Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

It's behind us: The SOTU address

The Hill's A.B. Stoddard takes your questions after President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday night. 

Time for Team Clinton to invade NJ

The looming threat to a Hillary Clinton candidacy — the New Jersey governor's status as the nation's "hottest" politician — is on ice for now, but he could coming roaring back.


Mike Huckabee finds the center

Mike Huckabee on Fox News this weekend says the views of Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty are very much “traditional ... steadfast, old-fashioned Biblical Christian values which are also, by the way, values of traditional Judaism and Islam.” Traditional Hinduism and Buddhism, you might add. And Robertson says, “I will not give or back down from my path.” Issues aside, his stance is what America craves: courage of conviction.

It could bring Mike Huckabee to the center of American politics.


2016, here they come

In the Republican Party, elected officials keeping their options open are making it perfectly clear that campaign season has already begun.


Conservatism’s cool quaternity: Nikki Haley, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman Jr.

"I’d rather be dead than cool." — Kurt Cobain

Nikki Haley (R) should be preparing her passport to visit Israel. When she wins reelection as governor of South Carolina, the presidency will at once appear on the horizon. 

It already has for America’s three coolest governors, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal (R), Texas’s Rick Perry (R) and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (R). Huntsman is possibly the coolest former governor ever to seek the presidency. But all four of them could find their pictures on the cover of Rolling Stone — possibly together. They might be considered an avant garde of conservatism today.


The West is the best: Is Jerry Brown the anti-Reagan?

Afraid of Hillary Clinton, like Michael Scott, regional manager of Dunder Mifflin in "The Office"? Fear appears to be her biggest draw. But Anybody But Hillary may bring others. 

My best suggestion, given that the no-fault Democrats have no clue on foreign policy: Jim Webb, warrior, novelist, historian, secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan and until recently, senator from Virginia. He was brave when it was time to be brave while Hillary, Biden and Kerry led the libearl appeasers in the Senate, holding the coats for Bush, Cheney and the neocons.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would be good as well. She has graced New England with a heartland style and presence. And Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) has recently traveled to Iowa. But here’s another suggestion for 2016: Jerry Brown, governor of California.


Chris Christie mauls Rand Paul; Ted Cruz on deck

It was an unfair fight. In the first minute of the first round of the boxing match for the 2016 Republican nomination to be defeated by Hillary Clinton in the presidential campaign, it was a knockout.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) came of the ring and answered the attack against him by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) by slamming a right hook against Paul's chin, followed by a left uppercut, which left Paul on the mat pleading for mercy and Christie standing above him refusing to grant mercy or share a beer (though this will change).


Returning: Why Jeb Bush will win

When Jeb Bush is elected vice president in 2016 (and president in 2024), he can first thank John Lennon. On the second or third tour to the Cow Palace, Lennon became terrified. Thousands upon thousands moved to the front. They were wheeling the sick and broken in wheelchairs near the stage, like with a messiah.

And some were saying so. No more concerts on a vast scale, Lennon demanded, with astonishing moral insight. Someone could get killed. Others — some of them vermin — did, and death became common at these events. But the Catholic Church was the first to catch on. Soon the urchins would go the way of the “gods that failed.” But the urchins knew how to market. And they would now do the same.