Handling Trump in Thursday's debate will be challenging, especially for Jeb Bush, who may have the most to lose if he performs poorly. Although it is very early in the campaign, first impressions can be important.
Donald Trump is just flyin' up those polls! Such an unexpected surprise and I couldn't be happier. We need more hate and nastiness in our elections to keep people honest...he'll be a great president.
What if everything Donald Trump was doing or saying in his "serious" bid for the presidency was just a ruse? What if's just a brilliant, cunning scheme, as a closeted Democrat, to ensure the election of Hillary Clinton in 2016?
When Fox News announced that they would be limiting the number of candidates invited to their debate to only the top ten in polling, it was inevitable that there would be a struggle to get on the main stage. But there will also be a "consolation prize" debate earlier in the day, which will feature those who didn't make the cut.
Let's face it. The Republicans will have quite a time trying to sift through their thicket of candidates. So many angles and issues and characters to consider. Do I like the clean-cut union-busting Wisconsin governor or the clean-cut anti-choice former Senator from Pennsylvania?
A bevy of Republican candidates get shut out of national primetime by Fox, but not Trump.
An effective Presidential candidate must strike at the right time with an image and message that resonates for that election cycle.
It seems like our Lame Duck President is working more than full time in his last 500 days. At least someone in public office is providing constituents with their money's worth.
Christie must adapt, however awkwardly, to the zeitgeist of the Republican Party faithful. He once mastered the spirit of his own state. Perhaps he will do it again nationally. Perhaps he is chasing ghosts.
Of course if the "short-fingered vulgarian" -- to borrow a Spy Magazine term of endearment for Mr. Trump -- runs as a Independent, then, as in 1992 (when Ross Perot stole huge numbers of the GOP vote), the Republicans don't have a prayer, no matter whom they run.
Setting aside the ability of the cannabis industry to have some degree of impact on the current presidential race, what are the positions of some of the more interesting candidates?
Political observers say that Christie is trying to distinguish himself by telling voters the truth even when it's tough to hear. The trouble is that Christie doesn't seem willing to tell the truth when it comes to climate action, clean energy, and the environment.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made his long anticipated announcement that he will seek the Presidency, and he did so at Livingston High School where he was president of his graduating class. Typical of Governor Christie, the event was long on biography and personality and short on specifics.
Anyone who runs for President is driven in large part by ego. But Christie doesn't respect the voters, and believes that every time he has the podium it is time to tell you about himself and his "you-may-not-like-me-but-I'm-telling-the-truth" uniqueness.
Mr. Christie's team was clearly operating in a manner that was abusive, vindictive, and downright nasty. These are the people Mr. Christie chose as his senior team, these are the people Mr. Christie directed, and these are people Mr. Christie had known for years.
The Marijuana Policy Project came out with its report card for 22 presidential candidates and hopefuls and the headline is that no one is sticking their neck out very far when it comes to the legalization of marijuana or the loosening of federal pot laws.