The party doesn’t owe the plurality leader diddly squat. It is known what he has to do. He has to actually do it.
Imagine a world where the leadership of the free world rests in the hands of one man from Ohio.
A man named… Rob Portman.
Trump’s probability of winning the nomination was not 1.5625%.
In her essays, the award-winning novelist examines the significance, past, present, and future, of America’s missing Religious Left.
A reply to Dan Scotto on conservatism and the GOP.
Conservatism stresses deference to the unseen. Trump rejects that out of hand, and he’s on the verge of the Republican nomination. What happened?
Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are awful.
And, as we often do, we turn to the Mormons to save us.
It’s time for a new political party with an old name.
President Obama took a position on strong encryption. He got everything wrong.
Politically it was by no means a crazy strategy. For all his blunders, George W. Bush is still the only Republican candidate for president to win the popular vote in the last 25 years, and the only figure to successfully unite and lead a fractious party. Parts of Bushism look more optimistic, inclusive and economically…
Romney can save the party.
“The blacks love me!”
I was a liberal Donald Trump apologist. Not a liberal enjoying the chaos Trump was sowing in the Republican Party, but someone who welcomed his ideological heterodoxy as a step away from the cliff of endless polarization that offered a more moderate substantive agenda than Marco Rubio’s. I held on to that conviction through Friday’s protest violence and Saturday’s torrent of “enough is enough” takes.
I was wrong.
So while the motivations of some might be financial, and others may be of principle, still others will be tyrannical and rooted in the worst natures of man. It’s a melting pot. There’s not much we can do at the moment but to crystallize the dynamics where possible, and understand one key point: You and…
The cast of the GOP primaries is just horrible. Who wrote this crap and how were these characters conceived?
A quick look beneath the headlines from this past weekend’s contests.
The rhetoric against Common Core is often exaggerated and requires a retort from liberals and conservatives alike.
Leadership, of course, means persuading citizens to go where they would rather not. A President Clinton would have to find the language to convince Americans that a deep and ongoing engagement with the world, even a very intransigent and ugly world, is in the national interest. President Obama, for all his rhetorical gifts, never made the…
Mr. Trump’s own statements lead us to conclude that as president, he would use the authority of his office to act in ways that make America less safe, and which would diminish our standing in the world. Furthermore, his expansive view of how presidential power should be wielded against his detractors poses a distinct threat…
You sometimes get the feeling that if Mussolini himself were about to win the nomination, Republicans would still be talking about Clinton’s email server. This is nonsense. Republican voters and the party leaders who oppose Trump should declare now that they won’t vote for him in the general election under any circumstances. If people feel…
In the outgoing dogmatic GOP, Trump’s equivocations would have earned him a place in the all-time rogues gallery of Enemies of the Jewish People, somewhere between Obama and Father Coughlin. Today, Evangelicals shrug them off and continue to vote for Trump, as they did this week in Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. Every…
A grownup finally steps in. Bear in mind, this is an argument aimed at Republicans.
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The tragedy of the 2016 campaign is that Trump has mobilized a constituency with legitimate grievances on a fool’s errand.
Trump has led polls in Ohio and Florida. If Trump beats Rubio and and Kasich there, not only does he win the state’s 165 delegates, but he likely knocks both candidates out of the race, leaving the race one between him and Cruz as the race moves to states less fertile for the Texan. It’s…
A small story of a small caucus in Downtown Colorado Springs
If we need a clearer definition of our mission – as I think we do – we could do worse for a starting point than “Negation of Trump,” but that thought also implies that it’s significantly our fault that Trumpism is on the verge of taking over the universe…
Republicans have crafted a caricature of Ronald Reagan that has now been given form in Donald Trump.
The Limits of Free Trade and the rise of Trump
Fasten your seat belts and stay tuned. The next week will be one of the most dramatic weeks in the modern history of presidential politics. Either Rubio will have a very big day next Tuesday or party leaders could well turn to Romney. In the meantime, Chris Christie’s endorsement of Trump creates indescribable fear and…
Today, the response would have to be at a whole other order of magnitude—an unprecedented shock to the system that would force those all but most Trump’s impassioned supporters to rethink the consequences of his nomination. It would involve a clear declaration by as many voices as possible that Trump would be unacceptable as a…
As we approach the last Republican Debate before Super Tuesday, it’s “reap just what you sow” day from the Left across the Center and all points beyond the movement conservative right.
For the first time in years, the Right’s defenses would be completely destroyed, perhaps never to be rebuilt. Swiftly, the courts would be packed with ideologues; immediately, Congress would run through the remaining items on the Obama-Clinton laundry list; before the voters had a chance to stop them, the White House would usher in an irreversible amnesty; and, Trump having been turned into a pariah by a hostile press, his “anti-PC” attitude would be rendered toxic in perpetuity. The likely result of Trump’s selection as the Republican nominee, in other words, would be the entrenchment of all that his supporters claim vehemently to hate. That thrill that his acolytes would feel when they saw Trump named the winner of the primaries? It’d be gone in a matter of minutes.
Abraham Lincoln has a letter for Marco Rubio.
Damon Linker presents a scenario where we could see a third party unlike any we’ve seen before.
It’s getting ugly in Nevada, as reporters at the state’s Republican caucuses are spotting irregularities, disorganization and open violations of caucus rules.
The state GOP claims there have been “no official reports of voting irregularities or violations,” but anecdotal scenes of chaos seem to contradict that message…