• Could Trump True Believers Ever Replace Their Leader?

    Could Trump True Believers Ever Replace Their Leader?

    Which dictionary definition of the word “conservative,” as either an adjective or a noun, applies comfortably to Donald Trump? Is he “traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness”? (Please stifle your laughter). Does he count as “cautiously moderate”? Would he even describe himself as an individual who is…

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  • Resist the Third Party Temptation

    Resist the Third Party Temptation

    Prominent conservatives gathered privately in Washington to hear arguments for leaving the Republican Party if Donald Trump wins the Republican Presidential nomination. Some of the participants, including leading office-holders, wanted to provide a third party option for those who are unwilling to vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton. While…

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  • White House “Diaper Agenda” Exposes Liberal Lunacy

    White House “Diaper Agenda” Exposes Liberal Lunacy

    With much fanfare, the White House announced a new “diaper agenda” complete with a speech by the president and a demand for $10 million in taxpayer funds. The new program means to address the newly discovered “diaper divide” in which “nearly 1 in 3 families reportedly struggle to afford diapers…

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  • Blame Uncertainty, Not “Amnesty” for Rubio’s Fall

    Blame Uncertainty, Not “Amnesty” for Rubio’s Fall

    Conventional wisdom says Marco Rubio's co-sponsorship of immigration reform in 2013 doomed his presidential candidacy, allowing opponents to smear him as advocating “amnesty.” Actually, the reform bill never authorized amnesty but did provide a difficult path to legal status – a position that most Republicans, and even bigger majorities of…

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  • Could Anyone Replace Trump?

    Could Anyone Replace Trump?

    A quick thought experiment reveals the real nature of the movement Donald Trump has inspired. Imagine that Mr. Trump, who turns 70 in June, suffered a sudden health crisis and became incapacitated. Could anyone possibly replace him as head of his movement–advancing his ideals and programs to “make America great…

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  • Misdirected Anger Pollutes Our Politics

    Misdirected Anger Pollutes Our Politics

    Surging populist campaigns by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have convinced many observers that 2016 represents a “year of anger” but no one can agree on what, exactly, the American electorate is supposed to be so angry about. On the right, activists say people are furious because Barack Obama has…

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  • Focusing on the Wrong Issue

    Focusing on the Wrong Issue

    The worst part of the GOP Presidential debate in Houston involved its disproportionate focus on illegal immigration. The CNN moderators began with that topic, and stayed with it for more than a third of the debate's running time. You'd think that the flow of unauthorized migrants represented the public's top…

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  • Misleading Chatter about a “Brokered Convention”

    Misleading Chatter about a “Brokered Convention”

    Commentators in mainstream media have begun speaking obsessively about a so-called “brokered convention”—acknowledging the possibility that no candidate will come to Cleveland with a majority of first ballot votes. This is a misleading term, since there are no potential “brokers” who could dictate the outcome. The candidates themselves won't exercise…

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