Fiorina, Rubio Impress at Second GOP Debate

Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate — a three-hour marathon with 11 candidates — was quite a show. Preliminary numbers suggest that 20 million people tuned in. Prior to last night, CNN’s highest rated presidential primary debate featured Obama and Clinton battling it out in January 2008 with just over 8 million viewers. That tells you something. There is a lot of energy among conservatives and interest in the GOP candidates. How much is due to Donald Trump’s presence on the stage? All of the candidates had their moments last night and no one was seriously hurt. Trump was clearly dodging attacks

The Left Plays By Its Own Rules, Once Again

I am pleased to report that Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis has been released from jail. But I have been very disappointed by the parade of leading Republicans — Donald Trump, Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Chris Christie and others — who are distancing themselves from Davis. This sorry episode is yet another example of our side playing by one set of rules while the other side plays by its own. When the law was the Defense of Marriage Act, the president and attorney general of the United States refused to enforce it. President Obama has routinely

Rise of Trump Should Prompt GOP Soul-Searching

As you know, I have not endorsed anyone for president in 2016. I am giving all the candidates advice, and there are several I like, including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson. But I have to admit, it is entertaining to watch the political establishment panicking at the rise of Donald Trump. The GOP establishment sees Trump as a party wrecker, and he could wreck the party if he goes on a kamikaze mission as a third party candidate. But that worry doesn’t explain why he has jumped into such prominence in the GOP primary. Two columns by serious

Cops’ Lives Matter, Too

Deputy Darren Goforth of the Harris County, Texas, Sheriff’s office, was gunned down Friday night in what can only be described as an assassination. Goforth was shot in the back by Shannon Miles, who then stood over his body and pumped more shots into him. Investigators believe Deputy Goforth was targeted simply “because he wore a uniform.” Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman condemned the killing as “a cold-blooded execution,” adding, “We found no other motive or indication that it was anything other than that.” At a press conference, Sheriff Hickman and the Harris County district attorney lashed out at the

Don’t Muzzle Carly

CNN is hosting the next Republican presidential debate on September 16th, yet Carly Fiorina may not be permitted to participate. The candidates with the most momentum after the Fox News debate are Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. She should be in the CNN debate. The reason she will likely be excluded is that most of the polls CNN is using to determine a candidate’s ranking were conducted before the first debate. But at this stage, those polls are irrelevant. I can think of many reasons why CNN would not want an articulate, conservative woman on stage during prime time. But I have no idea why the Republican National

Hillary Lied and National Security Died

We predicted that Hillary’s troubles stemming from her use of a private email server while secretary of state weren’t going away any time soon. The issue erupted over the weekend. Here are the latest developments: According to the Washington Times, State Department officials reviewing Mrs. Clinton’s emails have flagged more than 300 messages or “5.1 percent of those processed so far” for containing classified information. If that rate holds up, more than 1,500 emails out of the 30,000 she surrendered could have classified data in them. This news appears to confirm the worst fears of intelligence analysts — that there

It’s Official: Trump Is the GOP Front-Runner

There’s no denying it — Donald Trump is now the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. A new CNN poll finds Trump leading in Iowa with 22 percent. Dr. Ben Carson is second with 14 percent. No other candidate received double-digit support. Despite his flashy style, Trump could be more than just a flash in the pan. A closer look at the poll finds voters really are attracted to his candidacy. For example: When asked which candidate was best on the economy, Iowa voters picked Trump nearly 4-to-1 over any other candidate. On immigration, Iowa voters picked Trump by more than

Anti-Establishment Candidates Dominate First Post-Debate Poll

Ripples from the GOP’s Cleveland debate continue to hit the political shores. Late Sunday, NBC News released the first post-debate poll. There is some controversy about the poll’s methodology, and we’ll have to wait and see if other polls confirm the results. But when voters were asked who they would support if the election were held today, the results were: Donald Trump: 23% Ted Cruz: 13% Ben Carson: 11% Carly Fiorina: 8% Marco Rubio: 8% Jeb Bush: 7% Scott Walker: 7% Mike Huckabee: 5% Rand Paul: 5% No other candidate received at least 5% support. Political analysts were puzzled by

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