Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Donald Trump said Friday that he is the "Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters," which would be a more accurate analogy if "The Sun Also Rises" HAD BEEN WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS AND CALLED F. SCOTT FITZGERALD A STUPID PATHETIC LOSER.
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'16 AT 30 THOUSAND
Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, it seemed like 2016 might be the year for an epic political clash about civil liberties and privacy rights. Rand Paul was dubbed "the most interesting man in politics" in part for his efforts to galvanize supporters against NSA surveillance and U.S. drone strikes abroad. But while the clashes between Paul and more hawkish Republicans have been as heated as expected (remember the Paul vs. Christie smackdown in the first GOP debate?) Paul's pint-sized poll numbers had already the diluted attention paid to his libertarian pitch even before the Paris attacks. And now? Here's a new Washington Post/ ABC News poll includes this number that's got to be disheartening to the Paul acolytes; asked whether the federal government should prioritize investigating threats even if it means intrusions on personal privacy, 72 percent answered in the affirmative, while only 25 percent advocated for more concern being given to privacy rights. That's not too far off from the post-9/11 answers to the same question.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Donald Trump's Republican rivals have so far denounced his proposal to create a system for tracking Muslims in the U.S., describing the idea as "abhorrent," "revolting," and "dangerous." (Trump tweeted Friday that he never suggested a database, but that we must have a watch list.)
- Madeleine Albright is denouncing Republicans' rhetoric on Syrian refugees.
- NBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell writes that John Kasich is the race's happy - but frustrated - warrior.
- Donald Trump went on a Twitter tirade against John Kasich last night after reports that the super PAC supporting the Ohio governor was launching a $2.5 million ad campaign against Trump.
- And First Read this AM looks at a week filled with heated, over-the-top rhetoric.
CAMPAIGN QUICK READS
Here's the latest Washington Post/ ABC poll on national security and terrorism fears.
TRUMP:He tweeted that he never suggested a Muslim database.
The Wall Street Journal reports: "Liz Mair, former online communications director of the Republican National Committee, recently created Trump Card LLC to "defeat and destroy" the celebrity businessman's candidacy, according to a memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal."
BUSH: He was the first Republican to push back on Trump's comments about shutting down mosques and encouraging registration of Muslims, calling the plans "just wrong."
He's got a new op-ed criticizing Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for their rhetoric after the Paris attacks.
FOR THE RECORD…
"Somebody said I'm the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters."
Donald Trump, on his social media skills
Carson, Cruz, Fiorina, Rubio, Paul, Huckabee, Jindal and Santorum attend the Family Leader Presidential forum in Des Moines tonight.
Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Martin O'Malley each address the South Carolina Democrats Blue Jamboree on Saturday. Each will also address a 2020 Leaders of America forum in Columbia.
Donald Trump holds a rally in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, and Rand Paul campaign in Iowa.
John Kasich, Chris Christie, and Lindsey Graham campaign in New Hampshire. Kasich will also be on Meet The Press on Sunday.