ten times over; yet they've gotten a pass. Meanwhile, Republicans live in holy terror of having their political careers destroyed by having a quote in...
  • (NY TIMES article in #1) Talk in G.O.P. Turns to a Stop Donald Trump Campaign

    09/10/2015 10:41:00 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 92 replies ^ | Sept 4, 2015 | By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    Quiet conversations have begun in recent weeks among some of the Republican Partys biggest donors and normally competing factions, all aimed at a single question: How can we stop Donald Trump?
  • The Exhausting Ms. Clinton

    09/03/2015 5:38:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | September 3, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Hillary Clinton's second race for the presidency is only about a quarter through, but she already seems to be causing general fatigue. The lurid revelations about the Clinton Foundation proved that it was not so much a charity as a huge laundering operation. Quid pro quo donations from the global rich and powerful fueled the Clintons' jet-setting networking. In between political campaigns, the foundation provided sinecures for out-of-work Clinton politicos. This is hardly proof of Hillary's grass-roots progressivism. Then came Clinton's email fiasco. No one knows how the current investigation of her alleged misuse of email accounts, servers and classified...
  • Clown Show 2016: Progress To Date

    08/30/2015 8:18:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | August 30, 2015 | Kevin McCullough
    MOST ENTERTAINING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF MY LIFETIME! Without questionit is a statement Ive said repeatedly on-air, and one that comes out often in private conversations. Look at the interest level. People who have never voted in primary elections are turning out by the thousands to see the consummate socialist at one end of the spectrum, and by the tens of thousands to see a man who brags how well hes beat the system of free markets. I dont expect most of these people to vote in the actual primary electionsbecause they probably wontbut man is it fun to watch....
  • Presidential Nominating Process Highlights Gap Between D.C. and America

    08/28/2015 10:03:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | August 28, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen
    To many in Washington, there's little question that the 2016 presidential election should feature a dynasty rematch between the Clinton and Bush families. To most outside of Washington, that's the last match-up they want to see. The difference could perhaps be described as a tale of two Americas. The past 15 years have been a great time for political insiders, as the city of Washington, D.C., has become a boomtown. In fact, our nation's capital is now the nation's wealthiest metro market. Fueling the economic growth in our nation's capital has been an explosion of federal spending during the Barack...
  • His Own Worst Enemy

    08/27/2015 4:50:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies ^ | August 27, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    On paper, Donald Trump offers a lot as a candidate. Hes able to command a room, he is decisive, confident, unapologetic for what he believes, doesnt need to kiss rings and make promises to raise money, and he stands up to an activist media. But campaigns arent run on paper, theyre run in life. And in life, Donald Trump appears to have an out-of-control ego in need of constant feeding, which is coupled with no ability to control himself. Nothing about Donald Trumps life requires constraint. Worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 billion, there is nothing he cant afford...
  • How Social Media Wins Political Campaigns

    08/23/2015 7:16:15 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 4 replies
    United States News Agency ^ | August 23, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden United States News AgencyNew York --- August 23, 2015 ... Social media is no longer the bastard son of the media. It is the media. There was a time when newspapers (print), billboards, lawn signs, buttons, radio and TV ruled in winning a political campaign. Those days are history. Classic media is still relevant, but no longer primary. It is no longer the question "should we add social media to our campaign budget?" But - "should we add newspaper, TV and radio to our campaign budget". The reason is called "instant", "feature" and "cost effective". One need...
  • The Summer of Our Discontent

    08/18/2015 5:55:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | August 18, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders represent two sides of the same coin. Both men have tapped into a deep anger -- a discontent -- in the public mood. Little seems to be going right. America appears in decline under a disengaged president. We can't seem to win wars, or know why we are fighting them. People are afraid of losing their jobs or unable to find one. While the treasury takes in record amounts of money from working people, it outspends its income. Sanders and Hillary Clinton want to spend (and borrow) even more. Why the anger? Is it justified...
  • Has the Unrepresented Majority Finally Reached Its Boiling Point?

