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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.
Most of America probably feels like they drank way too much drink and ate way too much turkey Thursday, and that's because we did.
Congress has the power to defund President Barack Obama's executive amnesty order, the Congressional Research Service announced Wednesday. This, after a week of bipartisan declarations that Congress was powerless to stop the order.
On Thursday, The Daily Caller had a rare mandatory staff meeting. We were in a good mood. We'd just returned from the shooting range, where I'd managed to jam an AK-47 three times because I'm from Massachusetts. But the meeting was about that Obamacare, and the mood went from jubilant to about as dour as its been in this office for a long time.
President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that China had agreed to sign another treaty with the United States. This one, to "combat climate change."
It's a new day in Washington.
No event on Earth generates more spin than a disaster.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Monday marks five decades since 53-year-old actor Ronald Reagan entered the national political consciousness, giving a final, twilight boost to Sen. Barry Goldwater’s doomed presidential bid.