• The Advantage of Impractical Ideas

    The Advantage of Impractical Ideas

    Raging controversy over Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States ignores the most obvious fact about his suggestion: there's no chance it would ever take effect. Even in the unlikely event of a Trump presidency, courts or congress would promptly block any “Muslim ban.” That's also true…

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  • Can G.O.P. Win by Rallying Christian Conservatives?

    Ted Cruz promises to win the presidency by rallying disillusioned conservatives–particularly Christian conservatives. According to Cruz, these voters didn't turn out for McCain or Romney, but they'd come out for him just as they did for the last successful GOP candidate–his fellow Texan, George W. Bush. The problem is that…

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  • Victory Lessons from George W. Bush

    Victory Lessons from George W. Bush

    To win the White House in 2016, Republicans must follow the example of the last GOP candidate to win a solid majority: George W. Bush. Exit polls show the basis for his success in 2004, and for Mitt Romney's failure in 2012. Both Republicans drew similar turnouts of conservatives and…

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  • In Praise of Political Pros

    In Praise of Political Pros

    Widespread disgust with a dirty, dysfunctional political establishment has produced a powerful yearning for an “outsider candidate” who can cleanse and repair the fetid mess in Washington. But before the mobilized masses rush to support presidential contenders with no electoral experience, it's crucial to consider the lessons of history and…

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  • “Radicalization” Doesn’t Just Happen

    “Radicalization” Doesn’t Just Happen

    In discussions of the San Bernardino massacre, investigators want to determine at what point, exactly, the killers became “radicalized.” This inappropriate word makes it sound as if the perpetrators developed a disease, or fell under some evil spell – minimizing the extent to which their hideous crimes constituted a series…

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  • Terrorists, Like Other Criminals, Defy the Rules

    Terrorists, Like Other Criminals, Defy the Rules

    Donald Trump supports the idea that immigration and customs officials should ask any migrants or visitors to our country whether they're Muslim, and if they are Muslims, they should be denied entry. Why would this make us safer against potential terrorists? If an extremist plans to perpetrate violence against America…

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  • Learning from Disaster

    The GOP suffered a disastrous defeat in Louisiana's 2015 gubernatorial election and it's crucial that Republicans learn from the catastrophe. Governor Bobby Jindal won the Bayou State with 66% in 2011, and Mitt Romney crushed Obama in Louisiana by 17 points in 2012. But this year, Republican David Vitter lost…

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  • Dems Silent on Campus Madness

    The hysteria spreading across university campuses presents a huge political problem for Democrats. Few Americans sympathize with pampered, privileged students at Yale, who want to punish a professor for defending “transgressive” Halloween costumes, or—at Princeton—those who seized the president's office to demand removal of the name Woodrow Wilson, former president…

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  • Looking to the Next Election

    According to an old saying, a politician looks to the next election, but a statesman concentrates on the next generation. Unfortunately, several Republican presidential candidates seem as though they don't even consider the next election—the November contest in which the party must unite to beat Hillary Clinton. John Kasich's campaign…

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