June 9, 2016
By Berwood A. Yost No candidate with negative personal popularity has won an election for U.S. Senate, governor, or president in Pennsylvania. Not one. That Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the most unpopular candidates ever to run for president is one more example of how unusual and unpredictable this campaign is and will be. When people who follow politics closely talk about a candidate's popularity, they are normally speaking about that candidate's favorability rating.
June 6, 2016 |
Hillary Clinton may have won the Democratic presidential nomination even before the polls close Tuesday in California, three time zones to the west of New Jersey. So in terms of the decisive measurement - raw number of delegates won - California does not matter. Except that it does, because California is not just any state: It's the nation's most diverse and a mainstay of the Democratic Party. Losing there to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent leftist who only joined the party to seek its nomination, would damage Clinton at the end of a brutal primary season just as she needs to unify Democrats for the battle against Donald Trump.
May 12, 2016 |
There must be 50 ways to leave your leader. Some slip out the back. "In this election, I do not support either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.). Some are making new plans. "I cannot support Donald Trump," said Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.), calling for a third-party choice. A few are being coy. "Conventions have never been very appealing to me," said Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.), explaining why he would miss this summer's. Others on this bus won't discuss much.
March 25, 2016 |
Divergent results in Western states that voted Tuesday reflect how polarized the presidential race remains in both parties as the primary calendar starts to run out of pages. In a normal cycle, the question of Republican and Democratic nominees would be settled (or pretty much so) by now. On the GOP side, Donald Trump crushed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by 22 percentage points in Arizona's primary, 47 percent to 25 percent. It was a winner-take-all contest, so the front-runner picked up 58 more delegates.
March 9, 2016
ON SATURDAY, when Republican front-runner Donald Trump stretched his considerable lead by winning the Louisiana presidential primary, I realized that Mitt Romney had failed yet again. Romney, you may recall, is the presidential two-time loser whom the GOP tapped in an attempt to slow Trump's momentum. Republican leaders hoped that Romney delivering a speech in which he called Trump a liar, misogynist, con man and fraud would make the party faithful turn to a more traditional candidate.
March 7, 2016 |
Donald Trump won Louisiana's Republican primary and Kentucky's caucuses, but Texas Senator Ted Cruz claimed caucus wins in Maine and Kansas to bolster his argument that he is the main alternative to the businessman and reality TV star for the party's presidential nomination. In the Democratic race, front-runner Hillary Clinton won the primary in Louisiana, according to the Associated Press, while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had victories in Kansas and Nebraska caucuses, party officials said.
March 7, 2016
ISSUE | ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE Can Trump take a punch? Mitt Romney delivered an articulate, spot-on speech on the many negatives and personal liabilities of Donald Trump ("Republicans in turmoil," Friday). But did it deliver a knockout blow to Trump? No, it did not. Trump has amply displayed his biases, his misogyny, his prejudices, and his lack of policy specifics while campaigning. His supporters shrug them off, believing the man will shake things up, get things done, and "make America great again.
March 3, 2016
REPUBLICANS now want to "Dump the Trump"? Come on. Too late, dudes. Shoulda listened when you had a chance. Last August, I wrote that if party leaders didn't want Trump, they needed to act, put together a deal to winnow the field with promises of future rewards and settle on a pair that could win in November. I even noted that a GOP ticket able to take Florida and (especially) Ohio can snag enough Electoral College votes to win the general election. Know the last Republican elected president without winning Ohio?
December 21, 2015 |
'Maybe this is the year we run the experiment?" I knew immediately what David Axelrod meant. And it wasn't the first time I'd heard the sentiment expressed while in Las Vegas to cover last week's Republican debate. We were sharing notes after the debate, awaiting an appearance on CNN. Axelrod spoke of the philosophical divide within the GOP as to whether the party is best served by nominating a pure conservative or a more pragmatic centrist. For many purists, history begins in 1980 with the nomination of Ronald Reagan.
November 19, 2015 |
DWIGHT EVANS seeks a new political place. After 34 years in the Legislature during which he ran, then lost, the powerful House Appropriations Committee, after failed runs for lieutenant governor, governor and twice for mayor, he's now running for Congress. I wonder why. Why leave one mess in one Capitol for an arguably bigger mess in another? Especially since Washington runs on seniority, so if he wins, he starts on the bottom rung of the ladder. Maybe he's bored with Harrisburg.