This is interesting.
What’s the old adage? Never engage in a land war in Asia? Well we tossed that one out a while ago and now it looks like we might be heading for one on the high seas. No kidding. China is building island bases in the South China Sea, right over massive deposits of oil and smack dab in the middle of Asian trade routes, and we are not happy about it. In fact we’ve ordered China to essentially stop immediately. They are not complying, and are using diplomatic talk of the kind which isn’t very diplomatic.
We have gotten to the point where sober minded people (well probably most of the time) with serious skin in the game are getting concerned.
The 2016 race is already interesting, and it’s going to get better. Many of the assumed components to a presidential race are no longer as hard and fast as they were. I am also convinced that there is another crop of “Reagan Democrats” waiting for the right Republican presidential candidate. This is a bit of what we are seeing here. Early trend flickers.
Against Clinton though, only Rubio, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul—who polls at 7% nationally among Republicans—would pose a threat if the election were held today. Clinton scores 46% to 42% against Paul, and 45% to 41% against Rubio, the poll found. All other Republicans poll multiples behind Clinton.
The quite liberal Vox reports on Hillary Clinton’s “unusually close relationship with Corning” during her run for Senate and in the years after that.
This could be an interesting development in the 2016 race. Something we haven’t seen before.
It is amazing that in 2015 a Republican presidential candidate – one who really has a shot – can hold the kind of positions Jeb does. There’s a reason why Chris Matthews and the New York Times like Bush so much.
Perhaps the Beltway Republicans don’t really understand how much more inclined toward real live small government the average GOP voter has become. It’s like the consultants are living in 1999 or something.
These same folks also think that if they can squeak Bush by the (what they perceive as) nutbars in the primaries, he will be embraced in a general election.
But this calculus may not be correct.
Bush could very likely lose in a general election because a solid contingent of GOP voters stays away from the polls when presented with what some would consider a big government Republican. (Or possibly even vote 3rd party in large enough numbers to make a difference.) Even if it means electing a Dem. The libertarian/conservative coalition has pretty much had all it can take after McCain and Romney.
And now another Bush? That’s a hard one for the coalition to swallow.
Plus there is a sense, among at least some, that in the wake of a disappointing Obama presidency there is a large group of people whose votes are up for grabs which weren’t in other elections. Kind of like the Reagan Democrats of 1980. Bush may not appeal to this group as much as a Republican candidate needs to.
But perhaps he will. Perhaps Bush’s moderate credentials will resonate with middle America.
Hey, it’s good to be a Friend of Bill.
Like Hillary Clinton Ms. Fiorina is the only woman running for the presidential nomination in her party. But that’s pretty much where the similarities stop, as Edward Hudgins reports.
We’ll see. But we are very pleased that crony capitalism has emerged as a key issue in the 2016 presidential race. It is one which we obviously believe is of vital importance.
That’s not illegal, but it is scandalous.
There’s a household name at the nexus of the foundation and the State Department for every letter of the alphabet but “X” (often more than one): Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Chevron, (John) Deere, Eli Lilly, FedEx, Goldman Sachs, HBO, Intel, JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin, Monsanto, NBC Universal, Oracle, Procter & Gamble, Qualcomm, Rotary International, Siemens, Target, Unilever, Verizon, Walmart, Yahoo, and Ze-gen.
The set includes oil, defense, drug, tech, and news companies, as well as labor unions and foreign interests. It includes organizations as innocuous as the Girl Scouts and those as in need of brand-burnishing as Nike, which was once forced to vow that it would end the use of child labor in foreign sweatshops. This list of donors to the Clinton foundation who lobbied State matters because it gives a sense of just how common it was for influence-seekers to give to the Clinton Foundation, and exactly which ones did.
Here are the top ten.
I’m pretty sure that the Department of Homeland Security is not supposed to be involved in “getting out the vote” efforts. Pretty sure that’s outside of their scope.
Former President Bush has spoken at length about his close ties to former President Bill Clinton, at times calling him his “brother from another mother.”
CNN’s Candy Crowley asked Bush during an interview published Friday where that leaves Hillary Clinton: “My sister-in-law!” the president responded light-heartedly.
When asked about a potential Jeb Bush versus Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign, the former president conceded they would both be formidable candidates but insisted his brother — his real brother — would win.
Peter Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash, is making waves and annoying the Clintons. But it looks like Peter will soon be annoying the Bushes too for similar reasons. (We suggest Bush Bucks as a possible title for the upcoming expose.)
The neoconservative casino magnate has got big bucks and he’s ready to roll the dice. Actually dice is probably not his deal. Adelson knows that the real money is owning the casino not playing the game.
Last week we posted a story about the cozy relationship Hillary and Bill Clinton have with the CEO of Columbia’s largest private oil company and we asked this question;
…are the UAW, the AFL-CIO, and the USW going to support a candidate for president who has taken millions and millions of dollars from a company (and its CEO) which has a history of busting unions at the point of a rifle?
The article did well in terms of traffic but of particular interest to me was the tone of some of the comments from readers at the end of the article. Among some of our more liberal commentors I sensed just a bit of real unease with Ms. Clinton.