Rich Danker Articles

The 0.5 Percent Man

Lindsey Graham succeeded, despite what the polls may have said.
11:33 AM, Dec 22, 2015

The quixotic Lindsey Graham for President campaign never really left the station. Although he turned in a lively performance at several of the undercard debates and was a favorite of reporters to cover on the trail, Graham failed to not just excite but to even draw interest from voters in his White House bid, including in his home state of South Carolina.

How come? Given that Graham was basically running a single-issue campaign on fixing American foreign policy, it would seem that his ardor and expertise would translate into electoral support in what's been a year of upheaval around the world. It was Graham, after all, who spoke up last spring in favor of deploying 10,000 ground troops to fight ISIS.

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Not All Politics is Local

Trump vs. Christie tests an electoral truism.
2:28 PM, Dec 04, 2015

Retail politics has always been a cornerstone of running for president in the early states. How many New Hampshire diners visited, how many Iowa farm animals petted, and the list of South Carolina pastor endorsements are among the ways campaigns tally their performance leading into the caucuses and primaries. The small size and rural nature of these three states lends itself toward such personal campaigning, and the race to press the flesh also stems from the instincts of people who have been running for office their whole lives.

Even candidates who view this stuff as personal torture have always gone through the motions, either scared into it by their consultants or in search of camera-ready experiences to humanize

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How Mark Zuckerberg Got Taken for a Ride

Book Review: The Prize, by Dale Russakoff.
12:34 PM, Oct 23, 2015

On a fall afternoon in 2010, the unlikely trio of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took the stage of the Oprah show to declare their plan to remake American urban education.

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Trump-Carson 2016?

A modest proposal.
11:59 AM, Sep 09, 2015

The summer of Trump rolls into autumn. Now the GOP frontrunner, that swashbuckling renegade presidential candidate will take the stage Wednesday afternoon at a rally behind the U.S. Capitol to protest the Iran nuclear pact. Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and Glenn Beck will be there too, but it’s Trump who people are coming to see.

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Republicans Laugh Off Trump at Their Peril

12:55 PM, Jun 30, 2015

Donald Trump is finally running for president, and the polls tell us he’s no joke—contrary to what his GOP rivals would like to believe. Last week’s Suffolk University survey has him second in New Hampshire, trailing Jeb Bush 14 to 11 percent. It wasn’t a fluke, as a national Fox News poll taken over roughly the same period also has Trump in second place to Bush, 15 to 11 percent.

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An economic depression is left to its own devices.
Jun 15, 2015

What if the economy goes off a cliff and the government does nothing to stop it? That’s the question James Grant considers in the aftermath of the underwhelming stimulus era. And it’s no hypothetical: In 1921, the American economy was in free-fall; every important sector from automobiles to agriculture went into liquidation while wages plummeted. The Forgotten Depression narrates the Keynesian unthinkable. The crash “cured itself,” as the subtitle puts it, and segued into the greatest recovery on record. 

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The Post-Nobel President

Lindsey Graham offers Republican voters regime change.
2:22 PM, Feb 24, 2015

Lindsey Graham is no one’s idea of a hot presidential candidate. Pulling in 1 percent support in the mid-February CNN/ORC International poll of prospective Republican nominees, he’s at the very bottom, alongside Carly Fiorina and Bobby Jindal.

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Who Built the Recession?

Two guilty parties.
Sep 17, 2012

Bill Clinton, who rode a recession into office and left the scene just before another one began, knows something about the blame game. Addressing the Democratic convention on Wednesday night, he made a full-throated effort to defend the Obama presidency by putting it in the context of past Republican failure.

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