There's a clear pathway to the Republican nomination for Carly Fiorina after last week's debate, this week's poll results and the departure of Scott Walker from the Republican race. It begins with an irony
To understand just how far Trump and Carson have veered into the territory of bigotry and racism, imagine if we were to substitute the word "Jew" for "Muslim." What if Trump's fan said to him: "We have a problem in this country. It's called Jews...When can we get rid of them?"
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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.
Republicans have staked out endless signature issues: shutting down the government, vilifying immigrants, denouncing rights like paid sick leave and equal pay because they are "women's issues," privatizing education, and--wait for it--obliterating the rights of working people to negotiate together for better wages and benefits that can sustain their families.
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.
Something sneaking up on everyone in the political world is the surprising amount of GOP candidates who are open to ending a massive tax break for hedge fund managers. President Obama has noticed, and is pointing it out.
The attack on the GAB goes hand in hand with recent assaults on Wisconsin's open records law, and efforts to changes the John Doe law to exclude politicians from ever being investigated in the manner that average citizens are.
Relive the highlights and lowlights of the recent GOP debate by taking our latest Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: Her Se...
After over five hours of debate complete with character jabs, Ronald Reagan invocations, conservative tax proposals and Obama bashing, the Republican presidential nominee field has been shaken up yet again as Establishment candidates stood their ground.
Looking ahead, MSNBC should preserve CNN's candidate sparring format for its October 28 debate in Boulder, but there should be more of an effort to provide each candidate with comparable time, overall. Let's rewind to summarize the eleven major candidates.
Do we see the big money begin to gravitate toward Carly Fiorina? She surely knows how to excite the base. But she is a loose cannon whose extremist rhetoric will not play well in the general election. Still, if I had to guess, my hunch is that we shall very soon start seeing the big super-pac money come her way.
CNN was (obviously) baiting everyone into getting into little personal spats, which did happen a number of times, but more than just fireworks this did provoke some interesting back-and-forth exchanges between candidates with differing (even, at times, opposing) viewpoints.
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.