Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Upset The Best Laid Plans of the Political Class
In 2012, the Republicans engaged in a protracted battle to find their nominee. Multiple candidates soared only to implode or be crushed by the might of Mitt Romney’s Super PAC and personal campaign money. There were lengthy debates that generated enough sound bites to fund two years of Democratic attack ads. When it became clear Romney would be the nominee, even though he was not | Read More »
Maybe Everything We Think about the Trump Surge is Wrong
By now, if you are the sort of person who reads RedState or other blogs regularly, you have heard the received wisdom regarding Donald Trump’s surge in the polls. Rougly 95% of pundits who have opined on the topic have taken it for granted that Trump’s surge in the polls is due to a surge of grassroots activists who are frustrated with the status quo | Read More »
The Outsider Fallacy
If the polls are to be believed, the GOP primary electorate really, really wants someone who is an “outsider” to be our nominee for President. Not just an outsider to Washington, mind you, but an outsider to politics altogether. The latest FoxNews poll has Trump in first with 25%, followed by Carson in second with 12% of the vote. Carly Fiorina checks in 7th with | Read More »
Trump was for de Blasio before he was against him
Right now socialist New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is conducting a one man Jihad against Donald Trump, but the fact is, before Trump decided to run for President, Trump was a big fan.
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Trump Loves Him Some Campaign Finance Reform
Anyone who pays serious attention to Donald Trump knows that, the more he opens his mouth, the more he exposes his phony conservative credentials. There are numerous examples of this, but one of the most recent concerns his comments on campaign finance reform in New Hampshire. Our friends at Digitas Daily have the clip: There’s actually a couple of things to discuss here, but let’s | Read More »
Has Trump peaked? One poll doesn’t tell us that.
The Real Clear Politics 2016 nomination poll chart appears to be showing that Donald Trump has peaked, and is on the way down. But if you dig past the pretty picture, it’s not clear that’s the case.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the Mirror
“[A]ll the other candidates combined get 58.6% of the vote.”Look at the Real Clear Politics averages for the Republicans and for the Democrats. Clinton and Trump lead, but both have begun a downward trend. Clinton’s has been gradual until recently. Trump’s has been a rapid up and now a decline. Two of the Super PACs in the GOP race reached out to me Tuesday to | Read More »
Dear Media: Stop Trying to Tie Trump Around Ted Cruz’s Neck
After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%‘s electrifying speech at the RedState Gathering this year, I happened to be wandering around the media area for unrelated reasons when Cruz entered the press avail room to answer questions from the assembled throng. Normally, I could care less for this particular kind of circus and was prepared to just back out of the room quietly, | Read More »
Laura Ingraham Gets Punked By Donald Trump
Donald Trump presents a threat – we can debate how big a threat, but a threat – to the conservative movement and the Republican Party. As conservatives and Republicans, we need a battle plan that has an endgame that gives Trump a way out of the primaries without running a third-party campaign, and brings his current supporters into the fold to not only support the | Read More »
Obama EPA Rules Will Make Your Energy Bill Skyrocket
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss Howard Schultz not running for president, Doug Domenech on the EPA’s newest hit your bottom line, and Jonathan Last on last week’s GOP debate.
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The Focus Must Be on Hillary Clinton
Since Thursday night’s debate, and for obvious reasons, the name many people have been discussing is Donald Trump. Because of his comments regarding Megyn Kelly (which he won’t apologize for), his invitation to the RedState Gathering in Atlanta was rescinded. I believe this was, without a doubt, the right move by Erick Erickson. Since then, the selective outrage from Trump supporters has gone off the | Read More »
The August Doldrums and Donald Trump
August is the doldrums of political season. The winds stop and one story can stick around and take up attention. August is the season of Monica Lewinsky, Chandra Levy, Cindy Sheehan, the Obamacare protests, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, etc., etc., etc. The President is on vacation, the congress is out of Washington, and the political press is in search of a story. Politicians | Read More »
The Most Interesting Thing About Trump’s Statements Today
When I talked to the Trump campaign on Friday night, the campaign manager only wanted to focus on the “blood in her eyes” part. When I brought up the “wherever” bit, he kept going back to the “blood in her eyes” part. So I asked for a clarification or apology and he said I needed to do it in writing. I put it in writing | Read More »
Donald Trump is not conservative but he is not fringe
(h/t Ace of Spades) There are many who view Trump as an unserious and a fringe candidate whose followers are little more than the 2016 version of Ron Paul’s goofs. National Review nearly has a collective aneurysm at the mention of his name and, contra The Federalist’s David Harsanyi, the debate on Thursday was far from substantive and the questions asked showed very clearly that | Read More »
I Have Disinvited Donald Trump to the RedState Gathering
I have tried to give a great deal of latitude to Donald Trump in his run for the Presidency. He is not a professional politician and is known for being a blunt talker. He connects with so much of the anger in the Republican base and is not afraid to be outspoken on a lot of issues. But there are even lines blunt talkers and | Read More »