Allen McDuffee on power, politics and ideas. 

Sunday Talk Shows (12/6/15): Meet The Press, Face The Nation, San Bernardino, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

By Allen McDuffee |

Guests on the Sunday morning political talk shows indicate a marriage between the 2016 presidential candidates and the events that continue to unfold out of San Bernardino, ahead of President Obama's address to the nation Sunday night. That includes Republican frontrunner Donald Trump appearing on CBS' Face The Nation and CNN's State of the Union. Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush will appear on ABC's This Week. And NBC's Meet The Press will drill down on the issue of domestic and international terrorism with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Lindsey Graham. 

Full line-up below. What catches your eye? 

  • NBC's Meet The Press: Loretta Lynch, Attorney General; Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Amy Walter, Cook Political Report; Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law; Rich Lowry, National Review; Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times; , Dalia Mogahed, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
  • CBS' Face The Nation: Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate; Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ); Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Michael Morell, CBS; Gwen Ifyll, PBS NewsHour; Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post; Jamelle Bouie, Slate; Ben Domenech, The Federalist; Jerry Seib, The Wall Street Journal
  • ABC's This Week: Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate; Jeb Bush, Republican presidential candidate; Alex Castellanos, NewRepublican.org; Matthew Dowd, ABC News; Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University; Jennifer Granholm, former Michigan governor
  • Fox News Sunday: Dr. Ben Carson, Republican presidential candidate; Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); Brit Hume, Fox News; Julie Pace, AP; George Will, The Washington Post; Juan Williams, Fox News
  • CNN's State of the Union: Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate; Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Gov. John Kasich (R-OH); S.E. Cups, CNN; Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress; Van Jones, CNN; Ken Cuccinelli, Senate Conservatives Fund

Verbatim: Marco Rubio's 'Innate' Political Skills Make 'Toilets Flush Themselves'

By Allen McDuffee |
When Marco Rubio speaks, young women swoon, old women faint, and toilets flush themselves.
— Florida Rep. Dan Gelber (D)

It's not just Republicans in Florida who are impressed with the political skills of Marco Rubio. This quote, which originally made the rounds in September, popped up again today in a profile of the of the Florida senator by Evan Osnos of The New Yorker.  

I don't really understand the metaphor. Is it a Florida thing? 

Sunday Talk Shows (11/22/15): Meet The Press, Face The Nation, ISIS, Marco Rubio, John Kasich

By Allen McDuffee |

Guests on the Sunday morning political talk shows will center on ISIS as nearly all the shows focus on the fallout from the deadly attack in Paris a week ago.  That includes an array of current and former national security advisors, as well as several of the 2016 candidates. Sen. Marco Rubio will appear on Fox News Sunday, Ben Carson on ABC's This Week, Gov. John Kasich on Meet The Press, Gov. Chris Christie on CNN"s State of The Union and Sen. Rand Paul on CBS' Face The Nation. Martin O'Malley is the only Democratic candidate and he's on This Week. 

Full line-up below. What catches your eye? 

  • NBC's Meet The Press: Gov. John Kasich (R-OH); Leon Panetta, former secretary of defense
  • CBS' Face The Nation: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Brett McGurk, Obama administration special envoy; Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); Michael Morell, CBS; Fran Townsend, former Bush homeland security advisor; Tom Donilon, Obama administration national security advisor; Ruth Marcus, The Washington Post; Ron Brownstein, National Journal; Karl Rove, Fox News
  • ABC's This Week: Dr. Ben Carson, Republican presidential candidate; Martin O'Malley, Democratic presidential candidate; David Axelrod, CNN; Matt Dowd, ABC; Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN); Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ)
  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Rush Limbaugh, radio show host; George Will, The Washington Post; Kirsten Powers, Fox News; Michael Needham, Heritage Action for America; Juan Williams, Fox News
  • CNN's State of the Union: Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ); Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-CA); Chuck Hagel, former secretary of defense; Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Hugh Hewitt, radio show host; Farah Pandith, former administration advisor; Bob Kerrey, former Nebraska senator

