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Friday, Apr 29, 2016

The Right Stuff

A politics blog by Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson's baseball card - if he had one - would report he throws left, writes right. In his columns and blog, "The Right Stuff," southpaw Jackson provides insight into the evolving human condition from a distinctly conservative point of view.

Marco Rubio and the mismanaged calendar

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The aftermath of Super Tuesday III is crackling with all manner of explanations (here, here, here, for starters) for Marco Rubio's plunge from Republican savior to spectacularly failed presidential candidate. ...

Ben Carson, product placement

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Remember all that praise Ben Carson heaped on Donald Trump last week during his endorsement announcement? Well, neither does The Right Stuff, and it's not going to take the time to go back over it now. Not merely because it was nonsense then and woul...

No, Mika, Hillary is not ‘better than this’

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It is no longer even remotely newsworthy to point out that Hillary Clinton will say anything in her pursuit of the presidency. Benghazi families lied. Fracking is good, no bad. Same with the Iran deal. The Trans-Pacific Partnership was the gold stand...

Clinton, Sanders and the fracturing of your wallet

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On the upside, at least we know DWS isn’t crazy

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OK. That was fast. It seems we can rule out “delusional” as a reason for Debbie Wasserman Schultz ruling out even the possibility of a threat of an indictment coming against Hillary Clinton.

Return of say-anything Democrats

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The Right Stuff is under no illusions about what Democrats are capable of when it comes to gaining or retaining power.

Clinton, Sanders and the fracturing of your wallet

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Meanwhile, back in Fantasyland - otherwise known as the Democratic primary - the remaining combatants argued Sunday night about many of the usual lefty set-pieces, including which was more eager to squeeze the budgets of middle- and low-income Americ...

In Tampa, Rubio finds his energy

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Marco Rubio, mostly recovered from whatever was ailing him at last week’s Republican presidential debate, had his voice and trademark energy with him Monday in a rally at the Tampa Convention Center.

Romney’s irrefutable indictment roils the Trumposphere

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Romney’s irrefutable indictment roils the Trumposphere

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Mitt Romney's speech indicting Donald Trump's presidential candidacy surely struck deep. After all, here it is Saturday - a lifetime, in news-cycle terms, from Thursday's event - and the Trumposphere is still convulsed with rage....