Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Jeb Bush”

The GOP Establishment’s Worst-Case Scenario Is Here

The GOP “establishment” was repudiated last night by almost half of the voters, and the best chance to slow down Trump’s progress towards the nomination was squandered.

Posted February 10th, 2016

New Hampshire Results

Leaders in both parties have been sternly rebuked, and they deserve to be.

Posted February 9th, 2016

What To Expect in New Hampshire

“Establishment” fratricide will continue, and Trump and Cruz stand to benefit.

Posted February 8th, 2016

The “Establishment” Candidates and Rubio’s Trust Deficit

His rivals see him as untrustworthy, and so they are understandably unwilling to entrust the fortunes of the party to him.

Posted February 8th, 2016

Rubio’s Bad Debate

The conceit that Rubio is the best candidate for the general election looks a lot less credible than it did before the debate.

Posted February 8th, 2016

The Awful State of Republican Foreign Policy Debate

The candidates seemed to be unanimously in favor of every bad idea mentioned.

Posted February 8th, 2016

The Continuing Woes of the “Establishment”

We shouldn’t discount the effect of personal animus and bitterness when thinking about what these candidates may do.

Posted February 4th, 2016

Rubio’s Bad “Gamble”

Like a mediocre team on the cusp of getting into a wild card game, the Rubio campaign is not in control of its own destiny.

Posted February 1st, 2016

The Seventh Republican Debate

Rubio had his worst debate last night when he could least afford it.

Posted January 29th, 2016

Previewing the Seventh Republican Debate

Bush, Kasich, and Christie will be hoping to trip up Rubio and weaken him ahead of New Hampshire.

Posted January 28th, 2016

Maybe Rubio’s Just a Bad Presidential Candidate

The simplest explanation is that Rubio isn’t winning because he hasn’t put in the time or effort into campaigning.

Posted January 28th, 2016

Why Is Bush Still in the Race?

Bush and his allies blame Rubio for taking away support they think he would have had.

Posted January 27th, 2016

A Trump-Cruz Race Forces Republican Elites to Choose Sides

Now Republican elites are being forced to choose between someone they don’t trust and someone they positively hate.

Posted January 26th, 2016

The Rubio Fantasy

The Rubio fantasy is probably appealing to some Republicans because it means that the GOP and the country are not all that different from the way they were in the 2000s.

Posted January 25th, 2016

Why the Anti-Trump Candidates Fail

They wrongly assume that they have the luxury of knocking off their non-Trump rivals first.

Posted January 25th, 2016

New Hampshire and the Impending Collapse of the “Establishment” Candidates

What do the “establishment” candidates’ voters do when it becomes clear that none of them can win?

Posted January 19th, 2016

Graham Endorses Bush

“Establishment” figures in the party aren’t giving up on Bush despite his extraordinarily poor campaign.

Posted January 15th, 2016