Hillary Clinton is facing a myriad of challenges in her bid to become president, but losing the Democratic nomination to Bernie Sanders is not one. Ironically while Clinton was widely considered to be far to the left of her husband’s Administration, she is now facing a party that has moved strongly to her left. Sanders is capturing the imagination and passions of...
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For leaders of the Republican establishment, things could not look much worse. They desperately need one of the four conventional, mainstream candidates—Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich, or Marco Rubio—to pull away and consolidate that wing of the party, the way Ted Cruz has done on the Right. But after Rubio’s robotic debate showing, it looks less likely now that...
1. Trump had a great night. While I am still quite sure that Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee, unlike in the Iowa Caucus and he did turn in an impressive performance and got his vote out. Aside from calling his opponents foul, obscene names, he is becoming a better candidate than at the beginning of the race. But I still see Trump as more of a protest candidate, a vehicle...
Both the GOP and Democratic races will turn on whether emotion tops organization.
It’s now less than a week before the Iowa caucuses, two weeks before the New Hampshire primary, and thus time for political aficionados to whip themselves into frenzy. People often become so preoccupied with the two contests that they lose sight of the larger picture. So take a deep breath, everyone: Neither party’s nomination is likely to be settled by the outcomes in...
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