I hate to find myself defending Donald Trump, but what George W. Bush did to John McCain in the 2000 South Carolina primary was far, far worse than anything Trump has said.
Devastated by his loss in the New Hampshire primary, Bush had to win SC. So he did “push polls” leading voters to believe that McCain had fathered an illegitimate black child, when he and Cindy had of course adopted their daughter Bridget. Bush also implied that McCain’s time as a POW had left him too mentally ill to serve as president. Bush won SC, but he sure as hell didn’t win fair.
Those of you who’ve been looking forward to Ohio Gov. John Kasich becoming a GOP 2016 candidate need to put your hopes elsewhere. This is a guy with a serious political death wish. Or as Mitt might say, a “severe” political death wish.
Kasich has hired Fred Davis. Yes, the same Fred Davis who worked for Jon Huntsman in 2012. The same Fred Davis who produced the “Demon Sheep” ad for Carly Fiorina and the “I Am Not a Witch” ad for Christine O’Donnell. We’re talking the two worst ads in the history of politics, which I guess is an achievement of some sort.
Kasich has hired John Weaver, who also worked for Huntsman, and who was unceremoniously fired by John McCain back in July 2007, when McCain’s campaign was looking very, very dead. Weaver let Huntsman prattle on in Chinese during a primary debate, because, you know, there’s nothing the GOP base loves more than a guy who’s fluent in Chinese.
As a late entrant, Kasich needs to make a splash, which I expect he will. That splash you hear before a heavy object sinks straight to the bottom.
So the L. A. Times is reporting that former House Speaker Denny Hastert’s blackmailer is male and that the “misconduct” was alleged sexual abuse.
John McCain blames the
Benedict Tom Cotton letter ‘splaining our Constitution to Iran on the weather:
“It was kind of a very rapid process. Everybody was looking forward to getting out of town because of the snowstorm. I think we probably should have had more discussion about it, given the blowback that there is.”
There you have it, people. The world’s greatest deliberative body, until a few flakes fall from the sky, inducing panic — and treason.
Arguing that she used private email for all of her State Department correspondence out of a desire for “convenience,” Hillary Clinton said that she would have needed two phones if she’d used a State Department account.
But that isn’t true. When I worked on the 2008 presidential campaign, I had one BlackBerry. It had the official campaign email on it, as well as a couple of email accounts I used for personal correspondence with family and friends.
Her claim that she didn’t want to carry two “devices” is BS.
I don’t ask this question based on Rudy Giuliani’s comment that “I do not believe that the President loves America.” The statement is absurd and nasty, but it doesn’t mean he has dementia.
No, what makes me ask the question is Rudy’s follow-on assertion that “I’m not questioning his patriotism.”
What is patriotism? It’s love of country. So if you argue that Obama doesn’t love America, yet he’s patriotic, there must be something wrong with your brain.
The White House had it exactly right when they said they feel sorry for Rudy.
Nate Silver from FiveThirtyEight.com gives Jeb Bush and Scott Walker each a 25% chance of getting the nomination. He gives Marco Rubio 12%, Rand Paul 9%, and Chris Christie 5%.
I give Paul and Christie 0%.