    08/18/2015 5:45:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | August 18, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    We can acknowledge that Donald Trump's popularity is partially related to his unapologetic defense of himself and his policies, but let's examine why that is particularly appealing to his supporters and others. How did we get to this point? Grass-roots conservatives believe that their policies can make America great again, that they can make Americans more secure and prosperous. Many of them still believe in traditional values, which are now in disrepute. They are appalled at the systematic assault on their ideas in our public schools, our universities, the media and Hollywood. They are horrified by the attacks on their...
  • The Strange Death of the Center-Left

    08/18/2015 4:55:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | August 18, 2015 | Michael Barone
    In 1935 George Dangerfield published "The Strange Death of Liberal England, 1910-1914," a vivid account of how Britain's center-left Liberal Party, dominant for a century, collapsed amid conflicts it could not resolve. The Liberal Party had appeared impregnable. Its cabinet in 1910 included Herbert Asquith (in the midst of the longest consecutive prime ministership since the Duke of Liverpool's and until Margaret Thatcher's), and the future wartime leaders David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill. But after 1910 the party never won an election again. What got me thinking about Dangerfield's delightfully written book were political developments here and in Britain...
  • Oh What a Tangled Web

    08/17/2015 10:32:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | August 17, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    The continuing saga of Hillary Clintons missing e-mails just keeps getting curious-er and curious-er. And Im becoming more and more reminded of the Nixon Watergate investigation. You know, the one Hillary Clinton was fired from for unethical and dishonest behavior. Then North Carolina Senator Sam Ervin gained fame through his leadership of the Senate Select Committee to Investigate Campaign Practices, also known as the Senate Watergate Committee, which was looking into the campaign practices of the Nixon re-election campaign. The Watergate investigation gave us the phrase, What did the president know, and when did he know it, regarding President Richard...
  • The Courtesy of Legitimacy

    08/14/2015 8:57:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 14, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    This past weekend at my annual RedState Gathering, I rescinded an invitation to Donald Trump to speak after getting the runaround from his campaign on what he really meant when he said Fox News' Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her eyes or wherever." It was an unfortunate outcome. As I told the Trump campaign, I feel like the other candidates have been doing their best to ignore Trump and treat him as a sideshow, when, in fact, he was sitting in the center seat at the debate. The other candidates, the media and the Republican Party should give...
  • Send Hillary to the Big House Not the White House (Yessssssssssss)

    08/02/2015 7:07:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | August 2, 2015 | Jeff Crouere
    Hillary Clinton is in a freefall right now. Her poll numbers are dropping, her socialist rival is drawing larger crowds and a new book being released this week is reminding Americans about her phony marriage. In Ron Kesslers new book, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents; it was revealed that former President Bill Clinton is once again cheating on his wife. This time his mistress is a buxom blonde who brings cookies to the secret service agents, according to Kessler. He also claims that Hillary treats agents with contempt. In fact, he says...
  • Poll: By the Way, Most Voters Would Not Re-elect President Obama

    08/01/2015 4:31:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | July 31, 2015 | Daniel
    One might say that the president was rather presumptuous when he declared, passionately and quite seriously, that if he launched another bid for the White House, he would emerge victorious. But would he? The voters have spoken, it seems, and it doesn't look good, at least according to a new Rasmussen poll. Not surprisingly, almost every self-declared Republican surveyed (93 percent) said they would decline to pull the lever for President Obama if he was on the ballot. (I suppose after six and half years, the public is ready for a change). But far more interesting, perhaps, is the fact...
  • Lincoln Chafee: Awful Bad, Awful Sad

    07/25/2015 9:39:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 25, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    For the first time in national history, a Rhode Island native son is running for President: Lincoln Chafee. Stumbling is more accurate, since shortly after declaring an exploratory committee, he fumbled into making himself a full-fledged candidate, and all the campaign finance hoopla which accompanies it. A one-term Republican US Senator, then one-term Independent Governor, Chafee entered the 2016 Presidential Election as a Democrat. Confused? Cable news program Common Sense openly derided his ambitions: Are you kidding me? MSNBC took his campaign seriously enough, asked him serious questions, and Chafee already looked like a deer in headlights. Joining the repeal...
  • Now on the National Stage, Scott Walker is still a guy from Delavan

