Why Trump will destroy the GOP (and probably take the Democrats with him)

Donald Trump did what I didn’t think was possible: he got elected President of the United States. Nothing else has changed. He is still a vulgar ideologically-unmoored proto-fascist con man who has enabled and emboldened the worst elements of the alt-Reich. No amount of surrounding him with GOP handlers is going to keep Trump from, well, being Trump. In fact, this is likely to transform the GOP from a party that at least pays lip service to the idea of limited government into a populist party of anti-liberal grievance politics.…

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 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…

Marco Rubio will be the Republican nominee

This presidential election cycle in many ways feels like a rerun of 2012. Colorful characters who have no chance of winning the Republican nomination are dominating the polls. Candidates who never stood a chance stay in for a quixotic battle for attention. But during 2011-12, we all knew deep down that Mitt Romney was going to be the nominee. What has made 2015-16 more interesting is that there hasn’t been a clear-cut Mitt since Day 1. Now many people acted like Jeb Bush was inevitable. Sure, he’d be in the…

Election 2016 GOP Power Rankings – Feb 2015

Since last month, Mitt Romney got into the race, climbed to #2 in some polls, and then officially dropped out of the 2016 presidential race. So how do those willing to put money on it feel the race is going to go? The folks at BetFair have filled the void left by the late great InTrade. 1. (1) Jeb Bush ——— 3.35 (12-5) 2. (5) Scott Walker — 5.3 (9-2) 3. (2) Marco Rubio —- 6 (5-1) 4. (3) Rand Paul ——- 10 (9-1) 5. (6) Chris Christie — 15.5 (14-1)…