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Trump never misses a chance to look small

Donald Trump can never get enough love. He can win the nomination, achieve widespread applause for the effort, bring the GOP establishment to its knees, and yet, it’s not enough. He continues to rail and insult the few holdouts, infuriated that they will not bow to kiss the ring. The Post reports, “During his first […]

How two potential 2020 rivals are handling Trump

Pundits, GOP operatives and former presidential advisers are dumbfounded by Sen. Marco Rubio’s statements concerning Donald Trump. Rather than mumble a quiet endorsement, the Florida Republican insists upon remaining in the limelight, digging a hole from which he may not be able to dig himself out. Show More Summary

Clinton surrogates serve up thin gruel

Hillary Clinton’s campaign may have made a calculated decision, even a smart one, given the campaign atmosphere. Betting that the public is not hung up on the details of the inspector general’s report and just assumes the email scandal is no big deal (unless and until the FBI finds otherwise), Hillaryland may think it can […]

Ups and downs

UP: Hillary Clinton critics who were right about her email law-breaking DOWN: Clinton critics who thought here email law-breaking would matter in the campaign UP:  Disorganization, infighting and incompetence in the Trump campaign DOWN:...Show More Summary

Morning Bits

Most teenage girls aren’t this fickle. “Top Donald Trump aide Corey Lewandowski on Sunday defended the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s decision to back out of a debate with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, saying it would be a waste of time because the Vermont senator won’t clinch the Democratic nomination. ” So why then did.. […]

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “I know when you’re in it, you just keep go, go, go until the last hour is there. Well, the last hour is close by.” 2. “I don’t give him credit for what he said, but I give him credit for the way he understands this stuff.” 3. “California is the big […]

Each week seems worse than the last

Each week I tell myself the presidential campaign cannot get more depressing. Each week I am proven wrong. In the past week alone: Hillary Clinton’s manifest, blatant untruths about her email server were meticulously detailed by the State Department Inspector General. Show More Summary

Distinguished person of the week

On Memorial Day weekend it seems appropriate to focus not just on the men and women who gave their lives for the United States and for their loved ones, but also for those who continue to volunteer and sacrifice for our freedoms. A story about one West Point cadet, an immigrant, broke through the noise […]

A better candidate for Florida

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), still on the receiving end of fierce criticism from conservatives (and bizarrely taking to Twitter to insult journalists, a move for which Donald Trump has been infamous) that he’d be “honored” to speak for Donald Trump (whom he called unfit and a “con man” during the campaign), is strongly hinting he […]

The post-Trump solution for Republicans

Consider some of the fresh Republican faces who haven’t endorsed Donald Trump: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. That, I would suggest, is the universe of realistic candidates for the 2020 and other future presidential races. Those […]

Clinton needs to keep one image in mind

Pundits are speculating about the tactics that Hillary Clinton might adopt against Donald Trump. The sheer volume of his defects makes it hard to choose a single line of attack. In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Clinton talked about the race: Look, I’m ready for his fantasy campaign and the outrageous things he’s going to say. I […]

The Trumpkin hall of shame

We have gotten used to the garden-variety opportunists (New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich), the vile hypocrites (Rick “He’s a cancer on conservatism” Perry) and the weak-kneed Republicans who imagine they better fall in line (or else!) behind Donald Trump. But you do wonder how many more people, once held in high esteem, will […]

Morning Bits

Worry about the right things. “The soft spot is not NSA and it’s not the drone program. The soft spot, the least tyrant-proof part of the government, is the U.S. Department of Justice and the larger law enforcement and regulatory apparatus of the United States government. The first reason you should fear a Donald Trump presidency is […]

Don’t do it, Marco

A pack of relatively unknown Republicans. Two Democratic candidates, one handpicked by the establishment with a slew of bad-news stories and the other a gadfly leftist. It is that set of circumstances in Florida’s U.S. Senate race that has gotten Republicans revved up about the potential to hold a critical seat — so long as they can […]

Trump’s electoral premise takes a hit

Donald Trump promises to rewrite the electoral map. He presents himself as the friend of the white, working-class man. He insists he’ll win in places such as Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states Republicans have not won in years — in decades in some places. There are three problems with this. First, just as Trump thinks […]

We really have four parties, so why not four candidates?

Both major parties have fractured. On the right, traditional Republicans cannot coexist with populists/nativists. On the left, mainstream liberals such as Hillary Clinton hold little allure for Western European-type socialists, who have found their leader in Sen. Show More Summary

Romney has no more excuses

Like dinner guests in a murder mystery, potential candidates for a third-party run for president have disappeared one by one. Their reticence to run seems inversely proportionate to the growing need for an alternative to Hillary Clinton (who cannot be counted on to follow clearly articulated rules designed to protect national security nor to tell […]

Trump specializes in infighting

Wherever Donald Trump goes he kicks up a cloud of animosity and bitterness. If a campaign is reflective of a candidate’s executive style Trump’s profile can be describes as angry melodrama driven by personal bitterness. Trump’s penchant for conflict has been infecting his campaign. Warring factions, one loyal to Paul Manafort and the other to […]

How to win ‘thoughtful’ Republicans

It has not gone unnoticed that Hillary Clinton is reaching out to independents and any “thoughtful Republican.” How could she enhance her chances? First, she should empathize with them. These are people in the party of Lincoln who’ve seen their party hijacked by a policy ignoramus who is also a xenophobe, nativist, protectionist and isolationist. […]

Morning Bits

Speaker Paul Ryan’s retort to rumors he’d endorse Donald Trump. In a one-minute video he says, “[t]his anxiety has got to be channeled and dealt with with solutions instead of just amplified and accelerated and exacerbated.... Republicans lose personality contests anyway. We always do. But we win ideas contests. We owe you that choice.” […]

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