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Month: August 2015

Real Clear Politics: Cruz’s Planned Parenthood Strategy Will Backfire

Sen. Ted Cruz’s strategy won’t force resistant Republicans and Democrats to take up the banner of defunding Planned Parenthood. It would only force congressional Republicans to rely on Democratic votes to keep the government open.

Politico Magazine: President Trump’s First 100 Days

They wouldn’t be so bad! Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura show us what it’s like when voters elect celebrity blowhards to run executive branches.

The DMZ: Can Jeb Stop Trump?

Matt and Bill disagree if Jeb has the right approach to stop the rise of Trump.

Real Clear Politics: What Happened to GOP’s Deep Bench of Governors?

Following the Republican losses in the 2012 election, a party-commissioned “autopsy” concluded that “Republican governors … point the way forward.” Yet they have been out-outsidered by the three Republicans whose collective days in elective office add up to zero.

The DMZ: On The Trail With Trump

The National Review’s 2016 campaign reporter Alexis Levinson takes a break from the trail to step into the DMZ and share her first-hand dispatches from the Trump roadshow.

Politico Magazine: Bernie Sanders, Progressive Enemy #1

Bernie Sanders was supposed to put leftward pressure on Hillary Clinton. But it is the Left that is pressuring Bernie. Why primary challenges are not what they’re cracked up to be.

Politico Magazine: How Hillary Can Keep Biden Out

Hillary Clinton needs to stabilize her numbers and defuse concerns about her trustworthiness. Her husband had the same problem in 1992, and she’s copying his playbook. My walk through Clinton history.

The DMZ: Post-Debate Edition

Matt Lewis and I dissect the first Republican debate of 2016 on this week’s edition of the DMZ.

Real Clear Politics: Why Republicans Shouldn’t Fear a Third-Party Trump

An independent presidential bid from Donald Trump in 2016 would resemble Ross Perot’s campaign from 1992, which is why Trump probably would not hurt the Republican nominee and deliver the race to the Democrats.