John Kasich walked into a small conference room at the Atkinson Country Club this morning and was greeted by a polite crowd of roughly forty people. Which is actually kind of impressive; the venue was tucked away in a next of winding back roads and Granite Staters woke up to a snowstorm troublesome enough to cancel area schools. (It would have shut down Washington, D.C., for 48 hours.)
Kasich spoke for just eight minutes—half of which he spent bantering with a pair of kids who were ready to go sledding—and then took questions from a group of voters who seemed neither hostile, nor enthusiastic. There was no excitement. No real message, even. Except that Kasich is not like any ofRead more
Actor Danny Glover is throwing his support behind Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
"Bernie Sanders' campaign has already accomplished what most observers -- including many of his supporters -- thought was impossible. Coming from 40 points behind in the polls when the campaign began, he achieved a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton in Iowa and enjoys a huge lead in the second Democratic contest in New Hampshire," Glover writes in his endorsement.
"There is now no denying that he is a serious contender. Although Clinton still leads in national polls, most of the people surveyed by those polls have so far given little attention to the fundamentally different policy goals between Democratic Party presidentialRead more
The latest dead-on-arrival lame-duck proposal from the White House came Thursday. In a statement about its “21st Century Clean Transportation System" plan, the Obama administration said it would pay for new infrastructure spending with a "new fee paid by oil companies." Here's an excerpt:
So to meet our needs in the future, we have to make significant investments across all modes of transportation. And our transportation system is heavily dependent on oil. That is why we are proposing to fund these investments through a new $10 per barrel fee on oil paid by oil companies, which would be gradually phased in over five years.Read more
On Thursday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie attacked Florida senator Marco Rubio from the left on the issue of abortion.
"He's made it very clear that — on the issue of pro-life, Marco Rubio is not for an exception for rape, incest or life of the mother," Christie said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "Now, you know, I think that's the kind of position that New Hampshire voters would be really concerned about."
"I am pro-life, but I believe that rape, incest and life of the mother, as Ronald Reagan did, should be exceptions to that rule," Christie added.
Christie made two claims that are flatly false. First, Rubio has always said that he supports an exception when the life of the mother is endangered.Read more
For all the hype surrounding him, a Marco Rubio rally is completely different from the mega-rallies of Trump and Sanders or even the smaller, yet richly-produced, Clinton affairs. Thursday’s rally, for instance, was held in a dingy banquet hall just off the U.S. 1 Bypass in Portsmouth. At eight o'clock in the morning about 150 people packed into the small room, which looked like most of the bare-bones, early campaign events you see every four years in New Hampshire. Except for one thing: the candidate.Read more
After last night's Democratic debate, Rachel Maddow, one of the debate moderators, hugged the candidates. First Bernie Sanders got pulled tight, then Hillary Clinton.
Longtime Fox News Channel host and senior political analyst Brit Hume noted on Twitter,
"Rachel Maddow embraces both Clinton and Sanders at end of debate. I don't think I've ever seen a moderator do that before."
Rachel Maddow embraces both Clinton and Sanders at end of debate. I don't think I've ever seen a moderator do that before.Read more
So now that the Democratic party is well and truly feeling the Bern, how should those of us who identify not as democratic socialists nor oligarchs nor oligarch-enablers feel about those lighter-shade-of-Mao “Bernie 2016" yard signs reddening up the landscape?
The perhaps counterintuitive answer is . . . thrilled. Ecstatic, even. The Sandernistas on the march will be more fun to watch than a crossover season of Girls and The Walking Dead—if, that is, one could still stomach watching Lena Dunham now that she's thrown in her lot with that pantsuited Goldman Sachs subsidiary who portrays Hillary Clinton on various debate stages and social media accounts.Read more
During Thursday night's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton was asked about her email scandal, electability, and other related issues.
Chuck Todd asked, "Are you 100% confident that nothing is going to come of this FBI investigation?"
Clinton replied, "I am 100% confident.Read more
Hillary Clinton is admitting to supporters that her main Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, outraised her by $5 million last month.
"We just learned that the Sanders campaign raised $5 million more than ours did in January, and they raised another $3 million in a single day after the Iowa caucus," Clinton writes to her supporters this evening.
"I'm proud of the campaign we're running -- I'm committed to standing with you to make life better for American families, and I'm ready to fight by your side to earn every vote, take on the Republicans, win the White House, and make history.
"But daniel, if we don't win this nomination, we'll never get the chance to do those things. So on this important night, show me you'reRead more
The latest Conversation With Bill Kristol, featuring National Review editor Rich Lowry:Read more
Hillary Clinton is a courageous hawk. And at Wednesday's CNN town hall the leading Democratic presidential candidate said she might in fact have to expand U.S. military involvement abroad.
