The GOP Base Is Beyond Trump’s Control
The conservative movement is caught in a Catch-22 of its own making. In the war against “the establishment,” we have made being an outsider the most important qualification for a politician. The problem? Once elected, outsiders by definition become insiders. …
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 …
The press predicts Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton will be “the nastiest, ugliest campaign in modern presidential history.” Polling indicates that the two major-party presumptive nominees are the most unpopular and disliked of any in recent memory. A majority of …
Many Americans Don’t Seem All That Upset about Big Government
From the Thursday Morning Jolt:
Contemplate the Possibility that Americans Are Fine with Big Government
Over at Hot Air, Taylor Millard examines my contention that the Tea Party is effectively dead and argues that it’s more accurate to say …
The Past Decade’s Most Effective Tea Party Took Place on the Left
As the next election cycle moves forward, there will be a crescendo of complaints that we are in the midst of some unprecedented and un-American meddling in public affairs by donors. “Rivers of fat-cat money are pouring into our political …
Professor Compares Tea Party to Nazis
There’s a video going around taken by an astute student at a Texas college who was tired of hearing his professor bash conservatives, and decided to expose the scholar’s biased comments.
Under the pupil’s YouTube video, the …
Pelosi: ‘They Need a New Technology System at the IRS’
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) regards the loss of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails only demonstrates that the agency needs to upgrade its technology, rather than a cause to suspect a cover-up related to the targeting of …
The Sun Is Out, and So Is Eric Cantor
Even by Virginia standards, this May and June have been particularly glorious, and to top it off, Eric Cantor lost! He’s classy enough to have announced he won’t try to run a write-in campaign in response, and however …
Suddenly Every Pundit Wants to Be a Revolutionary.
From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Pundits, Columnists Run to the Barricades to Begin New Revolution
I see our nation’s political scribes are in a revolutionary mood.
Could an “Arab Spring” type of upheaval be …
Democrats Are Always Comparing Their Opponents to McVeigh
The midweek edition of the Morning Jolt features Occupy protesters who want to blow up bridges in Ohio, reports of disturbing leaks about President Obama’s trip to Afghanistan, and then this continuing outrage . . .
Democrats Are Still Comparing the Tea …
The Endless Establishment/Tea Party Struggle
In a recent NR, I argued that a lot of Republicans associated with either the tea party or the establishment (and yes, I understand these terms are imprecise and prone to abuse, but they’re still useful) are too invested in …
EEOC Treads on ‘Don’t Tread on Me’
It was only a matter of time, really. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that displaying the Gadsden Flag in the workplace — the yellow flag with the words Don’t Tread on Me below a coiled rattlesnake — …
The Cruz Campaign Shows Us the Tea Party Still Counts
The story of the week in the GOP nomination fight is all about organization. Ted Cruz has it, Donald Trump doesn’t, and so Cruz is not only vacuuming up every available delegate, he’s actually stacking Trump’s delegations …
The Death of the Tea Party
Today brought news that Sarah Palin is endorsing Donald Trump.
Trump’s an odd figure to win the heart of a public figure once so synonymous with the tea-party movement. He boasts of the influence his money has bought him …
Media Still Hoping for ‘Establishment’ vs. ‘Tea Party’ Civil War
Another chapter in the “Everything That Happens Is Always Bad News for the GOP” narrative of the media#…#
The Republican establishment won big during this year’s midterm elections, fending off far-right candidates in primary races who might have threatened the …
Bennie Thompson Explains How Thad Cochran Can Reward Black Voters
Senator Thad Cochran (R., Miss.) needs to reward the black voters who crossed party lines to support him in his runoff against tea party challenger Chris McDaniel by backing some concrete policy initiatives, according the the state’s only member of …
Local Tea Party Activists Helped Topple Eric Cantor
Tea Party activists helped Dave Brat defeat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), but they aren’t getting much credit because national groups didn’t spend money in support of their candidate.
“The fact that Brat took off without the help …
What You Missed at TXOnline, Part One
McCain’s Defeat, Setting the Stage for the
I’m inside the arena, watching from the press seating section.
Arizona senator John McCain may deserve a lot of grief for not running the all-out, no-quarter-asked-or-given campaign that a lot of conservatives wanted to see in 2008. But he was …
Those Self-Hating Tea Partiers
There are many reasons to be wary about polls, particularly those of adults as a whole, but here is a terrific example from this afternoon’s CNN survey: Among those who describe themselves as “Tea Party Supporters,” 86 percent have a …