The Art of the Comeback: The Case For Newt's Continued Campaign
February 03, 2012
The irresistible human impulse is to find meaning amid the chaos of the cosmos. But some external events defy rational categorization. So it was with Thursday afternoon as Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney—an event so bizarre that the tight-lipped Romney was forced to admit, “There are some things you can’t imagine in life.
Newt Gingrich is having an impressive national polling surge. His chances of grabbing the GOP presidential nomination have spiked up to over 30 percent at Intrade this week, and the media is full of stories about whether it’s time to start taking him seriously. Here’s my advice: don’t. None of the recent polling means he’s going to win the Republican nomination, nor does it even mean that he’s going to have a serious shot at it.
What Exactly Makes a Candidate ‘Serious,’ Anyway?
November 10, 2011
Has Herman Cain’s campaign always been a joke, or were pundits right to take it somewhat seriously? In the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment levied against him, was the media asking the wrong questions by focusing on how it might help or hurt his supposed “candidacy”—as opposed to, say, his book sales? The question of what makes a “serious” candidate for the presidency is at least as old as such twentieth-century developments as state primaries and electronic media.
The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Conservative Reactions to Herman Cain’s Sex Scandal
November 05, 2011
When news broke last Sunday that GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain had been accused of multiple instances of workplace sexual harassment in the 1990s, conservatives had the opportunity to reevaluate their opinion of the candidate and his fitness for the highest office. Instead, reactions broke down roughly into two camps: those who saw nothing but a racist witch-hunt from the liberal media and those who took the opportunity to dispute and belittle the existence of sexual harassment in the first place.
Trump Not Using Crisis To Rise To Statesman Role
July 26, 2011
I expected more from The Donald: On Monday, Donald Trump urged Republicans to reject any deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and let the country risk default. Economists and administration officials have warned that defaulting on our debt would have dire economic consequences, but for Trump there is an upside: the crisis would prevent President Barack Obama from being reelected. "Frankly the Republicans would be crazy unless they get 100 percent of the deal that they want right now to make any deal,” Trump said on "Fox and Friends" Monday.
Can Michele Bachmann Win New Hampshire?
July 06, 2011
Of course she can: When PPP polled New Hampshire in April Michele Bachmann was stuck at 4%. She's gained 14 points over the last three months and now finds herself within single digits of Mitt Romney. Romney continues to lead the way in the state with 25% to 18% for Bachmann, 11% for Sarah Palin, 9% for Ron Paul, 7% for Rick Perry and Herman Cain, 6% for Jon Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty, and 4% for Newt Gingrich. Now, another recent poll had Romney leading her by a healthier 35%-12% margin.
GOP Primary Roundup
June 01, 2011
First Read says that attention must be paid to a Chris Christie presidential candidacy: *** Pay more attention to Christie: Forget about Sarah Palin’s "dinner" last night with Donald Trump, one of whom isn’t running for president and the other of whom probably won’t run, either. The more important dinner -- at least as far as the “summer of speculation” goes -- took place across the river in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie (R) met with Iowa Republican donors.
June 01, 2011
For all the patriotic prattle about American exceptionalism, last night was a moment when our national politics seemed borrowed from the comic-opera irrelevance of Berlusconi’s Italy. The Sarah Palin-Donald Trump pizza-parlor summit in Manhattan, of course, will be remembered as the greatest meeting of political minds since Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
The Finest Collection Of Human Knowledge To Gather In New York Since Joey Buttafuoco Dined Alone
May 31, 2011
I can't fathom why this is not on a reality television show right now: Sarah Palin sat down with Donald Trump in New York City on Tuesday night for just over a half hour at the former Alaska governor continued her roadtrip up the Eastern seaboard. Palin's office reached out to meet with Trump, not the other way around, Michael Cohen, special counsel at the Trump organization told ABC News. The two met in his 30,000-square-foot apartment in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and later ate dinner together. At Palin's request they dined at Famous Famiglia Pizzeria near Times Square. "She wanted pizza,"
Shelby Steele, A Bound Man
May 25, 2011
In December, 2007, Shelby Steele authored the book "A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama And Why He Can't Win." By 2010, he was arguing in the Wall Street Journal op-ed page that Obama had damaged himself irreparably: [T]here is also now a deepening disenchantment with Barack Obama himself. (He has a meager 37% approval rating by the latest Harris poll.) His embarrassed supporters console themselves that their intentions were good; their vote helped make history. But for Mr.