Inhofe-Toomey sequester alternative takes shape
“We certainly aren’t going to give the Obama administration a blank check to make cuts.”
DNC Internal Debate: Sure, Trump is A Fascist–But What About Republicans?
The WikiLeaks disclosure of internal Democratic National Committee emails shows DNC officials taking great pleasure in expressions of Republican disunity about Donald Trump. For example, the various statements of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s difficulties in supporting Trump rocketed around DNC | Read More »
Will Pliable Pence Amend His Convictions?
Crucial political decisions often concern which bridges to cross and which to burn. Donald Trump’s dilemma is that he burns some bridges by the way he crosses others. His campaign depends on a low-probability event, and on his ability to | Read More »
Mike Pence Saved the Republican Party After the Cruz Disaster
Ted Cruz essentially gave a career-ending speech at the GOP convention on Wednesday night. Cruz’s speech was a slap in the face to GOP nominee Donald Trump. This whole business about “vote your conscience” — that’s a wonderful-sounding phrase. But | Read More »
Ted Cruz and the Trump Takeover
The self-righteousness and smugness of Ted Cruz in refusing to endorse Donald Trump, then walking off stage in Cleveland, smirking amidst the boos, takes the mind back in time. At the Cow Palace in San Francisco in July of 1964, | Read More »
Republicans Create Their Mirage of Unity
The main purpose of the modern political convention is to produce four days of televised propaganda. The subsidiary function, now that nominees are invariably chosen in advance, is structural: Unify the party before the final battle. In Cleveland, the Republicans | Read More »
Trump Could Shake Up Electoral Map
Disruptive. That’s a good word to describe Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and to describe the sometimes-ramshackle Republican National Convention his campaign more or less superintended in Cleveland. Apple disrupted the music industry; Uber disrupted the taxi cartels; Amazon disrupted the | Read More »
Ted Cruz’s Gamble
By allowing Ted Cruz to speak without an assured endorsement, Donald Trump took a gamble with his convention. By refusing to endorse the nominee of his party, Cruz took a gamble with his political future. Trump lost his gamble when | Read More »
Michelle’s Speech Was Trite, Too
When MSNBC signed off at 3 a.m. the first night of the Republican National Convention, they were still talking about Melania’s speech.
Why Politicians Are Important (And Dangerous)
My Fox News colleagues are in Cleveland, diligently interviewing Republicans. Next week, they’ll interview Democrats. I’m glad they do it — because I despise most politicians. There are exceptions, of course, but after years of reporting, I’ve concluded that most | Read More »
With Texas, A Wall Too High For the GOP?
Political conventions are echo chambers designed to generate feelings of invincibility, sending forth the party faithful with a spring in their steps and hope in their hearts. Who would want to be a wet blanket at such moveable feasts? Steve | Read More »