So here's what we learned from the second Republican presidential debate: Carly Fiorina knows how to sell her message -- and how to plant a shiv. Jeb Bush was a prep school pothead. And Donald Trump has neither the inclination nor the capacity to transcend his shtick and become a serious presidential candidate.
Just a few years ago, politicians with the experience of Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz would have been considered lightweights and have "no business" running for the highest office in the land. Today they are being treated as establishment guys by many voters.
Republican presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, and Scott Walker ("Gang of Five") have fired bullets at the Constitution and the rule of law.
Just as the party was seemingly on the precipice of meaningful evolution and change, he's single-handedly transporting it back to its ugly, ark, losing days of ignorance and intolerance.
Comparing Wisconsin and Nicaragua reveals that distinguishing between developed and developing countries is becoming less useful. As poverty grows in places like Wisconsin, poor communities around the world gain more in common with each other.
I never thought I'd say these words: Republicans, listen to Reagan--on immigration. As the Republican candidates for president prepare to face off in their next debate at the Ronald Reagan Library in California, they'll be tripping over themselves to prove that they are the new Reagan.
The repeated conservative attacks on Donald Trump have failed, because they are off the mark. Candidates like Rick Perry, Rand Paul, and Bobby Jindal did not have the positive image and standing to attack, and they came across as desperate and petulant bottom-feeders.
The second debate of the Republican nomination race is fast approaching, so in preparation I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the entire GOP field once again. First, though, a word about the debates themselves.
For Jeb Bush it's not just a foot in mouth problem. He has a long record of following through on his extreme rhetoric. A Bush presidency would mean four -- maybe eight -- years of a president with little to no regard for people who don't agree with him or don't act as he thinks they should.
More than a dozen GOP governors wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, vowing to keep state-level sanctions on Iran despite the nuclear deal. But can a state really circumvent the U.S. President's policy on sanctions? A U.S. Supreme Court case from several years ago could block that plan.
John Kasich must convince Republican primary voters that he is not just another Mitch McConnell or John Boehner, both increasingly unpopular. And he also must convince general election voters that he's not a country club Republican. And he can do both simultaneously by taking on the establishment.
No doubt, the bombastic Donald is an unlikely president. Yet what may be most extraordinary about his campaign is that on foreign policy, at least, he may be the most sensible Republican in the race.
President Obama had some fun this week, and by doing so actually forced the media to tackle a serious subject on his agenda.
Please God, say something, anything, maybe, use your cell phone, which I know can never run low on battery power. Call our secular-elect religious leaders. Call Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz and the rest. Only you can steady these lunatics, who claim a war against Christianity is being waged. But first, call Kim Davis, she is in Kentucky, but you already know that.
Scott Walker. The Wisconsin Governor recently raised eyebrows on NBC's Meet the Press by one-upping rival Donald Trump's plan to build a wall across the U.S/Mexico border. How? By suggesting a similar wall be constructed up north, thereby turning America into the world's largest gated community.
What if we turned things around? What if Hillary Clinton simply spoke whatever came into her head without thinking? (Or did think how she could shock her way onto the news with slurs about one group or another?) What if we decided to probe into Donald Trump's emails and see what kind of ethical and moral breaches he had made over the years in his business dealings?