No question, the contestants for the Republican presidential nomination are a very conservative bunch, but there is something that sets Texas Sen. Ted Cruz apart from the pack: his endorsements from some of the religious right’s kookiest voices. Where the 2008 GOP nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, distanced himself from militants on the evangelical fringe, Cruz proudly embraces them.Read more
Donald Trump may have hit a ceiling of support — at least that’s a prime storyline coming out of the Iowa caucuses where he came in second to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. But an equally significant story is that the roof crashed in on Jeb Bush and the Republican establishment.
For Trump, Iowa will be a mere blip on the radar if, as predicted, he wins the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday.Read more
On the morning of the Iowa caucuses, I received the following text message from a friend in South Dakota: “Oh holy heck! Please tell me by some miracle a new candidate will just somehow appear and save the day in Iowa. Just not feeling good about this whole thing. We are talking future leader of the free world. Yikes!”Read more
The death of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, the 54-year-old Arizona rancher who headed north to “liberate” an Oregon wildlife refuge from the United States government, is sad and pitiful.Read more
One would think that, after Sept. 11, 2001, it would be hard to get political traction by attacking “New York values.” In the days after 9/11, the resilient and often heroic response of New Yorkers to the catastrophic terror attack proved that, even in the nation’s largest and most diverse city, the noble values of community, compassion and sacrifice are alive and well.Read more
Tina Fey’s latest portrayal of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live was not just comedic perfection, it was a demonstration of how bizarre the 2016 campaign for president has become.Read more