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?
There is something unnerving about the rush of Republican presidential candidates to go on record as standing firmly against women's reproductive rights. They do not have the vaguest notion of what it is like to be pregnant as a result of abuse, incest, assault or a multitude of other wrongs, or simply what it is like to be a woman denied control of her own body.
Rather than simply asking for black votes in October 2016 after having taken them for granted up to that point, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will possess the credibility that comes with having earned those votes. At that point -- if not a lot earlier -- the Democratic Party and its nominee will need to thank #BlackLivesMatter.
A bevy of Republican candidates get shut out of national primetime by Fox, but not Trump.
For Trump, August 6 in Cleveland is just one more installment of a reality TV show that has been a ratings phenom all summer long. So how should the others approach Trump?
Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality.
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.
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Taking Jeb Bush's comments out of context was a bad move by the Democratic Party. Liberals like Hillary Clinton should not have to lower themselves to using deceptive soundbites like Fox News.
It's the responsibility of a presidential frontrunner to set the terms of the debate. On July 13, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton did this in a New York city speech, describing her plans to address economic inequality and related concerns.
The new George W. Bush isn't named Bush. He's named Walker. Walker, whose entire political career has been in Wisconsin, is running as a Washington outsider. That's what George W. Bush did in 2000. If next year, voters are looking for the un-Obama, Walker's their man.
While it may be accurate to say that a majority of the American public has "moved on" with regard to marriage equality, that's not true among the base of the GOP. And, more critically, the majority of Americans in general hasn't "moved on" when it comes to "religious liberty" vs. "gay rights," not by a long shot.
What then might a hopeful, optimistic message for reform of the federal government contain? It would insist on hiring the best people, quickly. The reality is that the federal hiring system is too complex, too slow, and turns off or away good people.
Notice to the Voters: Donald Trump is the stall and you are the vics. Trump's role as the stall is to to get in the way of clear thinking, and hold your attention as long as possible with the hair, the hate, the beauty pageants and the clowning.
The money race causes politicians to lose touch with the people they were elected to represent and to push for policies that serve only their campaign donors. We all know that our democracy functions best when our laws are written by the best people for the job, not the ones who can raise the most money.
Official campaign committee fundraising totals for the second quarter have been released and a clear frontrunner has emerged. Jeb Bush has raised nearly twice as much cash as the next candidate, Hillary Clinton, mostly through his super PAC. But here's the catch: Not all money is equal.