Matt Towery from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 25 Jun 2021 02:56:24 -0700 Matt Towery from Creators Syndicate 4061d6d6fba44f17877d6a5da1e5207e Will Indiana Put an End to Trumpmania? for 04/28/2016 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The following is a column written by Scott Rasmussen.</p> <p></p> <p>After sweeping five state preference primaries on Tuesday night, Donald Trump declared himself to be the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. He may end up as the nominee, but he's not there yet.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 28, 2016</p> c6b5359f37fa977e7f9e4d1c533bc1c0 The Irrational Nomination Process is Boosting Donald Trump's Campaign for 04/21/2016 Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The following is a column written by Scott Rasmussen.</p> <p></p> <p>Donald Trump has provided two great services to the nation during this campaign season. The first is that he has already accomplished something Republican voters have been dreaming about for years. He defeated the Republican Establishment. Without Trump in the race, it's likely that Jeb Bush or a similar candidate would be the nominee.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 21, 2016</p> c435a52b4e8f1df326e16d23e3d91983 In Depressing Campaign Season, Millennials Offer Hope for 04/14/2016 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The following is a column written by Scott Rasmussen.</p> <p></p> <p>As I've watched the 2016 campaign unfold, I've come to realize that the millennial generation has a better grasp on reality than the nation's top political journalists. The younger voters recognize that we live in a world where the culture leads and politics lags behind. Journalists, on the other hand, mistakenly cover political campaigns as if the opposite were true.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 14, 2016</p> c6dc24076d1a96a0190f4818c845bfc9 Will Trump and Cruz Ever Work Together? for 04/07/2016 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The following is a column by Scott Rasmussen.</p> <p></p> <p>Despite the fact that they are currently bitter opponents, there are a lot of reasons to believe Donald Trump and Ted Cruz could end up working together in the fall campaign.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 07, 2016</p> 704a8f915dd7d078fff78838f6db4530 My Final Column: for 03/31/2016 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In six short months I've lost my father and, as an only child, have grappled with caring for my mom. All of this while trying to analyze polls, assist a great law firm, continue a long-planned move to Florida and continue "Newsvesting." </p> <p>Clearly, something has to give. Sadly, the "give" is this 15-year-old syndicated column. Not because I don't love it. But because it deserves the research and time I will no longer be able to give it.</p> <p>While I never reached the readership levels of famed columnists, I did strive to tell it like it is from outside the D.C. Beltway. I will leave in that same tradition, thankful to readers and publications that loyally followed or published me.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 31, 2016</p> 9c35c1b4eae6ea01e60024bc7269334f The Year of the 'Finished' Voter for 03/24/2016 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>So let's get this straight. On the day that terror and tragedy strike Belgium, our president attends a baseball game and pals around with Raul Castro in Cuba. Well, at least you could sort of expect that, right? </p> <p>But then the following day, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top GOP elected official in America, decides to deliver a lecture to us about the mean and cruel presidential campaign this year. Really? </p> <p>Rather than pick on just Obama or Ryan, let's just state the truth: This country doesn't trust elected officials. By now most have come to believe that if a politician's lips are moving, they are lying. Voters really don't care whether elected officials are Democrats or Republicans. They just plain don't believe them &#8212; or in them. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 24, 2016</p> 80dc636373f2b41fa42c03fbfbe5c3c9 It's A Trump-Cruz Fight to Take on Clinton for 03/17/2016 Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>By the time the dust settled in Tuesday's "Super Tuesday 2.0 contests," Donald Trump had at least three states in the win corner and had amassed 621 total delegates. He was out-performing his own target delegate count that he needs to win his party's nomination. His popular vote total from all contests was more than 7.5 million votes following Tuesday.</p> <p>An increasing number of analysts believe that Trump is now virtually unstoppable, having steamrolled through the golden prize of Florida. Yet there remains the argument that one of his opponents is viable enough to compete with Trump in the remaining primaries, and could still manage to pull off an upset for the nomination.</p> <p>Ted Cruz ended Tuesday's voting with a sizeable patchwork of 396 total delegates. He had amassed a popular vote total from all of the contests held of nearly 5.5 million votes. Not Trump levels, but impressive all the same.