A tale of two parties and their very different fields of candidates

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

The two most noticeable things about the Democratic field is that it’s heavily weighted toward those with congressional service who were elected from safe Democratic (and in some cases tiny) states. The 2016 Republican field was full of candidates who showed they could win tough general elections but weren’t so tested in Republican primaries. Most 2020 Democrats have a different problem: minimal vote-getting experience beyond the Democratic cocoon of densely packed central cities, sympathetic suburbs, and university towns. It’s a predictable problem for a party that didn’t win many offices beyond that cocoon during the Obama years.

Warren smartly sneaking up on weak, bloodshot Biden from the left

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Because Warren is a much better debater than Biden is, and because others also will be gunning for him, don’t be shocked if Thursday’s showdown upends the race and she soon emerges as the front-runner. At which point, Dems will have a new problem: The whiff of anti-Americanism in many of the candidates’ policies will become more pronounced without Biden at the top. Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders are especially guilty of making sweeping condemnations of the shape and structure of contemporary society. Indeed, they and their fellow candidates want such radical changes that it’s hard to figure out what, if anything, they like about America.

The Democrats count their 'historic days'

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

This has nevertheless been a happy season for Democrats who do not look too closely for the omens of autumn. The latest polls show that Democrats now prefer the socialism that wrecked the economies of Europe to the capitalism that built America. Capitalism is an imperfect economic system, too, as Winston Churchill famously said, but its lasting virtue is that it is better than all the others. Even Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may not be Joan of Arc after all.

Obama Lied. My FOURTH Health Plan Died.

Michelle Malkin, Townhall

People suffering under Obamacare are expendables to establishment Republicans who hoovered up campaign donations on the empty promise to repeal Obamacare -- and now consider amnesty for immigrants here illegally and gun control higher legislative priorities than keeping their damned word. We're the canaries in the Obamacare coal mine. Ignore us at your peril, America. You're next.

Economic Nationalist Leaders Plan for Anti-Establishment Midterm Tsunami to Force Change

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Movement leaders view establishment Republicans and Democrats alike as a force blocking, slow-walking, or stonewalling the agenda that President Donald J. Trump campaigned on, and aim to elect new voices by riding a new economic nationalist electoral wave in 2018 meant to mirror and surpass what happened in previous wave elections like 2010—which saw the rise of the Tea Party.

The Carly Factor

Ted Cruz's decision to make Carly Fiorina his running mate would seem to preclude a grand populist - conservative alliance to break the Washington Cartel. Now the Republican National Convention will be a three army battle in which Trump’s populists, Cruz’s movement conservatives and the dark forces of the Republican establishment all vie against each other for dominance and the Republican nomination for president, and at this point no one can predict which way the battle will turn.

Time for Trump to Stop Whining and Mount a Ground Game

We believe, as do Rush Limbaugh and many other conservative commentators, that while the Colorado rules may have been convoluted, Trump wasn’t cheated – the establishment always makes the rules and Trump just plain got out-hustled because he and his people didn’t understand them, and the Cruz team did.

GOP Establishment Ways and Means Chair in hot primary fight

Jake Sherman, Politico

Kevin Brady is one of the House GOP incumbents from Texas and other states, scrambling to fend off anti-establishment challengers in the season of Trump and Cruz. But the chairman’s situation is exceptional: Very rarely does a lawmaker so high in the House hierarchy have to sweat so hard to keep his seat.

FedUp PAC Poll: Conservatives Expect Cruz Or Trump To Be GOP Nominee

Conservatives expect an “outsider” candidate to win the Republican presidential nomination according to a poll by FedUp PAC.  With all GOP establishment candidate trailing outsiders Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in recent polls, 76% say they expect one of the outsiders to get the GOP nomination.

Cruz faith-based strategy could be a race against the clock

Kevin Diaz, Houston Chronicle

The math suggests that Cruz has until the middle of March to solidify his evangelical support and rack up big delegate totals. After that, the GOP primary calendar moves to the big winner-takes-all primaries in states like Florida, Illinois and Ohio, where evangelical voters are less dominant.

Republicans May Rue Reince's Rules

Quin Hillyer, National Review Online

Condensing the primaries tramples the grassroots and ups the risk of picking a flash in the pan. 

Schumer Pushes Plan to Undercut Tea Party

Jacqueline Klimas, Washington Times

Dems. should push for more open primaries as a way of weakening the tea party movement, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, laying out a plan to try to isolate the grassroots conservative movement that has emerged as a key hurdle to Obama’s agenda.