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February 14, 2015

Can Scott Walker unite Republicans elsewhere, as he has done in Wisconsin

But within his own party, he’s the opposite of polarizing, and that’s been an early boon to his all-but-certain bid for the Republican nomination.

February 14, 2015

In drive to be 45th president, Jeb Bush faces legacies of 43rd and 41st

Jeb Bush came here this weekend to bask in the glow of his extended family. His sister called him “remarkable and brilliant,” a president-in-waiting. His mother said she had changed her mind, that it was time after all for another Bush in the White House. And his father, the 41st president, cheered him on.

December 3, 2014

Eventually, Jeb Bush Will Need to Claim He’s the Conservative Candidate

Yesterday I mentioned that immigration reform and Common Core could represent huge issues of contention between Jeb Bush and conservative Republican primary voters — and yet that when he was governor, one of Bush’s crusades was a key priority of conservatives, school choice:

December 2, 2014

Why Marco Rubio Should Be the GOP’s Presidential Front-Runner

The leading contender for the GOP’s presidential nomination is polling at a measly 3 percent in two new national surveys testing Republican primary candidates. He wasn’t even included in Bloomberg’s November poll of likely New Hampshire primary voters. He’s been overshadowed by the media’s obsession with brand-name candidates, like Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, even though his profile is more compelling than either.

November 26, 2014

Mike Huckabee Defies Assumptions About GOP 2016 Field

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has been something of an afterthought in the early coverage of the emerging Republican presidential field.

That might be a little shortsighted, according to the results of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released last week.

November 20, 2014

Bobby Jindal: I won’t be deterred in 2016.

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said there is no single potential entrant into the GOP presidential field who would deter him from seeking the White House.

October 27, 2014

The 2016 Contenders’ Weaknesses

At dinner the other night with a collection of political consultants, pollsters, some journalists and a few civilians, we went around the table giving our predictions of the presidential nominees for 2016. Some interesting names popped up. One of them was Bill de Blasio, the lefty mayor of New York, and another was Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator who seems to be running for president on a platform of discovering who he is. Elizabeth Warren was also mentioned and so, in a weary sort of way, was Hillary Clinton. Like Paul, she’s looking for a message.