"As senator and as secretary of state, you have a history of interventionist that is troubling to many Democratic voters, including myself," said Michael Thiele, a box office manager, to Clinton. "As a voter who is opposed to the United States being the world's policeman, can you assure me that as president you would not expand our military involvement abroad?"
"No, I can't, Michael," Clinton said.Read more
If Jeb Bush badly loses in New Hampshire to Marco Rubio, the former Floriday governor "is toast." At least, that's what one high level Bush supporter, Lindsey Graham, said today in New Hampshire.
The New York Times reports:
With Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Donald J. Trump and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida each finishing more than 20 percentage points higher than Mr. Bush in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, the former Florida governor is facing growing pressure to either demonstrate his appeal to voters or leave the race.
Specifically, many Republicans — including some of his supporters and donors — said Tuesday that Mr. Bush must finish ahead of Mr. Rubio in the primary here on Tuesday to
In the aftermath of the 2012 election, conservatives/Republicans generally split into two camps about where the movement or party needed to head next. One camp thought the key was to do a better job of making the case for conservative principles and policies (and to do a better job of developing specific policies consistent with conservative principles), especially to Main Street Americans, many of whom are blue-collar voters.
This camp was particularly frustrated with Mitt Romney's failure to fight on the issue of Obamacare or to champion a conservative alternative to it, and it argued that Republicans couldn't win national elections without advancing a conservative message that would appeal to the old Reagan Democrats.Read more
Hillary Clinton is doing all she can to try to win New Hampshire. Including sending 150 staffers to the first in the nation primary story.
"This week, Hillary Clinton is dispatching at least 150 people from her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn Heights to New Hampshire for an all-hands-on-deck effort here in advance of the Democratic primary on Tuesday," Ruby Cramer of BuzzFeed reports.
"Staffers have already started making the five-hour drive north, a campaign official confirmed. The group, pulled from various departments inside the Clinton operation, is estimated to represent as much as half the staff that works out of 1 Pierrepont Plaza.Read more
Hillary Clinton says she won the Iowa caucus, though some are claiming the state too close to call. Nonetheless, Clinton is moving on to New Hampshire with a sharp message for her supporters: "dig deep and do more."
"We made history last night with our win in Iowa -- thank you for all you did to make that happen," Clinton writes in an email this morning to supporters.
"Winning is a good feeling, Daniel. But we can’t be complacent for a single moment. We know that Senator Sanders has a strong team and they made history last night, too. His supporters aren't on the sidelines, taking anything for granted, and we can't either.
"We are down in New Hampshire -- so this is the time for this team to dig deep and doRead more
With Hillary Clinton's dissapointing evening in last night's caucuses, there's already speculation that Clinton's campaign manager, Robbie Mook, will be fired or demoted.
The speculation is in today's New York Times. Reporter Amy Chozick writes,
"Even before Mrs. Clinton finished her brief remarks to her supporters late Monday night, discussions were underway among her outside advisers and donors about the need to bring in longtime Clinton aides and diminish the role of Robby Mook, her young data-driven campaign manager."
Chozick turned to the Clinton campaign for reaction:
Asked about such discussions, Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the campaign, grew irritated. "Are you serious?" he saidRead more
Winners and losers from Iowa, ranked:
Ted Cruz: The big winner, obviously. Because Cruz didn’t just stake his campaign on Iowa, he vanquished the ogre. And the win is much more important because Cruz had to take the state back from Trump. Cruz can now legitimately claim to be the Donaldslayer. It also validates his organization, his data operation, and his GOTV plans. All in all, Cruz couldn't have asked for a better night.
Except for one thing: His victory speech was a trainwreck. It was 32 minutes long when Fox cut away from it—the other networks bailed earlier, when Clinton came out to talk.Read more
By finishing third in last night’s Iowa caucuses, Marco Rubio joined Donald Trump and Ted Cruz as a candidate with a realistic chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination. Rubio pulled himself out of the pack of long-shot candidates and sure losers in the large GOP field – by itself, an important achievement.
What made Rubio's showing especially impressive was how close he was behind Trump, who had led in pre-caucus polls. That wasn't all. Rubio not only survived a wave of nasty negative ads by Jeb Bush, his one-time political ally in Florida. He also overcame complaints by Iowa Republicans that he had taken the state's role as the first contest in the nomination battle too lightly and not campaignedRead more
Florida governor Jeb Bush received 5,165 votes in Iowa. His vote total constitutes 2.8 percent of the Republican turnout, placing him in sixth place in the Iowa caucus.
Yet no candidate in either party spent more in the race than Bush.
According to MSNBC, Bush spent $14.9 million in Iowa, all coming from Bush's super PAC. (In fact, if one were to consider national ads and money from the campaign, the total would be significantly more.)
That means, the once Republican frontrunner spent $2,884 per Iowa vote.Read more
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