The First Steps to the 2016 GOP Nomination
In early December 2005, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani led the CNN/USA Today/Gallup GOP primary matchup for 2008. Barack Obama wasn't even included in its Democratic survey, and Hillary Clinton had as much support as her opponents combined. This is a useful reminder that Republicans mentioned as 2016 presidential contenders should pay no attention to current primary head-to-head polls.
Yet the coming year does present two significant challenges—and opportunities—for anyone hoping to be the GOP's standard-bearer in 2016.
House Democrats Get The Yips
Who is to blame for the epic failure of the Healthcare.gov website? Republicans, of course. At least, that's what President Obama claimed on a teleconference call Monday sponsored by Organizing for Action, his grass-roots advocacy group. Mr. Obama told the 200,000 supporters who dialed in that "obviously, we haven't been getting a lot of cooperation from the other party."
So is this supposed to mean that House Speaker John Boehner wrote the faulty code for the website, and Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell drafted the dozens of speeches in which the president promised that Americans could keep their health plans?