It could really be Trump vs. Sanders

Donald Trump really could win the Republican nomination.

Bernie Sanders really could win the Democratic nomination.

What if either one of them were elected?  If you support neither of these candidates, if they were the nominees, which would you vote for?  Of the two, which one do you think would win?

On Planned Parenthood’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton

As you may have heard, Planned Parenthood has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, also giving her $20 million.  But isn’t Planned Parenthood a non-profit organization and so forbidden, like Christian ministries, from overt political involvement?  And since one-third of its income comes from the government, doesn’t that mean that tax dollars are funding a political campaign?

It turns out that Planned Parenthood has formed a separate advocacy group to be its political arm.  It presumably is financed by separate money.  Still, I remember how careful Christian organizations I’ve been involved have had to be to distance themselves from the very appearance of political involvement in order to protect their tax-exempt status.  When it is being said that “Planned Parenthood” is endorsing, rather than “the Planned Parenthood Action Fund,” that would normally invite IRS scrutiny.

Anyway, the endorsement may backfire, both against Planned Parenthood and against Mrs. Clinton.  Bernie Sanders supporters are furious at the endorsement and are pulling their funds from Planned Parenthood. [Read more...]

The Democratic debate

I wasn’t able to watch the Democratic presidential candidate debate.  If you did, please report.

Debate post-mortem

So, what’s your verdict on last night’s debate?  Any winners or losers?  Do you find your allegiances shifting?  Is Cruz stealing some of Trump’s thunder?  Who do you think is emerging as the mainstream Republican candidate?

UPDATE:  I had said that last night’s debate would be the last before the voting starts, but that was wrong.  There will be another debate on January 28, just before the Iowa caucuses on February 1.

ALSO, the Democratic presidential candidates will have a debate on Sunday.  I don’t think I’ll liveblog that one, but we can discuss it on Monday.

Liveblogging the GOP debate

This could get interesting.  Here is the dramatic context:  Trump and Cruz are running neck and neck in Iowa.  They will likely be attacking each other.  The other, more interesting, plot is that the Republican establishment despises both of those two, so the remaining candidates will be competing to get the mainline support.  Rubio has been the front runner for this group, so Christie (who is starting to do well in New Hampshire) and Bush, in particular, will be attacking him.   So there might be some fireworks tonight.  Or, rather, a circular firing squad that could end up hurting all of the candidates against the Democrats.

So let’s get started.  Please join in with your comments.

GOP debate tonight–without Rand Paul

The Republican presidential candidates will hold their final debate before the primary voting begins.  As is our custom, we’ll liveblog the proceedings.  Please join me here and chime in with your own comments.

Rand Paul will not be there.  He did not make the cut for the main event and has refused to appear on the undercard.  The Fox business network, which is hosting the debate, set the criteria based on the polls of the preceding Monday.  The results of a Wednesday poll would let him qualify, but the network is standing by its deadline.

Carly Fiorina will also go back to the undercard. On the main stage will be Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and John Kasich.

Meet me here at 8:00 Eastern Time!  (I’ll start a new post for the liveblog.) [Read more...]