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After Trump

Posted February 22nd, 2016 at 8:42 am (UTC-4)
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To what extent is Trump a one-off, and to what extent does he represent a constituency that will remain relatively coherent for at least the next couple of election cycles?  

He’s Beatable

Posted February 12th, 2016 at 9:54 am (UTC-4)
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Choosing Donald Trump as the Republican party’s nominee would be a mistake. He lacks the character to be a trustworthy president and the convictions to be a conservative one.

Inside Out: Which Republican Party Wins in New Hampshire?

Posted February 9th, 2016 at 3:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Trump. Cruz. Marco. Jeb. Carson, Christie, Carly and Kasich.

Eight Republican presidential hopefuls are on the ballot today in New Hampshire, the country’s first primary vote in the race for the White House. The winner may well shape the Republican Party’s collective identity crisis.

This time last year, the party establishment had seemingly chosen its man and message. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a centrist Republican, the son of one former president and brother of another, was positioned to be the Republicans’ choice to shape the post-Obama era. But something happened that no one predicted. The party was crashed by two outsiders: businessman Donald Trump and Tea Party leader Ted Cruz. The United States was in very bad shape, they proclaimed, and drastic measures were needed.

That message found traction and Bush’s star faded. Today, establishment Republicans are said to be panicking, particularly over Trump’s unshakeable frontrunner status. By tomorrow, the path ahead for America’s conservative party may be set in stone.

Marco Rubio Is In a Precarious Spot In New Hampshire

Posted February 9th, 2016 at 9:19 am (UTC-4)
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Even before Saturday’s debate, Rubio’s hold on second place wasn’t especially secure, and with Rubio, John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush all huddled with support in the low teens or high single digits, even a small post-debate dip could push Rubio from second to third … or fourth … or fifth.

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.

“Trump-ing” the Holidays

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 2:50 pm (UTC-4)
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Christmas means family time and in many homes across America, the talk will turn to the upcoming presidential election. And there’s lots to talk about. The latest polls show Hillary Clinton building a commanding lead for the Democratic nomination over two other contenders. In the 12-person Republican field, Donald Trump has increased his lead despite more controversy over his remarks, this week directed at Clinton. But it is another five weeks before the first votes are cast in the Iowa caucuses, and historically, voters don’t make up their minds until they have to. Trump’s rise to the top dominates the American political conversation. It has the country’s top political thinkers questioning conventional political wisdom. And it has some prominent Republicans questioning the survival of their party.

What If Trump Is the Nominee?

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 1:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Republican Senate candidates are wrestling with that possibility—and with the uncomfortable tensions within their party that it has exposed.

The Nastier Donald Trump Gets, the More Some People Like Him

Posted November 28th, 2015 at 8:42 am (UTC-4)
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He’s the ultimate personification of a variety of vices (greed, intemperance, gluttony, wrath, pride) that we have embraced as a culture with the certitude of the forgiven — or of the be-damned, anyway.

The Hard Truth About Donald Trump

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 2:32 pm (UTC-4)
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The Republican Party leaders know they have a serious problem. More significantly, America has a serious problem. Throughout our history, economic anxiety has brought out the worst in people.

Ben Carson’s Appeal Is That He Doesn’t Burn Red

Posted November 6th, 2015 at 9:12 am (UTC-4)
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The 64-year-old Carson — an almost viscerally conservative man who has never held public office — appears to be riding high in the polls precisely because he doesn’t scream bloody red like many chasing the GOP nomination. He is who he is without label or spin.

Don’t Believe the Hype: The Republican Party Is Alive and Well

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 1:50 pm (UTC-4)
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The House GOP developed a record of unremitting hostility to the Obama administration before the 2014 election, and was re-elected in larger numbers on that record. Republicans have gained 69 seats since Barack Obama became president.

Donald Trump’s Gatsbyesque Charm

Posted September 16th, 2015 at 9:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Say what you will about Trump, he is possessed of mischievous traits that many Americans find irresistible…. In his cruder comments about people he reviles, Trump has often equaled Archie Bunker’s outspoken style even if he doesn’t use the word “meathead.”

Why Mitt Romney Should Save the Republican Party and Join the 2016 Race

Posted September 3rd, 2015 at 8:39 am (UTC-4)
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Romney should be ready to enter the field to save his party from an awful reckoning between its leadership and its base, a reckoning that has been brought on by Donald Trump’s campaign.

Trump Confounds – and Angers – High-Profile Conservatives

Posted August 27th, 2015 at 2:01 pm (UTC-4)
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The drama from Donald Trump’s campaign continues, but instead of derailing the real estate mogul, it has only solidified his status as the clear front-runner in the race to win the party’s presidential nomination. Some Republicans are worrying that Trump, who has not only insulted Latinos with his controversial stance on immigration, but also threw a prominent Univision reporter out of a press conference, is ruining the Republican Party’s chance to claim the Oval Office.

Is Trump The New Face of the Republican Party?

Posted August 6th, 2015 at 5:03 pm (UTC-4)
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The GOP is holding its first debate of candidates vying to be on the Republican ticket for next year’s presidential election. It’s a crowded and diverse field. Despite that, there are worries that with front-runner business mogul Donald Trump – given to offensive comments – onstage, there won’t be enough oxygen to go around.

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