    07/17/2015 9:22:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | 7-17-15 | Don Gonyea
    Walker's backers look forward to updating this sign to "Hometown of President Scott Walker." Drive into Delavan, Wis. and you immediately notice the giant circus animals downtown. A giraffe towering over a small grassy park, and an elephant rearing up on its hindquarters. They're statues actually here to commemorate the town's quirky history as home to circus companies that needed a place to winter over. They began arriving in the mid 1800's P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth was founded in Delavan. But the last of the circuses pulled out of the town three decades ago. You might...
  • Democrats Threw Everything They Had At Scott WalkerAnd Still Lost

    07/13/2015 10:12:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | July 13, 2015 | Kevin Glass
    Right to work. The elimination of wage control laws. Voter ID laws. Defunding Planned Parenthood. Expanding school choice. These are some of the No. 1 priorities for Republican legislators around the country. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has hit every item on this list, and he did so in a deep blue state; Wisconsin hasnt gone red in a presidential election in more than 30 years, and its labor union culture may be second only to that of the automotive capital in neighboring Michigan. Walkers uncompromising conservative governance made him Democrats' No. 1 target at both the state and national level,...
  • 2016 DEBATE WATCH: Donald Trump Slides To Seventh Place

    07/03/2015 10:02:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 74 replies ^ | July 3, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    Editors note: "2016 Debate Watch" is a running, bi-weekly series. This week weve seen Jeb Bush and Donald Trump gain some momentum. Carly Fiorina, meanwhile, recently turned some heads as well, cracking the top ten for the first time ever. If the August 6 Fox News debate were held tonight, however, only the following candidates would make the (prime-time) cut. (See the debate rules here): (1) Jeb Bush: 15.0 (2) Scott Walker: 10.6 (3) Marco Rubio: 9.4 (4) Ben Carson: 9.4 (5) Mike Huckabee: 8.0 (6) Rand Paul: 8.0 (7) Donald Trump: 6.0 (8) Ted Cruz: 4.8 (9) Chris Christie:...
  • Unpaid Internships Are Worth it: Suck it Up Millennials

    06/29/2015 7:50:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | June 29, 2015 | Kristan Hawkins
    A die-hard Hillary Clinton supporter a young, female Millennial recently applied to be a fellow with the campaign and was accepted. However, she was asked to move out of state and work for free. It was hard not to laugh at her over-the-top, entitled millennial reaction published in USA Today: Finding out that Hillary perpetuates the exploitation known as unpaid internships was like discovering that Santa wasn't real. Poor baby. Millennials are in a tough position right now. They are hard pressed to find work, with 14% of them unemployed, others barely able to make it on a...
  • What GOP Candidates Need To Speak To, Now

    06/24/2015 5:19:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | June 23, 2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    "This is not about guns. This is about evil. Here at home, and evil abroad." No GOP candidate for president has yet used those words but I hope some and perhaps all of them will before a week or more passes. I do not fault any of them as they have waited on Governor Haley to make her declaration about the flag of the Confederacy that flies on the grounds of the South Carolina state house. Governor Haley's actions and words Monday were powerful because they were not the consequence of demands made on her by her colleagues from other...
  • Untrustworthy

    06/13/2015 4:34:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | June 12, 2015 | Gena Lovett
    Untrustworthy. Thats how the majority of Americans view Hillary Clinton according to a recent CNN ORC poll. To anyone following the news this is not a surprise. Clinton has been immersed in scandals, whether it is her secret email server, her tenure at the State Department or the Clinton Foundation donors making financial contributions when they had matters before the State Department that includes arms deals. These are serious questions that voters deserve to have answers to, but Clinton and her aides have been dodging the press and voters. Her campaign has been one of the least accessible during this...
  • Hillary Losing Ground

    06/08/2015 5:01:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | June 8, 2015 | Rich Galen
    NOTE: I missed writing Wednesday night because I was under the weather. Way, way under it. Because of modern pharmaceuticals I'm much better now and it's back to the normal cycle. To the Hillary Clinton campaign's great credit, they have gone a long way toward not just making it illogical for any Democrat to mount a campaign against her, but political treason. We saw this same model in the 2000 cycle. How many times were we told, "If Hillary runs, she'll be President"? A funny thing happened on the way to the West Front of the Capitol. We've gone through...
  • Will the Real Democratic Challengers Please Stand Up?