Donald Trump Still Atop The Polls; Ben Carson Well Behind

By Allen McDuffee |

No, in fact Donald Trump hasn't fallen behind Ben Carson, according to new polling data from Public Policy Polling released Thursday:

PPP's first look at the Republican Presidential race nationally in six weeks finds that things haven't actually changed all that much since early October. Donald Trump leads the field with 26%, to 19% for Ben Carson. Trump and Carson were first and second on our last poll as well at 27% and 17% respectively. Also getting solid amounts of support are Ted Cruz at 14% and Marco Rubio at 13%. No one else in the GOP field even gets more than 5%- Jeb Bush reaches that mark followed by Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee at 4%, Chris Christie and John Kasich at 3%, Rand Paul at 2%, Lindsey Graham and George Pataki at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Bobby Jindal, and Rick Santorum all at less than 1%.

Sunday Talk Shows (11/15/15): Meet The Press, Face The Nation, Paris Attacks, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio

By Allen McDuffee |

Guests on the Sunday morning political talk shows could shift as news continues to develop out of the Friday night terrorist attacks in Paris. As it stands, however, Jeb Bush is hitting NBC's Meet The Press and CNN's State Of The Union in an attempt to build on his debate performance this week, which was considered to be "stabilizing" by most analysts and not a total disaster like his previous debate appearances. There are single appearances by other 2016 candidates: Ben Carson on Fox News Sunday, Marco Rubio on ABC's This Week and Martin O'Malley on This Week as the only Democratic candidate hitting the Sunday morning shows. 

Full line-up below. What catches your eye? 

  • NBC's Meet The Press: Jeb Bush, Republican presidential candidate; Jamil Smith, New Republic; Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post; Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post; Jeff Greenfield, political analyst
  • CBS' Face The Nation: Coverage of the Paris attacks and a recap of the CBS Democratic presidential debate. 
  • ABC's This Week: Martin O'Malley, Democratic presidential candidate; Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard; Robert Reich, University of California-Berkeley; Stephanie Cutter, Democratic strategist; Ana Navarro, ABC
  • Fox News Sunday: Dr. Ben Carson, Republican presidential debate; Rep. Peter King (R-NY); George Will, The Washington Post; Peter Baker, The New York Times; Laura Ingraham, radio show host; Charles Lane, The Washington Post
  • CNN's State of the Union: Jeb Bush, Republican presidential candidate; Michelle Malkin, conservative columnist; S.E. Cupp, CNN; Ralph Nader, former presidential candidate; Bakari Sellers, former South Carolina House of Representatives 

Jeb Bush Complaining About Debate Time Highlights His Continued Desperation

By Allen McDuffee |

Jeb Bush is still haunted by his low talk time at the last GOP debate in Colorado and that frustration definitely showed up quickly in Tuesday's debate in Milwaukee when Ohio Governor John Kasich interrupted him. 

At the start of the Fox Business Network debate, Bush tried to defend his talk time, complaining, "You already made two comments, John. It's my turn." Testily, he added: "I got about four minutes last debate. I'm gonna get my question right now."

But Kasich ignored him and interrupted anyway.

It's understandable that Bush is concerned about the time he gets in debates — if he's a different candidate than the current perception, he needs time to prove it. However, as Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson points out, he's squandering the time he does have in more ways than one.

In fact, complaining about time makes Bush look desperate and it hurts him the most as he tries to convince everyone — party leaders, donors, voters, (and maybe even himself) — that he's the party's nominee. 

Who Talked Most At The Republican Debate? Here's How The Candidates Matched Up In Milwaukee

By Allen McDuffee |

With Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee relegated to the undercard debate in Milwaukee after their drop in the polls, all eight of the remaining main stage candidates talked more at Tuesday night's debate. But it was Ted Cruz who made the biggest jump in terms of talk time from the middle of the pack in the last debate to top spot in Milwaukee, adding on more than 5 minutes. According to some, that extra time translated into him winning the debate

Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio landed in the middle of the pack this time around, which seemed to have had an impact on Fiorina more than Rubio, who is also considered to have won the debate by many. Fiorina wasn't the disaster that Jeb Bush was, but it was a lackluster performance that paled in comparison to her previous debate performances. 

