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…

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 3): Rick Santorum

In studying Rick Santorum, I remembered that he had run for President in 2012 but had forgotten how well he did in that race and how much of a political track record he had before then. One thing that really stuck out to me about him is his commitment to his principles and values. Rick knows what he believes and isn’t afraid to defend it, even where it runs counter to popular opinions. His priorities include fighting for mainstream Americans, espousing conservative social values and promoting a limited view of government.…

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,…

Marco Rubio will be the Republican nominee

This presidential election cycle in many ways feels like a rerun of 2012. Colorful characters who have no chance of winning the Republican nomination are dominating the polls. Candidates who never stood a chance stay in for a quixotic battle for attention. But during 2011-12, we all knew deep down that Mitt Romney was going to be the nominee. What has made 2015-16 more interesting is that there hasn’t been a clear-cut Mitt since Day 1. Now many people acted like Jeb Bush was inevitable. Sure, he’d be in the…

Donald Trump sliding in latest polls

I love watching the polls. I’m a statistics kind of person. It’s been interesting to watch the movement since we’ve had the second debate and Scott Walker has dropped out. First let’s look at Iowa. Here’s where things stood in Iowa before the CNN debate, averaging the last two polls. 1. Donald Trump – 28% 2. Ben Carson – 23% 3. Ted Cruz – 9.5% 4. Marco Rubio – 5.5% 5. Jeb Bush – 4.5% 5. Carly Fiorina – 4.5% 7. Mike Huckabee – 4% 8. John Kasich – 3.5%…

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…

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…

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…