Cam Savage

Cam
Savage

Savage is a Republican political consultant.

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Savage is a Republican political consultant.

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February 4, 2016 1:23 PM

President Obama’s Successor

And we’re off. Iowa is in the books and we’re on to New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, YAAAAA. As is almost always the case, incumbent Presidents loom large over the primary process to choose their successors. Republicans never miss the opportunity to criticize President Obama. Sec. Clinton has the blessing of President Obama (if not his supporters) and Sen. Sanders wants you to know he’s the true progressive who can build on President Obama’s legacy.…

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December 7, 2015 2:52 PM 2 Comments

Politicians on the move

car·pet·bag·ger (ˈkärpətˌbaɡər/) noun: derogatory noun: carpetbagger; plural noun: carpetbaggers; noun: carpet-bagger; plural noun: carpet-baggers a political candidate who seeks election in an area where they have no local connections I’m sort of perplexed with the abnormal amount of carpetbagging going on in Indiana Congressional races this cycle. The most recent example is former Indianapolis State Representative David Orentlicher, who announced he will be running for Congress in Southern Indiana’s 8th Congressional district. Orentlicher represented Indianapolis…

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October 29, 2015 11:25 AM

Paul Ryan and Family Time

Paul Ryan is the new Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He comes to the job with considerable experience as a policy maker, thought leader and party stalwart – not to mention Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012. He’s an idea guy, with bold ideas for tax simplification, entitlement reform and a host of other serious problems facing the country. All this will likely make him a very unusual Speaker – a job that…

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September 22, 2015 3:07 PM 1 Comment

Scott Walker and Hard Dollars

Two months after announcing his campaign for president, Scott Walker is out. There are lots of reasons for this: lackluster debate performances, unease with foreign policy facts, unease with domestic policy facts, the list goes on. For a while in early 2015, Walker was riding high in the polls, especially in Iowa, which you may have heard, borders Wisconsin (home of Scott Walker). Riding high, Walker built a robust campaign apparatus that included as many…

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August 10, 2015 10:53 AM 6 Comments

John Gregg’s Problem

Now that Glenda Ritz has dropped her two-month old campaign for governor, you might naturally assume this is a sign that Democrats are coalescing, or re-coalescing, around 2012 nominee John Gregg. Perhaps not. The Indianapolis Star recently reported on a new potential entrant, Evan Bayh’s former right-hand man Tom Sugar. A long-time aide to Evan Bayh is considering entering the Democratic race for Indiana governor…. Political observers say Sugar could become an influential candidate, given…

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May 6, 2015 1:48 PM

Opinions of Hillary and Bill

I’m trying to decide what I think of Hillary’s chances of becoming President in 2016. I alternate between thinking she is a deeply flawed candidate that no Republican should be afraid of, then find myself preparing for the inevitability of another President Clinton. Both can be true, of course. Hillary could be a terrible candidate (again) in 2016 and still become President. That’s a scenario that seems likely if you’ve been following her nascent campaign…

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April 30, 2015 2:58 PM

A Second Chance for John Gregg

John Gregg wants a second chance. It’s not too surprising, he came within a whisker of Mike Pence in 2012. Close calls make politicians think about running again, because they can always identify a few things they could do better or differently. Many politicians find success in subsequent runs after first losing. Happens all the time. But despite the near miss, there seem to be a lot of Indiana Democrats who aren’t excited about nominating…

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April 14, 2015 1:06 PM 4 Comments

Pence and the Polls

Abdul wrote this week about a poll conducted for the Human Rights Campaign that showed “incumbent Governor Mike Pence virtually tied with Democrat John Gregg, if the election were held today.” That may very well be the case. The direct inference from the pollster and the HRC is that the fallout from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has seriously damaged Pence. Perhaps, but for how long? That’s a harder to question to answer. In 2012,…

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February 22, 2015 8:44 PM 3 Comments

Answering the Rudy question

Things change quickly in Presidential politics. Last week Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was riding high after impressing a gathering of Iowa conservatives. The downside to being among the frontrunners, of course, is that everything you say (or don’t say) is subjected to intense scrutiny. Walker is learning this lesson the hard way after fumbling his answers to questions related to Rudy Giuliani’s comments about whether President Obama “loves America.” “That’s something that the president and…

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January 30, 2015 7:21 PM 2 Comments

Is Romney really out?

Mitt Romney announced Friday that he is not running for president in 2016. I’m trying to decide if I believe him. Not that he’s lying, per se, maybe he just has a different plan. A year ago Joe Hogsett said he wasn’t running for mayor despite lots of speculation and Democratic longing. But he was still U.S. Attorney at the time and didn’t want to answer questions every day about an impending political campaign. So…

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