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…

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…

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 5): George Pataki

George Pataki seems to be running for president simply because there was no clear front-runner for the GOP nomination. His campaign website doesn’t even talk about issues so I’m left to conclude that his platform is “as a former governor of New York my name has been in the media much more than the governor of Idaho so I may as well give this campaign a shot since my name has been floated as a potential presidential or vice presidential candidate in previous election cycles.” If voters want to know…

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 1)

David Miller will present his series of posts evaluating the candidates for president over the coming weeks and months (because there are a lot of them). This is the introduction to the series.  Eight years ago, with two crowded presidential primaries, I did a long series of posts evaluating each candidate for president. I evaluated every candidate I could find, not just those in the two major parties. It was an interesting exercise, although I opted not to do it again in 2012. I wasn’t planning to do it for 2016, either,…

Why Most of the GOP Candidates Should Drop Out

There are 17 GOP candidates for president. There are many good options in there, but it’s hard to tell because Donald Trump is getting all the attention, and the sheer quantity of options is causing them to blur together. So let me offer some helpful reasons so that some of these candidates will stop wasting our time. I’ll put these into three tiers. TIER ONE – DROP OUT NOW, YOU HAVE NO CHANCE Jim Gilmore – Served one term as governor of Virginia (1998-2002). Army veteran. Served as RNC Chair…

Donald Trump is in debt to himself, not Americans

It might have been the greatest story ever told. While addressing a swath of onlookers at a campaign stop in Iowa, Donald Trump told one great tale of his successes after another. From his refusal to accept the renewal of his television program with NBC to his refusal to accept a $5 million campaign contribution,  Trump continually demonstrated to his fans how he acts in the interest of one man and one man only. Before we talk too much about Trump, let’s have a quick refresher on politics in general.…

Preview of the Fox News GOP Debate

The two line-ups are set for the Fox News/Facebook GOP Debate this Thursday. The 7pm MST debate will feature Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and John Kasich. The earlier 3pm MST debate would have featured Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal and Carly Fiorina, but since FNS dropped their 1% threshold rule, they will also be joined by Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore. The prime-time debate is two hours and the afternoon debate is one…

Grading Presidential Candidate Logos

The world of presidential candidate logos has shifted since 2004. Barack Obama changed everything with his remarkable O logo and that is now the benchmark that everything else is judged against. With that in mind, I thought I’d take a look at all the logos for announced presidential candidates this year and give them a letter grade, from A to F. A Hillary’s logo has had all kinds of press already, but suffice it to say I like it. It’s the most iconic of any of the logos, and in that…