Campaign Articles

The Failure of Normality

The unhappy lessons of the Thompson campaign.
5:09 PM, Nov 02, 2015

This article originally appeared in the February 4, 2008 issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD and is being published today in memory of Fred Thompson who passed away Sunday.

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Underwhelming Joe Biden

A run for the White House is his best shot at a real legacy.
Oct 26, 2015

Last year, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked a simple question: What was your proudest moment as secretary of state? Posed at a women’s forum, it was hardly hostile in intent. Clinton was unable to answer, and the resulting New York Times headline was brutal: “Hillary Clinton Struggles to Define a Legacy in Progress.”

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Uh-oh . . .

Sep 28, 2015

How big a problem is it that the two leading Republican candidates for president aren’t actually qualified to be president?

“Oh, come on,” you’re inclined to respond. “It’s not that much of a problem. After all, Donald Trump and Ben Carson aren’t really the leading GOP presidential candidates, are they?”

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The Managers vs. the Managed

What would James Burnham make of our ruling class?
Sep 21, 2015

What is happening in the world? When one looks at recent news, one can’t help feeling a sense of bewilderment. A storied Olympian announces his new gender on the cover of Vanity Fair, the Supreme Court declares same-sex marriage a constitutional right, racial violence returns to St.

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The Art of the Donald

Why has Trump risen so far, so fast?
Sep 21, 2015

The Donald Trump candidacy has inspired a hundred writers to pen a thousand think pieces about the meaning of it all. Is Trump’s surge the sign of a new breed of populism? Is it the Tea Party reborn? Is it the reemergence of the old Ross Perot-Pat Buchanan strand of protectionism? Does it signal a right-wing nativism similar to what is bubbling up in Europe? 

Maybe what’s going on is simpler: The Trump surge is, primarily if not entirely, about Donald Trump. 

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Kristol: Did The Debate Make a Difference?

Hosted by Michael Graham
1:01 PM, Sep 18, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the impact of Wednesday's GOP debate.

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Republicans A Little Better on SCOTUS Nominees

But moderators should have talked to Rand Paul.
9:28 AM, Sep 17, 2015
Republicans debated on the eve of Constitution Day, and did our founding document more justice than usual.  Read more

Video: Clinton Campaign Collapses

Falls to pieces in Milwaukee.
6:05 PM, Sep 10, 2015

Shortly before the start of a "Grassroots Organizing Meeting with Hillary Clinton" at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the backdrop of the stage fell down. Watch the video from America Rising PAC here:

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Kristol: Hillary, Done In By Her Aides

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:10 PM, Sep 08, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Hillary Clinton's bad weekend and the Iran deal. 

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Hillary No Longer Celebrating 'Everyday Americans'

The death of a meaningless campaign catchphrase.
10:10 AM, Sep 08, 2015

The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign is planning on relaunching (or reintroducing, or reengineering) its candidate this fall, reports the New York Times. Reporter Amy Chozick says the former secretary of state will attempt to "show her humor" and "show her heart."

Clinton will also stop using a phrase that so far had been a central part of the Democrat's message. Here's the Times:

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Up from Trumpism

Sep 07, 2015

The Muse of History must not be fastidious.” Thus Churchill the historian. But as Churchill the politician knew, the Muse of Politics must not be fastidious either.

Which brings us to Donald Trump.

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A Fading Campaign

Scott Walker’s no-good month.
Sep 07, 2015

It’s been a rough month for Scott Walker. From February through July, the Wisconsin governor topped virtually every poll of likely GOP voters in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. But after a lackluster performance in the opening Republican presidential debate on August 6, Walker dropped nearly 10 points in an average of Iowa polls, sliding to third place behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson, with Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio close behind.

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Step Up on Immigration

Sep 07, 2015

More than a few Republican graybeards are panicking about how the rise of Donald Trump is pulling at the seams of the GOP’s big tent. However, the Republican establishment itself has played a big role in creating this particular Frankenstein’s monster.

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The Trump Goes On

6:15 PM, Aug 08, 2015

It’s not over. And it’s likely to end badly.

In an interview on CNN last night, Donald Trump suggested that Megyn Kelly’s tough questioning was inspired by her menstrual cycle. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes,” Trump told CNN's Don Lemon on Friday night. “Blood coming out of her—wherever.”

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Remember Who Shows Up to Vote

Seniors, not millennials, hold the key to the 2016 elections.
Aug 03, 2015

As the 2016 elections begin to dominate the news, a recurring message has seeped into the narrative being spoon-fed to the American public: Millennials will be the key demographic and the single most important voting group. Really?

