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Rubio vs. Cruz

The Republicans head tonight into their fourth debate. Hopefully this one will go a little better, seeing as how Fox Business will be eager to stick it to its rival, CNBC, which famously bungled the last one. And this showdown comes just as the race is really clarifying. Based on the last few weeks of […]

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A Fiasco, But in a Good Way

The general consensus is that the Republican debate hosted last night by CNBC was a train wreck. And yeah, it was kind of a train wreck. The Federalist‘s Mollie Hemingway had warned that CNBC was choosing for their moderator a total pro-Hillary hack, John Harwood. Boy, did that turn out to be right. He and […]

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Why We Were Obsessed with Trump

The latest polls continue to track Donald Trump’s decline in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Before the last debate, he was poking above 30 percent in the RCP average, seemingly on his way up to higher numbers. Now, most polls show him flopping down into the low 20s. An NBC/WSJ poll recently showed […]

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Is Immigration a Threat to Our Culture?

The candidacy of Donald Trump, built on a foundation of openly contemptuous anti-immigrant rhetoric, has invigorated the anti-immigration right. In addition to the cruder appeals—about foreigners “taking our jobs,” or outright appeals to racism (which Trump’s candidacy has brought out of the woodwork on social media)—there is a more subtle argument that has gained a […]

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Did the Real Republican Nominee Just Stand Up?

Last week, I highlighted a number of things to look for in the second Republican debate. The only really important one was: will the real nominee please stand up? My premise is that the three people at the top of the polls right now have never been elected to or served in public office, and […]

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What to Look for in Tonight’s Debate

Candidates for the Republican presidential nomination gather again tonight for their second debate. But a lot has changed since the first Republican debate, so here’s a preview of what to look for. Dr. Carson Will See You Now Or more to the point, you will see him. Ben Carson got a little lost at the […]

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America’s Next Top Candidate

At this stage, the Republican presidential debates are less an intellectual exchange than an exercise in crowd control. With no clear front-runner, the nomination battle is wide open, and every Republican with an ounce of political ambition has decided to run. Plus, they all remember the wild ride of the 2012 primaries, when it seemed […]

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In Case of Emergency, Vote for Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio just announced his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, sounding several very promising themes before describing the one that is actually likely to define his candidacy. First, he described his family’s immigrant success story, which he uses to establish himself as a champion of the middle class—specifically the lower-middle-class strivers like his parents. […]

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Searching for George Washington

With Ted Cruz’s announcement that he is running for president, the 2016 race has began. Yeah, I know. You probably weren’t ready yet. But here it is, you can’t escape it, and you might as start taking a look at the likely candidates now. But before we examine the individual candidates one-by-one, it’s important that […]

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The Road from Etchasketchistan

This is Part 1 of what will probably be a four-part series. American foreign policy is currently languishing in a netherworld of indeterminacy that goes by the name of Etchasketchistan. I borrowed that from a one-line fake headline gag in The Onion: “Earthquake Wipes Out Etchasketchistan.” It’s a pretty good metaphor to describe the breaking […]

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