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The Campaign That Never Was

How Mitch Daniels would have run for president.
Aug 24, 2015

The idea of writing a book about a presidential campaign that never happened had not occurred to Don Cogman. He had spent two years trying to get Mitch Daniels, then governor of Indiana, to run for president in 2012. His effort—and it was no small effort—had failed. Daniels had moved on, right out of politics. He’d become president of Purdue University.

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Ten Is More Than Enough

Meditations, pensées, confessions, and apologia pro vita mea after having watched the Republican ­candidates debate.
Aug 24, 2015

If this was meant to be entertainment, all 10 Flying Wallendas refused to walk the high wire, none of the clowns got out of the tiny car, and the elephants just stood around relieving themselves.

If this was meant to be information, Savonarola was piling books on the bonfire of vanities in Florence, children were playing with matches in the Library of Alexandria, and Wikipedia crashed.

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Obama: If I Ran for a 3rd Term, 'I Could Win'

'I actually think I'm a pretty good president.'
6:45 AM, Jul 28, 2015

In Africa today, President Obama said that he think he's a "pretty good president." So good, indeed, that if he ran for a third term, he "could win." But he cannot, he acknowledged, because it's against the law.

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How Will We Know?

The coming Iran intelligence failure
Jul 27, 2015

One might think that after the last Iraq war Democrats would be wary of allowing intelligence to dictate policy. Yet that is effectively what Barack Obama has done with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed in Vienna on July 14. The agreement with Iran is strategically premised on the notion that greater commerce will transform the virulently anti-American, antisemitic, terrorism-fond, increasingly imperial Islamic Republic into something more pleasant. Tactically, the agreement depends on Western intelligence against the Iranian nuclear target.

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On the Consequences of the Deal

Jul 27, 2015

In his first Inaugural Address, President Obama offered an open hand to the Iranian regime. On July 14, announcing the nuclear deal that is the culmination of that overture, he shook a closed fist at the American people. The president came out swinging—not at the regime in Tehran but at his predecessors in the Oval Office and in Congress who for decades imposed an increasingly tough sanctions regime on Iran.

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Dishonorable Agreement

Jul 27, 2015

President Obama had a moment of impressive moral clarity at his Iran press conference Wednesday. It was when he was asked about Bill Cosby.

“I’ll say this: If you give a woman—or a man, for that matter—without his or her knowledge, a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape.” And, Obama continued, “I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”

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We Aren’t the World

Barack Obama’s global test.
Jul 27, 2015

‘Without this deal,” said President Obama on Tuesday, “there is no scenario where the world joins us in sanctioning Iran until it completely dismantles its nuclear program.” That was nothing new. Throughout the negotiations with Iran, “the world” has been one of the president’s favorite defenses against criticism. “Nothing we know about the Iranian government suggests that it would simply capitulate under that kind of pressure,” he continued. “And the world would not support an effort to permanently sanction Iran into submission.”

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The ‘Rotating First Lady’

Jun 22, 2015

Our attention was drawn last week to the presidential campaign of Lindsey Graham. The Scrapbook likes and admires Graham, the veteran Republican senator from South Carolina, but concedes that he is probably not the likely nominee. Graham’s specialty is foreign relations, which never plays a prominent role in primary politics, and he doesn’t have much of a campaign staff or fundraising apparatus. 

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Ridiculed—for Now

Jun 15, 2015

The media have no problem concocting scandals almost out of thin air when it comes to GOP candidates, so The Scrapbook continues to be agape at the journalistic treatment of this season’s Democratic field.

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Times Hit Piece Ignores Scott Walker's Success

12:46 PM, Jun 08, 2015

Fresh off its widely-mocked exclusive on the traffic citations given Marco and Jeannette Rubio – fewer than one per year, combined – the New York Times has an in-depth look at Scott Walker and the wealthy conservatives who backed him throughout his rise to national prominence. It’s a classic of the genre. 

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Lessons from a Non-Candidacy

The GOP field gets a little less crowded.
Jun 01, 2015

On May 14, I joined a tiny, highly exclusive group of Republicans, namely those who have decided not to seek our party’s presidential nomination. By contrast, the coach section of the party contains perhaps two dozen people who have announced (or soon will) their availability. Good luck to them all (well, maybe not all). Here’s the hard reality. If two dozen candidates actually declare, 23 of them will lose. I, on the other hand, will still be able to say I have never been defeated in a nomination contest.

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Team O'Malley Teases Supporters: 'Is He In Or Is He Out?'

3:33 PM, May 14, 2015

Martin O'Malley's team is teasing supporters in the lead up to an announcement about whether he will run for president of the Untied States. The opening line of an afternoon email to supporters reads, "Is he in or is he out? Will he run or won’t he?"

"At a time when so many Americans are struggling to get by, Governor O'Malley is considering some bold plans for the future. But, while some tough decisions still need to be made, we can tell you one thing," the message reads.

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Veterans Affairs Spent $5K for 'Floor Cleaning' For Obama's Visit

6:34 AM, Apr 27, 2015

A year after news broke of the waiting list scandal at the Veterans Affairs medical facility in Phoenix, Arizona, President Obama finally visited the facility in March. And while they didn't quite roll out the red carpet for the president, they did clean the floors -- and spent $5,000 to do it.

