The 2016 Presidential field

The National Review offers a take-down on Donald Trump.  Whose political campaign will appeal to… the entertainable masses, I suppose.

“But he speaks his mind!” shout the Trumpkins. Indeed, he does, in a practically stream-of-consciousness fashion: His announcement speech was like Finnegans Wake as reimagined by an unlettered person with a short attention span. The value of speaking one’s mind depends heavily on the mind in question, and Trump’s is second-rate.
That is more interesting than just about everyone’s announcment speech this side of Lincoln Chafee.  It is worth noting that while some compare his speech to James Joyce, others compare it (or at least a couple lines in it) to… Adolf Hitler.
Ben Carson apparently leads in the polls  (or at least one poll).  This may be credited to two things: one — fallout from South Carolina, and two — there’s more than a dozen candidates and he’s at 11 percent.
In more relevant policy news… he dips and darts at the Deptartment [sic] of Education and offers this conservative position
Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson says that part of his plan for education would be to have the Department of Education monitor colleges and universities for “political bias” and withhold funding from them if it exists.
“I think the Department of Education should monitor institutions of higher education for political bias and withhold federal funding if it exists,” Carson told Las Vegas radio host Heidi Harris on Thursday.
Never go wrong charging against Marxist Professors.
News from the Carly Fiorina campaign.
In response to a reprimand from the Federal Election Commission, “Carly for America,” a super PAC launched in February to support the presidential candidacy of Carly Fiorina, has changed its name to “CARLY for America.” The organization had fallen on the wrong side of a federal regulation prohibiting super PACs from using a candidate’s name and opted to, uh, fix the problem by replacing Fiorina’s first name with an acronym that also happens to be Fiorina’s first name.
It’s the nature of these things.
I’m a tad puzzled by Lindsey Graham’s framing for his speech.
There can be no doubt that the shooting on Wednesday night was racially motivated and signals to all of us that the scars of our history are still with us today,” Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement Saturday. “Throughout our country, we still have much to do in the name of equality. I want to talk about those issues on the campaign trail.

Anyone doubting that, short of “the Internets“.

“Go back and look at the covers of Time and Newsweek from the early ’70s. And we were told that if we didn’t do something by 1980, we’d be popsicles. Now we’re told that we’re all burning up. Science is not as settled on that as it is on some things.”

Rick Santorum uses the word “Terrorism“, and dodges the Confederate flag issue (in terms of his personal opinion) as everyone shoves it on over to “State’s Rights”…  — say, Bobby Jindal.
Aw”? for George Pataki or… “huh?”
Scott Walker tries to score points off of British Prime Minister Cameron, who it should be noted just won with the help of one Obama campaign operator.
Jeb Bush versus Marco Rubio
Lincoln Chafee thinks that Rachel Carson ought be on the 10 dollar bill.
Neil Young granted Bernie Sanders permission to use the song he disavowed when Donald Trump used.

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