presidential election

Big Money In Politics: Republican Debate Edition

Originally published at The Huffington Post, August 7, 2015 Donald Trump was the center of attention in Thursday evening’s (August 6) Republican debate, and he was everything one expected him to be. He was crude, he was sexist, he was condescending and insulting — not just to the American public, but to other nations and… Read more »

The Democrats Need a Horse Race

Originally published at The Huffington post, August 4, 2015 The Democratic Party needs a horse race for its presidential nomination for 2016. They require the energy that a serious multi-candidate field brings to the electoral cycle. Primary campaigns, after all, ought to do the following things for a political party: They should frame and focus… Read more »

Can You Trump That?

This post appeared originally on my Huffington Post column, published May 13, 2015. Donald Trump has teased the voting public before. He has flirted several times with the possibility of running for president. In 2012, he even rose to near the top of some early opinion polls. Each time, however, Trump backed away from an… Read more »

Does He Have a Prayer? Mike Huckabee Runs for President

This post appeared originally at my Huffington Post column on May 6, 2015. In 2008, Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas made a strong run for the Republican nomination for president. He won the Iowa caucus and carried over four million popular votes across the length of the Republican primary. In the wake of the nominating… Read more »