One might think 17 is too many to navigate through, and in some ways it is, but these guys (and one gal) are all legitimate and qualified contenders. The 2016 Republican field is 10 times stronger than last cycle.
If you watched the GOP debate this past week that netted 24 million viewers for Fox News, or even read about it, you probably know who the real winner was: not any of the candidates on the stage but one of the moderators, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
Donald Trump, by associating himself with questionable business partners in a oppressive regime, risks tarnishing his reputation for a fistful of dollars in the midst of a presidential campaign!
Left-leaning historians and high school social studies teachers are furious over the announced changes in curriculum for Advanced Placement United States History classes. They charge College Board succumbed to political pressure from the right, and of course they are correct.
The 2016 Republican presidential race brings a lot of surprises with it. For this author, perhaps none is bigger than that he would find himself in the position to defend a blonde, female Fox News anchor against the charge raised by Donald Trump that she is a "bimbo."
I would never say that your hormones render you a misogynist, Donald Trump. Your hormones don't render you anything other than who you are. Nor do mine. Nor do Megyn Kelly's.
Analysts who marvel at Trump's over-the-top gaffes do not dent his lead in the polls (rather, they seem to enhance it!) miss the point that his Archie Bunker appeal inoculates him against declines owing to gaffes.
How we speak and the decorum and class many have come to expect has nothing to with what political party or ideology one supports. What is political is how attitudes toward marginalized groups affect lawmakers' decision-making.
The most outrageous thing Donald Trump has said isn't about illegal Mexican immigrants being rapists or making a veiled reference to Megyn Kelly's menstrual cycle. If you're still talking about those things then the wool is still being pulled over your eyes.
For some strange reason, the last few days I have been thinking about legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic. For the last forty years she has been making a brutal spectacle of herself and her collaborators, orchestrating unforgiving performances.
The Black Lives Matter movement promised to be the medicine to our ailment: to take racism head on and crush it.
Adoption of the sheep as the Republicans' new symbol would, beyond being a more accurate image for their feckless behavior, also remind us of their frequent adoption of sheep's clothing while acting like wolves.
If Jeb Bush wants to stand a chance, he will need to return to his days of proposing new, creative ideas to push the country forward. In other words -- he needs to fire his political handlers and redefine the energy and mission of his candidacy. It's time for a new approach.
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Thursday's debates comprise only the first leg of what will be a rhetorical marathon in what has become a comically protracted presidential campaign cycle. It's not likely that the candidates on either side of the aisle will voluntarily broach the process story of our defective Congress and what to do about it.
Dr. Carson when given a chance to elucidate really came off as the mild-mannered articulate thinker that he is. It's hard to imagine he's ready for the role of the presidency, but he certainly was worth listening to. Problem is he's just not schooled or experienced enough on the issues.