Lance Simmens: The politics of fear, anger, frustration, cynicism, and simpleminded denial of complex, long-term thinking have fostered a parasite class of political opportunists who have no more concern for the well-being of either the country or the planet than the proverbial man in the moon.
Brent Budowsky: There is a powerful national revolt, from the left and the right, against the crony insiderism of Washington-based politics and about whether the left or right will win the battle of ideas to define the future of populism.
Michael Hertz: The speaking is not supposed to be a debate, exactly, but a way for each candidate to present ideas that others may accept.
Steve Hochstadt: Carson’s claim that Islam fails his Constitutional tests resonates with Christian fundamentalists who would never accept those tests being applied to their own faith.
Berry Craig: In another moment demonstrating how unhinged Matt Bevin has become, this afternoon he took a break from not releasing his tax returns to stop by the Kentucky Democratic Party Headquarters and complain about our billboard.
Jamala Rogers: Are we allowing Hillary to ride the wave of her president-husband who somehow received the undeserved and unearned title of “black” president because he played the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall Show? President Bill Clinton severely altered black lives with his crippling welfare and criminal justice reforms that will impact black families for generations.
James Otto: Fiorina fired 18,000 U.S. workers in 2003 and replaced them with imported foreign workers as CEO of Hewlett-Packard and admitted she wished she had “done them all faster.”
Larry Wines: As a movement that began in outrage over the manipulating rich, how can Teabaggers be oblivious to putting a piratical billionaire in charge of everything, with his worse-than-vague, indeed wholly unexplained, pledges of restoring the middle class?
Lance Simmens: The quintessential dilemma facing Republican strategists at this point is how they will destroy their frontrunner without destroying the party. Further complicating the issue is whether or not a Trump implosion and subsequent retreat will not have the same effect on the health of the party.
Steve Hochstadt: I think that Republican voters are expressing what they want pretty clearly. They want a political outsider. Maybe that’s their main message so far. That’s news.
David Love: Ben Carson spits in the face of millions of Muslim Americans as he tells this community they are not American enough to lead the nation.
Randy Shaw: As ominous as the 2000 storm clouds may appear for 2016, labor’s stronger role, a weaker GOP nominee, a more diverse electoral demographic, and a shift to Democrats on social issues all bode well for Democratic chances.
Ted Vaill: We will have to live with Teddy’s daily bloviating for over five more years, unless he is censured, like Joe McCarthy in the 1950s shortly before he died of alcoholism, or chooses to quit the Senate, or, of course, if he is elected President in 2016.