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 17, 2016</p> 7e4901b1957df2f9b28ff68ea402d7b8 The Caddyshack Collapse of the Establishment for 03/10/2016 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Saint Petersburg, FL &#8212; Yes, I'm into my 15th month of writing that, like it or not, Donald Trump has the best chance to be the GOP nominee for president. That has left me and my analysis on the island of misfit toys! And during all of this, I've watched and chronicled about candidates who I know are well qualified, like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, but who have fallen by the wayside. </p> <p>This past week, Mitt Romney and his many friends embarked on a plan that not only failed to stop Trump in Tuesday's primaries in Michigan and Mississippi, but actually appear to have boosted his cause. Here in Florida, Romney's recorded phone messages on behalf of Marco Rubio are going over like a lead balloon. The polling numbers in the Sunshine State prior to the Thursday debate show Trump's lead accelerating.</p> <p>I completely understand that to Romney and a vast majority of longtime GOP pundits, consultants and elected officials, Trump seems like the Rodney Dangerfield of politics. They likely picture Trump as the late-comedian's iconic character Al Czervik in the 1980 comedy "Caddyshack." In the movie, Dangerfield plays a successful new-to-wealth real estate developer who slings insults at snooty members of an exclusive country club, and ends up in a high-stakes grudge golf match with the club's president.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 10, 2016</p> d16ee0df8025e87fe262798b10751b9a Beware, Trump. The Gators are After You for 03/03/2016 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Donald Trump came out of Super Tuesday with, as he would describe, a "huge" collection of victories. Normally, it's presumed that a candidate winning seven Super Tuesday states, including New Hampshire and South Carolina, would have the Republican Party nomination in the bag. But that's not the case with Trump. His candidacy threatens to undo an entire system of journalists, consultants, lobbyists and big-money players who believe they will be ousted if Trump becomes president. They are equally sure that a Republican president will not come to pass if Trump is the GOP nominee.</p> <p>Their horse in this bizarre political year is Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Going into the Michigan primary on March 8, Trump led Rubio in the Sunshine State by double digits in most recent polls. That would appear to give comfort to Trump. It should instead give him a case of indigestion. (I've eaten fried gator, and I know).</p> <p>If you don't believe me, ask former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. He won the Republican vote in the South Carolina primary in 2012. In my estimation, he would have defeated Barack Obama if he had won the GOP nomination. Gingrich was on a roll when he trounced Mitt Romney in South Carolina, but he came into the Florida primary just days later, with half-full campaign coffers.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 03, 2016</p> ac530f72d06487c98f210af2bdc1f1e6 A Rare Glimpse at Trump On and Off the Stage for 02/25/2016 Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Atlanta &#8212; Let me make it clear: If a presidential candidate's team invites me to meet the candidate, I will go. And over the years, I've been lucky enough to meet and speak with the likes of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and yes, even Richard Nixon. I've had the chance to watch presidents and presidential candidates "behind the curtain." </p> <p>So when the Donald Trump campaign invited me to have a brief moment with Trump, I happily accepted. Those who read my columns know that I was basically the first syndicated columnist to write that Trump would be a powerful force in the GOP race for president. And although I had received some comments from him regarding the columns I've written about his candidacy, I had never met the man.</p> <p>So in all honesty, I entered an arena of 7,000 wildly cheering and darn-near fanatical followers not knowing if the Donald would be just as, shall I say, animated in private as he is with his fans. I was looking for a glimpse at what a president Trump would be like behind the scenes.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 25, 2016</p> ebceca8d88d0da146cb41bd31cfb1a1e Trump's Big Gamble for 02/18/2016 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>St. Petersburg, FL &#8212; Many a political pundit was stunned to hear Donald Trump's blunt attacks on President George W. Bush in a debate held last week in South Carolina. Trump severely criticized Bush's alleged failure to prevent 9/11 and his decision to invade Iraq. And when Trump called Ted Cruz a liar to his face, the gauntlet had truly been thrown down. Trump even muttered that Planned Parenthood did some good things, quickly adding that abortion was not one of them.</p> <p>Most talking heads and political writers deemed Trump's performance a disaster. Even his own supporters feared the results of the post-debate polls. But a funny thing happened on the way to Trump's presumed demise. The subsequent polls in South Carolina showed Trump maintaining his lead by double digits. I doubt that Trump gambles much at the casinos, but in business he has likely rolled the dice quite often, and not always to his advantage. But this time he may have hit the jackpot.