An Unserious Candidate for an Unserious Country
It’s time to stop assuming that the Trump phenomenon will collapse under its own weight. Trump has held a continuous lead in the RCP polling average since July 20th. That’s already longer than any candidate not named Mitt Romney held the lead in 2012, and Trump’s lead is growing rather than shrinking. His main competition at this point is Ben Carson, | Read More »
Great new Jeb Bush strategy: attack Trump
Desperate times call for desperate measures… or just for desperation. Via The Hill: Jeb Bush is trying to get off the mat and prove his mettle to the Republican Party after a tough summer. No longer the front-runner, Bush has reset his campaign strategy and is now directly engaging Donald Trump, in part to show that he’s capable of the political knife-fight it takes to | Read More »
The Establishment can’t even criticize Trump correctly
My distaste for Trump is well documented at this point, but when I read this evening about Hugh Hewitt’s interview of Donald Trump, I was struck by how terrible Hewitt’s whole line of questioning is. Hewitt – who gave Harriet Miers a “solid B+” and thought that was good enough – has essentially declared that Al Gore would have been a better President than George | Read More »
Rick Perry on Policing, the Economy, and Celebrity Leaders
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Governor Rick Perry to discuss the struggle between police and their communities, his economic record in Texas and why celebrities aren’t always the best leaders. Then an update on the ruling against the NFL in Deflategate, and Jim Carafano from the Heritage Foundation discusses North Korea and China’s military.
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More Flopsweat from Jeb Bush
To say that the Bush campaign is flailing about is being charitable and gracious. The campaign is in deep trouble and it has the defensive instincts of a baby harp seal. After being the target of a couple of months of direct attacks from Donald Trump, the Bush campaign has decided to hit back with this ad which highlights the various left wing positions taken | Read More »
Have We Not More Faith Than This?
“We cannot compartmentalize our faith. We cannot say I’m a Christian, but this is separate. We cannot tribalize Christianity”One of my favorite emails after the Trump situation at the RedState Gathering was this piece of hate mail, which I present to you in its entirety from email address to email signature line, lightly edited. From: heavenbound****@****.com Subject: What event? Date: August 8, 2015 at 3:40:49 | Read More »
Donald Trump Shows Why Money In Politics Is A Good Thing
It remains to be seen how soon the summer romance of Republican voters with Donald Trump will fade as we move into the serious political season that follows Labor Day. I continue to believe that the nomination will end up going to one of the many other Republican candidates who are more responsible, more electable, and possessed of more conservative principles and experience in electoral | Read More »
A look at the GOP Presidential polling four and eight years ago
It’s often misunderstood what polls do. Some are under the false impression that the purpose of a poll is to predict the election results. That’s not quite true, though close to the election, the difference doesn’t matter. However this far out, the difference means everything. Polls measure the current feelings of the electorate. The further out you get from the election, the more detached the | Read More »
Anti-Establishment vote dominates Iowa GOP caucus goers
Though there is a wide variety of opinions among RedState contributors on Donald Trump, we are pretty well united on one thing: Trump is only possible because the GOP has been such a steaming pile of #FAIL in dealing with every possible challenge. The only thing it has done passably well is kowtow to Barack Obama while pretending to fight him tooth and nail. Erick | Read More »
The Beginning of the End
The beginning of the end of the Republican Party has started. On Friday, I told you the Republican Party is dying. Then, yesterday, Ross Douthat in the New York Times echoed my key point. Mine was that the Republican leaders in Washington would see the decline of Donald Trump as proof that they need do nothing to change. Like the Bourbons of France, they’d forget | Read More »
Donald Trump Is Not a Racist. Don’t Go Back to 2005, Republicans.
While I continue to admire Donald Trump’s ability to command attention at long, rambling, unscripted press conferences, I still am not persuaded he will be the next President of the United States. Nonetheless, the GOP establishment in Washington has decided to treat Donald Trump the way the Bush White House treated many conservative leaders in 2005 during the immigration fight. They’re labeling him racist for | Read More »
What is Donald Trump’s Ceiling?
There is no doubt that the Republican race right now has come down to Donald Trump vs. everyone else. The latest Q-Poll shows Trump with 28%, followed by a large pack of candidates including Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%, Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 92%, Carly Fiorina, and John Kasich, who are separated by statistically insignificant | Read More »
Is Jorge Ramos a journalist or an attention whore masquerading as one?
What, exactly, is a journalist? The cynical among us (read: every comment to the posts on journalism that I write) would say that a journalist is a leftwing hack that advocates for the left-of-center causes and attacks Republicans at every opportunity. And, why not say that? Modern journalism is exactly that, you know. But, let us take the curious case of Jorge Ramos, a man | Read More »
Donald Trump takes a page from history
Full disclosure: I am not a Donald Trump supporter. My personal favorite is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%. In fact, I find myself 100% with Leon’s last two posts on Trump (here | here). Having said that, I am a distinct minority here that sees Trump as being a net positive in this campaign. I fully expect Trump to flame out. I have doubts | Read More »
Further Thoughts on the Trump/Ramos Flap
Last night I wrote a post on the bizarre Donald Trump presser last night that has gotten quite a bit of traction on social media. I wrote it immediately after watching the press conference and without the benefit of the full audio which has been made available today of Ramos’ comments. All I could hear at the time was Trump’s comments, which made it appear | Read More »