‘Indiana or Bust’ for Ted Cruz

After getting schlonged in five more states for Super Tuesday 4, Ted Cruz needed to change the narrative, and he did. He announced that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina would be his vice-presidential running mate, should he secure the Republican nomination. It may have been an unorthodox choice, and a uniquely early announcement, but this election campaign has been all about making the headlines. Donald Trump has played the media like a fiddle, so Cruz decided to try his hand at that game. Although it may have been too late.…

Observations from the Kasich, Trump and Cruz Utah events

With John Kasich, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump all visiting Utah this weekend, UPH Contributing Editor John English stopped by events featuring each.  First I attended a town hall by John Kasich. There were about 500 of us in the UVU ballroom, set up as a theater-in-the-round. Utah GOP James Evans said a few words, as did Rep. Kraig Powell. They needed to stall for time since Kasich’s plane was a little late. Once he arrived, former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt made the introduction. He spoke about how open conventions…

Highlights from the ABC New Hampshire #GOPDebate

The ABC #GOPDebate event was advertised to start at 6:00pm MST, but that was a bait-and-switch because the first 15 minutes were actually spent by Clinton Foundation donor George Stephanopoulos asking the panel what the pre-game narrative was. Then, in the most awkward introductions in debate history, Chris Christie came out, but Ben Carson didn’t hear his name, so he stood there, offstage, smiling for the camera. At one point you even see a stagehand poke his head and telling him to go, but Ben refused. So Ted Cruz went…

67 things I learned from watching the Fox News #GOPDebate

For the first time this cycle, I skipped the undercard debate. Jim Gilmore is there out of charity, and the crass last-second decision by Huckabee and Santorum to join Trump at his anti-Fox News rally just solidifies that they’re going to bomb on caucus night. So I’ll say Carly Fiorina won the debate by default, right? Doesn’t matter. None of these four should still be in the race this time next week. So on to primetime. What did I learn? 1. Rand Paul gets a loud pop. Libertarians in da…

Aftermath of the CNN Republican debate

I watched the afternoon debate live, and I watched the primetime debate on DVR. How did everyone do? I’ll do this in order of where they currently stand in the national polls. Afternoon 13. RICK SANTORUM – His most memorable line was “Not all Muslims are jihadis, but all jihadis are Muslim.” Santorum tried to distinguish himself by being tough on Islam. He tried to redefine it, saying it wasn’t just a religion but a governmental movement, pretty much made it sound like if we let in enough Muslims, they’re…

This Week in GOP Polls – 11/24/15

CNN has released the criteria for its December Republican Primary presidential debate. They will look at GOP polls for the six weeks leading up to the debate, and to be in primetime, the candidate must either average 3.5% or better in the national polls, 4% in the Iowa polls, or 4% in the New Hampshire polls. Currently there are only six candidates who doing 3.5% or better in the national polls. That would be Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina. John Kasich, Chris…

The “unseriousness” of Donald Trump

Who, asks George Will, should Americans trust on national security? Donald Trump, who creates his own version of reality out of whole cloth? Ben Carson, with only limited experience or knowledge about foreign policy (if any at all)? Among other things, George Will points to how the GOP candidates’ response to the attacks in Paris is distinguishing between candidates and serious contenders for Commander-in-Chief. He saves his most stinging description for Donald Trump, who creates his own version of reality…separate from reality. For an example of pluperfect unseriousness, consider this Trump claim, which is amazingly absurd…

Fox Business #GOPDebate, and This Week in Polls

Fox Business Channel went into this day with a mission: to show CNBC how to actually moderate a Republican primary debate. They got #GOPDebate trending and early reports are that the ratings were about on par, maybe a little less, than what CNBC delivered. Which is to say, it was the most watched day in the history of Fox Business Channel. THE AFTERNOON DEBATE Ranking them in order of how I think they did, not just to me, but how I think it played to the millions of likely Republican…

This Week in GOP Polls – 11/3/15

We’re starting to get some post-debate polls after CNBC’s John Harwood & Co. embarrassed themselves, and we’re already only a week away from the next GOP debate. Fox Business Channel will host on Tuesday, November 10, and I imagine Neil Cavuto and the other moderators will have a much different game plan than “let’s have six moderators and make us the story.” Now the criteria for the afternoon and primetime debates are as such. If you gets at least 1% in any of the four most recent national GOP polls…

56 things I learned from the CNBC #GOPDebate

Before I get to the 56 things I learned from the primetime CNBC #GOPdebate, I will first go over 12 things I learned from the afternoon debate. 12 things I learned in the afternoon debate Participants: George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal 1. The CNBC camera crew doesn’t know who Bobby Jindal is. When they introduced him, the cameras stayed on Rick Santorum. 2. Jindal said when politicians speak, don’t listen to them. Look at what they do. Says he’s the only one who’s shrunk government. 3. Santorum…