Tales from the Trail
By Grant Smith
The latest candidates under the financial microscope: former New York Governor George Pataki, (who did not make the cut for Thursday’s GOP primary debate) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (who did get into the debate) and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (who also won’t be up on the debate stage).
Wonder what Republicans really think of Donald Trump? Look no further than the party’s official web site. There you will find a flag-tinted photo collage featuring 12 of the ever-growing field of contenders for the GOP nomination. No prizes, though, for guessing whose image is missing.
WASHINGTON – As expected, Friday’s public release of thousands more emails Hillary Clinton sent or received while U.S. secretary of state is streaked with white bars marking where the government has redacted information not fit for public consumption.
Those white bars can make a reader’s imagination run wild. Is there a state secret hidden by the whiteness? An elusive government operative’s private cellphone number? Some embarrassing bit of Washington gossip?
The latest email dump shows how the reality is at least in some cases more banal. Take this brief tangent in an email conversation between Clinton and her old friend and confidant Sidney Blumenthal, who informally helped her out with her State Department work despite the White House denying him a paid job there.
For the candidates, it’s all eyes forward. With the first Republican debate to be held next Thursday in Cleveland, the scramble among the 17 presumptive nominees is to be included as one of the top 10 chosen for a podium.
Donald Trump has something new to crow about.
The latest numbers from the Reuters/Ipsos five-day tracking poll has boastful billionaire as the presidential choice of almost 30 percent of Republicans surveyed—a stratospheric mark given the fragmented presidential field.