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Trumping Himself

From National Review, A Landslide of His Own Making by Jim Geraghty

Trump is quite different than Goldwater and McGovern in that he goes out and confirms his opponents’ caricature of him every single day. Unlike those men and Mondale, he has no record of votes in a legislative body or signature legislation, no military service, and few longtime allies in the national and state parties. He has high name recognition but has never run for office before, a trait that his fans insisted was an advantage. He’s erratic, imprecise, and sometimes incoherent in his statements. He shows no interest in policy details and dismisses the need for campaign offices in swing states.

Looking back on previous historic presidential defeats, a confluence of factors made the losing candidate’s task almost impossible: the economy, social changes, the national political environment, the electorate’s appetite for change or lack thereof. If Trump loses, the explanation for 2016 will be much simpler: Even with the wind at his back and a deeply flawed opponent, he simply wasn’t up to the task of winning over a majority of the American electorate.

For once, in other words, it really will be the candidate’s fault.

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Greetings Slaves

This modern form of slavery would address not only the concerns of the revolutionaries by fixing job insecurity and guaranteeing retirement on a plantation basis, but also assuage the monopolists, who stay up nights worrying about preserving market share in the face of competition. An alliance between socialists and crony capitalists would solve both problems at once.


Like Trump, Right Should Speak To America’s Forgotten Fishtowns

Of course, not everyone shares in that growth. The regulars at Bob’s certainly don’t. And sure, maybe they’re a nasty bunch of old drunks, like the rural white folks we meet in J.D. Vance’s gripping new memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” who can’t seem to get out of their own way long enough to get ahead. But they’re here nonetheless, in our towns and cities, and they’ve been stirred up by Trump, a man who’ll never be able to deliver the prosperity he promises but who speaks directly to their frustrations and fears.

Emails reveal Hillary’s shocking pay-for-play scheme

Abedin’s quick response to Band paid dividends down the road.

In June 2011, Band formed the Teneo consulting firm, with Bill Clinton as the paid honorary chairman. And in 2012, Abedin won permission to work as a $15,000-a-month consultant for Teneo in a special arrangement that allowed her to remain on the State Department payroll.


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Weak Minds Think Alike

Why Progressives Mislead

Why Donald Trump’s Message is Resonating

 What Do They Do

A Conservative Stalwart Reflects on the 2016 Scene

Gary Johnson’s Fiscal Legacy

After Trump



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Political Party Hangovers

Jeff Jacoby climate denier

from The Republican and Democratic brands endure, even if their core beliefs don’t- from Jeff Jacoby at Boston Globe

Yet in the end, political parties — or at any rate, big national parties — are about winning elections. And as society changes, so does a party’s ideological orientation. The transformation can be gradual, or it can be dramatic; sometimes party members embrace a new doctrine by degrees, sometimes intraparty factions clash in a battle royale. Either way, parties evolve. If you’re a partisan loyalist, a Republican or Democrat before anything else, you’ll adjust to your party’s new stance and vote for its nominees. If your philosophical convictions are what matter most, you may break with a party once it no longer upholds them.

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Does Honesty Matter?


Returning from Freedom Fest in Las Vegas.  One of several good presentations was from Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, who is one of the most grounded and brightest stars on the Conservative horizon. The  Wall Street Journal quoted Ben Sasse on the election:

One of the conventions in Philadelphia or Cleveland could still surprise us and nominate someone the Founding Fathers would be proud of, and someone our kids and grand-kids won’t be ashamed of. Ask yourself: Why are these two the most unpopular candidates in the history of presidential polling? Because they are not honest. And everyone knows it.They do not embody the best of America.

If we shrug at public dishonesty—if we normalize candidates who think that grabbing power makes it okay to say whatever they need to in the short-term—then we will be changed by it. Given what we now know about them, choosing to vote for these two individuals is in some ways less about them than it is about us.