Consider this: Here's roster of the eleven men who've won Republican presidential nominations going back to 1944: Mitt Romney, John McCain, George W. Bush, Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Tom Dewey. Seven had previously run for the nomination before winning. Almost all were nominated after substantial time in public office or the public limelight; the two who might be considered exceptions (George W. Bush, who had only six years in office, and Mitt Romney, who had only four) were the sons of a former president and a former presidential candidate, respectively.
Or look at it this way: In the 18 presidential elections going back to 1944 and constituting the voting lifetime of all but the very oldest primary voters, a Bush has been on the general election ballot six times, Richard Nixon five times, and the voters have had a chance thrice to consider, in the primaries and/or the general election, Bob Dole, Ronald Reagan, and a Romney.
So this a deeply conservative party accustomed to the discipline of repetition and the comfort of familiarity. It always nominates a white male, usually middle-aged to elderly, who is well-credentialed, politically experienced and widely recognized by the Republican primary electorate.
But this year has of course been all topsy-turvy. The candidates who'd run before (Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee) haven't fared well. Nor have the "dynastic" candidates (Jeb Bush and Rand Paul), nor the ones with the most years in office (John Kasich, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Bobby Jindal).
Instead, the four who now lead the pack include two men--one of them African-American--who've never held public office, and two young first-term Cuban-American senators. The other two most likely to sneak into final contention are a woman who's never held office and a second-term governor.
Who knows if all of this is good or bad for the party, a welcome change or a dangerous departure? And who knows how the traditional GOP primary voter--an older, white Nixon-Reagan-Bush-oriented fellow--will react when he actually shows up to vote, and there's no Nixon-Reagan-Bush type to default to?
One can construct all kinds of theories. But the truth is, this year much more than before, we really don't know.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie directly challenged an account from presidential rival Donald Trump that "thousands" of Muslims in the Garden State cheered on the day of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"Thousands of people did not cheer in Jersey City on 9/11. It just didn’t happen. I was there that day. Nothing like that was ever shown on the news. There’s no video of that. It didn’t happen," Christie told THE WEEKLY STANDARD Tuesday. "As I understand it, he says he saw it on the news. It didn’t happen!"
Donald Trump has joined forces with Hillary Clinton and other presidential candidates to condemn the recent announcement that Pfizer, known for its erectile dysfunction drugs, is inverting in a merger with Allergan PLC to become an Irish company.
A new poll of Iowa Republicans shows Texas senator Ted Cruz moving into a close second to Donald Trump in the race for the presidential nomination. The Quinnipiac poll of 600 likely GOP caucusgoers found 25 support Trump while 23 percent support Cruz.
Give a man a reputation as an early riser, as the old saw goes, and he can sleep until noon everyday. The same phenomenon evidently applies to bad reputations as well. Brand Donald Trump a bigot, and suddenly every policy he endorses, no matter how innocuous or mainstream, becomes repugnant.
If Donald Trump supporters haven’t abandoned him yet, there’s little reason to believe they’ll do so now. But it’s worth laying out a slice of what it is they’re defending, what it is they’re excusing, and what it is they’re encouraging. Let’s review the past 72 hours of crazy with Donald Trump.
Donald Trump's newly released book, Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again, will debut next week as #5 on the New York Times bestseller list. Trump's book hit shelves November 3.
Trump was beat in his first week by his Republican rival, Ben Carson, who along with his wife Candy placed #4 on the New York Times list. The Carsons' book, A More Perfect Union, has been out for 5 weeks.
Donald Trump says he helped out his Republican rival Jeb Bush at Tuesday night's debate in Milwaukee. In an interview with Morning Joe Wednesday, host Joe Scarborough asked the reality TV star how he could unify the GOP after saying harsh things about Bush and other Republicans.
"Did I stick up for Jeb last night? He couldn't talk. They wouldn't let him talk, I said, 'Let Jeb talk,'" Trump said.
Milwaukee Ben Carson came to Wisconsin ready to rumble with Donald Trump. Since Carson surged to a tie for first place with Trump in national and Iowa polls, the real estate mogul has been attacking the neurosurgeon in media interviews and on Twitter. And the Carson campaign thought Tuesday night would be the time to respond.
At last, a debate that lived up to its billing. The Fox Business Network promised this would be about economic policy, and not about fantasy football, or personalities, and its panelists delivered. Despite an occasional barb, including a neat put-down of Donald Trump by Carly Fiorina, we actually learned where the candidates stand on important issues.
Sioux City, Iowa Ben Carson has a simple theory of why he’s risen to the top of the polls in Iowa. “I’ve probably been there more times than anywhere else,” said the retired neurosurgeon just before the October 28 debate in Boulder, Colorado.