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…

Politically Speaking: The FBI on Clinton, polls, and veep watch – July 5, 2016

To the surprise of only the adorably naive, the FBI recommended not indicting Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server where she sent and received classified information. Here were some of FBI Director Comey’s statements from the press conference. “Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” If you didn’t intend to speed, you shouldn’t…

Utah: The Swing State

Utah, the swing state? It seems like a long, long time ago that Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders won the Utah caucuses. Ancient history. Utah’s always been a peculiar state, and the people who the majority of Utahns wanted to represent their parties both lost. Two polls now show that the state of Utah is in play. If you average the SurveyUSA and Gravis polls, it shows that Donald Trump at 32%, Hillary Clinton at 30.5%, and Gary Johnson at 14.5%.  These polls were conducted before the Orlando shooting. Trump…

This Week in Presidential Polls – 5/10/16

Here’s a few things that have been bouncing around in my head as I look at presidential polls and observe the political landscape. 1. TRUMP COULD ACTUALLY WIN – It defies expectations how he got to this point, but now is the time for Democrats to not get cocky. This week’s Quinnipiac poll showed that it’s close between Trump and Clinton in three crucial swings states – Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In Florida, Clinton leads Trump by only 43%-42%. She leads with women 48-35, but he leads with men 49-36.…