This weekend presents an interesting juxtaposition for conservatives following the nascent 2016 presidential race. In snowy Washington, DC, thousands of activists and media have descended on the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center to hear likely 2016 candidates make their pitch to CPAC.
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is taking some heat for an answer he gave at CPAC. "If I can take on 100,000 protesters," he said, "I can do the same across the globe." Not everyone was impressed. As Jim Geraghty noted, "taking on a bunch of protesters is not comparably difficult to taking on a Caliphate with sympathizers and terrorists around the globe, and saying so suggests Walker doesn’t quite understand the complexity of the challenge from ISIS and its allied groups."
A lot of my conservative friends were unhappy with my criticism of Gov. Scott Walker's inability to field a question about President Obama's faith, the other day. This, it seems, had less to do with the Walker incident specifically, and more to do with a growing sense that the media is attempting to define the parameters regarding which opinions are acceptable.
My recent column, Scott Walker’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Answer, sparked some debate and controversy. I was, of course, referring to Gov. Walker's comments about not knowing whether or not President Obama is a Christian -- comments that came on the heels of his punting on the evolution question, as well as his dodging a question about whether or not the president loves America.
As you might have heard, three London girls appear to be on their way to Syria to join up with ISIS. "They're looking for excitement," Steven Pomerantz, a former chief of counterterrorism at the FBI, told CBS News. "They are looking for adventure. They are looking for social acceptance."
You know the trope: Republicans are the stupid party; Democrats are the evil party. Has a cliche ever felt truer? To prove the former, one need only look back over the last 24 hours. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said this: "I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America." There are a lot of things you could say about Obama, but suggesting he doesn't love America is beyond the pale.
I'm having a schizophrenic reaction to the Jeb Bush blitzkrieg.
Tip O'Neill famously declared that "All politics is local," but one Super PAC that played heavily in the 2014 midterms might want to adjust that maxim to this: All politics is personal.
Once it was announced that Jon Stewart would retire from the Daly Show, you just knew it would set the chattering classes atwitter. The first wave of commentary would be fawning; we would hear about his comedic genius, how he changed the media landscape forever, and about how the fact that he launched so many other comedic careers is a testament to his enduring legacy...
Some random thoughts about the media shock waves still reverberating this morning...
Responding to Vox's interview with President Obama, Politico Magazine's Jack Shafer accused the outlet of serving up softballs, noting: "I’ve seen subtler Scientology recruitment films." There is little doubt Shafer is right, and yet, isn't it interesting that -- despite the absence of contentious questioning -- President Obama still managed to say something controversial? (I'm referring to the president's agreeing that the media is guilty of hyping the threat of terrorism.)
It might be hard for non-writers to believe, but I almost never have an idea which of my columns will connect and which won't. There are things that I suspect will drive the debate, but go nowhere. And then there are things that surprise me when they strike a chord. I can't predict.
Politics is a microcosm of life. We pretend we can control events, but events so often shape us.
A couple days ago, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote voiced criticism over Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's example.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (and a few others) have sparked controversy over comments regarding vaccinations these last few days. It'll be hard to complain when this is cited as evidence of a Republican "war on science" -- even though the anti-vaxxer movement is composed of strange bedfellows.
Writing in the Daily Beast last week, Romney strategist Stu Stevens sought to explain why Mitt Romney opted out of a third presidential bid. "Running for president is a lot like trying to make it to the Super Bowl," Stevens said. "It’s terribly difficult to get there and once you do, half the teams lose."
Andrew Sullivan is retiring as a blogger, and though there's some suggestion his influence has waned, his farewell message raises questions about the medium and the toll it takes on writers. It's hard to bitch about being paid to blog (working a "real" job would be tougher), but being tied to a blog -- where you are perpetually expected to immediately have an opinion on every issue, and where the demand for constant content requires five or ten posts a day, every day -- can become a man-made prison.
Today marks the 29th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, and, of course, the speech President Ronald Reagan delivered that night.
A source tells Politico that Sen. Marco Rubio won an informal straw poll of donors at a recent Koch Brothers meeting.
One of the biggest mistakes a mayor or governor can make is to be unprepared for a storm. Say what you will about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but this is a part of the job he has always embraced. And yesterday, when reports indicated a crippling snow was imminent, he instituted a travel ban.