With just hours left until Campaign 2016 finally leaves the Incessant Talking Heads status and goes to the voters, there is one data point that is as clear today as it was 10 months ago -- Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who is qualified and prepared to be president.
Trump's refusal to debate his Republican opponents in Monday's Iowa Republican caucus provided an unexpected spark of controversy and more evidence of a growing split within the Republican Party. Although Trump forwent the debate, candidates present wasted no time jabbing at the business mogul.
As a speechwriter for CEOs and others, I thought I could help her -- I like Bernie, but I don't think he can win, and I do think she can -- so I wrote a speech that, if sincerely delivered, might turn her campaign around.
At this point, both races are so close in Iowa that nobody really knows what will happen next Monday night. Will the polls turn out to be correct? Nobody knows. Will enthusiasm trump (pun intended) longtime voter turnout?
Iowa has a choice between one candidate who understands the reality we face in the world today and has the experience to handle it; and the other whose policies suggest he believes in an alternative reality and a record with a distinct lack of real accomplishments.
When Bernie supporters look across the divide at what most of the GOP is selling during the debates, they see common ground. Every one of their debates is an opportunity to say, "We need to stop Hillary." The candidates say it in every way possible, that is their message.
Bernie has pulled out all the stops in an effort to court Latinos, but many are still unfamiliar with the left-leaning democratic socialist. If he wishes to solidify his support among Latinos, Bernie must broaden his definition of "political revolution"
The candidate with the least amount of media coverage, and the candidate thought of as unable to win a general election by some pundits (even though he beats Trump in a "landslide of epic proportions"), is the only candidate in 2016 with positive favorability numbers.
Ten weeks -- ten weeks from today puts us in mid-March. And by the time we reach mid-March, we shall have a good sense of the outcome of the GOP presidential primary. Predictions are always a hazardous undertaking yet their allure may be irresistible.
It is baffling, and that is putting it mildly, that Bernie and his advisers have been so obtuse when it comes to crafting a viable media strategy designed to showcase the notion of political revolution front and center.
The Iowa Caucus was once labeled as part of the Democratic Party's "extremes" by Hillary Clinton in a recently disclosed State Department email. However, there's nothing extreme about championing progressive values, even when they're not popular.