2016 presidential election

Stand With Hillary—The Remy Sequel! [John Adds: This Is Hilarious, Don't Miss It!]

Featured image I should have known when I noted the other day the hilarious “Stand With Hillary” video that our pal Remy Munasifi would be on the case.  Here’s his version, suitably entitled “Stand With Hillary, Part 2: The Arkansas Badonkadonk.” Enjoy! »

Big GOP donors keeping their 2016 powder dry

Featured image The Washington Post reports that, on the whole, wealthy Republican donors are unwilling so far to commit to a candidate for president. According to reporters Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger, the donor class is “wary of fueling the kind of costly and politically damaging battle that dominated the 2012 primaries.” More to the point, it’s unclear at this early juncture which potential candidate it makes the most sense to support. »

Stand With Hillary—And Then Laugh Your A– Off [With Skeptical Comment by John]

Featured image Who knew that the Hillary 2016 juggernaut had a fine sense of parody in its midst?  What else to make of this cringe-worthy musical ballad on behalf of Hillary released a couple of weeks ago and just now catching on (you owe yourself the three minutes for this totally hacktastic effort, though I do understand it’s three minutes of your life you’ll never get back): This news story explains that »

Don’t Bother to Pander, Jeb

Featured image Jeb Bush apparently wants to be the Jon Hunstman of 2016–the Republican presidential candidate who gets respectful treatment from the liberal press because he isn’t one of those awful conservatives. The New York Times reports that Bush has promised not to pander: Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida was blunt Monday night: If he runs for president in 2016, he will not pander to his party’s conservative base in the »

Why the Gallup Poll Means Deep Trouble for Hillary

Featured image Gallup headlines: Obama Approval Drops Among Working-Class Whites. Here, “working class” includes all non-college graduates, some 60-65% of the adult white population. Gallup’s chart shows President Obama’s approval rating among white college graduates and non-college graduates from the beginning of his administration to the end of October. His 27% approval rating among non-college graduates is indeed striking: But perhaps more important is Obama’s steep decline within that demographic. Since he »

A Jim Webb presidential run? Spare us

Featured image Steve has commented on Jim Webb’s decision to launch an “exploratory committee” for a possible presidential campaign. But what is the case for a Webb presidency? According to the Washington Post, Webb is pitching himself as someone who can shake up Washington’s partisan gridlock. Webb argues that, through him, America can “return to a leadership environment where people from both political parties and from all philosophical points of view would »

A Tangled Webb for 2016?

Featured image There’s been some talk of former Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb running for president in 2016, and yesterday he took the official first step, launching the obligatory “exploratory committee” to begin raising funds and sponsoring campaign activities.  Below is his 14 minute YouTube video explaining the idea. That’s longer than it should be, and you can read the text of the video here. Webb doesn’t fit today’s Democratic Party, which »

Will Hillary Clinton get the moonbeam treatment?

Featured image Will Hillary Clinton face a serious challenge from the left if (as seems almost certain) she seeks the Democratic nomination for president? I assume she will face a challenge. The hard left represents a major component of her party, and is unlikely to be without a champion during the primary season. But a serious challenge requires a serious challenger. Who fits that description? Not Socialist Bernie Sanders. Not former Maryland »

Is the GOP “America’s Party”?

Featured image I rarely disagree with John, and I consider this a good sign for me. However, I don’t believe that the GOP is America’s Party, in the sense of being ascendant nationally, or that the Republican brand is strong. I view the two elections that made Republicans ascendant in the Senate and House — 2010 and 2014 — as referenda on President Obama, not as evidence that the electorate trusts Republicans »

Watch the Kool Aid Bowl at Salon

Featured image Of course the punditocracy is already war-gaming the 2016 election, and the reliable latte-liberals of Salon are pointing out the obvious in “Mitch Is On Borrowed Time“: that the GOP will be defending many more Senate seats in 2016 than this year, and would easily lose the Senate.  Well, at least taxpayers aren’t paying for analysis this astute. But it’s worth reading all the way to the end for perhaps »

Messages and Messengers

Featured image One of the happy consequences of last night’s Republican sweep is that several obnoxious themes on which Democrats have relied will now, presumably, be put out to pasture. These include the moronic “war on women,” which ostensibly worked in 2012 but fell on its face this year. Someone forgot to tell Joni Ernst, Elise Stefanik, Mia Love, and countless other Republican women who stuck it to the Democrats. A second »

What’s in a name?

Featured image Not much, at least not in this election. If you don’t believe me just ask Mark Pryor, Alison Grimes, Michelle Nunn, Mark Begich, Jason Carter (grandson of Jimmy), among others. Who is the biggest name in the 2016 presidential field? Hillary Clinton, of course. The Clinton name was hardly magic this year. For example, it didn’t seem to help Pryor in Arkansas. He ended up losing to Tom Cotton by »

Scott Walker wins [UPDATE: This guy is goooood]

Featured image Fox News has declared Scott Walker the winner in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race. It looks like he might win pretty big. As I said earlier today, a Walker victory by any margin should make him a top tier presidential contender. Walker is, as a reader pointed out to me, a “blank slate” when it comes to foreign policy. This should actually work to his advantage, though not necessarily to the »

What Difference, At This Point, Does It Make?

Featured image Democrats are convinced that Hillary Clinton is a powerhouse presidential candidate, notwithstanding the fact that the only elections she has ever actually won were for the Senate; she ran in New York, a state in which she did not live, while she was First Lady. Which is, essentially, cheating. She was then reelected. After that, she lost the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination despite being universally considered the inevitable nominee. Is »

The Coming Democratic Crackup?

Featured image Republican gains next week look to be substantial, and if my hunch is correct the GOP will exceed expectations and probably sneak up on at least one Senate race currently thought out of reach, like New Mexico or Michigan. And they’ll probably nab a few House seats that Democrats think are safe. Then the question will turn to recriminations on the left. The Koch brothers will come in for the »

Say It Ain’t So, Jeb!

Featured image Jeb Bush’s son George says that Jeb is “moving forward” on a 2016 presidential bid. This is consistent with a variety of other signals Jeb Bush has given, and in my view, it is bad news. I admire Jeb Bush: he was an excellent governor, and he is a good man who has thought seriously about many of the issues, especially the “softer” issues, that confront us. But the last »

O’Malley=O’Doofus

Featured image There has been lots of talk that Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley wants very much to run for president in 2016 or perhaps 2020, and yesterday he gave the surest sign that he will indeed be a candidate in the Democratic primaries: he said something irredeemably stupid. In a long and very boring interview with CNN yesterday O’Malley said that “WiFi is a human right.” The most salient thing about the »