Carly Fiorina apparently left a trail of unpaid, unhappy campaign staffers after her unsuccessful 2010 U.S. Senate bid. According to Reuters, the former HP CEO and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful waited more than four years to give her campaign staff the compensation they were promised. "Federal campaign filings show that, until a few months before Fiorina announced her presidential bid on May 4, she still owed staffers, consultants, strategists, legal experts and vendors nearly half a million dollars," Reuters reported. Twelve ex-Fiorina campaign workers told Reuters that, if given the chance to work Fiorina again, they'd rather not. One anonymous senior staffer reportedly said they'd prefer to be sent to Iraq. Ouch.
Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has just finished putting on a spectacular week-long display of stepping on his own dick after setting fire to it, then setting fire to it again and stepping on it some more, over the question of whether the United States should have invaded Iraq in 2003, knowing what we know now. That grand sacrifice set up a new hypothetical for Republican candidates to answer: knowing how badly Jeb Bush got beat up over this, would you ever give an answer to that question that didn't consist entirely of the word "no?"
For one candidate, that question was literally a no-brainer. On this week's Fox News Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) put on a one-man SNL sketch when anchor Chris Wallace out that same question to him, managing to sneak the phrase, "It was not a mistake" into the discussion six times in three minutes:
Scott Wong, The Hill: Jeb Bush stumbled over questions about the Iraq War this week, unnerving some congressional Republicans who wonder if he has what it takes to win the White House. Steadfast allies to the former Florida governor say Bush is just a bit rusty and insist the gaffes won't be debilitating ahead of his expected campaign for the 2016 GOP nomination. But others on Capitol Hill were scratching their heads as Bush struggled during four consecutive news cycles to articulate his position on the unpopular war that defined the presidency of his older brother, George W. Bush. "[I'm] flabbergasted at the degree of back and forth that's ensued this week on the Middle East answer, correction, non-answer, correction, etc.," said one GOP lawmaker from a early primary state who has yet to endorse anyone in the race.
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes told a Tempe, Arizona, conservative gathering last week that Sen. John McCain should be tried for treason and "hung by the neck until dead" for going "along with the program of the destruction of this country." Rhodes was taking part in an event featuring opponents of a proposed constitutional convention, including Andy Biggs, the Republican president of the Arizona state senate, and "constitutional sheriff" Richard Mack, both of whom sat alongside Rhodes as he gave his remarks.
CNN's Chris Moody, who appreciates the Loony Tunes-level of D.C. politics better than most, trolled a gaggle of GOP candidates at the Freedom Summit this weekend by asking them to name the greatest living president. Living, of course, excludes Ronald Reagan, patron saint of Republican imaginations, though several candidates still selected him. But as Moody pointed out, no good options remain: Carter, Clinton, and Obama are Democrats, George H. W. Bush would be an implicit endorsement of his son, and still no GOP candidate save Rick Santorum wants to be within a Texas mile of George W. Bush. Given that bench, Rick Perry perhaps had the best response: he high-tailed it.