I am a law school student, delegate candidate for Senator Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, conservative activist, and future Texan. I have interned in D.C. for Senator Mike Lee's Judiciary Committee office and for the Ethics and Public Policy Center. I am also affiliated with Vanguard PAC ( Follow me on Twitter at @josh_hammer.


    On the New Hampshire Debate

    That was absolutely brutal.  Seriously, what a bloodbath.  I’m glad I was out at a concert having fun and recorded the debate to watch this morning, because I might’ve cried myself to sleep after those two and a half hours of dourness, had I watched it live. Here are some quick takes on each of the candidates, followed by some other takeaways. The Candidates (ranked in | Read More »

    Final Iowa Predictions and Things to Look For

    For true political junkies, tomorrow night represents something of a culmination of a multi-year buildup.  After at least two years of speculation and ten months of formal primary season observing, we will finally get some tangible votes from the Hawkeye State. Here is what I’ll be looking for on the Republican side, followed by some final predictions. What To Look For Trump’s GOTV Efforts — After months of | Read More »

    An Open Letter to All Conservatives Supporting Neither Trump Nor Cruz

    An Open Letter to All Conservatives Supporting Neither Trump Nor Cruz

    Dear movement conservatives presently supporting neither Donald Trump nor Ted Cruz, “A republic, if you can keep it,” Benjamin Franklin once famously quipped in describing the handiwork of the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.  “If [we] can keep it,” indeed. We movement conservatives presently stand at a crossroads.  For those of us deeply committed to the ideological and philosophical moorings of our movement—a Burkean skepticism of | Read More »

    In Defense of Ted Cruz’s Quip About “New York Values”

    As a born-and-raised New Yorker finishing up law school in the Midwest before getting ready to permanently take my oversized cowboy boot collection and Gadsden Flag paraphernalia down to Texas later this year, I want to chime in on the “New York values” feud from last night’s Republican Presidential debate.  If you did not see this particular part of the Ted Cruz v. Donald Trump | Read More »

    James Lloyd for Congress in TX-07

    My friend James Lloyd is seeking the Republican nomination to represent Texas’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  It is a primary challenge of milquetoast incumbent Rep. John Culberson.  I am so happy to support James’s bid. James is frankly just a great guy—the kind of person whose upstanding character you can recognize within the first three minutes of conversation.  Unlike John Culberson, who | Read More »

    As a Cruz Supporter, Here is One Question I am Always Asked

    As an open and vocal supporter of  ‘s presidential campaign, I find that those not yet committed to Cruz tend to more frequently ask me two specific questions than they do any others. The first question concerns general election electability: “How can , Tea Party conservative purist, possibly win a general election?”  The electability debate has truthfully been analyzed to death elsewhere, and I do | Read More »

    Let’s Take a Step Back Here

    Sometimes it is important to take a breather.  For the past 48 hours, the conservative media have been in a state of frenzy over the v. clash that has been latent for over a month but was finally laid bare for all to see during Tuesday night’s debate.  Though the two oratorically gifted Cubans tussled over a number of issues, the fight over immigration has | Read More »

    The 2016 Election is Now a National Security Election

    I have very little to say about the horrific string of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that has not already been said.  Those of us for whom 9/11 was a seminal moment in our intellectual development know full well that evil exists in this world, that moral and cultural relativism is utter nonsense, and that radical Islamic jihad is an irredeemably recalcitrant form of cancer fundamentally at | Read More »

    A Quick Note on, “BUT SEE AUSTRALIA!!!”

    In the aftermath of the unspeakable recent tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon, many on the Left have invariably made odes to the purported crème de la crème of all possible “gun safety” policy proposals — namely, Australia’s national gun confiscation program instituted as a direct result to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.  For prospective gun-grabbers, Australia’s mass confiscation represents something of a utopia (never mind the | Read More »

    Let the Games Begin. Here’s What to Look For.

    After two-plus years (for the junkiest of the political junkies among us, at least) of “who’s-gonna-run” 2016 chatter and four-plus months of having officially declared candidates, it is finally time for the most crowded presidential primary in modern history to kick off in earnest.  I will be in Atlanta this Thursday-Sunday for the 2015 RedState Gathering, and could not be more excited to watch the debate | Read More »