Donald Trump’s Rise Reflects America’s Decay
Looking on the bright side, perhaps this election can teach conservatives to look on the dark side. They need a talent for pessimism, recognizing the signs that whatever remains of American exceptionalism does not immunize this nation from decay, to …
Domestic Migration (Mostly) Explains a Generation of Partisan Changes
Let’s step back, as we approach the first presidential debate of the 2016 campaign, and look back to try to understand how voting patterns have changed over a generation, by comparing the 2012 presidential results with those of 1988 — keeping in …
Expanded Senate Map Forces Tough Spending Choices for GOP Groups
Two years ago, North Carolina’s house speaker, Thom Tillis, defeated incumbent senator Kay Hagan in the first $100 million Senate race in American political history. The race was emblematic of how much money has begun flowing into politics in the …
The Sad State of Republican Cronyism
The Hill reports that Republicans in Congress are fighting dirty to give the Democrats what they want: an Ex-Im Bank with full lending authority and even less accountability than before.
Earlier this summer, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Graham attached …
No, Salon, Senate Republicans Aren’t the Ones Responsible for Delay in Zika Research
For what seems like the hundredth time, Senate Republicans are being falsely accused of playing politics with Zika-virus research funding. The latest culprit of peddling this claim? Daniel Denvir of Salon, who recently accused the New York Times — yes, …
Yes, the North Carolina Senate Race is in Play
About three weeks ago, Alexis wrote about why Republican senator Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, might become locked in an unexpectedly tight race in North Carolina.
Since then, that has happened, with Republicans pouring over $9 million …
Trump, Conservatives, and the ‘Principles’ Question
All Never Trump conservatives maintain that their decision to never vote for Donald Trump is guided by their principles. I have no doubt that this is true.
But some of them — though by no means all — seem to …
For Pro-Lifers, a Bad Omen for Their Future in the GOP
No one at this point in the 2016 presidential race offers pro-life voters much reason to cheer. The GOP platform speaks for them unequivocally, but it’s not on the ballot. The Republican nominee is, and he’s been wobbly on …
Where Does GOP Unity Stand after 2016?
Editor’s Note: The following article is adapted from one that originally appeared in the August 29, 2016, issue of National Review.
Most people who work in Republican politics want Donald Trump to win but think he will lose. They hope that afterward …
At a glance, it would seem a lousy time to be a politician with ideas. Republican voters tossed aside thoughtful conservative candidates in favor of an entertainer with no particular governing philosophy, whose campaign is pitching a range of policies …
Trump’s Secret Weapon: The Conservative Agenda
Why is Donald J. Trump neck and neck with Hillary Clinton? For the most part, he is doing exactly what the Right would want and expect from a Republican nominee.
Left for dead just a month ago, Trump now bests …
In the High Plains, a Republican Worth Voting For
Aurora, Colo. — Here on the High Plains, where the deer and the antelope once played, Denver’s suburbs roam toward the Rockies’ front range and the nature of today’s polyglot politics is written in the local congressman’s campaign schedule. One …
Bush 41, in the Arms of HRC
My Impromptus today leads with the first President Bush — and his (reported) decision to vote for Hillary Clinton. I believe I can understand why he can’t support Donald Trump. I sketch it out, rather as William Safire used …
Is America Becoming the New Carthage?
‘Nothing is so powerful as a commonwealth in which laws are exactly observed,” Montesquieu wrote in an extended passage contrasting the strength of republican Rome with the degeneracy of Carthage. Rome, of course, was the most successful republic of the …
Scott Walker, the Davos Class, and the Rest of Us
There is a lot that is going to be said about this Claremont Review article, but these lines jumped out:
How have the last two decades worked out for you, personally? If you’re a member or fellow-traveler of the …
Phyllis Schlafly’s Death Is a Reminder That Conservatism Still Matters
Phyllis Schlafly died this week at the age of 92.
I had my disagreements with the legendary conservative activist, particularly of late. She died the day before publication of her last book: The Conservative Case for Trump. The title alone should …
2016: The Battle of the Secret Cabals
Anyone contemplating this year’s appalling presidential campaign may be tempted to explain what’s happening by applying the third rule of bureaucratic organizations, enunciated by the late poet and definitive scholar of Soviet terrorism Robert Conquest.
“The behavior of …
The GOP Sure Doesn’t Seem to Have Been Trumpified
If the GOP is being “Trumpified,” it’s certainly happening in a peculiar way. Here are last night’s results from Florida, courtesy of our friends over at DecisionDeskHQ:
Marco Rubio 72.3%
Carlos Beruff 18.5%
Dwight Young 6.1%
Ernie Rivera 3.1%
Carlos Beruff, in case you …
In Florida’s First District, a Millennial Republican Hopes to Shake Up Congress
As Republicans attempt to appeal to young Americans and females, why not try this? Send a Millennial woman to Congress.
Rebekah Johansen Bydlak fits that demographic bill — and more. As a passionate activist for limited government, she would become …
The GOP’s Deluded Nationalists
During Paul Ryan’s recent primary, he was attacked as a “globalist.” That term might have some polemical value, but it is misleading as to Paul Ryan and some other key Republican leaders who basically agree with him. Paul Ryan …