The historic debates between Republican Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln and the Democratic incumbent Stephen A. Douglas unfolded in Illinois in 1858 without benefit of media staging. The two candidates took their turns in speaking, rebutting, and attacking, one after the other without judges, referees or even time limits. Just mano a mano, one-on-one.
On MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Hillary Clinton said that it was the threat of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage that led Bill to sign the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
This statement is totally untrue. I was there and there was never any discussion of a constitutional amendment on the subject.
Published on TheHill.com on October 27, 2015
In politics today, we tend to define the right and the left over fiscal or social issues. Where one stands on abortion and gay marriage on the one hand and tax and spending policy on the other typecasts a public official as a creature of the left or of the right.
I have all the respect in the world for Ben Carson. For only the second time in American politics, we would have a president who made his name outside of politics prior to his election if he won. (The first, for trivia fans, is Herbert Hoover as an engineer). He is humble, virtuous, honest, reliable, committed. But there is no way on Earth that he could defeat Hillary Clinton or even stand up to her in a debate.
Now we know conclusively that even as she paraded the video condemning the prophet Muhammad as the supposed cause of the Benghazi attack, Hillary Clinton knew full well that it had nothing to do with the video and was entirely and exclusively caused by a terrorist attack.
With apologies to Bob Dylan, you can’t tell which way the wind is blowing without a weather vane — particularly if you are indoors looking out. We had no way of knowing what was happening in the bowels of the Justice Department and the White House before Joe Biden decided not to run. Now, we know:
There will be no indictment of Hillary Clinton.
In the aftermath of the October 15th debate, Senator Bernie Sanders closed the gap between himself and front runner Hillary Clinton.
The average of the last six national polls, as reported by RealClearPolitics.com, stretching over a three week period before the debate, Hillary’s vote share in a Democratic Primary was 44%.
Published on TheHill.com on October 13, 2015
The rapid rise and equally rapid fall of Carly Fiorina deserves our attention.
Before the most recent GOP debate, she was languishing in the polls at only 4 percent of the vote, according to a Sept. 9-Sept. 13 CBS survey.
While all the insider pundits proclaimed a Hillary victory, it is evident to those who truly understand the Democratic electorate that Bernie Sanders is the one who actually won. The result of the debate will be evident soon enough: Look for Bernie to move up in the polls and close much of the lead Hillary now holds.
Hillary didn’t do badly. But Sanders won.
The first Democratic presidential debate, scheduled for Tuesday, October 13th, will likely boost each of the candidates who participate — largely at the expense of Hillary Clinton.
The debate will be a contest of four vs. one as not only Senator Bernie Sanders, but also former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chaffee, and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb gang up on her.