We’ve got an unpopular set of presidential candidates this year– Bernie Sanders is the only candidate in either party with a net-positive favorability rating — but Trump is the most unpopular of all. His favorability rating is 33 percent, as compared with an unfavorable rating of 58 percent, for a net rating of -25 percentage…
43 percent call themselves “socialist.” From: More likely Iowa Democratic voters identify as ‘socialist’ than ‘capitalist’ – The Washington Post
“In terms of a commander-in-chief, we ought to have someone who isn’t springing out of bed to tweet in frantic response to the latest polls,” Cruz said.
A billionaire real estate developer might make for an odd working class political (anti-)hero, but he has always projected the over the top caricature of what a working stiff might think being rich would be like. And his outer borough accent conveys a disarming familiarity that impossible to fake.
So how do you chip away at this rapport? You start by shattering the illusion that Trump is a friend of the little guy. To his credit, Trump possesses an uncanny ability to perceive, identify, and harness the wants and needs of the average Joe. The problem is that Trump takes this unique insight into the middle class and exploits it for his own gain.
Jeb Bush went after Trump on his unfathomable proposal to exclude all Muslim immigrants, but he did so almost as a supplicant, asking him to “reconsider.” It was as if Bush was afraid Trump would turn on him again, and Trump, recognizing Bush’s gesture as a plea for mercy, reciprocated. Signs have popped up everywhere…
Rubio’s true distinction Thursday was to get dragged into an unwanted skirmish with Chris Christie, and then to watch Christie talk macho to Barack Obama more effectively than he could. From: Thursday’s Debate Was a Nightmare for the GOP Establishment | New Republic
Dan and Roland and Jay from Brooklyn fersure, or as close to fersure as this world allows, promise to tweet y’all through this here ruckus.
Structurally, Marco Rubio has all the advantages. That might not be enough.
What happens when a major political party’s ideology and electoral aspirations take a back seat to making a quick buck?
“Demagoguery flourishes when democracy falters.”
“Maybe the presidency itself should be regarded as one of those things that is good to have but not a must-have, especially if obtaining it requires uncomfortable change.”
The Republican Party is broken. Arguments to the contrary are some combinations of smoke, mirrors, and wishful thinking.
A look at progressives’ unexpected bad hair day.
This long “awesome” post on the 2106 race ventures far into theory and speculation in order to return back to where the intuitions of many political observers begin.
Republicans treat Marco Rubio like the frontrunner.
Those without Twitter accounts, probably watching if at all on semi-functional console TVs adapted for digital over-the-air, inherited from your grandparents, are welcome to participate in the open thread.
Guest poster Jay From Brooklyn explains why the Republicans need not fear a brokered convention.
On one level, I’ve already grown accustomed to Donald Trump saying things that threatened the safety and health of my patients. I just never expected it to get this bad.
The “libertarian moment” appears to be ending ironically – with some libertarians endorsing the closest thing to a fascist American politics has had for some time.
We need both liberal arts majors and welders, but the structures of higher education are biased in favor of liberal arts majors.
Be careful what you wish for; the GOP as a brand and little else; and why we should pass a law requiring John Kasich to be in all future debates.
Have the Republicans had any new ideas since St. Reagan?
Journalists: Bad. Jeb!: Toast! Trump: Salesman. “Errol Flynn”: Not Errol Flynn.
Partisanship and Fear.
I can’t help but gloat at the meteoric fall of the man who thought fighting teacher unions was akin to taking on ISIS.
If we live in the age of the politics of personality, then perhaps litigation offers a window to a candidate’s embittered, unpleasant soul.
A snapshot of a crowded campaign, taken right as the gate opens.
The Republican Party is not the American Whig Party, but its successes–and eventual failure–offer some useful lessons worth considering.
Criticizing Scott Walker for not having completed his college degree may or may not be elitist. Because something is elitist, however, doesn’t make it invalid. So is it valid? Will Truman considers…
Mitt Romney is considering running again in 2016. Herewith a little history lesson. Three men have lost their first election as their party’s presidential nominee, then gone on to get their party’s nomination again:*# Democrats William Jennings Bryan (1896, 1900, and 1908), and Adlai Stevenson II (1952, 1956), and Republican Thomas Dewey (1944, 1948). Each…
In one very important way, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is more like Newt Gingrich than her husband Bill. Democrats would be wise to consider that before the primaries begin.
Forgive me the hiatus in posting. I’ve been parenting (and writing a fair amount). Saw Tod (et al) at Leaguefest and he (et al) encouraged me to share links here to my work elsewhere, so…here goes! I’ve just published a column for The New Republic on how the Democratic Party is about to dramatically shift its…
Good news, everyone! Finally admitting to ineptitude and corruption, each of the two major political parties is throwing in the towel and admitting that as a general rule they’re really terrible at picking candidates. Seeing no other reasonable and realistic alternative, each has approached the League to choose its 2016 nominees for President and Vice…