A Lot Is On The Line In South Carolina

Since its creation in 1980, the effect of the South Carolina Republican presidential primary was to right the GOP ship if there was some indication of unsteadiness.  Iowa had its quirks (Bush in 1980, Dole in 1988, Huckabee in 2008) and New Hampshire had its share of apostasies as well (Buchanan in 1996 and McCain …

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The Republicans: Post-Debate Thoughts

Seven Republican candidates (minus the now-banished Carly Fiorina) debated Saturday night in New Hampshire, three days in advance of that state’s primary.  Here’s my take: — Really, Marco Rubio? Really? I was out last night so I taped the debate. And when I got back to watch it, I figured there was something wrong with …

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Thoughts Ahead Of Tonight’s Final Pre-N.H. Primary Debate

Republicans meet for a debate this evening in New Hampshire, three days before Granite State voters go to the polls.  Here are some thoughts: — I get the sense that Marco Rubio will be the one with the biggest target on his back. Mostly the arrows will come from the candidates who didn’t even compete …

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A Review Of Thursday Night’s Democratic Debate

With five days to go before the New Hampshire primary, some thoughts of the debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at the University of New Hampshire: — Congratulations to MSNBC for adding this debate to the schedule. It was a real debate, with real differences between the candidates. It never got personal or circus-like. …

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Thoughts Heading Into Iowa

Maybe you’re not wild about the field of candidates.  Maybe you’re distressed by the tone of the campaign.  And maybe what happens this evening won’t even matter in the long run. Regardless, after months of preparation and polls, dropouts and debates, the Iowa caucuses are here.  As always, some thoughts: — What does it mean?  …

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Iowa and New Hampshire: Always First, Not Always Right

We’re days away from the Iowa caucuses, and that will be followed shortly after by New Hampshire. If you’ve been following what’s going on in the two states – and what political junkie hasn’t? – you know their influence is gigantic. They can make candidates, they can break candidates. But are the results in one …

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Who Dat? – L

As our fellow political junkies know, for some time now we’ve been showing photos of unknown buttons, arranged alphabetically by candidate names, for you to help identify.  We can’t make heads or tails of these candidates, most of whom we’ve never heard of.  And when we see a “Smith for Congress” or a “Jones for …

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Name the Running Mates

In February we’ll have the winners in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. In January we’ll have the winners for … vice president! We’re talking about the latest Political Junkie contest. We’ll let the voters decide which candidates should get their respective party’s presidential nomination.  But this month it’s up to you to predict …

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Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2015

Have you ever witnessed in your life a political year like 2015?  There’s no way to describe it.   An escalating decline of dignity, and civility.  And one wonders if 2016 will be any better. And we suffered other losses as well — giants in the political world who passed.  The list includes Fred Thompson, a …

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Vitter, A Big Loser For Louisiana Gov., Won’t Seek Senate Re-election In 2016

David Vitter, beaten decisively in Saturday’s election for governor of Louisiana, announced during his concession speech he will not seek to keep his Senate seat when it expires next year. Vitter, once the clear front-runner to succeed term-limited Gov. Bobby Jindal, fell rapidly in the polls as old reports of his participation in an escort …

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