Republicans see even the slightest reform to gun policy as a slippery slope that could eventually lead to proposals to abolish the Second Amendment which is unfortunate when there is a credible middle ground to be reached.
For decades, the GOP has been playing its base for suckers, by running the Grand Old Play: pander to the small-government, traditional-values rubes, and then get back to real business: serving business.
This might mark the beginning of the end of Trump's poll-topping crusade, or he might astonish the country (again). Either way, his campaign to this point has been a content marketing masterclass.
The whole purpose of this exercise is to determine the difference, if any, between the candidates seeking the presidency. Without Rand Paul, there isn't a difference to determine, not even with Trump.
Bernie's platform isn't just good policy, it is hands down superior to every other presidential candidate's platform. Bernie supporters are not naïve. The point of electing Bernie is not to get anything done. It is to stop all the corrupt, corporate, political forces from getting anything more done.
at a time when the trending news analysis is obsessed with the "outsiders," you can make a case that the real "outsider" thinking, at least among the die-hard Republican base voters, is reflected in a guy like Steve House.
This election, as we've all heard, is dominated by angry white people. That is because the primary system is fundamentally racist. The first two presidential contests occur in states whose populations are 92 percent and 94 percent white, respectively.
The idea that any LGBT people could support Trump while he demagogues other minorities is not just sad; it's repellant. But the Log Cabin Republicans' thinking that he'd actually be "good for the gays" was also just plain deluded.
He's all about leading with anger rather than leading through fear (the fear that all his supporters feel under their anger). In fact, he has shown little to no compassion or true empathy for people in fear and his "caring pronouncements" ring hollow and are patently disingenuous.
Do you really think Bloomberg will run for the White House?
After what already feels like a very long campaign, the presidential candidates will face their first real test Monday as Democrats and Republicans will caucus in Iowa.
As a woman, I would be cutting my own throat to vote for anyone running under the Republican Platform because they don't care as much about my financial well-being as they used to, and they care even less about supporting progress for women.
When asked why you won't support Hillary Clinton for President, say "I've got two words for you. BEN GHAZI."
First published in The Des Moines Register: ...
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