    06/05/2015 5:30:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | June 5, 2015 | S.E Cupp
    As Hillary Clinton's poll numbers fall -- most strikingly among Democrats -- one has to wonder where the serious Democratic challengers are. Because the truth is, anyone telling you that Lincoln Chafee, Bernie Sanders or Martin O'Malley is real "competition" for Hillary is trying to sell you something. And that something is the idea that Clinton's campaign is not a fait accompli. To buy this, you must ignore the recent news that a Democratic National Committee finance chairman violated his own party rules requiring neutrality in presidential primaries to fundraise for Hillary. Also ignore that at the DNC's winter...
  • Untitled

    06/03/2015 10:37:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | June 3, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    I keep thinking we're done with George Pataki -- but like an order of bad clams, he keeps coming back up on me. The three-term Republican governor of a famously blue state seems like a serious 2016 presidential contender on paper -- until you read the fine print. Pataki had a promising start. He beat Democratic icon Mario Cuomo in 1994. He cut income taxes 25 percent and trimmed other taxes as well. In his first two years in office, spending went down 2.5 percent. If you had stopped the Pataki show there, he'd be the next Reagan. Similarly,...
  • It's Socialism, not Deodorant, That Starves the Poor

    05/31/2015 6:36:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | May 31, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    WHAT THIS country needs, says Bernie Sanders, is less deodorant. The 73-year-old senator from Vermont, now running for the Democratic presidential nomination, told CNBC's John Harwood in an interview on Tuesday that because American consumers can choose from so many brands of personal-care products, kids are going to bed with empty bellies. "You don't necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country," Sanders lamented. He didn't explain exactly howthe profusion of toiletries and athletic footwear leads to childhood hunger, but for the only self-described socialist...
  • Townhall-Gravis Poll Puts Kelly Ahead in June 2 MS-1 Special Election

    05/31/2015 6:29:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | May 31, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    The Republican combat veteran of Iraq and district attorney running in the June 2 special election for Mississippi-1 leads Democrat Walter Hunter Zinn Jr., 54 percent to 37 percent, according to a May 28 Townhall/Gravis poll of 509 likely voters. Trent Kelly, a colonel in the Mississippi National Guard, is the choice for 77 percent of Tea Party voters and 69 percent of voters opposed to abortion rights, said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Insights, the Florida-based polling company that conducted the poll. The poll carries a 4 percent margin. Among voters, living in households with at least...
  • A Tale of Two Presidential Candidates

    05/13/2015 11:41:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | May 13, 2015 | Alex Smith
    It is well documented how the media tend to be more critical of conservative candidates than their liberal counterparts. But at least if you know this, you can be prepared to counter the snark with reason and find alternative ways to disseminate your message. If, however, this latest example of media bias is indicative of what we can expect until 2016, were in for a long cycle. If you havent heard, the former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard has thrown her hat in the ring to compete for the 2016 Republican nomination for President. Whether or not shes your pick,...
  • Mark Halperin's Biased Grilling of Ted Cruz

    05/13/2015 9:54:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | May 13, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Imagine it's 2007 and a prominent journalist is interviewing then-Sen. Barack Obama. "Senator, people are really interested in you and your identity. I just wanted to ask you as a historical matter, when you filled out your application to Columbia, to Harvard Law School, did you list yourself as an African-American?" Imagine he pressed further. Do you have a favorite traditional black food? Who's your favorite African-American performer? It's a safe bet that journalist would be lucky to have a job today as a greeter at Wal-Mart. Mark Halperin isn't in danger of losing his job -- nor should...
  • Rule No. 1 For Picking the GOP's Presidential Nominee: This Is No Time For On-the-Job Training

    05/06/2015 2:28:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies ^ | May 6, 2015 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The pack of little-known Republican presidential candidates grew larger this week, raising this unasked question: Do any of them believe they have a serious chance of winning the nomination and the presidency in a political process that usually rewards high-profile figures who are widely known among the broad base of their party? There are exceptions to this rule, but more often than not, people with White House ambitions who have beaten the competition and won the highest office in the land had been working toward it for a long time. Consider Ronald Reagan who devoted years to the...
  • Should the Presidency Hang on a Hypothetical Gay Wedding Invitation?

