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It’s Actually Not the Most Important Election of Our Lifetime

The year was 1603. The previous monarch, Queen Elizabeth I, had just died with no direct heir and England had already endured years of instability. Elizabeth had taken the throne after the tumultuous reign of her half-sister, Mary I (also known as Bloody Mary), and had revived the fledgling English Reformation Mary had tried to […]

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Citizen’s Guide to Politician Talk

The Citizen’s Guide to Politician Talk

If only we had more politicians who thought for themselves, like Mayor Pike. If you pay any attention at all to politics, you’ve probably noticed that politicians speak a very specific language, refined over decades of political tradition specifically for the purpose of getting you to elect them and allow them to spend your money […]

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Ben Carson Carly Fiorina

Carson vs. Fiorina: Should a Muslim be President?

Believe it or not, Carson and Fiorina actually agree on this more than you might think. In spite of what you might be reading on Facebook, their positions do not disqualify either one from being a viable option for conservatives. I’m going to analyze their positions closely in just a minute, but first let’s set […]

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Lee Bright for SC Senate

Senate Candidate Analysis: Lee Bright

The South Carolina primary is less than a week away, and this analysis of Lee Bright is the next to the last article in my series analyzing the Graham challengers. This article is based on the criteria in my previous post, “What we need in a Graham challenger.” 1. Prior political victories – “A+” In my original […]

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Det Bowers

Senate Candidate Analysis: Det Bowers

Today, we’re looking at one of the most colorful of the Lindsey Graham challengers: former pastor Det Bowers. This analysis is based on the criteria in my previous post, “What we need in a Graham challenger.” 1. Prior political victories – “F” Det Bowers has never run for office before. He does have some experience […]

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Analysis of Bill Connor for US Senate

Senate Candidate Analysis: Bill Connor

Today I’m continuing the series of Senate candidate analyses with a look at Bill Connor (previous posts in the series are here and here). This is based on the criteria in my post from September, “What we need in a Graham challenger.” As always, I welcome your thoughts and perspective in the comments. 1. Previous […]

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Nancy Mace Senate Candidate

Senate Candidate Analysis: Nancy Mace

Next up in my series of Senate candidate analyses: Nancy Mace! As a reminder, this series is based on my post from September outlining the criteria needed in an effective Graham challenger. You can read the first post in the series here. 1. Prior political victories – “F” Nancy Mace is a first-time candidate and […]

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Richard Cash for Senate

Senate Candidate Analysis: Richard Cash

Several months ago I posted on what we need in an effective Graham challenger. Now that the field of candidates has shaped up pretty well, I’m going to start analyzing them according to the criteria in that post. Richard Cash was the first candidate to declare, so I’m going to start with him. 1. Prior […]

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tractor farmer reluctant politician

The Most Important Trait in a Political Candidate

Daniel Hannan recently tweeted that the most important trait in a political candidate is reluctance. Of all the traits to look for in a political candidate, the most important is reluctance. — Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) December 10, 2013 That statement may come as a surprise. Today, just about anyone who shows promise as a political […]

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Duggars campaign for Ken Cuccinelli

Why the Duggars’ Campaign Tactic Was Dishonorable

I was recently surprised to learn that the Duggar family, while campaigning in Virginia for the conservative gubernatorial candidate, were engaging in dishonorable campaign tactics. Their mistake is one that conservatives easily fall prey to. The Word Opponents Almost Never Use One important aspect of honorable campaigning is being able to take attacks. There are […]

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