While Rand Paul's victory in the CPAC straw poll means very little, there were some signals from the CPAC conference that have some bearing on American politics over the next 32 months or so.
Springtime is coming, baseball teams have reassembled for training, Robert Redford is back on cable playing Roy Hobbs in The Natural and Bill Clinton has begun his ride to rescue Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.
Although a surface level look at Senator Paul does suggest a politician confidently trying to broaden the base of his appeal, a closer inspection provides reasons to dispute this. Paul's interview style suggests he has frequent self-doubts about the acceptability of his message.
Hillary Clinton has proven she's profoundly qualified to run for president, both physically and politically, and as a woman-of-a-certain-age myself, I find the discussion of age as it relates to her ability to do anything patently offensive.
The existence of certain obnoxious quarters of the right in Occupy was occasionally a problem for the movement, but the right's presence was also a sign of Occupy's promise.
Last month, the Kentucky House passed a bill that could reach many of the more than 180,000 citizens there who cannot currently vote, a figure that would make up the state's third-largest city.
Shrum and Torie Clarke agree that Obama should use executive authority to mitigate Climate Change and to reach energy independence... and that the U.S. lacks leverage in Ukraine Crisis. But because it's not Hungry 1956, Putin can't stem wave of democracy with troops.
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Sen. Paul is right to call for expanded voting rights in the United States. But, when politically advantageous, the Senator shamelessly inserts unwanted federal muscle into local affairs in a tax-paying, disenfranchised region of the United States that was never able to vote for him or any voting U.S. Senator.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is the overwhelming front-runner to be her party's standard-bearer in the 2016 presidential election, and the Republicans know it. Even though she has not announced her intentions, Republicans are taking political shots at her. But their personal attacks are shrill and feeble, and reveal a party without a vision for the country.
As I've written often, today's Republican Party has a tactic that they use regularly -- find your own weakness and level the same charge against Democrats.
This is the Hillary Clinton that Republicans are so afraid of. The leader who is so well versed on the issues that she can speak about complex topics, not speak down to people, yet still have them understand what she is talking about.
When an antiquated economic theory is refuted by data, we must go with the data, and also trust our instincts. What's your gut tell you about the potential impact of raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10 per hour?
At this point, the field of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination is wide open. Governor Chris Christie's plight may not have altered the outcome of the Republican presidential nominating process, but it sure has led to another major traffic jam.
If Rand and the GOP bring back a now 40-year-old Lewinsky and Bill's moral failings to campaign against Hillary, they will play into the Democratic distraction game.