    04/24/2015 7:09:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | April 24, 2015 | S.E Cupp
    In a year and a half, Americans will elect a new president. What issues will be foremost in their minds? Allow me to set the table for you: The U.S. economic recovery is anemic at best, with long-term joblessness still a major problem confronting millions of Americans. Income inequality has widened, and poverty has increased. In the past six years, scandal has shaken the VA, the IRS, ATF, the Justice Department and most recently the DEA, which is why it's not surprising that Americans name "government" the most important problem facing the country today, according to Gallup. Overseas, the Islamic...
  • From "Dead Broke" To Making Millions, With A Little Help From Bill And Hillary's Global Friends

    04/22/2015 3:41:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | April 22, 2015 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Nearly four months into the two-year presidential election cycle, Hillary Clinton is running into deep trouble on several major political fronts. As the clear front-runner for her party's nomination, she is hampered by President Obama's unpopularity and a sour mood among a large majority of Americans about the direction of the country. Getting elected president is hard enough, but following an inept administration, in which she was a central figure with her own set of scandals, is a high hurdle indeed. Clinton's role in the administration, and questions about what if anything she accomplished in that job, are...
  • Rubio's Age Is Problematic, But Hillary Being Post-Menopausal Makes Her 'Perfect'?

    04/18/2015 6:19:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | April 18, 2015 | Tom Blumer's Zeke Miller tweeted yesterday that a "reporter" asked recently declared presidential candidate Marco Rubio of Florida the following question: "Is 43 old enough to be president?" Meanwhile, two weeks ago, a column at claimed that Hillary Clinton is "biologically primed to be a leader." Seriously. Since he either can't or won't tell us who asked the question, we're unable to determine if the "reporter" to whom Miller referred was asking the question because he or she doesn't know the Constitution or was trying to bait Rubio into giving an answer implicitly or explicitly criticizing other candidates. It would...
  • GOP Has More Than a Hillary Problem; It's an America Problem

    04/17/2015 5:20:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | April 17, 2015 | Mark Davis
    All in all, a pretty fun week for conservatives. Marco Rubio made a classy and inspiring entrance into a Republican field that is already impressive and energizing, and sure to become even more so. Meanwhile, the most powerful woman in American history dropped in with a campaign debut that ranged from underwhelming to comically inept. Or so it appears to those of us who have no intention of voting for her. Make no mistake, I have enjoyed the absurdity of the incognito Chipotle moment, the inexplicable road trip in the stupidly labeled Scooby van, the easy-to-mock fawning of the reporters...
  • Tricky Dicky Hillary

    04/16/2015 5:44:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | April 16, 2015 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Hillary is "the one." She is our gift from God. Mana from Heaven. The gift that keeps on giving. Conservatives should get down on their knees and thank God for Hillary. Okay, enough thanking and praying. Now let's destroy her. I speak at business conferences all over the world about my expertise- branding. The GOP has the greatest branding opportunity in modern history. Hillary is easier to brand than even Mitt Romney was for Democrats. Destroy Hillary now and it leaves Democrats between a rock and a hard place. Here's how to brand Hillary. This will be fun. It's like...
  • Hillary Is Right, The Deck Is Stacked

    04/16/2015 4:14:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | April 16, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard by now that Hillary Clinton is running for president. Actually, even if you live under a rock you’ve probably heard that, or at least the collective squeal from the media before they slipped, satisfied, into their refractory period. On Sunday, the former first lady released a Benetton ad, er, I mean a campaign video announcing she hopes to be the “champion” of “everyday Americans.” Who qualifies as an “everyday American” remains to be seen – the the video offers images of representatives of every “group” in the progressive coalition. But someone who...
  • Pantsuit Presidency Last Thing America Needs

    04/06/2015 11:59:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | April 6, 2015 | Nick Adams
    You can guarantee it. When Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee next year, she and her team will frame the election as historically significant. In doing so, they will ignite a great social movement to elect the first Madame President. In the last twelve months, Secretary Clintons public speeches and commentary have discernibly shifted in focus and content, to female empowerment, pay equity and her grandmother glow. Never far away with a ready and helping hand, the media are showing their intent to advance the Clinton 2016 narrative. Just last month, following the conclusion of her prepared remarks at her...