2016 election

When voter anger meets partisan division

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

The force of discontent, if it proves to be irresistible enough to move the seemingly immovable force of partisan polarization, seems more likely to work against the party now holding the White House than against the party better positioned to cast itself as a force for change.

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank Hands Donald Trump 10,000 Votes In Iowa

The political class sees the GOP primary season as an exercise in pandering to grassroots conservatives’ demands for a limited constitutional government, lower taxes and policies based on traditional values, but once the nomination is secured the candidate is supposed to "pivot to the center." What alarms establishment Republicans like Mitt Romney and apparently offends The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank is that this year Republican primary voters are not buying the scam.

Meet the Four Kinds of GOP Voters

Hugh Hewitt, Politico

Not all of them, of course, are conservatives or even Republicans, since independents and even Democrats can vote in some of the early GOP primaries. Figuring out who these voters are and what they’re looking for is critical to each of the remaining candidates—because they’re not all equally up for grabs.

Mitch McConnell Calls for the Destruction of the Republican Party

A two year deal that effectively takes spending off the table as an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign would be a disaster for Republicans because they would once again be complicit in the Obama-led tsunami of spending, deficits and debt that are wrecking the American economy.

Whatever happened to the strong Republican field?

Sean Trende, Real Clear Politics

Top to bottom, this really does remain a strong Republican field – and one that is polling well in head-to-head matchups with Hillary Clinton. But without any overwhelmingly strong candidates, it really does remain anyone’s game.

Republican voters in rebellion

Richard Maggi, Washington Examiner

With Washington Republicans' ruling class continuing to send signals of its arrogance and lack of principle, the time may have come when those who always bear the brunt of the elite's wrong choices will look past the expected media blitz financed by a privileged few.

GOP candidates battle to claim Ronald Reagan's mantle

Stephen Collison, CNN

With Wednesday night’s debate being held at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, all of the Republican presidential candidates are naturally drawing comparisons between themselves and the legendary conservative icon.

Third Party bid lingers as threat to both parties

Kevin Cirilli, The Hill

Donald Trump may have signed the loyalty pledge, but the conditions still appear ripe for a candidate to launch a bid from outside of the Democratic and Republican parties, with voters showing a deep dissatisfaction with Washington and relative outsiders dominating the crowded GOP field.

Poll: Trump has double digit lead in NH

Washington Times

The GOP establishment is trying hard to downplay Donald Trump’s chances of actually winning the nomination, but they can’t ignore the most recent poll numbers. Trump’s message is resonating with Tea Partiers and his support appears to be growing with each successive survey.

Cruz and Cornyn, Bold Colors vs. Pale Pastels

Tony Lee, Breitbart

Sen. Ted Cruz wants Republicans to try to repeal Obamacare and stop President Barack Obama's executive grants of amnesty. Sen. John Cornyn believes Republicans will only win the White House in 2016 if conservative stalwarts like Cruz water down their bold conservatism and compromise. Who’s right?

Petition to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: NO Trick Votes on Obamacare

To: Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions and all Republican Members of the U.S. House of Representatives:

No Trick Votes On Obamacare! Tell House Republican Leaders You Are On To Their Game

Ted Cruz’s Moment in Time?

Matt Mackowiak, GOP USA

Running for president in 2016 may be a risky endeavor, but Cruz doesn’t shrink from challenges.

Ben Carson Rising

Governor Sarah Palin continues to hold the lead in our Republican presidential straw poll at 32%, while Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul battle it out for second place with 25% and 22% respectively. The surprise candidate to surge is Dr. Ben Carson, who has steadily risen to now hold 9% of the vote and fourth place.

When GOP Ignores Grassroots It Loses

Republican House members who hold town hall meetings know very well who is opposed to the Gang of Eight immigration bill. It is the grassroots limited-government constitutional conservative voters who actually show-up and vote in Republican primaries, and, as the GOP wipe-outs of 2006 and 2008 showed (and the Tea Party wave of 2010 proved), Republican politicians ignore those voters at their peril.