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Why Is Dr. Ben Carson Being Shut Out?

Dr. Carson deserves better treatment than he is getting from the Republican political establishment because let’s face it – Ben Carson can learn about policy, but there’s nothing that can make Donald Trump and Jeb Bush more likeable.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Is Trump coming back down to earth?

A recent Rasmussen poll shows Donald Trump losing one-third of his support, though he still leads. Meanwhile, Carly Fiorina warns GOP congressional leaders; what to make of Trump’s candidacy and finally, Republicans wobble but they don’t fall down.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Treat the Donald with care

Donald Trump makes peace with Fox, but still won’t apologize to Megyn Kelly; what candidates are in trouble this week; are we heading for a Goldwater situation?; Ben Carson, voice of reason, and, why there won’t be a third Bush presidency.

Taking down the Donald

Pat Buchanan, CNS News

“If there is one lesson to be taken from this run-up year to the presidential campaign of 2016, it is that a huge and growing segment of the nation does not want what the establishment of either party has on offer.”

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Where’s the truth, candidates?

With all the material being slung between the Republican candidates these days, the world just might run out of mud. Plus, Cruz and Fiorina gain in a new, post-debate poll; a warning sign on Carly (?) and an advisor to Ben Carson says Erick Erickson lied about the reasons why Ben wasn’t invited to the RedState gathering.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: The unrepentant Donald

A mere few days after the stimulating first Republican debate in Cleveland, the buzz continues regarding several of the candidates – particularly Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina, but for different reasons. And, Jeb Bush takes the gloves off at the RedState gathering.

The Bush News Network Tries To Take Out Trump

The problem for the Republican establishment and the DC political class is that Trump’s rapid rise in the polls is not about Trump – it’s about his message – and no one came away from last night’s debate saying, “well Trump was his usual bombastic self, so I guess I’ll abandon him and vote for Jeb Bush.”

First Republican Debate: Would YOU pledge to vote for Jeb?

For weeks we’ve been wondering how the Republican field would handle the presence of Donald Trump on stage with the rest of the “conventional” candidates. On Thursday night in Cleveland, we got the answer. Trump delivered perhaps the most unconventional “performance” in a debate that we’ve ever witnessed – and his presence literally forced all the other candidates to get serious about staking out and defending their positions.

Fox News “Happy Hour” debate: Fiorina wins convincingly on the undercard

The arena was empty, the candidates were verbose and the substance was light. Carly Fiorina appeared to be the only candidate who will clearly benefit from Fox’s “Happy Hour” lower-tier debate.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Rock n’ roll in Cleveland tonight

Even with the field set for tonight’s long anticipated first “official” Republican presidential debate, a cloud of distrust still hovers over the event. Plus, will you tune-in for the “Happy Hour” debate, and, what if Trump wins the nomination?

Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: Jeb Bush's Pre-Debate Word Salad

In evaluating Jeb Bush’s pre-debate word salad conservatives should get out their old record players, crank-up the volume and give a close listen to the lyrics of the rock anthem “Won’t Be Fooled Again” by The Who:

We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Prepare the starting gate, the race is about to begin

We now know who will be on stage for the Fox News debate in Cleveland on Thursday night. Plus, reaction continues to trickle in from Monday night’s forum, the latest candidate who is supposedly “in trouble,” and finally, Dems love Hillary no matter what she does.

Voters First Forum: Two Winners And A Bunch Of Losers

While there was no actual “debate” at last night's "Voters First Forum" give the organizers some credit; the one-on-one format of questions from a moderator with no give and take among the candidates did allow each candidate to put their best foot forward. But what putting their best foot forward showed is that most of them are Lilliputians compared to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Are the Republicans making history?

With the hours counting down until Thursday night’s first official Republican presidential debate, talk remains centered on polls and which candidates will get the chance to face off in the primetime portion of the program. Plus, Chris Christie’s big talk and Ben Carson says no to political correctness.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: The phenomenon of Trump

Entering perhaps the most important week thus far in the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the question of “who’s in, who’s out” (Thursday’s debate, that is) is becoming a little clearer. Also, the ‘real’ Rand Paul campaign, and, how about a 3rd Obama term?

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Why polls matter in August

Another poll shows Donald Trump well out in front of the large Republican presidential field, while several candidates are scrambling just to make it into the top 10 in nationwide surveys. Meanwhile, Trump’s presence at the debate is causing some of his opponents to alter their strategy.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Are you listening GOP establishment?

Mike Huckabee is taking heat from Democrats and establishment Republicans for his blunt comments on President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal. Outspoken candidates like Huckabee, Trump and Cruz are making the news cycles and firing up the base. What’s wrong with that?

Digital Threat to Political Class

Scott Rasmussen, Real Clear Politics

The digital revolution is allowing ordinary people to bypass the elites – bad news for the status quo.

Rand Paul: The Anti-Karl Rove

Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

Rove doesn’t think Paul can lead the GOP because he can’t solve working class voters’ concerns.

Why America Hates Washington

Erick Erickson, Red State

Both Republicans and Democrats in Washington act as though they are managing our decline.