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Opening Arguments

A scary thought

Conservative/libertarian radio host Glenn Beck has had it with the Republican Party:

"They ran and they said they were doing all of these great things and they were going to stand against Obamacare and illegal immigration – they set us up," Beck said. "They set us up. Enough is enough. They’re torpedoing the Constitution and they’re doing it knowingly. They’re taking on people like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and they are torpedoing them. Knowingly."

"So I’m done with them," Beck continued. "Four years ago, I was with them. Four years ago, I said work from the inside: let’s change it. Let’s get new guys in there. It’s too late.”

This is a big deal, I think. The only bigger one would be Rush Limbaugh saying the same thing. The most important story about the GOP in the last couple of years is whether it will be smart enough to return to its roots, give a damn about its base and offer an honest conservative alternative to the Democrats' progressivism. It sounds very much like Beck thinks it won't be.

In the meantime, ruh-roh:

Hillary Clinton continues to be a dominant forceheading into the 2016 presidential election, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

The former secretary of state maintains a broad lead over the field of potential Democratic challengers she could face in a nomination contest and sizable advantages over the leading contenders from the Republican side in general election match-ups.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tops the possible field for the Republican Party's nomination race, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson all in a tight cluster.

But none of the top candidates in this field gets within 10 points of Hillary Clinton in a series of hypothetical general election matchups.

Rand Paul comes closest, with 43% saying they'd be more likely to back him while 54% choose Clinton. The two candidates who currently top the GOP field, Bush and Walker, match up equally against Clinton, with each carrying 40% to her 55%. Huckabee gets 41% to Clinton's 55% and Carson has 40% to Clinton's 56%.

This is a CNN polls, so I don't know how much we should trust it. Still . . . way too soon to count her out, I guess. Bush v. Clinton! Yeech.