2016 Republican Primaries

Benko: Give Jim Gilmore His Due

Our friend Ralph Benko says although it would embarrass him were he to read this let it be said: Jim Gilmore is an authentic Cold War hero. His failure to rise in the polls this year may be due to his personally becoming — yet politically toxic — level of humility. He did not brag on his credentials, but his credentials are stunningly great.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: ABC Republican debate: The beginning of repetitious Rubio’s precipitous decline

Marco Rubio’s canned and thrice (at least) repeated response to Chris Christie’s attacks on his “25 second speech” will likely damage the Florida senator’s chances in New Hampshire and beyond. Plus,  ABC does a few things differently; Carly Fiorina was barred at the door, but will it end up helping her?; Get the ring ready, the establishment appears ready to propose; Cruz quietly makes his points, shores up conservative support; Trump doesn’t understand eminent domain but loves the police, and, In two more days, we’ll know.

What Donald Trump voters really care about and why he can’t help them

For Donald Trump’s backers, it all boils down to one thing – Trump is a smart, blunt-talking businessman who has succeeded his whole life and will fix things. He’s from outside the system and that’s enough. He’ll make great deals whereas all the previous government leaders have been too stupid to know a good deal if it smacked them across the face. But the Trump candidacy is a ruse. There’s only one candidate who can truly deliver on what they want.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Establishment’s last shot fails to bag Ted Cruz

Thursday's debate proved there's plenty of life without Donald Trump. Plus, Crazy conspiracy theory: Trump is looking for an exit strategy; Death March of the undercard former Iowa winners; Candidates enjoy a seven-on-none power play against Trump, don’t even shoot the puck; With Trump gone, it was kick Ted Cruz night; Establishment vs. establishment, everyone loses, and, Summing it up – let’s get it started already.