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The End of GOP Optimism

Posted March 18th, 2016 at 1:31 pm (UTC-4)
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Trump’s iteration of the Republican party won’t have a bleeding heart; it will be out for blood. Far from eschewing negative campaigning, personal abuse will be its calling card. It will care less about policy than attitude and shibboleths. Electorally, it will repel minorities and hope to run up the score with whites.

Chris Christie Is Now Ruined

Posted March 1st, 2016 at 3:43 pm (UTC-4)
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Trump has rendered Christie an isolated, pathetic object of scorn. Other Republicans should take note.

Not-so-Super Tuesday

Posted March 1st, 2016 at 1:59 pm (UTC-4)
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The Party of Lincoln has reaped what it sowed: All these years of anti-government, anti-immigrant, anti-establishment and often hateful, venomous rhetoric and dog whistling attacks on President Barack Obama have produced that strategy’s uber-candidate, someone who embraces all of it without the niceties — or even intellectual consistencies.

America, We Could Be Looking at a Trump, Clinton Contest

Posted February 22nd, 2016 at 2:20 pm (UTC-4)
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We must consider how astounding it is that Ted Cruz couldn’t win in a state like South Carolina with such a large born-again Christian voter base. And that of the entire field of GOP candidates – including Cruz and Carson, two devout Christians – that Jerry Falwell, Jr. endorsed Trump.

Jeb, Trump and the New Republican Playbook

Posted February 22nd, 2016 at 1:51 pm (UTC-4)
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On Saturday night in South Carolina, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump appeared to cement his status as the party’s frontrunner – and, perhaps more importantly, his dream of becoming its nominee.  And then, a notable domino came crashing down. After Trump landed a decisive win in the state’s primary, Jeb Bush, the GOP’s presumed establishment candidate, dropped out after finishing in fourth place.  In an instant the Bush political dynasty was history, and a long chapter in American politics closed.  How?  How could a campaign bankrolled by $150 million with such name recognition fail?  How could a billionaire businessman who has never held elected office, whose campaign depends on Twitter, personal insults, public anger and charisma have unseated such a powerful family?  Pundits and experts alike point to many factors and missteps by Jeb – among them, underestimating Trump’s appeal. Ultimately, what the outcome seems to say is that the rules of the game to the White House have changed.

Conservatives Have Failed Donald Trump’s Supporters

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 2:26 pm (UTC-4)
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…[T]he conservative movement, offer next to nothing to working-class Trump supporters. There are no obvious conservative policies that will generate the sort of growth needed to raise the standard of living for these working-class voters.

Is Donald Trump Really Scared of Megyn Kelly?

Posted January 28th, 2016 at 2:12 pm (UTC-4)
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The real question is how does this play with the independent voters who haven’t backed Trump so far? I can’t believe any will be impressed by Trump quitting the debate.

In the Age of Trump, Grim Warnings From Holocaust Survivors

Posted January 28th, 2016 at 8:48 am (UTC-4)
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This year’s Holocaust remembrance comes at a time when Donald Trump, the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination, retweets to his nearly 6 million followers a message from @WhiteGenocideTM based in “Jewmerica,” and a time when his nearest challenger, Ted Cruz, brandishes the endorsement of a minister who says Hitler was a “hunter” sent after the […]

A Two-way Race by March

Posted January 27th, 2016 at 5:35 pm (UTC-4)
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…[W]hen it comes down to two candidates, many voters who may not have voted for Trump or Cruz as their first choice will have to choose the lesser of these two “evils.” Ironically … the nomination could go to the one who is most broadly acceptable — or least widely unacceptable.

Palin Endorse Trump: Yea, We Saw That Coming

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 2:09 pm (UTC-4)
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Corralling Palin aboard the Trump train is like doubling down on his outsider appeal. She is still something of the darling of grass-roots conservatives.

Forward To Politics The Constitutional Way: Replace The GOP

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 3:49 pm (UTC-4)
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The two so-called major parties are wings of the same faction. They are united in their service to the elitist faction money powers that fund their political and governmental empires. They are united in their determination to rip the moral, institutional, economic. and demographic guts out of our system of representative, Constitutional government…  

Can Ted Cruz Actually Win?

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 9:46 am (UTC-4)
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Cruz and his strategists have an answer for doubters. With effective outreach to conservatives, he can gain the votes of the four million conservative voters who supposedly stayed home in 2012…. Republicans did just that in 1964 with Barry Goldwater as the nominee. He lost to President Johnson by 486 electoral votes to 52

How Donald Trump Destroyed the Republican Party in 2015

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 9:00 am (UTC-4)
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The party might nominate Trump, in which case the establishment will have lost all control. Or party leaders might somehow find a way to defeat him, in which case they will have lost the allegiance of much of the base. In either event, the GOP we once knew is irredeemably a thing of the past.

12 Reasons for America’s Fascination With Trump

Posted December 17th, 2015 at 10:28 am (UTC-4)
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Like a tornado or a typhoon, the political tsunami that is Donald Trump is a complex coalescence of current and historical forces whose unforeseen speed and power threatens to wreak havoc on the 2016 political landscape.

World View: Cruz-Rubio Debate Important

Posted December 17th, 2015 at 10:21 am (UTC-4)
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The Bush Doctrine of regime change (pursued by Obama reluctantly and often in the breach) has failed repeatedly. At this point, it may be impossible to remove Assad for the foreseeable future, something the Obama team is beginning to recognize.