I’m treating McMullin with caution. You should, too.

Utah has basically lost its mind for Evan McMullin, the come-from-nowhere presidential candidate that seems to surprisingly have a decent shot at the state’s electoral votes. I know a lot of people who are either enthusiastic supporters or strongly considering a ballot cast for him. Unfortunately, I see a lot of things that make me extremely skeptical of this man, his background, and his intentions and far too much starry-eyed fangirling over what I can only describe as the “perfect Utah candidate”. Here are some reasons why we should be…

No, we shouldn’t be treating Evan McMullin as a serious candidate

“It’s never too late to do the right thing.” So says long-shot independent candidate Evan McMullin on his campaign website. Yet it’s pretty obvious that sometimes it is too late. He announced a bid for president on August 8 after missing the filing deadline for ballot access in 21 states and having less than a month in 18 more. To date, the only states where he has ballot access are Utah, Colorado, and Minnesota. There’s no huge financial backer funding a media blitz to make up for lost time or provide any…

Why #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary are the only sane choices

Fellow Republicans, you know that Trump is an unmoored and unhinged authoritarian. He is a racist and a bigot, two words I rarely use to describe anyone. He thrives on his ignorance and crass machismo that appeals to the basest elements of society. Trump is the ultimate dudebro candidate, bragging about his sexual prowess, conspicuous consumption, and ability to get supporters to beat up opponents as if this would qualify him for anything other than a season or two of Jersey Shore and a few felony assault convictions. This is a…

Why I’m on board the Marco Rubio train

There’s a few things about me that are very well-known. One, I’m a big Ron Paul fan and enthusiastically supported him in 2008 and 2012. Two, I have no problems voting outside of partisan affiliation, even going so far as to pick none of the above if I don’t feel that any candidate deserves my vote. (Jason Williams has gone so far as to call me a “true independent” on more than one occasion.) I will gladly and sometimes too gleefully rake the Republican Party (with which I am affiliated)…

Assume Bernie Sanders is president; what then?

It’s been kind of fun watching Bernie Sanders fans talk about all the things he’s going to do as president. Look, I get that kind of enthusiasm. I was a Ron Paul supporter in 2008 and 2012 AND I’m a Cubs fan, so I know all about believing despite the odds. But seriously, is there any way Bernie can do even a fraction of what he’s proposing? Not really, no. The most insurmountable problem in front of a potential President Sanders is Congress. Even in an optimistic scenario, Republicans are…

Trump’s risky strategy (and why it will fail)

Donald Trump is a pretty savvy marketer. Despite having some pretty awful business acumen, he has managed to stay in the media and pop culture for decades. He’s used that particular to tap into a group of voters that has been largely ignored: the less educated working class (predominately white) poor to great effect in polls. And it’s unlikely to work. Trump isn’t the first candidate who swears up and down that they’ll tap into a previously disengaged voting demographic. Young people, poor people, various racial groups, and more have all…

Carly Fiorina is a rock-solid candidate

I love watching Carly Fiorina! Whether she wins the presidency or not (and I hope she does), she is displaying what it means to be a rock-solid candidate, always on message, and as US News and World Report said “unflappable.” I bet her campaign and her messaging will be studied for many election cycles to come – she is THAT GOOD. According to that same US News and World Report article, There’s something distinctly impressive about Carly Fiorina’s rhetorical rhythm that’s persuading voters she’s capable of handling any problem that…

Madness in the Polls?

Numerous polls tracking the 2016 Republican Presidential candidates are reporting an interesting phenomenon. After two televised debates and more media appearances than the Kardashians, Donald Trump still leads all candidates with his media-rich bluster, but Dr. Ben Carson has quietly slipped into a solid second. Carly Fiorina continues to gain ground after being allowed to play with the big kids. Interestingly, the other mainstream politicians in the race barely muster also-ran status as the race progresses. The more career oriented politicians were all allowed to gang up against Trump with…