2016 presidential election

Is Scott Walker on his way to 2016 front-runner status?

Featured image Scott Walker has a 16 point lead (56-40) among likely voters in his race for governor, according to a poll from Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert’s. Among registered voters, his lead is essentially the same (55-40). The survey was conducted between March 24 and April 3. A Marquette University survey conducted between March 20-23 also showed Walker with a nice, though smaller, lead. In that poll, Walker outdistanced Democrat Mary Burke »

Is Paul Appealing–Or Appalling?

Featured image We’ve got a link in our “Picks” section this morning to Bret Stephens’s Wall Street Journal column mockingly titled “Rand Paul for President,” whose subhed suggests that perhaps the GOP, like Democrats in the 1980s, needs to suffer a landslide defeat to get its head on straight.  Stephens thinks Rand Paul’s “bark-at-the-moon lunacy” would be just the ticket. Paul’s partisans will discount Stephens as part of the neocon conspiracy.  But »

Is this degree really necessary?

Featured image Scott Walker, who did not graduate from college, says he wants to obtain his degree. According to his spokesperson, Walker would like to do so through the University of Wisconsin’s FlexOption once it expands its degree offerings. Walker attended Marquette University but left in his senior year in 1990 for a job with the American Red Cross. He then launched his political career and never returned to school. Walker says »

Civil War on the Left?

Featured image The conventional wisdom is that the Republican Party is badly divided between Tea Party insurgents and the “Establishment.”  And while there is some truth to this, consider the following question: What happens to the Democratic Party in 2016 if Hillary Clinton decides not to run?  My answer: chaos and ideological infighting you haven’t seen inside the Democratic Party since its suicide attempt in the late 1960s and early 1970s. On »

Jeb Bush tests the waters

Featured image Jeb Bush is coming under fire for saying yesterday that many of those who enter the U.S. illegally do so as “an act of love” towards their family and therefore shouldn’t be treated as ordinary criminals. Bush stated: Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind »

Jeb Bush in 2016? No thank you

Featured image I share Steve’s skepticism about the wisdom of nominating Jeb Bush for president, an idea being pushed by the “GOP elite” according to the Washington Post. Indeed, I think that nominating Bush would be bad idea. I agree with Steve that Bush is an able leader. Indeed, Bush was held in sufficient regard by GOP leaders that if he had won his race for Florida governor in 1994, instead of »

Jeb Bush: Not Sure This Is a Good Idea

Featured image A little over a year ago I mentioned here taking in a Jeb Bush speech at the Reagan Library that sounded like the speech of someone at the early stages of a presidential campaign, albeit one that appeared to want to run as  . . . Jon Huntsman.  Ugh. This, from today’s Washington Post: Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race LAS VEGAS — Many of »

Rand Paul Does Berkeley

Featured image Rand Paul is one of a small number of Republicans–Marco Rubio is another–who have the potential to expand the playing field in 2016 and bring a mostly-conservative message to voters who aren’t used to pulling the GOP lever. He showed that again today when he visited the University of California at Berkeley: Nobody should be surprised that Rand Paul got so warm a welcome Wednesday, even in a city whose »

Will Rick Perry get another look?

Featured image It’s likely that, given the tainted GOP field, Marco Rubio will get another look from conservatives seeking a 2016 standard barrier. If so, it seems only fair that Rick Perry, if he chooses to run, should get another look too. And the strongly positive response Perry received following his speech to CPAC this week suggests that conservatives may well be willing to consider Perry again. Actually the two potential candidacies »

Reform Republicanism and the matter of timing

Featured image In 1981, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote, “Of a sudden, the GOP has become the party of ideas.” A lesser stylist would have settled for “All of a sudden.” But Moynihan wisely put his signature on what he probably expected would be a quotation oft-repeated. Repeating Moynihan’s quotation 33 years later, Peter Wehner says the time is ripe for the GOP to become the party of new ideas again. And he »

Poll contains good news and bad news for Democrats [With Comment on Hillary By John]

Featured image According to a new Fox News poll, President Obama’s approval rating has slipped to 38 percent. In January and February, his approval rating was 42 percent in Fox’s polling. He has never before been below 40 percent in this survey. 54 percent disapprove of the president’s performance. A 59-percent majority thinks the Obama administration has mostly failed at creating jobs, up from 52 percent in October 2012. 56 percent believe »

Will conservatives give Marco Rubio another look?

Featured image Politico reports that Marco Rubio is “seeking to rehabilitate his image with much of the GOP base” by falling back on “staunch conservative positions” such as a “more aggressive U.S. response to Russia in the Ukraine crisis.” I hope that denouncing passivity in response to aggression by our adversaries remains a staunch conservative position. Rubio explained that “many of my supporters maybe disagreed with me on immigration — and disagreed »

The Washington Post’s pathetic attack on Scott Walker

Featured image Having scrutinized not just Bridgegate but also Chris Christie’s first political campaign (20 years ago) and even his high school baseball playing days, the Washington Post turns to the next installment of its “Attack Plausible Challengers to Hillary Clinton” series. This time it trains its guns on Scott Walker, in a front-page, above-the-fold story. Unlike with Christie, however, this time the Post’s weaponry turns out to consist entirely of pop »

Will Bill Clinton Be an Issue In 2016? [Updated]

Featured image As so often happens these days, it was Rand Paul who first raised the subject. Or, rather, his wife did. Senator Paul was a guest on Meet the Press when host David Gregory asked him to comment on an interview in Vogue in which Kelley Paul said, “Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky should complicate his return to the White House, even as first spouse. I would say his behavior »

Three obvious reasons why Joe Biden shouldn’t run for president

Featured image Joe Biden has told CNN, “there may be reasons I don’t run, but there’s no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run.” Biden added: It doesn’t mean I’m the only guy that can do it, but if no one I think can, and I think I can, then I’d run. If I don’t, I won’t. Here are three obvious reasons why Biden shouldn’t run: (1) he’s »

But did he harass any gays in high school?

Featured image The Washington Post has a front page, above the fold story about how Chris Christie “stretched the truth” (as the print edition puts it) in 1994 when he ran for the county board in Morris County, New Jersey. Christie alleged that his opponents were “being investigated by the Morris County prosecutor.” In reality, the county prosecutor had merely conducted an “inquiry” into whether the incumbent commissioners had violated an open-meeting »

Christie moves to limit the damage

Featured image Chris Christie took decisive action today in response to his administration’s scandalous creation of traffic problems at the George Washington bridge. He fired top aides, apologized for their action, and visited the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey whose constituents were victimized by his administration’s stunt. The mayor accepted Christie’s apology and said he took the governor at his word that he wasn’t involved in and didn’t know about »