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'Fighters' in the Presidential Field

11:48 AM, Jul 31, 2015

Andrew Ferguson, writing in the Wall Street Journal:

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Huma Abedin Paid $69,263 in First Quarter of Clinton Campaign

7:35 AM, Jul 17, 2015

The top paid employee on Hillary Clinton's campaign is Huma Abedin. According to Federal Election Commission disclosures released this week, Abedin was paid $69,263.09 in the first quarter of the campaign. 

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Walker Readies Himself as the Candidate of the Mainstream Conservative Movement

11:01 PM, Jul 09, 2015

When Scott Walker formalizes his presidential run Monday with a long-anticipated announcement, he will have at his side a seasoned veteran of Republican politics and an architect of the modern conservative movement. THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that Walker is expected to name Michael Grebe as campaign chairman as early as Friday.

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Clinton Camp: Press 'Can't Get in the Way' of Campaign

7:20 AM, Jul 06, 2015

The top spokesman in the Hillary Clinton campaign says the press cannot get in the way of Clinton's ability to campaign. That's how Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director for Clinton's campaign, explained the press being roped off at a July 4 event for Clinton over the weekend.

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Hillary Contest 'Winner' Hand-Picked for 'Views, Backgrounds, and Interests'

6:27 AM, Jun 23, 2015

Hillary Clinton is offering a chance for one lucky person and a guest to join her for dinner. The campaign is inviting supporters to "chip in" to be automatically entered in the contest, although no contribution is required:

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Hillary and Bill Finally Together Again

6:28 PM, May 25, 2015

Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill Clinton, made their first joint appearance since the start of the 2016 presidential campaign. The event was a Memorial Day parade in Chappaqua, New York, the location of one of their multi-million dollar homes.

Hillary tweeted out a picture of her standing next to her husband:


With respect and gratitude for fallen servicemembers and their families.

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Hillary's Latino Outreach Head Criticized Her for Flip-Flopping on Immigration

2:02 PM, May 20, 2015

The Hillary Clinton campaign announced the hiring of Lorella Praeli to head Latino outreach. But it's the candidate, Hillary Clinton, who may have some explaining to do.

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Hillary Hides from Media, Voters for First Month of Campaign

The Invisible Campaign.
6:20 AM, May 12, 2015

It's been a month since Hillary Clinton officially announced that she was running for president. On April 12, Hillary launched her presidential campaign by releasing a video--and then going into hiding as she road-tripped half-way across the country.

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Hillary Clinton Wants You to Wish Her a Happy Mother's Day

Fundraises Off Mother's Day
2:35 PM, May 09, 2015

Hillary Clinton wants you to wish her a Happy Mother's Day -- and maybe send a few dollars her way, as well. Often, organizations that support politicians or candidates (such as the Democrat or Republican National Committees) will solicit such greetings for holidays and special occasions. But in this case, Hillary Clinton's own campaign isn't leaving it to chance. 

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Clinton Campaign's Highest Suggested Donation Is $2,700 in English, but Only $250 in Spanish

6:31 AM, Apr 14, 2015

The brand new 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton will embrace "small donors in early fundraising," according to a Monday 

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Carly: 'She’s Not the Woman for the White House'

3:23 PM, Apr 12, 2015

Republican Carly Fiorina, a possible presidential candidate, reacts to Hillary Clinton's entry into the 2016 race.

"She doesn’t have a track record of leadership or trustworthiness," Fiorina says of Clinton in the video response. "She’s not the woman for the White House."


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Boxer: 'My Heart's Beating a Little Faster Today'

'She is going to relate to every day Americans'
11:21 AM, Apr 12, 2015

California senator Barbara Boxer said that she's so excited about Hillary Clinton running for president that her "heart's beating a little faster today."

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Top Intel Official: Al Qaeda Had Doubled When Obama Claimed It Had Been Decimated

8:18 AM, Mar 06, 2015

Stephen F. Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn report in the Wall Street Journal on the latest developments in uncovering how the Obama administration actively played down the threat of al Qaeda during President Obama's reelection campaign.

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Fmr Obama Campaign Manager: It's Hillary's 'Turn' to Be President

1:31 PM, Feb 02, 2015

President Obama's former campaign manager, Jim Messina, said today that it was Hillary Clinton's "turn" to be the next president of the United States:


"We want Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States," Messina told an MSNBC host. "It's her turn and her time. I think she would be the right leader for this country moving forward. We're going to do whatever it takes to make sure she's the president of the United States."

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