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Speaking Style Says Volumes About GOP Race

In a race filled with plenty of fast-talking, quick-tongued hopefuls ó including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and, at one point, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ó Ben Carson stands out as very different, and not only because of his race, resume and life accomplishments.

Paris Attacks Will Keep Obama and Democrats Playing Defense

I say it repeatedly: Events matter. And for President Barack Obama, the terror attacks in Paris present a no-win political situation, at least until other, compelling news changes the subject.

Don't Get Too Caught Up in the Trump and Carson 'Panic'

The panic is palpable from the media and too many GOP ďinsiders.Ē

Hillary Clinton and the Two-Term Jinx

I hear it all the time: Voters want change after one party has held the White House for eight years, and thatís why only once over the past six decades has a party held the presidency for three consecutive terms. Tough luck, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Cory Gardner for Veep? Don’t Laugh

Though I took notice of Colorado Sen. Cory Gardnerís endorsement of Sen. Marco Rubio for president, I didnít immediately think about Gardner as a possible running mate for Rubio ó until a CQ Roll Call colleague dropped that pearl of wisdom in my lap.

Fiorina Has No Clear Lane to GOP Nomination

Carly Fiorina is popular among Republicans, both nationally and in Iowa. And yet, when those same Republicans are asked to name their preferred candidate for president, they generally donít select her. Why?

Cruz and Jindal Wait Impatiently for Their Chances

Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz continue to plug away in Iowa, far back from the front-runners. But both are well aware that if Ben Carson turns out to be little more than Herman Cain, a political outsider who briefly sat atop the 2012 field, each of them could have his own moment.

Why the Next Month Is Critical for Bush

Itís still more than three months before the Iowa caucuses, but the next four weeks are crucial for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who started with the kinds of political assets that led many to regard him as the front-runner in the GOP race.

What the Heck Happened to Rand Paul?

I never expected Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul would win his partyís nomination for president, but I did expect he would be a factor in the race. So far, he hasnít been one. (See my February column on his foreign policy challenges here.)

Ryan Is Damned if He Does, and Damned if He Doesn’t

I no longer underestimate Paul D. Ryan.

Why Republicans Need to Nominate Ted Cruz

It is increasingly apparent the GOP needs to nominate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president next year.

Why I Keep Forgetting About John Kasich

The Republican contest for president probably will boil down to a fight between a pragmatic conservative, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and either an uncompromising conservative, such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, or an outsider, like Ben Carson.

Does Voter Anger Explain the Success of Presidential Outsiders?

Those of us who report on and analyze politics for a living have been talking ad nauseam about votersí frustration and anger.

Young, Ambitious and Wealthy Isn't Enough in Arkansas

Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge announced on Sept. 9 he will seek the Arkansas Democratic Senate nomination and the right to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman in 2016.

And the News Gets Worse for Clinton

Compared to the Republican race for president, the Democratic contest looks almost normal.

A Significant Reassessment of the GOP Race

Republican front-runner Donald Trump isnít going away anytime soon, I now believe.

Does David Vitter Have Something to Worry About?

Two-term Republican Sen. David Vitter started his bid for Louisiana governor as a solid, if not prohibitive, favorite. But Pelican State watchers believe that Vitterís prospects look less certain now than they did six months ago.

Missing the Boat on the Big Political News

On Aug. 21, I did something ó twice ó that I rarely do. I tweeted. But it wasnít about Donald Trumpís poll numbers or Hillary Rodham Clintonís emails. It was about the stock marketís plunge.

Stop the Presses: O’Malley Nabs Swalwell Endorsement

Who knew the Democratic presidential race would be fundamentally changed in the blink of an eye? But that happened recently when California congressman Eric Swalwell, 34, endorsed former Maryland Gov. Martin OíMalley.

One Last Hurrah for Joe Biden?

The news that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is giving serious consideration to running for president spread like wildfire over the weekend.




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