Election 2016 GOP Power Rankings – Feb 2015

Since last month, Mitt Romney got into the race, climbed to #2 in some polls, and then officially dropped out of the 2016 presidential race. So how do those willing to put money on it feel the race is going to go? The folks at BetFair have filled the void left by the late great InTrade. 1. (1) Jeb Bush ——— 3.35 (12-5) 2. (5) Scott Walker — 5.3 (9-2) 3. (2) Marco Rubio —- 6 (5-1) 4. (3) Rand Paul ——- 10 (9-1) 5. (6) Chris Christie — 15.5 (14-1)…

Way Too Early 2016 GOP Power Rankings

It’s January 2015, which means it’s time to ramp up speculation in the 2016 presidential race into full gear. So, looking at the likely candidates, let’s do an oh-so-early 2016 GOP Power Rankings. The players are from the ten Likely Candidates from US Presidential Election News. 1. JEB BUSH – Seems so strange that he would be the front-runner, but he is. He has the money, he has the “establishment” backing, he’s solidifying the multimillionaire contributions, and he’s the smarter Bush brother. It should have been him in 2000 instead…

Book Review: Double Down

In light of Jason Chaffetz saying on MSNBC that he believes that Mitt Romney will run again in 2016 and win, I thought now would be a good time to post my review of Double Down, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s sequel to Game Change. While Game Change had all the drama of Hillary v. Barack, the John Edwards sideshow, and Sarah Palin’s instant fame, the 2012 election wasn’t as dramatic. Incumbency elections are rarely as exciting as one where both parties are picking a new candidate. If you never…

The Inevitable President Hillary and Other 2016 Musings

I can’t say I learned anything new from Hillary Clinton’s interview with Diane Sawyer. Hillary said she hasn’t made up her mind if she’s running for President in 2016. This, of course, is a lie, but it’s a lie we dance around every mid-term. 2006, 2010, 2014 are the years for midterm swings in Congress, but they are also the years for people who have every intention of running for President to issue denials that they’ve made up their mind.The remark that’s received the most publicity is the one about…