MANCHESTER, N.H. -- In the two weeks that lead up to Monday’s opening salvos in Iowa, pundits and observers saw something interesting unfold. Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio had an extra hop in their step, even while the public media polls remained about the same, with Donald Trump winning almost every one conducted. The secret to these teams’ newfound enthusiasm was simple: They know something we don’t know.
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CHARLESTON. S.C. -- Gov. Chris Christie's campaign headed to Iowa at 7:30 Friday morning. There's no time to rest after a rowdy night marked by clashes with Sen. Marco Rubio : The campaign is betting on the long slog through a winnowing field, rather than pulling in front of the Florida senator he sparred with in either of the first two nomination contests.
CHARLESTON, S.C. --- Thursday's Fox Business Republican presidential debate sees two fewer candidates on the main stage, and is the second-to-last debate before voting begins on Feb. 1, when the very real winnowing begins.
A third-party Donald Trump candidacy -- conservative and establishment Republicans' worst nightmare -- has been realized, just not where they expected.
Rejoice, lovers of meat and adventure. Or give thanks, as it were. In two years, you may very well be able to enjoy a spot of Scottish lamb with your American turkey. And with that lamb, all that comes with it -- including, even, the legendary Scotch haggis.
The debate is over, and voters have had a full day to grieve over Jeb Bush's body, to process Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio's ascendance, and to listen to vacant D.C. pundits pretend John Kasich is somehow impressive. So now can we talk about how awful Mike Huckabee was?
On Saturday, Jeb Bush complained that he had "a lot of really cool things" to do other than run for president. He didn't want to "sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them.” Gone, it seems, was the "joy in my heart" he had planned to campaign on.
Are we conservative?
Jeb Bush is in a bad place.
1968. Student radicals burned their own campuses in the name of freedom; angry Americans torched their own neighborhoods for more of the same. America's wise men sent hundreds of thousands of teenagers into a jungle with no clear goal or commitment to victory. Back at home, Martin Luther King was dead. So was Bobby Kennedy. And on the TV, a third-rate joke of a network called ABC made television history by stringing together a tiny budget to have William F. Buckley debate Gore Vidal live on the air.
Next month, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is going to announce that he's running for president for some reason.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign is in trouble. This week alone, it has sustained a top-level campaign shake-up and reports have circulated that it may fall short of its fundraising goal. But a review of the public record shows it already fell way short of its fundraising goal, and has been behind predictions for months. Not by a few million dollars, either, but by as much as $400 million -- or 80 percent as the most optimistic predictions Bush loyalists have circulated.
Hillary Clinton gave a speech Thursday slamming four Republican presidential contenders by name and claiming that the GOP is "deliberately trying to stop" young and minority voters. Tough words, sounded good. Played well with an audience that began booing as soon as Gov. Rick Perry's name left her lips.
For Americans who have not forgotten the Iraq War, this past week has been surreal. For Americans who fought, suffered and lost comrades in the war, this past week has been hellish. But for the Obama administration, what started as a disaster had by Tuesday turned into an insult. By Wednesday, it had become farce.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is working hard to shift gears. It's difficult -- those gears are worn after nearly a year and a half in traffic. The Chris Christie who bucked conventional wisdom is back, he wrote in The Wall Street Journal Tuesday morning; the Chris Christie who calls out his adversaries by name is back, he showed a New Hampshire primary audience Tuesday night. It's a refreshing Hail Mary he's throwing, no doubt: But it really is just that -- a desperate, backfield hurtle in a losing game of his own making. Because Gov. Chris Christie has no friends.
Enough, Cinco de Mayo. It just isn't worth it.
Have you ever read that book "Beowulf"?
Conservatives should be ecstatic that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is mulling another run for the presidency. So is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie too, for that matter).
Gawker is mad as hell. Next level, righteous fury stuff.