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The Rise of Rubio

A first-term Florida senator sets his sights on the White House
Apr 27, 2015

Five days before he would take the biggest step of his young political career, Marco Rubio called Bernie Navarro, a Miami real estate investor, to ask for a favor. Rubio wanted to have a small, low-key gathering to thank friends and family before his official announcement the next day, and he needed someone to host it. Navarro, like Rubio the son of Cuban exiles, asked permission from his wife. Although she had denied his repeated requests to host a Super Bowl party, there was no hesitation in approving this one. 

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A General and a Democrat

An old soldier is chosen to clean up Nigeria— and defend it.
Apr 20, 2015

In winning Nigeria’s presidency on his fourth try, Muhammadu Buhari, former military dictator and proponent of sharia, may have answered the Nigerian question: Is the big West African country more than a geographical entity—does it have a sense of nationhood transcending sectional and religious differences? 

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Hillary’s Back—and Tougher Than You Think

11:04 AM, Apr 15, 2015

Look, this is happening. It's a thing. Remember the jokes that started in 1992 with "two Clintons for the price of one"? Remember the incredulity of people in 1999 when it was quietly suggested that the first lady of the United States might decamp to New York and place a Senate seat into her carpet bag? Remember when it was only the crazies who said, "Don't you get it? She's trying to run for president!"

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5 Things Hillary’s Logo Tells Us About Her Campaign

11:06 AM, Apr 14, 2015

Out on the Twitters, people have been generally down on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign logo. The New York Times’s Nate Cohn said it looked like a hospital sign. Others suggested it looked like the Cuban flag. Or the Fed-Ex brand. Box CEO Aaron Levie said it looked like it was drawn with MS Paint. (Oooooo! Burn!) The self-righteous whiners at Wikileaks accused her of stealing their logo. The logo got its own Twitter account. (Which is 98 percent less funny than Obama’s Teleprompter.)

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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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Cheney: If You Wanted a President 'To Take America Down … It Would Look Exactly Like What Barack Obama’s Doing'

'The Worst President We've Ever Had'
8:13 AM, Apr 08, 2015

Vice President Dick Cheney had harsh criticism for President Barack Obama in an interview last night with radio host Hugh Hewitt. 

Hewitt asked the former vice president, "Is he naïve, Mr. Vice President? Or does he have a far-reaching vision that only he entertains of a realigned Middle East that somehow it all works out in the end?"

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Our Once-In-A-Lifetime President

8:40 PM, Apr 05, 2015

One of many startling statements in President's Obama interview with Tom Friedman is his assertion that he's seeking “to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see whether or not we can at least take the nuclear issue off the table.”

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Elizabeth Warren Gives Presidential Podium a Test Run

11:42 AM, Mar 30, 2015

Today in Massachusetts, at a ceremony for the the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Senator Elizabeth Warren borrowed President Obama's lectern for a bit. Behind the lectern, Warren looked almost presidential:

Many have called for Warren to enter the presidential race. This image, of her speaking behind the presidential lectern, may increase calls for her to challenge Hillary Clinton. 

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Jerry Brown: I'd Run for President If I Were 10 Years Younger

8:48 AM, Mar 22, 2015

California governor Jerry Brown said, "Yes, I would" run for president if I were ten years younger. He made the remarks this morning to NBC:

Host Chuck Todd asked, "If you were ten years younger would you be running this year?"

"Yes," Brown said without hesitation, "I would."

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Obama: 'By Hook or By Crook' I'm Going to Be a Successful President

8:20 PM, Mar 21, 2015

President Obama insisted in an interview with the Huffington Post that "by hook or by crook" he'll be a successful president. He made the comments in answering a question about whether he'd become a "more progressive president over time."

"No," Obama said to the question, he had not become more progressive. "I think that what we are constantly doing is looking for opportunities to advance the agenda that I talked about back in 2007 and 2008. I mean, remember, in the first two years of my administration we advanced more progressive legislation than anybody in 50 years.

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Just How Bad Is it for Hillary?

12:25 PM, Mar 19, 2015

Is Hillary toast?

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Al Gore 'Gaining Steam' in 2016 Race

5:34 AM, Mar 18, 2015

Al Gore is "gaining steam" in the presidential race, stated a report last night from Fox News. Watch Peter Doocy's report on Bret Baier's Special Report:

"With Hillary Clinton's recent troubles comes renewed speculation about who might challenge her for the Democratic presidential nomination," reported Baier. "Tonight, one possibility you probably have not considered."

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Huckabee, Christie, and Paul

Oh my.
Feb 16, 2015

Boy, that didn’t take long. Over the span of a few short days in late January and early February, three members of the top tier of Republican presidential candidates demonstrated why they’ll never be president. They didn’t do anything to disqualify themselves directly, just revealed the traits that will make them appear unsuitable to most voters by the time the campaign really heats up, say, when the presidential election is a mere 18 months away.

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John Kerry Won't Rule Out Running for President

'Nobody Says Never'
10:15 AM, Feb 08, 2015

John Kerry told NBC's Chuck Todd this morning that he won't say "never" to running for president again. But, Kerry said, he's been "pretty busy."

Todd asked, "Is there any scenario that you would run for president in 2016?"  

"I have no scenario whatsoever in my mind. I haven't thought about it. As you can tell, I'm pretty busy," Kerry said causing Todd to laugh.

"I know. Is it a never say never?

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The More the Merrier

Jan 05, 2015

The more the merrier, so bless me God!

Our love can thrive in company great;

our honour more and never less.

—from “Pearl,” late 14th century 

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Podcast: Ready for Jeb?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:05 PM, Dec 16, 2014

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on Jeb Bush's announcement.

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