Those Toyota pickups could b amphibious, we don't know they aren't. They could come ashore @ Myrtle Beach any day.
To have a chance in '16 the R's must coalesce around an issue or a candidate which will bring the R base to the voting booths but not the D base. Until a few months ago, the R establishment saw this as opposition to Obamacare, hence The Holy Crusade Against Obamacare they'd been waging for years. But that's clearly failed & they've dropped it. Possible alternate issues include immigration (build a wall & run the illegals out), gay marriage & Iran (kill the Deal & deal w/ Iran b 4 it nukes us). But none are gaining status as a Holy Crusade. The longer the Party goes w/out a defining issue, the greater the possibility it'll coalesce around a charismatic individual instead.
center on gay marriage. That one's lost too. It might be building the Wall and evicting illegals. But the political math in general elections is daunting They could have a go at spinning up actions against Iran. But, except for the crazy neocon chicken hawks, it might be heavy lifting to get the base signed on. The longer the Party stumbles along without a Holy Crusade, the more possible it becomes that, by default, it'll center not on an issue but on a charismatic leader, Donald.
Ever run into Kim Davis or Donald Trump at meetings of the Association of Republican Constitutional Scholars?
Steve Schmidt, Sr Adviser to McCain in '08 campaign quoted in today's WaPo.
Actually it still is defined by issues. Just not the ones many long time conservatives are proud to be associated with.
Obama had photo op visiting a melting glacier Tuesday. That's alright, I'll bet Fox got some good shots of him being greeted by the summer snow Dr Roy forecast. If not, maybe they could photoshop some.
Fiscal stimulas (sic)? Isn't that what the Great Wall on the Border is all about? Brings to mind Keynes' remark that, if an economy is liquidity trapped & starved for demand and worthwhile government projects aren't available, then printing script and burying it in abandoned coal mines for folks to dig up is better than doing nothing. Given crumbling roads, bridges, etc, you might think maybe the R's could find worthwhile projectsj for stimulus spending. Whatever.
Kim Davis, a county clerk in KY, has come out of nowhere to lead claiming, like Trump, to have some revisions to the constitution in mind. In fact, they are already effective, in her mind at least.
The snow doesn't seem to be getting much attention from the newsmen & camera crews covering Obama. Maybe when he visits Kotzebue they can get some in the background? At the least it should cover up the melting permafrost.
A team of Hollywood screenwriters hired by the DNC to script the R nomination season couldn't make this stuff up.
It's a terrible place, no one wants to live there. That's why real estate is so cheap there as compared to, say, Dallas.
Why do the "gov can't do anything right" guys assume that Hillary's server - a private business effort - was easy to hack & State Dept servers can't be?
Who do you actually know of who says that sea ice melt causes sea level to rise?
Don't have data but I expect that the LFPR among slaves on the old Southern cotton plantations was pretty high.
Google "cities, towns, villages, opposed drilling southeast coast"
have R's @ 13/10 (IP 43%) & D's @ 8/11 (58%). (Source Oddschecker) Perhaps the following explains much of the spread: "53% of respondents in that Fox News national poll support Trump, Carson, Cruz or Huckabee, which is more than twice the percentage supporting Bush, Walker, Rubio, Kasich or Christie combined." Ed Kigore, "Aggregating the Wacko Bird vote," Washington Monthly 8/17/15. The poll referred to was taken after the debate.
It's looking like the betting market has doubts that the R base will nominate a competitive candidate for the general. But perhaps the R's are just indulging themselves for now & will get serious by next winter? I expect the Party leadership is hoping for that.