In this week's edition of the boss's email newsletter -- Kristol Clear -- readers are asked to rank their top three picks for the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. The boss writes:
It's time for our fifth GOP presidential preference poll. Our most recent one occurred a month and a half ago, just before Donald Trump got in the race (time flies when you're having fun!). So we need to have an all-inclusive Trump-included poll, whose results we can announce next Sunday, just before the first Republican debate.
(Speaking of the debate: May I make one last plea to FOX and the Republican National Committee? Please abandon the poorly conceived 10-person one-main-stage debate format. It simply won't be the case that there will be a statistically significant difference between, say, the 8th through 10th place finishers in the current average of national polls and those in 11th through 13th places. So the current arrangement is unfair. And it will make for a bad debate. Go instead to two 8-person debates on successive nights (or back to back one evening), or even three five person debates over three evenings. Those would actually be interesting and enlightening, and wouldn't exclude serious political figures who deserve a chance to make their case.)
Well, the GOP will debate a foolish debate format, but it needs the guidance of our non-scientific but very-revealing-due-to-the-perspicacious-character-of-our-readers poll. You know what to do: Tell us your first, second and third choices from among this motley crew, this colorful medley, this star-studded galaxy of GOP candidates.
As popular as it has been with readers of the newsletter, we wanted to give readers of the blog a chance to vote for their top three picks, which you can do below. And if you don't already get Bill's newsletter, subscribe for free!
‘Nobody’s home,” says Michael Fields, the 28-year-old state director of the Colorado chapter of Americans for Prosperity. On this sunny Saturday morning in mid-July, we’re walking through a residential neighborhood in Greenwood Village, a wealthy suburb in Arapahoe County. It’s the perfect day for a hike near the mountains or a dip in the pool, which may explain why Fields is greeted with silence at nearly every door he knocks on.
The Republican National Committee has come out against the Iran nuclear deal, which it labels as part of the "Clinton-Obama foreign policy." The RNC makes their case in a 33-second web video which will be released later today:
The ad uses audio from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. At the end of the short spot, the screen text reads, "Clinton-Obama foreign policy: Bad deals, a nuclear Iran. Too dangerous for America."
Louisville In many respects, 2015 represents a high-water mark for Republicans in Kentucky. But the GOP’s Bluegrass State successes bring new challenges.
Fresh off his landslide reelection last year, Mitch McConnell is majority leader and getting rave reviews for making the Senate function again. The state’s junior senator, Rand Paul, has a national following and is a credible candidate for president. No state can boast a more influential pair of senators.
"It was like an out-of-body experience,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says. He was talking about his congratulatory phone call from President Obama after Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) passed the Senate last week.
The Millennial Task Force, a group convened by the House Republican Policy Committee, held its first hearing this week to discuss one of the biggest challenges for the Republican party in the 2016 election: securing the millennial vote.
A recent survey conducted by the Harvard Institute of Politics yielded discouraging results for the GOP. Millennials – roughly, those between the ages of 18 and 31 – still consistently say that they would prefer a Democrat rather than a Republican win the presidency in 2016.
Walter Jones of North Carolina is among the House members that Republicans are most eager to defeat. But there’s a twist in his case. Jones is a Republican. His critics have their reasons—plenty of good ones, as it turns out. Jones, 72, was a strong backer of the Iraq war until he had a sudden change of heart after attending a local Marine’s funeral. He became the most dovish—and one of the most liberal—House Republicans and a fierce opponent of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
Tom Cotton is headed to Iowa. This weekend the freshman Republican senator from Arkansas will be a featured speaker at a Republican presidential candidate gathering in Boone, Iowa.
The event is being called Joni's 1st Annual Roast and Ride, which is being organized by Joni Ernst, the freshman senator from Iowa.
"As you may have heard, I am throwing a big pig roast to kick off the summer on June 6th in Boone. We are calling it a 'Roast and Ride' and it’ll be a fun filled event for the entire family," Ernst writes in an invitation to supporters.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is running for president of the United States. The New York Times reports:
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday returned to the neighborhood where he was raised and announced that he is running for president, injecting a hawkish foreign policy voice into a crowded field of Republican contenders.