Tales from the Trail

from The Great Debate:

Carly Fiorina’s disgust is written all over her face

By Dan Hill
November 4, 2015

Though key issues may vary, a candidate’s signature facial expressions rarely do. In Carly Fiorina’s case, she dominates the field of 2016 Republican presidential contenders in one particular look: It signals disgust. With a lower-lip depressor movement, her lower lip pulls down and out, causing the lip to stretch wider and the chin to momentarily flatten.

Trump trash talks Carson, ‘overrated’ Rubio and ‘sleeping’ Bush

November 3, 2015

Donald Trump held a press conference Tuesday—and that meant plenty of Trumpian trash talk aimed at his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.

McCain on GOP debate complaints: ‘Move on’

November 3, 2015

John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has some advice for his party’s 2016 White House hopefuls unhappy with last week’s CNBC debate:  “I think their complaints are legitimate, but come on, man up and move on. I think it’s OK if the temperature isn’t exactly 67 degrees,” McCain told reporters at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

For a Koch brother, money can’t always buy influence

November 3, 2015

Powerful mega donor Charles Koch, who along with his brother David has given heavily to conservative political candidates, said their effort so far to influence the U.S. political theater has largely failed.

from The Great Debate:

Modern politics: Public is more partisan, parties are more powerless

By Bruce J. Schulman
November 3, 2015

Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose before the start of  the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder

Republican presidential candidates (L-R) former Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Senator Ted Cruz pose before the GOP debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Clinton charity won’t refile erroneous tax forms after all

November 2, 2015

The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s flagship health program says it will not refile erroneous tax returns for 2012 and 2013 after all, POLITICO reported on Monday, despite telling Reuters earlier this year it was “working diligently” to get them amended.

Saving face: Carly Fiorina tells women of ‘The View’ to ‘man up’

November 2, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is fending off another insult about her face – this time from members of her own sex.

Jeb Can Fix It Twitter storm and Republicans gone hunting

November 2, 2015

Republican Jeb Bush has gone on damage control following an underwhelming performance in the last GOP debate and several doubt-casting headlines about his viability as a presidential candidate. To combat concerns, the Bush camp announced the launch of the “Jeb Can Fix It” tour to steer Bush’s return to the joyful campaign he previously sought to run.

Bernie’s first ad: tribute or reproach?

November 2, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released his first campaign ad, a one-minute spot to begin airing Tuesday in the early voting states of New Hampshire and Iowa.     Sanders’ ad bears the title “Real Change,”  a possible nod–or reproach–to the “Change we can believe in” slogan Barack Obama used in his 2008 primary fight against the same candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Senator Bernie Sanders goes trick or treating with his grandchildren, Sunnee (L) and Grayson on Halloween in Lebanon, New Hampshire, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Pool

Jeb Bush knows he needs to do better

November 1, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush knows he needs to improve after a rough debate performance last week, he told reporters in Iowa on Saturday, but he said he remains confident he can win the White House.