To Win Iowa, It Takes Presence and Organization

Iowa saw numerous front-runners leading up to the 2012 Iowa Caucus. Michelle Bachmann was the front-runner in June and July, but on Caucus night she finished second to last with 5 percent. Rick Perry led the pack throughout August. He finished fifth. Herman Cain started to take off in the fall and led most polls in Iowa in September and October. He didn’t even make it to caucus night. Then Newt Gingrich soared to the lead with strong debate performances and led polling in in November into early December even holding a double digit lead according to some polls. He

New Iowa Poll: Trump Loses to Almost Everybody in Head-to-Head Match-Up

Public Policy Polling released a new Iowa poll yesterday. Donald Trump remains the front runner at 24 percent. But hidden behind that good news for Trumpsters are growing signs that an anti-Trump majority is forming. In head-to-head match-ups, Iowa voters prefer virtually any other GOP candidate. Trump loses to Ben Carson, 60 percent to 33 percent. Trump loses to Carly Fiorina, 54 percent to 36 percent.  Trump loses to Marco Rubio, 53 percent to 38 percent.  He even loses to Scott Walker, who just dropped out, 51 percent to 37 percent. Very bad news for Jeb Bush: He is the only

Walker Drops Out

Gov. Scott Walker is dropping out, according to insiders. His press conference is scheduled for 6 p.m. Eastern time. Gov. Walker has shown enormous courage as governor of Wisconsin, and we applaud his recognition that he now has no path to the presidency. An early adopter of the “truce strategy” downplaying social issues, Walker found himself caught between donors who have bad political instincts and voters clamoring for a genuine outsider. Kudos to him for caring enough about his country to run and enough to drop out when voters’ rejection became clear. Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in

Walker: Hillary Is Lying About My Record on Women’s Health

Gov. Scott Walker appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, during which he was asked by Jake Tapper about criticism leveled at him by Hillary Clinton, particularly on Walker’s actions to defund Planned Parenthood.  Walker fired back, saying Clinton was “not telling the truth.” You can read his full response below: JAKE TAPPER: Well, if you do get the nomination, it does seem likely that you’ll be facing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. You brought up your defunding of Planned Parenthood as governor. Listen to what Hillary Clinton had to say when she was in the Badger

New CNN Poll: Trump, Carson Surge Continues

In the latest CNN national poll, Trump continues his surge–up 8 points since the August poll–to lead the field with 32 percent support. Carson doubled his support, rising ten points to 19 percent.  The Fiorina surge appears to have stalled: she’s down to 3 percent in this poll. More GOP voters believe Trump will be the nominee, even though they say they would prefer Ben Carson. Bush, declining 4 points to 9 percent, is in third place. Huckabee and Walker are tied at 5 percent, continuing the Walker slump. (In August, 14 percent of GOP voters thought Walker would be

What Will Walker Do to Protect Religious Liberty?

WWWD?  Scott Walker says as he “reads” the Constitution, religious liberty is a “fundamental right.”  But what would he DO if elected president to prevent the totally unnecessary religious liberty conflicts now emerging?  What would he do other than support the Constitution and the Wisconsin constitution? People are tired of doublespeak from politicians. I am guessing Hillary Clinton is also willing to say religious liberty is a fundamental right.  And she supports the Constitution.  What difference would electing you President of the United States make? Listen to Walker talk religious liberty on the Laura Ingraham show.  Listen hard, and see if

These GOP Candidates Dodge, Hide, and Spin on Kim Davis

The Kim Davis saga has been unfolding over weeks but it burst into the limelight when a federal judge tossed her in jail for the crime of refusing to put her name to gay marriage licenses. These candidates, when asked about Kim Davis, dodged the question: Scott Walker Scott Walker has a modus operandi for dealing with religious liberty conflicts with gay rights. He perfected this in his non-response to the Indiana debacle, and he’s sticking to his game plan: Talk about history, talk about the Constitution, talk about the Founding Fathers, talk about how great Wisconsin Constitution is. Talk

What Do Bush, Walker, and Graham Have Against Christians in Syria?

Jeb Bush’s August 11th speech at the Reagan Presidential Library laid out a six-point blueprint for driving the remaining Christians out of Syria — unintentionally, perhaps, but effectively nonetheless.  Each element of his plan for Syria was contrary to the interests of those beleaguered Christians.  A point-by-point discussion of the plan and its defects is published here.  Scott Walker gave a decidedly less substantive speech on the same subject at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., on August 28th, which also embraced policies contrary to the interests of Syria’s Christians. By way of background, the Christian population of Syria was roughly two million