For the first time since May, there are no changes to our phony presidential pol population. According to PredictWise, the following have a 2% or better chance of being the next White House inhabitant:
|Query String||Hit Count||Change Since
|"Jeb Bush" phony||1,130,000||+70,000|
|"Hillary Clinton" phony||413,000||+11,000|
|"Donald Trump" phony||227,000||-41,000|
|"Rand Paul" phony||172,000||-10,000|
|"Chris Christie" phony||149,000||-13,000|
|"Joe Biden" phony||135,000||-4,000|
|"Marco Rubio" phony||123,000||+9,000|
|"Bernie Sanders" phony||116,000||-31,000|
|"Scott Walker" phony||109,000||+4,000|
A. Barton Hinkle notes (at Reason) that "Phonies
Dominate Presidential Race". (A theme Pun Salad has been singing
since, oh, 2007.)
Hillary comes in for scorn, obviously. Also Jindal, Christie, Walker, Paul, and Cruz. A. Bart concludes:
Granted, it's a trifle naive to ask for authenticity from most presidential candidates. You might as well ask a school of hungry piranha to show a little self-restraint. Still, if recent history offers any clue of what is to come for the next 18 months, it's a safe bet Holden Caulfield won't be the only one who wants to throw up.
I always thought Holden's standards were a little too high.
Jonathan S. Tobin
writes in Commentary about
Walker’s Flip-Flop Problem" and he's not talking about ancient
computer circuitry. Note: Tobin relies heavily on
disputed report that claimed that Walker was saying one thing to
pro-immigration think-tankers, something else out on the populist
hustings. But still:
With the first GOP debate only a month away, it is no longer possible to excuse Walker’s missteps as the inevitable mistakes of a rookie on the national stage. Walker needs to make up his mind about immigration and stick to it. Walker’s flip flop problem is real. If he continues to need his staff to pressure people to walk back accounts of his flip-flopping, he’s going to find himself outflanked by conviction conservatives on the right who need no such help as well as other Republicans who are prepared to stick to their guns in the same manner that Walker demonstrated back in 2011 when he was besieged by the unions.
Walker's official entry into the race is, as they say, imminent.
I should have blogged this before, but: at Legal Insurrection,
Jay Caruso analyzes "Hillary
Clinton And Her Phony Spotify Playlist".
Key takeaway (quoted from the linked CNN article): "None of the 14 songs on the 67-year-old candidate’s playlist was released before 1999."
Hil's list includes a song ("Break Free") featuring the nefarious donut-licking Ariana Grande; I can't help but wonder if that track will be quietly dropped.
Professor Althouse articulates
something that has been percolating incoherently in my own brain for a
while, springing off Hillary's recent CNN interview where her
dismal "trustworthiness" numbers were discussed.
Yes, she lies constantly. You know that. I know that. She knows that.
And I suspect that when she talks this over with her advisers, a central idea is: Politicians are dishonest. Everyone knows that and everyone thinks that. It's trifling that it shows up in a poll that people think Hillary is dishonest. It's like a poll showing people think the sky is blue. The important thing is, people are familiar and at home with Hillary's dishonesty. It's a comfortable old friend. We know all about it. It's acquired a transparency of its own. But what is the dishonesty of all those other candidates? That is the mystery. That is what people should worry about — all the strange ways in which Jeb/Marco/Scott/Rand/Ted/etc. are dishonesty. So confusing and disturbing. Who knows how to begin to delve into that swamp? Best to stay with good old dishonest Hillary!
I don't know if that's accurate. It could be.