Compare the Milwaukee debate times with the last debate in Colorado. What's notable is that the bottom three stayed at the bottom and in the exact same order. That, of course, hurts Jeb Bush the most as he tries to convince everyone that he's still going to be the Republican nominee. Relatively low talking time doesn't seem to be hurting Ben Carson, however, as he remains at the top of the polls.  

Donald Trump continues to stay in the top half of talk times during the debates, but has little to show for it except for getting booed. He appears to have little to say during the issue-specific debates and fades as the evening goes on. 

Rand Paul is, well, decoration at this point. He has few minutes and he can often be seen leaning on his elbow on the podium watching the debate take place to his right. 

One last note: Kasich complaining that he didn't get enough talk time last time around is a total falsehood: He got the third most amount of time and just about 30 seconds behind the top talker, Carly Fiorina. 

New Marco Rubio Ad Demolishes Jeb Bush's Attack With His Own Words

By Allen McDuffee |

In an attempt to sink the slow but steady rise of Marco Rubio in the 2016 Republican primary race, Right To Rise — the super PAC supporting Jeb Bush — told The New York Times that it plans to spend as much as $20 million of the $100 million it has raised on an ad campaign that will paint Rubio as too extreme on abortion and, ultimately, unelectable. 

It's a little confusing as to why Right To Rise would telegraph their plans to attack, if for no other reason than how well-prepared Rubio was for the fairly obvious shots Bush took in the last GOP debate. That volley was so embarrassing for Bush that he was visibly shaken, red-faced and slack-jawed.

But Rubio's ahead of the Bush game again this morning. In anticipation of the Right To Rise video, Rubio released an ad that shows several instances of praise Bush has heaped upon Rubio over the years. In it, Bush says "I'm a huge Marco fan," that Rubio's "the most articulate conservative on the scene today and the fortitude to be a good president," and how "proud" he is of Rubio.

Certainly somebody within the Bush camp must know that hitting Rubio in this way is a dead end and smacks of desperation — that it suggests they literally must not have another way of attacking Rubio. “Given their closeness while governing, I find the whole thing baffling,” Stuart Stevens, a Republican strategist from Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, told The New York Times. “I seem not to be alone,” he added. “I don’t see any evidence that it’s working.” 

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By Allen McDuffee |

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Sunday Talk Shows (11/8/15): Meet The Press, Face The Nation, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Ben Carson

By Allen McDuffee |

Guests on the Sunday morning political talk shows include Donald Trump hitting NBC's Meet The Press, CBS' Face The Nation, ABC's This Week and CNN's State of The Union, as he tries to bring up his slipping poll numbers. Bernie Sanders is close behind the Trump appearances as he goes on Meet The Press and This Week. After that, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Chris Christie and Rand Paul all make single appearances across the schedule. 

Full line-up below. What catches your eye? 

  • NBC's Meet The Press: Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Carly Fiorina, Republican presidential candidate
  • CBS' Face The Nation: Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate; Dr. Ben Carson, republican presidential candidate; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY); Michael Morell, former deputy CIA director; Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; Ben Domenech, The Federalist; David Ignatius, The Washington Post
  • ABC's This Week: Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Rep. Peter King (R-NY); Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA); Jon Meacham, Random House; Rich Lowry, National Review; Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist; Alex Castellanos, NewRepublican.org; Maggie Haberman, The New York Times
  • Fox News Sunday: Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ); Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); Karl Rove, Fox News; Julie Pace, AP; Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal; Juan Williams, Fox News   
  • CNN's State of the Union: Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate; Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Ken Cuccinelli, Senate Conservatives Fund; Patti Solis Doyle, CNN; Bakari Sellers, former South Carolina House of Representatives; Anna Navarro, CNN