Memory Lane, Presidential-Campaign Edition
On Twitter, I’ve been seeing a great many links to an article in The Forward, which alleges that “NeverTrump” Republicans were responsible for the rise of that same Donald Trump. I’d like to make one point.
The author …
The ‘Binders Full of Women’ Outrage Still Makes No Sense
The Boston Globe reveals the find of the century:
In the world of important political documents — from the Magna Carta to the Pentagon Papers — there are also those known for more pedestrian reasons. Count Mitt Romney’s “binders full of …
Two Cheers for the Status Quo
The American political discourse is promiscuous with its superlatives: Barack Obama is, we are assured, the most radical president ever, unless that’s Donald Trump; these Republicans or these Democrats are the worst they’ve ever been; this is the …
Character, Candidates and the Wrong Lesson from 2012
You really must read Nancy French’s heartbreaking, thought-provoking, deeply personal essay about this sordid presidential election year, with all of its allegations and accusations of groping, harassment, abuse and even rape, and how it all appears from the perspective …
Will Trump Surpass Romney’s 2012 Performance in Ohio?
From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:
Will Trump Surpass Romney’s 2012 Performance in Ohio?
When I wrote the piece contending there’s an excellent chance that Donald Trump will underperform Mitt Romney’s performance in almost every key swing …
Mitt Romney and the Liberal Media Bubble
Matthew Sheffield is right that the very conservative tend to live in a media bubble, but he also shows that the reverse is also true. People who don’t consume explicitly conservative media – which is to say most people – are …
Trump Blames Fellow Republicans for RNC’s Low TV Ratings
The ratings for the first three nights of the Republican National convention came in well below those of the Democratic convention, and, naturally, Donald Trump took the news as an opportunity to throw his fellow Republicans under the bus.
President Obama indulged in what he described as a “rant” — nice admission. (Really.) It included a blast at “somebody,” anybody, “who labels ‘us versus them’ or engages in rhetoric about how we’re going to look after ourselves and …
Are Conservatism’s Problems Skin Deep?
Byron York’s description of the South Carolina GOP’s mourning over the nomination of Donald Trump reminds me of something I’ve seen on twitter. It is a picture of Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, and Tim Scott with the caption that this …
‘Do the Right Thing’: Kasich Makes His Closing Argument in Ohio
Westerville, Ohio — “Do the right thing tomorrow,” Mitt Romney implored a crowd Monday.
It was 24-hours before Republicans would go to the polls in Ohio, a state that has taken on increased importance as perhaps the final place where Republicans …
What’s Next for the Beleaguered Party System?
‘The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before,” the president declared in a series of tweets Monday morning, and that “will never change.” Many observers were quick to point out that this assertion isn’t borne out in …
Krauthammer’s Take: It’s Good to Have a Defense Secretary Known As ‘Mad Dog’
Charles Krauthammer said that Donald Trump’s looking to form a connection with Mitt Romney before making him secretary of state, and he also praised the James Mattis pick because he would be intimidating to hostile actors:
We’ve never …
Civic Equality and the Vote
I think this Ben Domenech tweet is exactly right about respect and civic equality. I strongly suspect that there is a large cohort of Trump voters who are not partisan Republicans but who are going to stick with Trump no …
When Every GOP Presidential Nominee Is the Worst Republican Ever
Of all the great American political traditions, there is perhaps none more instructive than the progressive tendency to sentimentalize Republicans from years past. You can effectively set your watch by it: Whatever Republican ran for office four or eight or …
Trumpism Is Failing the Romney Test
Here is the measuring stick for Donald Trump’s performance in 2016: Can he win more votes than Mitt Romney did in the swing states?
To do that, Trump must finish with more than 1.18 million votes in Colorado, 4.16 million votes in …
Why Midwestern GOP Governors Fail
If you were looking for an ideal Republican presidential candidate, you might start with someone who was a popular, reforming, tax cutting, conservative, governor of a Midwestern, swing-state. You would look at a Scott Walker or, if that fell through, …
Some Historical Context for Trump’s Poll Numbers
Donald Trump loves to talk about his poll numbers. Or at least, he loves to talk about his poll numbers when they are good. When he’s up, poll after poll is blared from his Twitter account. And when he’…
Mitt Romney, Run for President
Let’s be clear about our nation’s plight: At this moment, American voters face a choice between two historically corrupt, dishonest, and incompetent politicians.
One of them helped create the most dangerous foreign-policy environment since the Cold War, a world in …
Trump Doubles Down on Theory Romney’s Not Really Mormon
On Friday, Donald Trump questioned whether Mitt Romney is actually Mormon. “I have many friends that live in Salt Lake City — and by the way, Mitt Romney is not one of them,” Trump said during a Salt Lake City …
For years, I’ve had a piece of advice for politicians (and don’t nobody listen to me): When you read a speech from a teleprompter, you’re giving the illusion that you’re reciting the speech from memory. Or …