</p> <p>By attacking the Bush family, Trump moved the political dialogue to a Trump-versus-Bush war of words. That only intensified coverage of former President George W. Bush's campaign appearance in South Carolina for brother Jeb, just days after the debate. The result of that strategy seemed to shift momentum for the second- or third-place spots in the primary a bit towards Jeb Bush. As the primary neared, it was increasingly looking like Bush and Rubio &#8212; they call the two candidates "Jebio" in the Florida media &#8212; were close to each other in the polls. Bush was gaining attention and momentum and Rubio, at least at mid-week, was stuck in neutral. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 18, 2016</p> ccbc7407a51bbac276e820ad5d73552b 14 Months and Counting, I'm Still Right About Trump for 02/11/2016 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I know, I should quit saying, "I told you so." But I was right in December 2014 in this column and I'm still right more than a year later, after the New Hampshire primary. Donald Trump gets it when it comes to how so many frustrated Americans feel. He has tapped into a populist revulsion to a national political tableau of political correctness, indecisiveness, weakness and expanded government power and spending. </p> <p>And it's not that I'm in the bag for Trump. My son's Opinion Savvy polling firm, which I use for my analysis, was about the only pollster to show Trump not winning big in Iowa, which is not our home territory. The South is home, however, and it happens to be where the Republican nomination will be decided this year. </p> <p>But before explaining how that will go down, let's reflect on why Trump kicked butt in the nation's first primary in New Hampshire. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 11, 2016</p> 4660be262817e1bd44ed4ce7d4c98ba1 Messy Democrat Contest Might Result in a 'Putative' VP Choice for 02/04/2016 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Just last week, I suggested that South Carolina would be the ultimate battleground where the Republican establishment would either stop Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, or see its domination of the GOP come to an end.</p> <p>The Opinion Savvy poll of Iowa (which, in full disclosure, is my son's company) was one of only two national polls to show Cruz and Trump in a tight race there, with Marco Rubio not far behind. The results proved my son right, and I stand by my assessment concerning South Carolina and the GOP, based on the polling information he continues to share with me. It's nice when a son is smarter than his dad and willing to tip the old man off to what's really happening. </p> <p>Now it appears that South Carolina may well be the do-or-die state for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders as well. Clinton's squeaker of a win in Iowa, with its magical coin tosses throwing votes her way, sets Sanders up not only as the likely winner of New Hampshire, but as the surging darling of the "ultra-progressive" wing of the Democratic party. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 04, 2016</p> e55cb445dfad4be97099646395a44d72 South Carolina Will Be Establishment's Last Chance to Stop Trump for 01/28/2016 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Because of Donald Trump's decision to skip the last GOP debate before the Iowa Caucus, logic clearly leads to the inevitable conclusion that neither Iowa nor New Hampshire can possibly give us a true read on the race for the GOP presidential nomination.</p> <p>Think about it. If Trump wins Iowa after skipping the debate, there will remain a lingering doubt of whether he could have pulled off the win had he been forced to answer tough questions. If he loses, there will be the issue of whether his decision to ditch the debate killed off the obvious momentum he was building there.</p> <p>As for New Hampshire, Trump appears to be a prohibitive favorite to win. That likely victory still won't tell us much about the inevitability of a Trump nomination.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 28, 2016</p> 8d8556b042c508aed9a7ab05d28098bd Financial Crisis Calls for Saudi Slowdown for 01/21/2016 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>For whatever reason, Wall Street has become obsessed, all of a sudden, with the price of crude oil. Of course there has been a glut in oil for well over a year, but analysts and investors saw no correlation between oil and the value of stocks in other sectors of the market until this month. Now it appears that we have a full-blown crisis centered on plunging oil prices.</p> <p>To be blunt, we have a president who could care less about the price of oil or oil-related companies. Think about it: That industry has been heavily supportive of Republicans and states such as Texas, the home of President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush. This is not exactly beloved political territory for President Obama. That's why Obama gave little thought to the implications of an agreement with Iran that frees up a massive amount of Iranian oil and accelerates the glut. </p> <p>Up until now the presidential contest on the Republican side has been dominated by issues related to terrorism and immigration. The Democratic candidates have spent their time fighting over who can redistribute wealth the fastest and to the greatest extent. The problem is that by November, the wealth they want to give away might not even be there.