Carly Fiorina detailed her plan to fight ISIS today. Mostly, it involves luring them into the low-margin personal computer business.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) May 27, 2015
Find out on June 16 whether Donald Trump will become the first person ever trolled into running for president http://t.co/DE9r6weBIx
— Brian Tashman (@briantashman) May 28, 2015
When even the hometown paper can’t gin up a little fake enthusiasm… NYTimes, “George Pataki Adds a Socially Liberal Voice to the Race for the G.O.P. Nomination“:
EXETER, N.H. — It had the outlines of a significant event: A three-term governor of New York, who forced Mario M. Cuomo from office and led his state through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, announced Thursday that he was running for president.
But as the former governor, George E. Pataki, prepared in recent weeks to announce his candidacy, he conceded to friends and allies that he was an extreme long shot for the Republican nomination. Once a formidable figure in the party, Mr. Pataki has entertained campaigns for the presidency numerous times over the years, seemingly waiting for the perfect moment — only to jump in now, when his profile has waned…
Perspiring under the lights in Exeter’s crowded town hall, Mr. Pataki laid out a vision that veered from the politically mundane (cutting taxes on manufacturers) to the soaring (curing cancer and Alzheimer’s in the next decade). He pledged to slash the federal work force and called for aggressive military action against the Islamic State, including the possible deployment of American troops…
Weird: Fox News crops Rand Paul out of graphic about its own poll. Includes 5 people who polled lower. http://t.co/9NGu72s93d
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) May 28, 2015
Feature, not bug: Time, “The Republican Presidential Contest Has a Polling Problem“:
National primary polls have never been so important—or so meaningless. Nine months before the first votes are cast, these fickle numbers have become a make-or-break metric, determining whether a candidate will toil in obscurity or find a moment in national spotlight…
Yet pollsters warn that the current methodology is ill-equipped to accurately measure such a sprawling field of potential candidates. The difference between the 9th and 13th place finishers in polls, where several candidates get less support than the margin of error, can be arbitrary. Candidates, meanwhile, have begun to complain that national polls mainly measure name identification, and national televised media exposure, ignoring the crucial role that early primary and caucus states play in the selection of the nominee.
“I think it’s strange that they aren’t taking early state polls, since that’s where candidates are placing their resources,” said an aide to one Republican candidate who does not yet qualify for the first debate. “In terms of the [Republican National Committee], they wanted to have this process, but I think it’s funny that they didn’t want the media picking candidates anymore except they are allowing media companies to do exactly that.”…
But then, given the fine choices along the GOP “mainstream”…
Remember all of those non-racists who were against miscegenation on purely religious grounds? pic.twitter.com/z6OrmELhC6
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) May 28, 2015
We finally got the cloudburst that’s been threatening any time this week, the temps dropped 10 degrees in 15 minutes, and I feel almost human again. Dammit, weather gods, this is New England! We shouldn’t have to start running the air conditioner in May!
Apart from anthropogenic climate change, what’s on the agenda for the evening?