I hope I have appreciated the difficulty of Paul Ryan’s position. Over the weekend, I wrote a post that touched on this.
Ryan was between a rock and a hard place. Clearly, he had distaste for Donald Trump. (Ryan …
Yesterday, Donald Trump was at it again, defending and praising Saddam Hussein. To see the video, go here.
Trump has long said that Saddam, bad as he was, killed terrorists. Therefore, the U.S. and its allies should not have …
Donald Trump Represents Republicans’ Baser Feelings
Even Donald Trump’s defenders on the Right are hard-pressed to argue that he is conservative. He is, nonetheless, a kind of conservative dream candidate.
Few politicians in memory have so powerfully tapped into and expressed the conservative id, which …
Conservatives Are Falling behind in the Science of Persuasion
Here’s a question: If you were in charge of designing an advertising campaign for a conservative candidate in a swing state, what would your message be? And who would be your target demographic? Could you be sure your ad …
BREAKING: Indiana Results, Analysis, & More . . .
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9:53 P.M.: Donald Trump has delivered his celebratory remarks from Trump Tower in Manhattan. …
The GOP Says Good-bye to the ‘Good Loser’ Model
On December 2, 1991, National Review published a cover with the headline “Honey, We Shrunk the Party.” It featured “The Two Bobs” — the Senate’s Dole and the House’s Michel — examining a dwarf elephant under a magnifying glass. Inside were four …
The Democratic Win in Louisiana Is No Sign of the Party’s Revival
Saturday, Democrats elected their first governor in the Deep South in eight years, as Louisiana state legislator John Bel Edwards defeated GOP U.S. senator David Vitter. The Democrats’ double-digit victory in Louisiana makes up for their losing the Kentucky …
I left the Republican party a long time ago for a number of reasons, one of which is that I didn’t want to be part of any organization that had Arlen Specter as a member. The man this magazine …
‘The Party of No’? Let’s Test that Hypothesis
I saw a lot of this yesterday after Paul Ryan did the rounds on the Sunday shows:
Because GOP strategy is “just say no” no matter what? https://t.co/WvbfWmamA3
— Henry Blodget (@hblodget) November 1, 2015
This is a popular line …
Yes, Republicans Can Win Black Voters
In October 2012, just as presidential campaigning had reached fever pitch, I was raking leaves in the front yard of my northern-Virginia home when I noticed a pack of volunteers clad in “Romney 2012” T-shirts canvassing the neighborhood door to door, engaging …
Singling Out the Speaker: A Few Thoughts
In our latest Need to Know, Mona Charen and I discuss many things, including, of course, Trump — and his endorsers. I express particular regret about Paul Ryan. And I’ll tell you why.
Paul Ryan knows. He knows about …
What Would Need to Happen for Trump to Lose in Cleveland?
A delegate insurrection against Donald Trump at the Republican convention in Cleveland would face long odds of success, but it’s possible.
A new e-book by two Republicans argues that the conventional wisdom perpetuated by media coverage of the nomination …
Trump and Susana: A Study in Contrasts
As you may have seen, Donald Trump was in New Mexico earlier this week. He attacked the state’s governor, Susana Martinez. Who is a conservative Republican. A Reagan Republican.
I know her a little bit. I’ve interviewed her …
I was contemplating the Republican platform, to be presented in Cleveland this summer. I hope the Republicans will have the courage of their convictions.
For instance, their nominee alleges that Ted Cruz’s dad has a connection to the Kennedy …
Minority Outreach: The GOP Must Do Better
The Associated Press reported last week that Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas), if he were to become the GOP nominee, would focus primarily on turning out disengaged white voters, while aiming for very modest gains among minorities. In a plan …
There are many potential outcomes to a Donald Trump GOP nomination. And every one of them is a disaster for conservatives.
The fact is, Trump fans will not be placated — not if they lose, and definitely not if they …
A Few Thoughts about the Latest Polls
Bloomberg has a new national poll and Fox has a poll in New Hampshire. A few observations:
#*#Trump hasn’t collapsed after Paris, and why would he? He’s a fierce nationalist who is a hardliner on immigration — this …
Jeb Bush Apologizes to France — France Is Not Impressed, and Neither Are GOP Voters
Jeb Bush admits he “screwed up” during last week’s GOP debate, fumbling an attack against Marco Rubio. “I just gotta get better,” he told reporters in New Hampshire. Then he proceeded to prove he wasn’t getting better, by …
Ryan Strikes Optimistic Tone in First Speech as Speaker
Backed by the vast majority of House Republicans, newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan vowed to “wipe the slate clean” today, outlining a vision for ending the bitter battles between leadership and rank-and-file that hampered John Boehner’s final days in …
Ryan Promises Freedom Caucus He’ll Reduce Crackdown on Dissenters
Fresh off a week of intrigue that saw him emerge all-but-assured of succeeding Speaker John Boehner, Paul Ryan met with the House Tea Party Caucus on Friday morning.
His message, according to the caucus’s chairman, Kansas Republican Tim Huelskamp?