The Republican candidates have now entered a winnowing phase where voters are clearly indicating that there are only six viable candidates in the race. From an initial field of 17, two have dropped out, five are on life support (politically), and four are in stable but critical condition.
With apologies to the immortal Casey Kasem, here's America's top tunes on the summer 2015 campaign hit parade. This Number One hit goes out on request to Hillary in Chappaqua.
Chatting over slices of chocolate pie in a diner, a lunchtime roundtable in a living room, and a packed, high-energy event: all these scenes are very familiar every four years in New Hampshire during Presidential primary season. Yet on October 1st, we saw the same scenes, with a different focus: startups.
These GOP candidates have been slammed by the media for being weak, even a joke. But when it was time to take what pundits think is an unpopular stand, they took the side of the Constitution.
Two years ago, then-CNN reporter Peter Hamby lamented the negative effect he believed Twitter and other social media were having on presidential campaign coverage.
The U.S. Constitution is fairly brief on the official duties of the office of the presidency, and thus the expectations and roles have largely developed out of a combination of personality, tradition, and legislation over the last two centuries.
So we're down to the paltry number of "only" 15 Republican candidates for president, as Scott Walker has now joined Rick Perry on the sidelines of the race.
I'm not one to invoke Higher Powers, but for those of us watchdogging corporate welfare, the early departures of candidates Rick Perry and Scott Walker are enough to suggest Divine Intervention. Two of the most outrageous subsidy sinners are gone. If Somebody Up There is meting out economic development justice, who's next to drop?
Watching last week's second Republican debate made it clear that Bush was the only adult in the room.
Aside from who could bring America closer to war on "day one," Republican candidates in their recent debate initially jockeyed to demonstrate who could spend more on the military.
With plenty of time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, let's see what else the Republican party says or does in order to liven up the occasion.
The recent debates of the Republican Presidential candidates sadly suggested to me as an educator how unlikely it would be for the viewers and voters to separate fact from fiction.
The money problems in Walker's official campaign are a symptom, not the cause, of his collapse. Trump, over the summer, changed the political landscape; that affected not just Walker and Perry, but the entire field. And the genesis of Walker's decline predated Trump's entrance into the race.
Some commentators were surprised to hear this coming from the Republican debate stage. And that's too bad. The media continues to falsely paint the minimum wage as a strictly partisan issue--and it's a gross misrepresentation.
In a GOP field filthy with candidates who kiss up to corporate bosses and systematically suppress workers' wages, Walker is a stand out. But the whole motley GOP crew is determined to do whatever it takes to deny workers and their children economic mobility.
My 8-year-old granddaughter knows not to call people names or make fun of someone's looks, and she rarely makes funny faces when she hears something she doesn't like. So, she already displays more maturity and readiness for the presidency than does Donald Trump.