You can look at polls and read news accounts all day long, but the frustration, despair—and, in some cases, rage—among a multitude of Republican voters can be lost in the numbers. Better to let them just talk. Anecdotally, you can chat with friends, relatives, neighbors, cabdrivers, and other regular folks. But the antipathy really comes through when you listen in on Republican voters gathered...
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Defying the predictions of just about everyone who watches politics even remotely, the two nontraditional Republican presidential contenders remain at the top of just-released opinion polls. Public polls, it is true, have proliferated, and many are worthy of being ignored. But four of the most respected surveys came out this week, and they pretty much agreed.
He doesn’t want the job—Paul Ryan has made that abundantly clear—but Republicans still hope that the Ways and Means Committee chairman will change his mind and seek the House speakership. He is, after all, the only possible candidate who could plausibly bridge the ideological, stylistic, and strategic chasm between the mainstream, establishment-friendly Republicans...
Given the prevailing anger at Washington and career politicians, it shouldn’t be a surprise that voters increasingly see experience as overrated. An opinion poll conducted nationwide by the Pew Research Center from September 22 to 27, and just released, found that only 37 percent of registered voters put greater value on “experience and a proven record,” down from 50 percent in March. The share...
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