Leading the First Polls Is…Jeb Bush?

By on 6.22.15 | 5:39PM

I'm just going to call this my Pauline Kael moment

How can 75% of Republicans be willing to vote for Jeb Bush? I don't know a single person who doesn't throw up a little in their mouths just thinking about it.

And yet, America, here we are. In the midst of Jeb-mentum

Three-quarters of GOP primary voters say they could see themselves supporting Mr. Bush or Mr. Rubio, a significantly larger share than for any other contender…

When presented with six election developments that might raise concerns, only 4% of all poll respondents said their top worry was that “too many people from the same families are running as have run in the past,” a concern that might also apply to Democrat Hillary Clinton. The top concern was that “wealthy individuals and corporations will have too much influence over who wins,” a worry expressed more by Democrats than by Republicans…

Hillary Clinton Abandons the Brooklyn Hipsters

By on 6.22.15 | 12:37PM

Back when she first announced that she was running for President, Hillary Clinton made such a big deal of opening an office in Brooklyn that most people thought she'd jettison the pantsuits for some high-waisted Jorts and a crop top from Urban Outfitters. Here was a candidate of yesterday, so tained with the scent of the 1990s that her very presence reminded everyone of padded headbands and Seinfeld, openly embracing the new hipsterdom of organic, fair trade, vegan coffee bars and food trucks run by people who use their profits for mustache wax. A miracle!

Supreme Court Takes On Raisins, Spider-Man, and Hotels, But Not Marriage and Obamacare…Yet

By on 6.22.15 | 12:13PM

There's only one more SCOTUS "Decision Day" left in June, and it's going to be a big one. On their second to last day before skipping town to enjoy their summer vacation, the Supreme Court released decisions on whether Marvel Entertainment will have to pay a toy manufacturer into perpetutity even if his patent expires and whether a New Deal program that pays raisin farmers not to grow raisins so as to drive up the price of raisins nationwide runs afoul of the Constitution. 

Brian Williams Will be the “Face of MSNBC”

By on 6.18.15 | 5:29PM

There's no reason Brian Williams should return to television. But I suppose if there's any place where he can fit in - and more importantly, where people are far too distracted by their own self-importance to notice that he's fudging the details of his personal experience, it would be MSNBC.

What's one more delusional talking head, anyway, when you're already cornering the market?

NBC and Williams have come to a tentative agreement that will keep Williams at the network after his six-month suspension ends in August, people with knowledge of the agreement said. It will likely be announced sometime Thursday.

Williams will not be returning to the “NBC Nightly News” anchor chair; his fill-in Lester Holt will become the program’s permanent anchor…

So what will Williams do? His portfolio will include a position on MSNBC, NBC’s struggling cable news channel. “He will be the face of MSNBC,” handling big breaking news stories, one of the people said on condition of anonymity.

That is just the thing MSNBC requires to restore their credibility. 

The Pope Hits at Population Control Activists in Eco-Encyclical, Says Ecology Means Protecting the Unborn

By on 6.18.15 | 12:30PM

Doug Bandow and Debra Saunders have already done an excellent job digesting Pope Francis's new Encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, but I want to make sure that I flagged a bit of the Pope's piece that's flown under the radar.

In addition to discussing the impact of Climate Change on the poor, the Catholic and spiritual history of environmental stewardship, and suggesting economic policy changes, the Pope pointed out that there's a disconnect within the environmental movement that will have a much longer-lasting impact than any filth-spewing industrial project: the environmental movement's commitment to population control. In a harshly-worded passage, the Pope repudiates attacks on human dignity, noting that a respect for nature cannot be separated from a respect for human life, especially unborn human life.

Political Hay

Jeb Bush’s Education Problem

By 6.18.15

Have you read the new book by ex-Bush 41 White House Chief of Staff John Sununu? Title: The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush. 

Mr. Sununu has done a good deed here, both to the always decent president he served and perhaps most importantly for the historical record. Although in the latter case the book may prove to be a problem for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as he pursues his Dad’s — and his brother’s — old job.

The other night Jeb Bush sat down for one of those hour-long candidate interviews that Sean Hannity has been doing on his Fox show. Asked Hannity of Bush: “Would you eliminate any government departments? Education? Commerce?” Bush replied:

Tagged by the FEC, Carly for America Becomes CARLY for America

By on 6.17.15 | 12:53PM

When friends of Carly Fiorina launched Carly for America, their team was mildly concerned that the Federal Elections Commission would be hot on their heels for naming their group after their candidate. Since Super PACs are supposed to be "legally unaffiliated" with the candidates they support, so that they can maintain an air of neutrality in their fundraising that doesn't fool anyone. They thought, perhaps naively, that the Federal government would be willing to interpret the rule liberally in the case of certain conservative organizations.

I'm not ashamed to say that I love Carly. But no one, not even the former CEO of Hewlett Packard and affiliates, should assume that the FEC will apply its rules - even its incredibly vague ones - liberally. Accordingly, the FEC issued a warning: change your name or face a fine. In deference to the vaguaries of the rule, Carly for America did change its name. It announced, today, that it's become the fully FEC-compliant, CARLY for America.

Rachel Dolezal Shopping a Reality Show

By on 6.17.15 | 11:03AM

I don't want to pretend that we didn't know this was coming. After all, there's no greater achievement in America today than being hired by television executives to portray yourself in a docu-series about your life that people will watch while consuming entire bottles of wine on their sofa and thanking the high heavens that they weren't born with your particular strain of mental illness.

Rachel Dolezal, to the surprise of literally no one, has hired a publicist will be shopping a reality show about her life

NAACP race faker Rachel Dolezal stepped down from her job Monday, but RadarOnline.com has learned she already has a new gig in the works: Dolezal is fielding multiple offers to film a reality show, and is seeking professional representation after her bombshell interview on the Today show.

Campaign Crawlers

Boomer Losers

By 6.17.15

The Republican Party may be busily packing candidates into a clown car — yesterday it neared, finally, the “dirty dozen” required to hold either an in-depth debate on the merits of marijuana legalization or our own First Annual Republican Hunger Games (the clearly better idea, given how quickly it’d narrow the field) — but the Democrats seem to be struggling with their own field’s drawbacks. Namely, that no one currently running for the Democratic Presidential nomination is able to remember where they put their keys without one of those Brookstone echolocaters and a staff of twelve.

Hillary Clinton Charged $200K For Kids Charity Speech, Wouldn’t Interact With Kids

By on 6.16.15 | 2:05PM

It, apparently, takes a village to pay for Hillary Clinton to speak at a children's charity.

The Clinton Foundation acquires a good chunk of its $2 billion worth by collecting speaking and appearance fees for its celebrities, Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton — fees that range from the tens to the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Often, the Clintons give these speeches to benefit nonprofits, as "special guests" of charities at fundraising events, or to solidify a partnership with a nonprofit that shares the same goals and aims as the Clinton Foundation, generally, in the hopes that the foundation will recoup its losses on a Clinton speech with donations and ticket sales to the Clinton event.