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 21, 2016</p> c90fe70730a9f88f9e4d0a949624f653 Brokered GOP Convention Would Spell Doom for Party for 01/14/2016 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Months ago we started hearing it from longtime Republican pundits and leaders. It was mentioned casually by most, almost as if an afterthought. But in reality they knew then and know now that a combination of a crowded field of candidates and quirky GOP rules could all but guarantee that the will of the voters could have little to do with deciding the GOP presidential nomination.</p> <p>That would return Republicans back to the days of the old "Taft" style of intraparty Republican politics of the 1950s, minus the late Sen. Robert Taft's more conservative philosophy. In 1952 it took a wave of extraordinary demonstrations and rallies for the far more popular Dwight Eisenhower to overcome the rules of the '52 convention, which were all designed to keep Ike's supporters away from the convention hall, the delegate's floor and the speaker's rostrum.</p> <p>It doesn't take a brain surgeon to comprehend that the old boy GOP club isn't happy with the way things are panning out as we head into the Iowa caucus and the many other caucuses and primaries that will swiftly follow it. There is not a single major early state where the establishment's first choice, former Gov. Jeb Bush, is running strong. The two most competitive "mainstream" alternatives, Marco Rubio and Chris Christie, are hardly "old guard" Republicans, but might be acceptable to the establishment in a pinch.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 14, 2016</p> eb9662e4ec4d539c3580dce7f5cbaa77 British Ban of Trump Would Be Savage for 01/07/2016 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The news that the British Parliament will debate whether Donald Trump should be banned from the United Kingdom brings back memories of a similar British banishment of American talk-radio star Michael Savage.</p> <p>In 2009 Savage was placed on a list of individuals banned from the U.K. for his having said that the Quran was a book of hate, among other comments. Since then he has been barred from entering the U.K. for allegedly "seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred."</p> <p>As a graduate of England's Cambridge University, I was shocked at the time to learn that Savage had been lumped in with some truly dangerous characters who indeed posed a potential threat to Britain. What so bothered me then was that a nation built on concepts of free thought and intellectual debate would so dismissively punish someone from another nation who was simply expressing his own views. That Savage apparently remains banned even today is a travesty and an indirect attack on our own nation's already imperiled freedom of speech.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 07, 2016</p> eeab75fd3f68d9169cff08029796a195 'Newsvesting' in 2016 for 12/31/2015 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The experts, ranging from the political to the financial, blew 2015 &#8212; big-time. The political pundits had the wrong candidates leading the GOP race for president. The Wall Street analysts had the market pegged to rise mightily.</p> <p>So now we have Donald Trump and Ted Cruz leading the pack in politics and the stock market ending the year flat as a pancake.</p> <p>And these experts make big bucks to get it wrong!<p>Updated: Thu Dec 31, 2015</p> 99b6a29382bdc2ec1433315051021ed6 A Humble Mourner Gives Hope to All This Christmas for 12/24/2015 Thu, 24 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In a day and time when everyone is so important, when even the dumbest politician or silliest reality-TV star demands our attention, is it not comforting to know that there are still those who could be kings but who behave like the rest of us?</p> <p>Over the past 14 years of this column I have tried to avoid the personal side, although I'm sure there have been exceptions. But now I bare my soul and heart to those who care.</p> <p>In late November my father died. We all lose parents, and I know I'm not alone. I get it. Move on with life, they say.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 24, 2015</p> e06663912d58c5fbb28ecd4c00ffb3d6 An Iowa Warning for Donald Trump for 12/17/2015 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As someone who polls and comments on politics, it is my job not to personally support a candidate. I call things as they are. And because I do, in the case of Donald Trump, "I was betting on Trump before betting on Trump was cool."</p> <p>I was right about him this time last year when I wrote in this column that he would be a major force in the GOP race. And month after month, while the media establishment, political pollsters and pundits kept trying to write Donald Trump off, I wrote about the reasons why he was and would remain in first place.</p> <p>Having examined advanced raw data from several ongoing polls conducted in numerous states the day after the CNN debate, two things are clear. Trump was declared the winner by the highest percentage of likely voters who watched the debate and he continues to lead in the overall race for the nomination. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 17, 2015</p>