In light of Trump’s most recent loathsome statements, it is clear the Republican Party has fewer actual conservatives than it wishes to admit.
We’re just waiting on the results.
Trump’s trolling prank in Mexico and the future of the Right in the United States.
The game, it turns out, is rigged. With nothing to lose, they burned it all down.
An assessment of executive managerial skills put on display for the nation to see.
The man really is Richard Nixon, and he wants Vladimir Putin to be his G. Gordon Liddy.
So what exactly is Trump doing?
Reince Priebus defends himself.
In which a human Molotov Cocktail flings himself in the right direction.
We can all agree that violence at a political rally is wrong, right? Right? Well…
Nobody knew jack about this.
Sam Columbia had a couple of doctor’s appointments.
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.
Nate Silver describes Trump’s path from here to nomination, state by state.
The party doesn’t owe the plurality leader diddly squat. It is known what he has to do. He has to actually do it.
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?
And, as we often do, we turn to the Mormons to save us.
“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.
Alternatively, is he a welfare cheat?
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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Readers likely recall Huntsman as being the “too liberal” GOP candidate back in 2012. So, on the one hand, I have to wonder how much his past association with the Obama administration (he was ambassador to China from 2009-2011) and the negative feedback he received colors his approach to party politics. On the other, he…
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…
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
The first thing you notice at Donald Trump’s rallies is the confidence. Amateur psychologists have wishfully diagnosed him from afar as insecure, but in person the notion seems absurd. Donald Trump, insecure? We should all have such problems. At the Verizon Giganto-Center in Manchester the night before the New Hampshire primary, Trump bounds onstage to…
Yet a poll from Emerson College, released last weekend, shows Trump dominating in Massachusetts, with 50 percent of the vote in a five-person field. His nearest competitor, Senator Marco Rubio, was 34 points behind, at 16 percent. When Trump came here in January, thousands packed an arena in Lowell to hear him tick off the…
I was Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular, so I think I should support him since we’re one of the same cloth.
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…