Alligator Alley, D.C

“Republicans Senators are working hard to get their failed ObamaCare replacement approved. I will be at my desk, pen in hand!” “I am sitting in the Oval Office with a pen in hand, waiting for our senators to give it to me.” – President Trump, last two weeks of July 2017. When Donald Trump was elected, one of his major campaign promises was to “drain the swamp”. This is proving to be problematic as almost everyone he seems to put in a position to assist with his agenda turns out…

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…

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…

Trump, Carson still lead ahead of CNBC debate

Donald Trump and Ben Carson, the top two voter-getters in all of the latest polls, decided to strong-arm CNBC into complying to some of their demands in regards to next week’s debate. CNBC dropped the planned three hours, and they will allow opening and closing statements. Since Trump and Carson have so much power, they should have demanded CNBC raise the threshold from 2.5% to 3.5% average. It would have resulted most likely in 6 people in primetime instead of 8-9. If the debate were tomorrow, the order left to…

BUZZ: Marco Rubio coming to Utah

On October 19, Marco Rubio will join the ranks of presidential candidates that have visited Utah to raise support and funds for their presidential campaigns. Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton have all made campaign stops in Utah this year. According to invitation obtained by Utah Politico Hub, Rubio for President will be participating in a fundraiser on October 19 hosted by Karen and Scott Keller of Davis County. During the 2012 presidential campaign, the Kellers hosted a fundraiser for Mitt Romney. The location of the fundraiser has…

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,…

Donaldson’s post-GOP debate quick hits

Some thoughts after CNN’s GOP debate: Rand Paul gets the Jon Huntsman Award as the Republican who wins the Democrats vote. Jeb Bush is having a terrible time, as I see it, and it is only getting worse. He is the establishment, big donor, old news candidate that doesn’t fit the mood. He seems like a defensive spoiled weakling getting bullied. He is owning, disowning, and reowning his brother. Whatever criteria qualifies for “he kept us safe” applies as much to Obama as W. I am surprised that no one is…

Another reason Donald Trump (and Carly and Ben) are winning

There are a lot of reasons Donald Trump is leading polls. But, really, most of the reason boil down to one thing: insiders versus outsiders. The problem with the slate of GOP candidates is well demonstrated by John Kasich, governor of Ohio: he’s clearly an insider who knows how to work within and maneuver and manipulate the system. Worse, he’s proud of his time in government, and regularly touts it. And touts it and touts it. He loves to talk about his experience in government. And that insider/elitist-ness is exactly what American voters are uncomfortable…

Preview of the CNN GOP debate

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, there will be 11 Republican candidates in a two-hour prime-time CNN debate set for 6:00pm MST. Two hours earlier – at 4:00pm MST – there will be a one-hour debate with the other 4 candidates in the race. Rick Perry has dropped out of the race, and since Jim Gilmore has yet to get 1% on any major poll, he has not been invited to the afternoon debate. The earlier debate will feature Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, and George Pataki. it is fortunate…