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    Donald Trump and Eminent Domain

    Donald Trump and Eminent Domain

    I wrote earlier this week that voters who are expressing a preference for Trump, Carson and Fiorina are committing a critical error in their thinking – they are forgetting that every candidate runs as an outsider their first election, and that 95% of those candidates eventually become corrupted by the lure of power. I argued then that the relevant test is how a candidate stands | Read More »

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends: 2016-palooza

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends: 2016-palooza

    Welcome back to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Friends! Tonight, Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner joins regular panelists F. Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon, Neal Dewing of The Federalist, Jeff Blehar of the Ace of Spades Decision Desk, Scott Lincicome of the Cato Institute and host Leon Wolf to discuss a veritable cornucopia of issues related to the 2016 election. Join | Read More »

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    Don’t Conflate a Choice With an Obligation

    Don't Conflate a Choice With an Obligation

    Allow me, if you will, to take a break from talking about Hillary’s email, Donald Trump, or anything relating to 2016 to discuss (yet again) our attitude toward the police. Specifically, I would like to respond to this opinion column that was carried in the Dallas Morning News last week, which was written by a man named Michael J. LaRosa, who seems from all accounts | Read More »

    Houston, Hillary Has a Problem

    Houston, Hillary Has a Problem

    The received wisdom on both sides of the aisle has long been that, whatever private and anonymous fretting you might read about from alleged high level Democrat insiders, we should all assume that Hillary is going to get the Democrat nomination until and and unless she either a) is pronounced dead by a physician that you know personally or b) the final gavel of the | Read More »

    In Search of the Wisconsin Version of Scott Walker

    In Search of the Wisconsin Version of Scott Walker

    I like Scott Walker quite a lot. He’s one of my favorite governors to come down the pipe in a long time. He has taken the fight to the liberals in his state from day one in office, and won far more than he’s lost. Really, Walker should be walking away with both my personal vote and the nomination by this point, based on his | Read More »

    Maybe Everything We Think about the Trump Surge is Wrong

    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

    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 »

    Smart on Crime Does Not Mean Soft on Crime

    Smart on Crime Does Not Mean Soft on Crime

    One of the areas where Republicans are objectively better than Democrats as executives is at dealing with the problem of crime. The old view of this subject is that Republicans are better on crime because they are tougher on crime, whereas Democrats are bad on crime because they are soft on criminals. This simplistic view may have at one point been true but it no | Read More »

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Friends: Hillary’s Email, Trump v. FoxNews, and 2016

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Friends: Hillary's Email, Trump v. FoxNews, and 2016

    Welcome back to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Friends! Tonight, The Federalist’s Rich Cromwell joins the regular panel featuring Scott Lincicome of the Cato Institute, Jeff Blehar of the Ace of Spades Decision Desk, F. Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon, and Neal Dewing of the Federalist to talk Hillary’s ongoing email woes, the fracas between Trump v. FoxNews, and of course more | Read More »

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    Dear Media: Stop Trying to Tie Trump Around Ted Cruz’s Neck

    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 »

    Bobby Jindal: It’s Me You’re Looking For

    Bobby Jindal: It's Me You're Looking For

    Republican primary voters have long had a habit of, as the song says, lookin’ for love in all the wrong places. This year, they appear to be doing a lot more of the same during the course of searching for a Presidential frontrunner – but the good news is that it’s yet early in the process and the polls this far out are largely meaningless. | Read More »

    Bristol Palin Allows No Good Deed to Go Unpunished

    By and large, people don’t seem to understand how RedState works, and I guess that is more or less fine. One of the pitfalls of writing for a group blog – especially one on which there is fairly frequent disagreement on the front page – is that you run some non-trivial risk of being blamed for something someone else said, or having someone else take | Read More »

    The Three Republican Members of the Fighting Caucus

    The Three Republican Members of the Fighting Caucus

    The major takeaway any Republican pundit should gather from the current GOP primary polling and from the reception of the crowd at the RedState Gathering is that Republican voters are looking for someone who will pick a fight. Over the course of the RedState Gathering, we were privileged to be given personal access to many of the candidates, most of whom allowed unfettered access to | Read More »

    “Black Lives Matter” is Inconsistent with Big Government

    "Black Lives Matter" is Inconsistent with Big Government

    Obama stenographer Charles Blow had some rare moments of insight in his latest New York Times column on the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the GOP. As usual, however, Blow confused the cart for the horse and thus offered the complete wrong solution for the problem he is attempting to solve. Blow noted, correctly, that a large driver of hostile interactions between police and black | Read More »

    Understanding the Vichy Republicans

    Understanding the Vichy Republicans

    Yesterday, I wrote that McConnell’s pre-emptive surrender on the Planned Parenthood defunding fight in order to maintain peace with the Democrats made him equivalent to a modern day Neville Chamberlain. With the news that McConnell is actively engaging Democrats in a joint effort to defeat the defunding fight and avoid the showdown, it is apparent that the more apt historical parallel is actually Philippe Pétain, leader | Read More »