Josh Marshall

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I wanted to flag a point about Jeb Bush's response about the Iraq War. I don't think it's so much a gaffe as a tell that this is something like Kryptonite for Bush's campaign.

If you watch Bush's exchange it's clear he's trying desperately to nudge the question back from 'what we know now' to 'what we knew then'. As well he should. My take on this is actually a little different from David's. I think 'based on what we knew then' is a relatively easy one for Bush or other Republican candidates to answer because you have the 'out' of flawed WMD intelligence and the reality - for better or worse - that a majority of Americans remember being in that situation twelve years ago and agreeing with the final decision to invade Iraq. It's hard to criticize someone saying they would have done something at the time that you did do at the time or at least supported.

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The Jade Helm conspiracy theory only took off when Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he was concerned about a takeover too and ordered the State Guard to monitor military activities to be on the look out for signs of a takeover. And now he's doubling down. It's Obama's fault, he says, that everybody is so convinced the military is plotting to takeover Texas.

When I was a little kid in the mid-70s hitchhiking was part of the normal landscape of driving, neither odd nor unexpected or worrisome. By the time I was a young adolescent in the early-mid-80s, hitchhiking was something for people who were either desperate or reckless or looking for someone to kill. And I should be clear that I certainly wouldn't let and would do everything I could to prevent my own sons from doing it when they get older. In the third part of our four part series on the end of the open road we look at how and why hitchhiking died.

With the surprising upset victory of David Cameron's Tory party in the UK last week, David Frum wrote this article noting how conservative parties in the rest of the Anglosphere, specifically the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are all riding high while US Republicans, while doing nicely at the congressional level still seem stuck at the presidential level, preoccupied with a series of concerns that seem to separate them from not only Democrats but the bulk of independent swing voters. The GOP could definitely win the 2016 election. But if they do, it will probably be much more about the difficulty any party has securing a third term in the White House than a real shift in the dynamics which have been in play in the last two election cycles, or arguably the last six.

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