Category: 2016 White House

The GOP overcame the media

newspaper-418919_640Previously in the series – Why the GOP is losing: Healthcare

So, I had previously started a series (of…one, I know – way to follow through) looking at why the GOP seemed to be losing on the national stage. As we now know, they didn’t actually lose, they won. In fact, in doing so, they overcame some big hurdles including large media. So the look below covers a bit of everything.


The media loves to portray the Republican Party as (insert dumb/racist/sexist/etc here) and frankly that is because the Republican Party is to blame for giving them so much ammunition. The clip below is from the Daily Show (yes, not full-fledged legitimate media but their reach is quite profound) and it provides a classic example.

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Hoosier Tuesday: President Pence?

Gov. Mike Pence could be on the campaign trail in 2016...but it may not be in a bid for re-election

Gov. Mike Pence will be on the campaign trail in 2016…but it may not be in a bid for re-election

Was there any doubt that Gov. Mike Pence had aspirations that reach beyond the governor’s mansion? If you thought he was content in Indy, perhaps the fact that he will headline the Wisconsin Republican convention will dispel those fictitious ideas. While Wisconsin is not a headliner state like Iowa or New Hampshire, it’s also not Indiana…a place where a Governor who is focused only on his state would be.

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Thursdays on the Trail: Should we look for military service in 2016?

Many of the presidents in the last half of the 20th century served in WWII

Many of the presidents in the last half of the 20th century served in WWII

Much talk has centered around which Senator/Representative/Governor will emerge as the front-runner for the GOP nomination in 2016. They will tout their conservative credentials, fiscal agendas and their plan for limited government. However, one thing is missing – military service.

With Russia re-emerging as a threat to the United States and the Middle East remaining a powder keg that is on the verge of explosion, it would seem that the time is right for someone with a background in the military or national security to enter the fray (and no, John McCain, I am not suggesting you run again).

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A More Inclusive Presidential Primary Would Motivate Voters to Participate – from my column at

Republican presidential primary election ballot seen at polling station in Nashua

The old ways should be abandoned

(EDITOR’S NOTE – this story was originally published on 2/13 in my column at IVN)

It seems that in every cycle there is debate about which states should hold the first presidential primary elections. Some state always seems to try to jump ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire. Since 1972, the Iowa Caucuses have been first in the nation and New Hampshire has been the first “primary” since 1920.There, of course, have been states that have attempted to circumvent Iowa and New Hampshire, claiming that they don’t truly represent America as they are small states with seemingly narrow demographics. This has led to a few reform proposals where states are ordered based on population and demographics or grouped together to be more representative of the nation as a whole.

Thursdays on the Trail: Outsiders and Insiders

NOT a picture from this winter…obviously

Sorry, this is not about the movie The Outsiders, nor Eric Church’s upcoming album…although I think that will be good one.

The 2016 Presidential election is still two-plus years away but the talk over who will be the next person to occupy the oval office basically started they day after President Obama won re-election in 2012. The upcoming 2014 mid-term elections will, of course, play a big role in who will be the most active in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Hoosier Tuesday: Political posturing

Autumn in the hills of Southwest Indiana

Where are the adults?

Last week, the soap opera that is the State Board of Education became even more dramatic (I didn’t that that was possible, but once again, politicians continue to trump themselves in stupid moves). Glenda Ritz, who has been a staple in the Hoosier Tuesday columns, decided that rather than continuing with the State Board of Education meeting she would just walk out. Reminder, this is a meeting she was leading and she decided to take her proverbial ball and go home.

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MidWest Wednesday: GOP divide in Iowa could be felt nation-wide

Field of Dreams - Dyersville, Iowa

Field of Dreams – Dyersville, Iowa

As 2016 approaches, it is clear that things are not right in Iowa. There is a clear schism between the rank-and-file Republicans in the Hawkeye State and the party leadership there. Party leadership is supposed to inspire the grassroots. They are supposed to make sure that incumbents remain safe and challengers are up to the task – financially and organizationally. It seems that simply is not occurring now thanks to the growing GOP divide in Iowa.

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GOP Voters Want Leadership

Hand-tinted photo of the White House north face, circa 1900 - courtesy of

Hand-tinted photo of the White House north face, circa 1900 – courtesy of

The Republican Party, while not solidified behind any candidate(s) yet, appears to favor someone who has served as governor rather than as a senator.  According to the recent Quinnipiac University poll, 59 percent of those who identify themselves as Republicans prefer someone with a governor’s background while 23 percent favor senatorial experience.

While Quinnipiac’s poll surveyed Republicans’ feeling towards former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) with Rubio and Ryan leading the pack with 19 and 17 percent respectively.  However, when names were removed and the generic question of “if you had to choose, would you prefer that the Republican party nominate for President a candidate with experience as a governor or experience as a United States Senator” was posed to respondents, the numbers showed that 59 percent favored a governor while 23 favored a senator and 18 percent were undecided.

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