Rick Perry: The tortoise and Donald Trump’s hair

Following the first primary debate Rick Perry has yet to signify any substantial bump in the polls. Though he has continued to press forward on the campaign trail his funding has significantly dried up. Staying afloat required relying on the aid of Super PACs to rescue the struggling campaign. To make matters worse, Perry has resorted to the aid of a largely volunteer staff to get out his message. Some argue that the financial difficulty Perry is experiencing is the handwriting on the wall that he will likely be the first…

SB 54: Win friends and influence people…and win elections

The other day I was re-reading the timeless classic How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and was reminded of some time-tested principles and advice that apply well to the situation facing the Republican party in Utah and more specifically how we seek to influence one another as Republicans. As the SB 54 drama has ensued, there have been many articles written where the author’s purpose has been to criticize. Criticize leadership of the party, members of the party that wouldn’t raise the threshold at convention, legislators for passage…

Mitt Romney 3.0 and the Candidates We Create

The political corners of the Internet are abuzz this week with rumors that we’re about to see a third Romney presidential candidacy.   What to make of it? Is Romney 3.0 just William Jennings Bryan 2.0, or have we at last arrived at the time of the Romney Resurgence and Redemption, in which, having finally convinced his own party (in between 2008 and 2012) and the American electorate (2012 through 2016) of his abilities,  America is now ready to embrace the man who “was right about everything”? Oh, the drama!  Maybe the question we…

Current Foreign Policy and Global Unrest

Foreign policy is an interesting animal. Get a group of political analysts in a room and you could set the tone for an endless debate over the rights and wrongs, virtues and vices of any foreign policy. In Utah, foreign policy barely makes the evening news, right up there with Dixie College football or environmental objections to hunting. Here is a simple fact. In 2014 there are 247 separate countries and sovereignties across the globe. Of those countries, 93 have population of roughly 10 million or more and 43 countries…

Understanding Title II and Net Neutrality

The White House made some waves this morning by announcing that it would unequivocally support Title II regulation of telecommunications to enforce net neutrality. There’s a lot of confusion about what this means, and the extreme opinions seem to be variants of “the government is taking over my Internets” and “the government is fixing every last thing broken with the Internet”. Obviously, both are entirely untrue, so it’s helpful to understand what exactly this means. What the heck is Title II? Title II is a provision of the Telecommunications Act…

Would Mitt Romney be a Better President than Hillary?

If you’re Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, or any number of other undeclared Republican hopefuls for the 2016 Republican Nomination for President, Mitt Romney has got to be driving you crazy. Not only does he have better hair than you–and he does–he’s also a virtual press magnet. Any time he opens his mouth and says a combination of words that in any manner involve “President” and “Hillary Clinton,” he gets press time. And, really, let’s be honest: that second phrase is optional. Probably the first is, too. All Mitt…

7 Signs that Mitt Romney is Definitely Not, Maybe, Possibly Considering A Run for President

Mitt Romney is definitely not…well, probably not–er, possibly? running for President. Just ask Romney confident and almost son, Spencer Zwick, who commented on a Draft Mitt organization that was slated to launch August 1: This organization has absolutely no bearing on Mitt Romney running for president. He says he’s not running for president and nothing this organization can do will change that. Do you hear that? Mitt’s out, folks. He’s definitely, positively, most assuredly, probably not, but maybe there’s still a chance, not running for President. Cross my heart and…

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics…and, Now Lawsuits

My initial reaction to a congressional lawsuit of the president was negative.  To me it was just so much nonsense. With Speaker John Boehner and his pied piper followers come a high level of suspicion about motive.  However, when I watched the President’s rude, childish, and disrespectful response I acquiesced to give the whole thing another look-see.  I don’t think my mind has changed, but something has been solidified.