Whatever happened to the Republican Party’s social liberals?

    The death the other day of former Rockford Ald. John Holub and the impending 94th birthday of former Rockford Congressman John B. Anderson [above] bring to mind a question: Are there any elected Republican officials these days whom you could characterize as liberals — at least on social issues? It seems there are not. Holub and Anderson were a generation apart in age when they became good friends years before Anderson’s ill-fated bid to become president 36 years ago. And they were both liberals, especially so in...

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If you could choose a non-candidate to serve as president, whom would it be?

Every time we have a presidential campaign in this country, some people are heard to say that none of the available candidates fill the bill. They wish there were other choices. OK! So whom do you wish was running for the White House this year? Of all the people in public life — politicians, business leaders, opinionists, anyone — whom would you choose to serve as president? I’ve got my choice — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat. Make your...

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America’s worst political forecaster says Ted Cruz likely will win the White House

  Relax, folks. You need not worry that Ted Cruz, the right-wing extremist who won the Republican caucuses in Iowa the other night, will go on to capture the presidency. That now seems all but impossible. My confidence in this matter arises from the fact that Dick Morris, a former pundit on Fox News Channel, is predicting that Cruz seems a good bet to win his bid for the White House. You see, Morris is a notoriously bad political prognosticator. He’s so bad that Fox fired him a few years ago for his utter incompetence as a pundit....

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On several counts, Cruz victory in Iowa caucuses is good news for Democrats

    As if by magic, Iowa Republicans made the worst possible choice the winner of the party’s presidential caucuses last night. The victory for Ted Cruz was doubly delicious in that he finished ahead of the loony Donald Trump. The Democrats could hardly have asked for better results. Cruz is widely detested among GOP leaders. Almost all of his Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate hate him. He’s an unapologetic extremist. He makes Trump seem like Theodore Roosevelt. He is utterly charmless and holds little appeal...

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Iowa’s system of presidential caucuses is beyond stupid

  Is there anything in American politics more ludicrous than the importance we attribute to the Iowa presidential caucuses? Don’t bother thinking about that one. The answer is no. Even if the caucuses in the Hawkeye State were conducted fairly — which they decidedly are not — it would be ridiculous to consider them potentially important in the races for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations. But they are so considered. Where else do votes cast in certain precincts count for more than votes cast in...

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Who will win the Iowa caucuses? Disclose your picks at this window

    At this writing, the weather forecast for Iowa on Monday seems likely to support at least a decent turnout for the Democratic and Republican presidential caucuses. My predictions are as follows: On the Republican side, Donald Trump will fairly easily defeat Ted Cruz. The big surprise will be a somewhat strong third-place finish by Jeb Bush, which will revive his previously flagging candidacy. Some of the other GOP hopefuls will drop out of the race later in the week, and more still will quit after the New Hampshire primary...

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