- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dozens of dire press accounts declared Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush to be down and out following the raucous candidate debate on Wednesday. Gleeful journalists declared Mr. Bush as “toast,” in “agony,” “free falling” — and even “dead.” The candidate, however, remains calm and carries on, off to Iowa for a major economics symposium this weekend, then to New Hampshire for multiple campaign stops. Mr. Bush, in fact, just picked up the endorsement of former New Hampshire senator Judd Gregg, a force to be reckoned in the Granite State.

Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, believes that reports of Mr. Bush’s political demise are premature.

“Every day there has to be red meat that gets thrown out there for the pundits to feast on, so they can declare some candidate either bleeding or dead. That’s typical, that’s part of politics now,” Mr. Levesque tells Inside the Beltway.

“As far as Jeb Bush is concerned, he still has plenty of support, plenty of steam in New Hampshire. He came in third in a recent poll in the state, he’s got the major nod from Judd Gregg — that’s huge. Realistically, Bush’s campaign is not going to hinge on a single debate no matter what pundits say,” Mr. Levesque continues. “There are a lot of voters who don’t even watch these debates. They’re wondering about other things, like whether a candidate is electable. And as the primaries approach, things will get a lot clearer, and a lot more realistic.”


Americans trust Trump the most as a job creator

The nation trusts Republican front-runner Donald Trump as the White House hopeful who could successfully remedy the current employment situation. We’re talking all Americans here.

“When asked in open-ended questioning which presidential candidate they think would best improve the U.S. job market, Donald Trump is the top response (26 percent), followed by Hillary Clinton (20 percent) and more distantly by Bernie Sanders (12 percent),” reports Larry Shannon-Missal, managing editor of the Harris Poll.

The rest of the field barely registered; Ben Carson garnered 3 percent, followed by Jeb Bush with 2 percent and Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio plus Carly Fiorina, who each drew a lonely 1 percent. Other candidates failed to get any approval, though 10 percent of the 2,225 poll respondents said none of the candidates could foster better employment opportunities.

And here are the complete findings for Mr. Trump: 47 percent of Republicans cite his ability to create jobs, along with 13 percent of Democrats, and 26 percent of independents.

Insta-Trump, Insta-Hillary, Insta-Bernie

It doesn’t take much to make a Donald Trump costume for those who pine to impersonate him on Halloween. From Wholesale Halloween Costumes come the instructions: Red tie, white shirt, navy blazer, American flag pin, red baseball cap with press-on letters to spell “Make America Great Again,” a short frowsy blonde wig, a fake microphone and “lots of attitude,” the company tutorial advises. A Bernie Sanders costume is just a tweak away: Blue tie, Navy blazer, white button-down shirt, wire rim glasses and the all-important white frowsy wig.

“This Bernie look is as easy as getting dressed,” a tutorial advises.

A Hillary Clinton costume is just as easy: Blonde wig, women’s pantsuit with white dress shirt, black framed glasses and yes, an American flag pin. Find all the details here: WholesaleHalloweencostumes.com.

Weekend candidate tracker

As is his habit, Donald Trump has the most bodacious campaign event this weekend: He will be in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday for a jumbo rally aboard the USS Wisconsin. Ben Carson will attend three fundraisers in Arkansas and Tennessee. The other Republican hopefuls have descended on Iowa for Republican Party of Iowa’s “Growth and Opportunity Party” in Des Moines on Saturday. On hand: Jeb Bush, Govs. Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal, Sens. Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul; Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. All have extra events, including Mrs. Fiorina, who will attend a spaghetti dinner and pie auction in Indianola and Mr. Huckabee, headed for a pheasant hunt with Sen. Chuck Grassley at Doc’s Hunt Club in Adel. Martin O’Malley is the sole Democrat in the state, on a tour of seven towns.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is the only White House hopeful in New Hampshire this weekend, for six events in six different towns. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton will be in Atlanta on Friday to attend a pastor’s luncheon, then journeys to Charleston, South Carolina to address the Charleston NAACP’s 98th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, followed by a grassroots meeting at the International Longshoreman Hall.

Weekend real estate

For sale just in time for Halloween: Uptop, Colorado — former “ghost town,” established by railroad baron in 1877. Historic Rocky Mountain property: preserved historic town on “42 magical acres” near LaVeta and Cuchara Valley. Listed on the National Historic Register, includes restored homesteader’s cabin, guest house, tavern and dance hall, trail depot, chapel. Potential as guest ranch, corporate retreat, theme park, spa, RV park and more. Mineral rights included, “some of the most awesome mountain scenery in the West.”

Priced at $1 million from Sothebysrealty.com. Enter 1198957 in search function, found under Properties heading.

Poll du Jour

58 percent of Republican primary voters say they won’t vote for a 2016 presidential candidate who does not share their views on gun laws.

55 percent say they won’t vote for a candidate who does not share their views on Obamacare.

48 percent of Republican primary voters say they won’t vote for a 2016 presidential candidate who does not share their views on abortion.

48 percent say they won’t vote for a candidate who does not share their views on immigration.

45 percent say they won’t vote for a candidate who does not share their views on the federal budget.

22 percent won’t vote for a candidate who is less conservative than they are, if the candidate could win the election.

Source: A New York Times/CBS News poll of 575 likely Republican primary voters conducted Oct. 21-25.

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