This Week in Polls: Trump & Hannity

Donald Trump continues to destroy everything in his wake. For those Republicans begging for him to pivot to a general election campaign, they just had their teeth kicked in, and the polls aren’t going to get friendlier. The Trump & Hannity town hall tonight should demonstrate that. Corey Lewandowski was Doug Stanhope-level loyal, and he helped Trump win the GOP primary, but he was set aside for the allegedly more grown-up Paul Manafort, who would use his experience to pull off a successful convention. Manafort helped amplify Trump’s bizarre crush…

Utah Presidential Caucus: Character and office

“The only difference between a Democrat and a Republican is the type of programs they choose to overspend on.” – Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett, 1993. “The United States of America deserves whichever president is in office. If we are not living godlike lives as a nation, we will not have a godlike president. Men will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” – Benjamin Franklin; Spirit of Liberty, Spring Creek Book Company, 2013, page 13. The technical machinations of the 2016 election move forward. The contentious debate that…

The case for Ted Cruz

Let me state up front that this article is not an endorsement for Ted Cruz, or any other candidate at this point in the primary proceedings. Questions concerning why and how to best Donald Trump are on many conservative’s minds, including most recently our very own Mitt Romney. The epithet “hijacking the Republican Party” is appearing more and more in the media, and the truth may not be that far off from the rhetoric. The case for Ted Cruz is simply the outcome of a logical analysis of what it…

74 Things I Learned from the GOP Fox News Debate

That Fox News debate may have been the lowest in American history. But I’m getting ahead of myself. On the morning of March 3, 2016, Mitt Romney gave a speech. He said the Republican nominee should be either Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, or John Kasich. He gave the speech that Jeb Bush should have given at any point over the past six months. He spoke about the problems of the future but also of the bright potential we have as a nation. But really, it boiled down to this: Donald…

Romney’s two points

In his Hinckley Institute speech blasting Donald Trump. Mitt Romney laid out the blueprint for the anti-Trump effort from now on. I’m not talking about the tactical advice to primary voters going forward, though he was spot on about that. I’m not talking about the Mindanao Trench between Trump’s policy promises and his (or anybody’s) ability to deliver on them, tho there too he is exactly right. I’m not talking about Romney’s dissection of the Trumper’s moral and financial failures. As important as those are, they don’t seem to bite.…

Super Tuesday: GOP polls vs results

Super Tuesday has come and gone so let’s look at the results, comparing most recent poll/polls average to actual result. Alabama Poll (3): Trump 38, Rubio 20.3, Cruz 14.7 Result: Trump 43.4, Cruz 21.1, Rubio 18.7 Alaska Poll (1): Trump 28, Cruz 24, Rubio 7 Result: Cruz 36.4, Trump 33.5, Rubio 15 Arkansas Poll (1): Cruz 27, Trump 23, Rubio 23 Result: Trump 32.7, Cruz 30.5, Rubio 25 Georgia Poll (4): Trump 37.8, Rubio 22.3, Cruz 22 Result: Trump 38.8, Rubio 24.5, Cruz 23.6 Massachusetts Poll (3): Trump 47, Rubio…

Will the 2016 election offer a viable presidential choice?

“We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.” – George Washington   I wonder what George Washington would think if he were viewing the electoral process today and assessing the level of understanding and participation by the average voter? Have we learned anything at all over the last two electoral cycles? It begs the question of voter ignorance and lack of lessons from history, namely just how dumb has the American electorate become?…

The Obama Legacy: FDR, JFK, LBJ…BO?

There is plenty of room at the top because the highest positions are hardest to fill. Organizations are not skill pyramids, the best and brightest aren’t necessarily at top with descending rank and ability below. As CEO, Principal, or President you want “a visionary leader”, but what does that mean? For me, I don’t necessarily want a professor, I’ll take a bear of slightly above average brains, but one who is optimistic, has a good vision, can clarify through the mess, and can identify and manage talent. In other words,…

The Utah Republican Party has a communication problem

While I may agree with Sir Winston Churchill when he said that “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter,” in my experience this is not the public perception a candidate or party should strive for. Many books, articles and papers have been written about the “art of politics.”  In any of these you will frequently find two items mentioned:  1. Don’t tell the voter you are smarter or better informed than they are; and 2. (very closely associated with the first point) Have a clear,…

Iowa, the irrelevant

“Is this heaven?” “It’s Iowa.” “Iowa? I could have sworn this was heaven.” —from the film “Field of Dreams” I thought about how many people I have personally known that have hailed from the state of Iowa. Six. As best as I can recollect I have known six people from Iowa. Having previously worked in the hospitality business, I might have met a few hundred more people from the Hawkeye state. Unless my memory is failing me as I scribe this column, I have nary a bad word to say about…