America desperately needs a disciplined, conservative political party — a thing the GOP has not been for quite some time. Here are the six steps those small-c conservatives of the #NeverTrump variety will have to take if they want to stem the rise of Trumpism in their party.
In Which I Throw Water On Enthusiasm
It’s time to stop asking for policy promises from political candidates, and it’s time for candidates to stop making them.
Will a third-party alternative to the GOP win? Nope. But that’s not why there needs to be an alternative.
Sam Columbia had a couple of doctor’s appointments.
While we’ve been ruminating on the Presidential race, we are also learning who the match-ups will be for the major U.S. Senate races happening around the nation. Here is a quick look at what’s going on.
In which Burt Likko attempts to solve two problems at once: raising money to keep the bills paid around here, and tapping the brilliant minds here to address the most important questions left in the 2016 Presidential primary season.
I sat down for an online interview with Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, presidential candidate for the Socialist Party USA, to discuss the state of his campaign and how the left should approach the right.
Trump’s loss could be fantastic. A great loss. The greatest.
Burt Likko reacts to Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech, 140 characters at a time.
I displayed my support of a political candidate who is unpopular in my geographic area, and learned something important.
I can’t support the candidacy of Donald Trump, but I can defend his voters.
Republicans need to challenge the implicit frame of the coverage of their nominating process.
Read about cutting edge research from Harvard that both contradicts a “secular” understanding of modernity and supports an egalitarian economic vision of such.
Almost 7 in 10 Republican delegates have already been awarded. What have we learned?
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…