Category Archives: Elections

Does Biden really have Joementum?

Hey listen, mea culpa. A few weeks ago in these very pages, I was spiking the football on Joe Biden and the enduring myth of his electoral appeal in the Democratic primary after his incredibly disappointing finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. I had taken pundits to task for claiming Biden was strong from the […]

Bloomberg’s billions won’t decide the Democratic nomination

Michael Bloomberg has a lot of money. To fully understand just how much money he has, consider the following: Donald Trump is, by far, the wealthiest person to ever hold the office of president. His current net worth is estimated to be roughly $3.5 billion, which if you are curious, would be 35 full crates […]

The myth of Joe Biden’s electoral chances

Joe Biden has been running for president for more than 33 years, and has never won a single primary. Alright, I admit, that’s a bit harsh. But even so, it happens to be true. Biden has clearly wanted to be president for most of his adult life. In fairness, virtually every elected official in America […]

Why conservatives love Tulsi Gabbard so much

There is a Democratic candidate running for president right now, and she is very liberal. At a press conference where she stood next to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this candidate made clear that she supports a Green New Deal. “I am proud to stand here together with our friends, our allies, our colleagues,” she said, “to fight […]

The 2019 Conifer Awards

Call me conservative, but I love tradition. And there is no finer tradition on these pages than the month of December, when I get to make predictions for the coming year, and — as I’m about to do now — I hand out superlatives for the year that was. 2019 came and went all too […]

Jared Golden’s dangerous impeachment gambit

I’ll start with an admission: I genuinely like Jared Golden. To be clear, I view the manner in which he was elected to Congress to be repellent and illegitimate and I think that Bruce Poliquin should be the 2nd Congressional District representative right now. But Golden is a really decent person. He is pleasant, and […]

I’m exhausted by politics. I’ll bet you are too.

For years, following politics in the United States has felt — at least to me — like trying to take a refreshing sip of water out of a high pressure fire hose. In other words, overwhelming, painful, and ultimately unsatisfying. I’m burned out. Sincerely. I don’t have any idea how people can find any of […]

Why are there still Democrats jumping into the race for president?

There are currently 17 candidates running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, and there seems to be a little something for everyone? Do you want to vote for a socialist? Well, I’ve got great news for you, because socialism is the new black in the Democratic Party, and you’ve got plenty of people […]

Ross Perot changed American history

This week, H. Ross Perot, the enigmatic Texas billionaire, two-time presidential candidate and reform party founder passed away at the age of 89. Most of us have long since forgotten about Perot, and many adults today are too young to remember him, or fully understand the impact he had on the last 30 years of […]

A rare victory for ballot initiative reform

Late last week the Maine Legislature, for a change, did something that I am very happy about. They took action to reform Maine’s broken initiative and referendum process. That process is — as I have argued for years — hopelessly broken. Even those who routinely vote yes on certain referendum questions will admit that they […]