The Republican Primary is a Dumpster Fire Right Now

Donald Trump spent the weekend dancing around the question of whether he should denounce David Duke, a white supremacist and former KKK member who supports Trump. Today, Trump claimed his equivocation was due to a faulty earpiece, which is highly suspect since he heard the name David Duke well enough to repeat it in the original interview….

Clinton Dominates in South Carolina 

Hillary Clinton won the South Carolina primary with a staggering 75% of the vote. Clinton worked hard to shore up her support from African American voters and she was helped by very high African American voter turnout. A  few weeks ago the Clinton campaign appeared to be in crisis and struggling to combat Sanders’ steady…

Christie Endorses Trump

Well someone wants to be Vice-President. Or Attorney General. The timing of this announcement is very beneficial for Trump. Rubio was enjoying at least some positive coverage after the debate. However, this endorsement puts a favorable story about Trump on the front page as we enter the weekend and draws the coverage away from Rubio. The…

GOP Debate Reaction

The influence of Trump was more present in this debate than any previous debate because, if nothing else, he succeeded in lowing the intellectual level and class of the debate. Rubio and Cruz tried really hard to attack Trump but ultimately Trump just brought them down to his boorish level. This was the first time Trump…

Oh, Mittens

No legit reason @realDonaldTrump can’t release returns while being audited, but if scared, release earlier returns no longer under audit. — Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 26, 2016 For those who don’t recall, Mitt Romney waited until September 2012 to release his tax returns in the 2012 election.

What to Expect at the Republican Debate Tonight

Probably some yelling. This is Marco Rubio’s last, best chance to make a dent in Trump’s support before the crucial Super Tuesday contests next week. I, and many others, have argued that the unified GOP establishment would ultimately beat Trump. This theory has been called the “consolidation theory” by some commentators. But a key requirement of the…

Sandoval Removes His Name From Consideration

Governor Sandoval removed himself from consideration for the Supreme Court today. Yesterday, I wrote about why picking Sandoval would be an clever move because it would force Republicans to attack one of their own. However, I did not consider an important part of that equation – whether Sandoval would want any part in such a…

Justice Sandoval?

Today, Harry Reid dropped Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s name as a potential Supreme Court nominee. Sandoval is a popular Republican governor who has also served on the federal bench. Sandoval is a Republican but a moderate. He is pro-choice and, while he is a fiscal conservative, he did allow his state to accept the Obamacare Medicaid…

What to Watch for in Nevada

The Nevada Republican Caucus is an easily forgotten contest because it comes just after the heavily publicized early primaries and just before the crucial Super Tuesday primaries. Also, Nevada does not have a huge number of delegates so the stakes are relatively small. That said, I will be watching to see if the non-Trump/Cruz voters start…

Rubio is Not a Racist or a Demagogue but he is Still Really Conservative

After his strong showing in South Carolina and the exit of Jeb Bush, the Republican establishment is lining up behind Marco Rubio. Compared to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, Rubio is the most plausible candidate for mainstream Republicans. However, Rubio’s status as a mainstream candidate has more to do with his tone than his policies. As…

Trump Wins, Jeb Drops Out

As expected, Donald Trump won the South Carolina Primary. Marco Rubio came in second place and received over 22 percent of the vote. Jeb Bush failed to get more than 8 percent and dropped out of the race tonight. Rubio has hardly dominated the mainstream Republican vote but he has consistently beaten Bush. While it is not clear establishment Republicans…

What to watch for in the South Carolina Primary

The polling in South Carolina strongly suggests Donald Trump will be the winner of today’s primary. Therefore, most of the drama will center around whether any of the establishment candidates can do well enough to become the mainstream favorite. Based on what we have seen in the polls so far, only Marco Rubio has a…