Which of these public figures had the best 2013?
DEMOCRATS (93 VOTES)
Joe Biden: 1%
Chris Christie: 60%
Hillary Rodham Clinton: 24%
Ted Cruz: 2%
Barack Obama: 1%
Rand Paul: 2%
Harry Reid: 10%
Paul Ryan: 0%
“The media loves Christie, at least for now. But he’s cruising for a bruising in 2014, as his high profile makes him an inviting target for tea-party wing nuts.”
“He’s the man to beat in the GOP.”
“Became a positive national figure, and Democrats let it happen without playing in the guv’s race.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton
“Definitely showing signs of vast improvement in political calculus and organization from six years ago.”
“Out of the Obama orbit with few bruises.”
“Shattered the freshmen-shall-be-seen-but-not-heard rule of the world’s most deliberative body.”
“Quietly walking himself to the middle of his party, while his dad keeps the brand solid with the base.”
“Finally helped forge resolve in his Democratic caucus to respond to the bullies and totalitarians that control the Republican Party today.”
Which of these public figures had the best 2013?
REPUBLICANS (92 VOTES)
Joe Biden: 0%
Chris Christie: 71%
Hillary Rodham Clinton: 9%
Ted Cruz: 11%
Barack Obama: 0%
Rand Paul: 7%
Harry Reid: 1%
Paul Ryan: 2%
“Hands down. He showed he could beat Democrats decisively and work with them at the same time.”
“Nobody else came out of 2013 looking good, let alone better.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton
“A successful getaway.”
“Went from zero to 60 in the shortest time possible, and he’s now a plausible 2016 candidate.”
“Has isolated himself as the only potential candidate who understands the long-term fiscal threats and can simultaneously express sympathetic concern for the middle class.”
“Calls the legislative shots, and Obama defers.”
“Will end the year looking like a reasonable adult in a Capitol filled with children throwing sand at others in the sandbox.”
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With three days until the first debate, the polls are coming fast and furious. The latest round:
- An Associated Press/Gfk poll of registered voters found very few voters committed, with Clinton leading Trump, 37% to 29%, and Gary Johnson at 7%.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll gave Clinton a six-point edge, 45% to 39%, in a four-way ballot test. Johnson pulls 10% support, with Jill Stein at 4%.
- Rasmussen, which has drawn criticism for continually showing Donald Trump doing much better than he does in other polls, is at it again. A new survey gives Trump a five-point lead, 44%-39%.
In contrast to Hillary Clinton's meticulous debate practice sessions, Donald Trump "is largely shunning traditional debate preparations, but has been watching video of…Clinton’s best and worst debate moments, looking for her vulnerabilities.” Trump “has paid only cursory attention to briefing materials. He has refused to use lecterns in mock debate sessions despite the urging of his advisers. He prefers spitballing ideas with his team rather than honing them into crisp, two-minute answers.”
Donald Trump "is on the precipice of becoming the only major-party presidential candidate this century not to reach out to millions of American voters whose dominant, first or just preferred language is Spanish. Trump has not only failed to buy any Spanish-language television or radio ads, he so far has avoided even offering a translation of his website into Spanish, breaking with two decades of bipartisan tradition."
Bill and Hillary Clinton have purchased the home next door to their primary residence in tony Chappaqua, New York, for $1.16 million. "By purchasing the new home, the Clinton's now own the entire cul-de-sac at the end of the road in the leafy New York suburb. The purchase makes it easier for the United States Secret Service to protect the former president and possible future commander in chief."