Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Presidents' Day weekend : Talking Politics...

Your Presidents' Day weekend political talking points

It's a three-day weekend for most of us. Spend enough time with anyone this weekend (Valentine's Day dates not excluded), and you're bound to end up talking politics.
We're willing to bet the following three questions will probably be part of the conversation, mostly because they're questions we hear a lot whenever someone finds out we write about politics. Here are a few suggested talking points to sound smart when someone asks you…

1. So, do you really think Donald Trump can win?

Yup. He's proven he can get a lot of votes in two different political landscapes. He came in second among a very talented and crowded field in the socially conservative Iowa and then absolutely dominated the more-moderate New Hampshire, including winning nearly every demographic group. The Fix's Philip Bump: "Trump won men, women, every age group, every ideology, people who had and people had not gone to college, and every single age bracket. And he won those groups by huge margins."

2. What's wrong with Jeb Bush?

A few things, but mostly it boils down to: The former Florida governor is just not that great of a campaigner. He's awkward on the debate stage. He doesn't necessarily relish or even like going on the attack. And when he shares his impressive depth of policy knowledge, he does it in a way that, compared to the other bombastic characters in the race, can come across as understated and even uninspiring. Making matters worse for Bush, there just doesn't seem to be an appetite among Republican primary voters this cycle for policy-focused, reality-rooted candidates. No amount of money in his seemingly bottomless campaign and super PAC accounts has been able to change what the people want.
3. Are you feeling the Bern?

This one, obviously, depends on your politics. But even if you're a Trump supporter, there's some potential for overlap here: Both Trump and Sanders are arguably the loudest to decry a broken Washington and champion mega-changes to ostensibly get things working again. Their respective wins in New Hampshire were huge blows to their respective establishments. Where the two men's overarching campaign messages hit a fork in the road is their solutions to fix the status quo. Trump thinks he and his business acumen will "Make America Great Again." Sanders thinks the people will hear his call and join his political revolution to, en masse, sweep away all that is wrong with Washington and Wall Street.
Hope you have a good weekend talking politics and doing other things.

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