There Is No Front-runner

Maggie, while the CNN poll shows Huckabee leading nationally, the more interesting polls were the ones NBC/Marist released a few days earlier in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, key early primary states. While Jeb Bush has been declared the front-runner, these polls confirm he is not as far ahead as he thinks he should be: Huckabee is leading in Iowa; Lindsay Graham is leading in South Carolina; and Scott Walker is hot on Bush’s heels in New Hampshire, the one state where he is leading (Bush is at 18 percent and Walker at 15 percent, with Paul and Christie

The Jindal Effect

Bobby Jindal has almost single-handedly inserted the Common Core into the presidential narrative as a major campaign issue, siding with moms over experts and distinguishing himself from Jeb Bush, as I noted earlier. Both Christie and Bush appear to have noticed. Christie said in Iowa he now has “grave doubts” about Common Core. And Jeb Bush, fielding softball questions by his former deputy chief of staff Patricia Levesque, tried to move closer to the moms and away from the elites by de-emphasizing the federal government’s role in education, saying that it “ought to be to enhance reform at the local and

Jindal’s Amazingly Smart Week

In one week, Jindal has picked a fight with Jeb Bush on Common Core, with Bush and Obama on marriage (he won’t evolve on gay marriage and is supporting a constitutional amendment if the Supreme Court disagrees), and with the president and the respectable media of nuance on ISIS. “The Medieval Christian threat is under control, Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today” has become a Facebook meme. Gov. Jindal’s refusal to backtrack when the nuanced crowd demanded it on the idea of “no-go zones” in France highlighted his theme that assimilation is the issue, not necessarily

It’s Not Income Inequality, Stupid

David Shribman, editor of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, is worried about the GOP economic message.  In an article called  “What Isn’t Being Said About 2016,” Shribman speaks with great compassion of “the anguish Republican candidates are having in trying to figure out how to address economic issues.”  Shribman describes the problem as “conservatives struggling to address the wealth gap.” Ah, Republicans don’t be fooled, for this, of course, puts the argument in liberal Democratic terms. The income or wealth  “gap” is not the problem voters care about.  Their problem (and ours) is the stagnation of American workers who are running harder and harder

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