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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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The Beginning of the End for Trump

It’s too early to declare the end of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but I think we can begin to see how it’s going to happen. Wednesday night, Trump initiated a kind of mini-meltdown in response to a comment from National Review editor Rich Lowry. On Fox News Channel, Lowry was asked to comment on Trump’s […]

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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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Trump’s First Victim

So I have a question for all the people who said they were sick, sick, sick of the inside-the-Beltway, Washington, DC, Republican establishment, and they wanted Donald Trump to smash it to pieces. Did you think the first person you would take down in your fury would be…Rick Perry? Because that’s what just happened. No […]

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Donald Trump Declares War on Mexico

In 2012, Donald Trump criticized Republicans for seeming “mean-spirited” on immigration and alienating Hispanic voters. (His target was that notorious wild-eyed radical, Mitt Romney.) Fast forward a mere three years, and the candidate who “tells it like it is” has flip-flopped 180 degrees, putting forward what amount to a plan to declare war on Mexico. […]

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Donald Trump’s Paradoxical Cult of Personality

Has there ever been a cult of personality built around a personality so unpleasant? The answer, by the way, is “yes,” but more about that in a moment. After Donald Trump’s bombastic performance in last week’s debate, it’s clear that the key to his appeal is not his policy positions, which are all over 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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