2016 presidential election

Rick Perry’s Real Mugshot

Featured image If you followed the news you’ll know that Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned up yesterday to be processed for the bogus charges against him, which included taking a mugshot.  Given the old saying about grand juries, one of our readers suggests this in fact ought to be the official Perry mugshot, and it’s so good I didn’t think it could wait until Saturday’s weekly photo spread: »

Photo Essay: The Implausibility of the Hillary Candidacy

Featured image One of the axioms of modern presidential politics is that successful candidates need to be appealing personalities, nay, even good looking.  This is why we’re unlikely ever to see another presidential nominee who is bald. Does this apply to the first plausible female nominee, Hillary Clinton?  Maybe not, and yes it is unfair to judge a person by his or her appearance, but then it would be a double-standard for »

Opportunism knocks in Missouri

Featured image Add Rand Paul’s name to the list of opportunists seeking to exploit for political purposes the tragic shooting of young Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The race-hustlers populate the list, of course. So does President Obama, who sees a topic in his supposed wheelhouse (but in reality a local matter) through which he can distract attention from his disastrous foreign policy. Writing in Time Magazine, Paul sees the opportunity to »

Hillary Clinton’s high wire act

Featured image I’d like to thank David Axelrod for his not so subtle reminder that Hillary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq. As Scott noted, Axelrod responded to Clinton’s statement that “‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ [President Obama's foreign policy slogan] is not an organizing principle,” by tweeting: “Just to clarify: ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision.” Bad decision »

Hard-line Hillary: where is it coming from?

Featured image Jeffrey Goldberg reports on his remarkable interview with Hillary Clinton. The report and accompanying transcript make the former Secretary of State sound like a neo-conservative, at least in the loose sense in which the term is tossed about. First, Clinton takes President Obama to task for not intervening against ISIS in Syria. “The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of »

Hillary Clinton and the hard choice of centrism

Featured image Anne Applebaum finds little merit in Hillary Clinton’s book Hard Choices from a policy or historical standpoint. She contends, however, that it provides insight into how candidate Clinton will portray herself over the next two years, and perhaps into the kind of president she would be. Applebaum is surely right to suppose that Hard Choices has much to tell us about how Clinton intends to present herself during her campaign »

Hillary Clinton and the decision to intervene in Libya

Featured image Hillary Clinton has been working full-time to control the story of her time as Secretary of State. That was the point of her clunky, largely unread book, and the point of her awkward, gaffe-laden book tour. Clinton argues (plausibly) that she wanted a more activist approach to Syria than that served up by her boss. She argues (implausibly) that she wasn’t really sold on the “reset” with Russia. As to »

Romney 53%, Obama 44%? Don’t Get Excited

Featured image Matt Drudge is promoting this CNN poll, out today, in which respondents were asked whom they would vote for if the 2012 election were re-run today. Romney beats Obama, when “leaners” are counted, 53% to 44%. And that’s not all: lots of Obama’s numbers are quite poor. In categories like “is a strong and decisive leader,” “generally agrees with you on issues you care about” (43%/56%), and “can manage the »

Is Hillary Clinton washed up?

Featured image Robert Merry is a veteran Washington journalist. John and I had lunch with him once when he was in charge of Congressional Quarterly. It was a pleasant encounter, though he seemed disappointed and perhaps a little bit put off by our support for the war in Iraq. Merry is also a historian and a scholar of the presidency. He wrote a rather good biography of James Polk and a flawed »

The Nutroots Are Worried, And We Have the Answer

Featured image The Washington Post noticed a couple days ago that a lot of liberals are growing increasingly uncomfortable with the prospect of Hillary as their candidate.  (And don’t miss this poll that Politico says will make Democrats panic about Hillary’s prospects.)  Anyway, the Post: Even as Hillary Rodham Clinton looms as the overwhelming favorite for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the party’s base is stirring for a primary fight. There’s a »

The Russian reset: Hillary’s “brilliant stroke”

Featured image The worse Vladimir Putin and the Ukrainian separatists he sponsors behave, the worse it is for Hillary Clinton. After all, her most publicized and most significant action as Secretary of State was the infamous “Russian reset.” So how does Hillary Clinton handle questions about the reset? The same way she handles most tough questions — badly and with plenty of false claims. Here, via Mario Loyola, is Clinton’s answer last »

For 2016, a man who…

Featured image A reader writes from Pompano Beach, Florida, responding to John’s thoughts on Hillary Clinton: “Only one person can unify the Party and the Country and (handily) beat Hillary – Dr. Charles Krauthammer.” As the great Suzy Bogguss says, quoting a childhood neighbor: “I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.” STEVE adds: You may recall that I put this question to Krauthammer in San Francisco last November. He did a half-Sherman: “If »

Is Hillary Worth $2,777 Per Minute?

Featured image Hey, I thought Gisele Bundchen was well-paid at $128,000 a day, but Hillary Clinton’s $2,777 per minute works out to just about $2 million a day, if you assume Gisele works 12-hour days, which I am guessing she does. Is Hillary worth 15 times as much as Gisele? Hmm… Hillary, Gisele…Hillary, Gisele… Enough! Sorry, Tom, but I’m convinced Gisele is a bargain compared to Hillary. By the way, it is »

Rick Perry’s moment

Featured image The crisis at our southern border, coupled with President Obama’s visit to Texas, has propelled Rick Perry back into the limelight. And Perry has made the most of this unexpected opportunity. Perry would like to be known nationally for more than his embarrassing run for president during the last cycle. In the words of this article from Buzz Feed, the border crisis has enabled him “to be out in front »

That’s no gentleman; that’s Bill Clinton

Featured image The front page of the print edition of the Washington Post’s “Style” section — once known as the Women’s Page — features a mock poster that says “Bill Clinton for First Gentleman.” In the accompanying story, Clinton insists, presumably with a straight face, that he is “just a bit player” in the run-up to his wife’s likely campaign for president. “I am a foot soldier in any army; I will »

Hillary “disrespects” Obama

Featured image One of the assertions made on the robo calls to black voters in Mississippi on behalf of Sen. Thad Cochran was that the Tea Party, whose favored candidate Chris McDaniel was Cochran’s opponent, has engaged in “disrespectful treatment of the country’s first African-American president.” This is an oft-expressed complaint among certain blacks. Sure, America elected a black president. But, the complaint goes, the lily-white Tea Party has disrespected him to »

“Hard Choices” = Hard Sell

Featured image Hillary Clinton appears to be experiencing a gap between her enthusiasm for high office and the public’s enthusiasm for her. For its part, the public may already be suffering from Hillary fatigue. For example, at Clinton’s appearance for a “town hall” meeting, CNN felt the need to deploy a stage director who coached the audience to applaud at various points throughout the broadcast. The town hall meeting was part of »