This One Chart Illustrates Why Hillary Clinton Is in Such a Dominating Position

By: Thursday July 17, 2014 12:59 pm

If you want a very simple explanation why Hillary Clinton is not only the 2016 Democratic frontrunner but also able to scare off any serious competition, you need only look at this graph from Gallup. Regardless how you feel about Clinton, this is remarkable. This level of familiarity among the public is unheard of for [...]

A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 12:05 pm

Over at the New Republic Noam Scheiber wrote a long piece about “How Hillary Won Over the Skeptical Left” but missing was the most important part of the explanation. The so called “Left” has embraced Hillary because there is no other viable options. The lesson that Hillary Clinton seemed to learn from 2008 is that [...]

Rand Paul’s Secret Weapon: Hillary Clinton

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 11:37 am

One of the big advantages Rand Paul has in the Republicans primary could be Hillary Clinton. Paul isn’t an across-the-board dogmatic Republican. There are at least a few issues like government spying, drug policy reform, military action where Paul clearly stands apart from the rest of the potential 2016 Republican field. From a liberal perspective [...]

Large Batch of Clinton Presidential Documents Released

By: Friday February 28, 2014 1:48 pm

Today the Clinton Presidential Center is releasing thousands of pages of new documents from the former administration on their website. The Presidential Records Act allows certain documents to be withheld for 12 years after the end of the Presidency. Normally the release of documents from a presidential archive would not bring much attention outside academic circles, [...]

What is the Case for Biden over Clinton?

By: Thursday February 27, 2014 2:55 pm

As a recent Politico feature makes clear Vice President Joe Biden is still seriously thinking about running for President in 2016. While I’m a strong supporter of primaries because I believe they give the party an chance to debate what they stand for, I fail to see what is either the policy or political case [...]

Hillary Clinton Maintains Strong Public Image

By: Friday February 21, 2014 10:05 am

For a well known political figure Hillary Clinton has managed to maintain a remarkably strong public image over the past few years. According to Gallup, 59 percent view her favorably while only 37 percent view her unfavorably. Those are extremely enviable numbers. From Gallup: You are looking at a big reason why so few Democrats [...]

Is Any Democrat Desperate Enough to Challenge Clinton?

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 11:11 am

I think one fact that is not mentioned enough about 2016 is how bad an election it will be for any regular Democrat running for president. It is rare for a political party to hold the White House for three terms in a row and the country seems to have soured on President Obama. His [...]

Gov. Martin O’Malley Prepares for a Presidential Run

By: Monday February 3, 2014 12:35 pm

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) is prepared to run for President in 2016. He told the Washington Post he can’t wait for Hillary Clinton to announce her decision before laying the groundwork necessary. From the Washington Post: “I have a great deal of respect for Hillary Clinton,” O’Malley said. “But for my own part, I [...]

What Is Christie’s 2016 Case?

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 11:36 am

Since the bridge scandal I can’t see how Gov. Chris Christie makes a case to top donors, campaign workers, politicians, and activists about why they should get behind him early. Their support is critical for building an effective campaign team. Before the scandal Christie had two solid arguments based on electability and being the perceived [...]

RNC Votes to Prevent CNN and NBC Hosting Primary Debates

By: Friday August 16, 2013 1:56 pm

At their summer meeting the Republican National Committee unanimously passed a resolution to prevent CNN or NBC from holding any Republican Presidential primary debates unless they canceled their planned Hillary Clinton biographies. From the official resolution: RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee calls on CNN and NBC to cancel the airing of these political ads [...]

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