Tag Archives: 2016 Presidential election

The voting finally begins in Iowa — but why should it?

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson fires up the crowd by attacking President Obama before Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz takes the stage at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City on Saturday. Dave Kaup | Reuters

Today, after many, seemingly endless months of campaigning, debating, attacking, debunking, and defending, actual voting begins in the 2016 presidential election. Across Iowa, voters will gather to express their preference for whom they would like to see as their party’s nominee. This will give the state an extraordinary amount of influence over the selection of […]

Defeating Trump, Sanders will take someone other than Michael Bloomberg

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in December 2015. Stephane Mahe | Reuters

As D.C. residents were preparing for, and then digging out from, the winter storm of the century, the already-volatile 2016 presidential race faced a potential storm of its own: the prospect of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent, mounting an independent bid for the White House. Now, these rumors have surfaced before […]

What Democrats should learn from the Bernie Sanders data kerfuffle

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during Saturday night's Democratic presidential debate in Manchester, N.H. Brian Snyder | Reuters

The largely behind-the-scenes tension between the Democratic National Committee and Democratic presidential candidates not named Hillary Clinton spilled out into the open late last week over a campaign data dispute. In the end, it would make all sides involved — the Clinton and Sanders campaigns, the DNC, and data services vendor NGP-Van — look bad, […]

An establishment split is fueling the rise of The Donald

Donald Trump addresses a crowd in Aiken, South Carolina, on Saturday. Christopher Aluka Berry | Reuters

Many attribute the rise of Donald Trump in the Republican presidential race, along with the popularity of Ted Cruz, to the continued prominence of the tea party movement within the GOP. While that’s certainly part of the story, it’s not the entire tale. The success of Trump and Cruz is not just due to their […]

How the Republican National Committee screwed up the 2016 primaries

A technician works at a podium in preparation for Wednesday's Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado. Rick Wilking | Reuters

Here’s one thing that was remarkable about Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado: It was just the third debate. By this point in the 2008 cycle, there had already been 12; at the same point in 2011, there had already been eight. Thus, in the 2016 cycle the public has had less chance […]

In 2016, experience should matter, lest we get another Obama

GOP presidential candidates at second official debate on Sept. 16: From left, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina. Reuters | Lucy Nicholson

The biggest surprise of the 2016 presidential election cycle so far has not been the rise of Donald Trump specifically, but rather the rise in general of less experienced candidates and the implosion of far more experienced candidates. Already, two well-established governors — Rick Perry of Texas and Scott Walker of Wisconsin — have left […]

Scott Walker Ends His Campaign

Today, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced he would end his presidential campaign. Given his previous position in the polls, Governor Walker’s decision to end his campaign this early is a shocking one. His collapse may well be one of the most epic of any presidential candidate in recent history. When he announced his candidacy, Walker was considered one […]

The GOP’s 17-candidate primary is a blessing, not a curse

Ten of the 17 Republican candidates for president at the first official debate of the 2016 primary. Brian Snyder | Reuters

With the first debate last week in Cleveland, the 2016 presidential election has entered a new, more serious phase. During that debate, Sen. Marco Rubio said that the Republican Party had been blessed with very good candidates while the Democrats “can’t even find one.” Though intended as a one-liner, Rubio was absolutely correct: the current […]