12:34 PM, Apr 15, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Writing in the Daily Beast, Mark McKinnon argues that a Hillary/Jeb contest in 2016 would be good for the nation. (Not to mention, good for business.) His arguments amount to the usual pap, made without much rigor or, even, conviction. That is, Hillary & Jeb are both experienced. Not too partisan. Real policy chops. So on.
But there is one little item that catches your otherwise flagging attention. Mr. McKinnon asserts that in such a contest, voters would be treated to
Donnez mois une breaks, Mon, one thinks. Does not Mr. McKinnon realize that Messrs Lincoln and Douglas actually a) disagreed on what one might call “the big issues,” b) had the ability to say things in compelling fashion, and c) actually believed in what they said.
But, then, they suffered from not having access to the services of the kind of consultants available to Jeb and Hillary.
4:39 PM, Apr 10, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Hillary Clinton is an advocate of something she calls “Smart Power,” which she presumably exercised during her time as Secretary of State and will, again, should she become president.
And what, exactly is “Smart Power?”
9:02 AM, Apr 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Any Democrat interested in running for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination is, at present, reduced to waiting to see what Hillary will do, and isn’t the suspense just about too much to bear.
There is one potential candidate, however, who is making some moves and seems to believe that it would be a service to his party if he were to challenge Mrs. Clinton in the primaries.
12:01 PM, Apr 8, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
In the two days since Jeb Bush’s interesting and provocative interview with Fox News reporter Shannon Bream, many commentators and analysts have parsed his words and offered thoughts on what they mean for a prospective 2016 presidential bid. There’s a good reason for this interest. Bush is a well-regarded former governor of a big state and a favorite of big GOP donors.
"Hillary gets to say, 'I’m the first woman president.' And Jeb gets to say, 'I’m the third Bush president.'"9:06 AM, Apr 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol made the argument that Jeb Bush will not be the next Republican presidential nominee:
"He's the establishment hope who I don't think is likely to be the nominee," the boss said of Jeb Bush. "I think there's no way there will be a Bush-Clinton race in 2016. I'll buy all of you dinner, I'll buy the two Bens dinner -- this could be expensive in New York, I guess. I'm willing to go out on a limb.
5:52 PM, Apr 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A taste of the boss's newsletter (which is sent out every Monday):
Today's conservatism should be reasonably populist. A populist conservatism is right for the times—the people are in many ways healthier than our elites. A reasonably and reasonable populist conservatism is also a winning conservatism in today's America.
Meet Wisconsin lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch.3:45 PM, Apr 7, 2014 • By MARIA SANTOS
Rebecca Kleefisch, the Republican lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, likes to talk about butter. By the time we’re done talking, I know exactly how to buy a month’s worth from a Wisconsin Kwik Trip—and what Kleefisch thinks that has to do with Republican politics.
Says Christie's the 'real deal' and 'spectacular.'1:57 PM, Apr 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jeb Bush says that he'll "make up" his "mind at the end of this year" on whether he's running for president in 2016:
Cash wasted on this clunker.10:45 AM, Mar 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The state of Maryland has encountered many setbacks in its attempt to get a health care website up and running smoothly. (Sound familiar?) And now, it has run up the white flag.
Says we can't afford to be war weary.3:45 PM, Mar 27, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States' position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama’s ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world.
1:35 PM, Mar 20, 2014 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
It would be ironic if Hillary Clinton had a second presidential campaign torpedoed because of another politician's foreign policy.
8:47 AM, Mar 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Texas governor Rick Perry told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel that "America is a great place for second chances" when asked about running for president in 2016. Perry, appearing on Kimmel's show Tuesday night while on location in Austin, teased the idea of running again after his failed 2012 bid.
"Are you going to run for president again?" Kimmel asked, adding, "Obviously, maybe this isn't the place you want to announce it."
"It's probably not the place I want to announce," said Perry. "This is not the crowd I want to make the announcement to."