Is Jeb(!) Playing the Long Game?

After falling from front-runner status, Jeb Bush has mostly existed as an afterthought or sad spectacle in the media. The knock against Jeb is that he failed to take down Trump and failed to become the clear standard bearer for establishment Republicans. Yet, even as we get close to the first voting, it is clear no…

Trump is Skipping the GOP Debate

Today, Donald Trump announced he will not participate in the Fox News Debate on Thursday because Fox refuses to drop Megyn Kelly as one of the moderators. I think there are two things going on here: Trump has a huge ego and he cannot stand being disrespected. At this point, his ego will not let…

Democratic Town Hall (Clinton)

Hillary Clinton showed both the best and worst things about her candidacy. Even when asked about her trustworthiness, she equivocated on whether she made an error in judgment with her emails and exaggerated her willingness to cooperate with the email investigation. Also, even when discussing her vote for the Iraq War, she still included the hedge…

Democratic Town Hall (Sanders)

Bernie Sanders was the most conversational of the candidates. For much of his time, he sat down in his chair and, unlike his opponents, he did not always try to work his answer into a planned talking point. He was charming at times and I give him credit for being upfront about the fact that…

Who won the Democratic Town Hall?

The format of the town hall debate does not lend itself to declaring a clear winner and loser the way a traditional debate does because the candidates are not on the stage at the same time and they address different questions. That said, I think Martin O’Malley actually had the strongest performance of the three candidates….

What to Expect at Tonight’s Town Hall

Hillary Clinton will try very hard to make a personal connection with the individual questioners. She again finds herself running against someone who is perceived as having a better understanding of the struggles of ordinary Americans. She will use the chance to interact with actual voters to combat this perception.  She will also continue to make the…

Bloomberg?

Michael Bloomberg decided to float a little test balloon regarding his potential candidacy today. I think he will only enter the race if Bernie Sanders is the Democratic nominee and Trump or Cruz is the GOP nominee. If Clinton is the Democratic nominee, I don’t see how he could hope to siphon off enough Democratic voters,…

Against Trump

While some Republican leaders are picking Trump over Cruz, not all Republicans are willing to concede to Trump. The National Review has declared it is against Donald Trump in the most direct way possible: The fact that a leading conservative magazine made its cover story a series of hit pieces on Trump is noteworthy but I…

Everyone Hates Ted

As we get closer to actual voting, some of the Republican donors and establishment leaders are starting to make clear they prefer Trump over Ted Cruz. This is surprising because Ted Cruz seems like a much more palatable candidate than Trump. Cruz certainly has faults as a general election candidate but he does not run the…

Those Damn Emails

CNN is reporting that Clinton’s emails on her private server contained special access programs which are above Top Secret. To date, the Clinton campaign has argued that any classified material on the server was only retroactively deemed classified. The letter from the Inspector General implies that information regarding these programs is not retroactively classified but…

Bernie is a Real Candidate Now

Journalists and Democratic party leaders are starting to take Bernie Sanders’ candidacy seriously. Bernie Sanders has enjoyed a lot of positive attention because of his underdog status and the perceived sincerity of his beliefs. However, now that he is starting to seriously compete with Hillary Clinton, his candidacy and his policies are getting a closer look….

Fear of Follow Up Questions 

The Republican Party has moved its Super Tuesday debate from NBC to CNN. This is disappointing news after NBC did an excellent job with the recent Democratic debate. Both Andrea Mitchell and Lester Holt asked intelligent questions and, more importantly, revived the ancient art of asking follow-up questions. I’d love to see this crop of…