Did Anyone Else Hate Nikki Haley’s Response to… Donald Trump? Ted Cruz?

The speech above was purported to be a response to Barack Obama’s State of the Union message. Hardly. I only bothered to listen to the speech because my Facebook feed yesterday was full of attacks on Ann Coulter for the tweets about Haley’s speech. While I didn’t bother to find out what Coulter wrote (because I don’t really care), I did get curious about Haley’s speech. And, for the record, I have heard nothing but good things about Haley. I certainly liked her more than Trump and, in Read more […]

Voting for Marco Rubio is a Message to the Establishment?

Here’s the ad. I don’t know what to say. He took on the Republican Establishment and won? Rubio is certainly preferable to Hillary. If he somehow wins the nomination I may vote for him. And I suppose there may have been a “Republican Establishment” in Florida that he had to beat to win the Senate seat. But what about since then? He wasn’t fighting the Establishment when he joined “the gang of eight” and advocated amnesty with false promises about border security. Rubio wasn’t Read more […]

Donald Trump Losing Again, Except He is Still Winning

The Republican Establishment and the Mainstream Media are certain of Donald Trump losing, but it isn’t happening. Over and over again, the media has told us that “Trump is finished,” but it is never true. Every time his campaign is supposed to end in shame, he stays ahead of all the other candidates. Most recently he was supposedly doomed after the second debate. But even if he didn’t do as well as some might have liked, he didn’t hurt himself. Now the media has to admit how wrong they Read more […]

The American Thinker on the Republican Prospects for 2016 Leaves Out a Detail

Republican prospects are not good if the grassroots and the Establishment can’t get together, but what motivates the Establishment? Robert Smith wrote about Republican prospects in the American Thinker blog: “The Bare Naked Truth about the GOP and 2016.” Here’s the dilemma – and it’s a big one. Electing a Democrat president in 2016 would be bad for the nation, very bad. Conservatives agree. Establishment Republicans do too, in important regards, at least. To avert further troubles Read more […]

Republican Insider Says Establishment Will Go Third Party to Defeat Donald Trump

Remember when Donald Trump was cajoled into pledging Republican loyalty by promising not to run as an independent? I really couldn’t believe my ears when I heard this on the radio. Mark McKinnon was the chief media strategist for President George W. Bush. As far as I’m concerned, that means he is well-connected and experienced inside the Republican establishment. NPR’s Robert Siegel called him up to ask him about Donald Trump’s popularity and what it means. They had the following Read more […]

Why the Establishment Thinks Jeb Bush Can Win the Primary

If you don’t think Jeb Bush can win, you need to think about how the numbers work with multiplying candidates. In considering why the Republican Establishment thinks Jeb Bush can win, remember: The people sponsoring Jeb Bush are pretty sure they will be just as happy if Hillary Clinton wins. That is important because it means a disaffected conservative base that refuses to go to the polls resulting in a Hillary Clinton victory does not frighten them. If the Republican nominee is Jeb Bush and Read more […]

Republican Leaders Promote Banning Trump from Democratic Process

They are openly calling for banning Trump so that Republicans aren’t permitted to vote for him in the primaries. I plan to vote against him, but banning Trump is crazy and authoritarian.  If Donald Trump represents how Republican leaders have alienated their base, banning Trump will only worsen the problem. But they are calling for it anyway—publicly showing their arrogance and elitism. Pat Buchanan responds: “GOP Elites Plot to Purge Trump.” In the Cleveland debate, Donald Trump Read more […]

Republican Leaders Are not Leading Much with Trump Around

Donald Trump did not damage the GOP but represents the damage done by Republican leaders. Every time the first symptom of a man’s folly appears, he strongly condemns it as a miscreant who came in uninvited and as an alien to everything he stands for. In other words, stop telling me how Donald Trump is damaging the Republican Party. The fever is not the cause of the infection. At the Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes pretty much tells Republican leaders they have no one to blame but themselves: “The Read more […]

What Does It Mean that Donald Trump Is so Popular?

The fact that Donald Trump is winning fans in the Republican Party tells us that people feel like they are missing something. Why is Trump so popular? It seems like every day some conservative blog is complaining that so many Republicans support him. I’m not a Trump fan, but I don’t think it is hard to understand why he is getting such a positive response. A friend of mine recently posted about this and gave me some further thoughts on the issue. Also, check out this sad post by Jonah Goldberg Read more […]

What GOP Leadership Failure? They Got What They Wanted!

Complaining about GOP leadership failure misses the point; it was betrayal. I can’t help but object somewhat to this Daily Signal headline: “‘A Strategy Doomed to Failure’: Conservatives Fault GOP Leadership After Homeland Security Funding Fight.” Days after President Obama delivered his Nov. 20 speech outlining executive actions on immigration, conservatives pressed Republican leaders to wage a fight while the issue was fresh on the minds of voters. Republicans had just made historic Read more […]

Republicans Want Millennials, Then Defy Them on Abortion

If Republicans want Millennials, then why did they betray a majority of them? I have to add this footnote to my post about the horrible Republican betrayal of the pro-life cause. An excuse made for the sudden about-face, where the GOP Congress dropped a bill they had already passed and replaced it with another one was explained as a need to placate Millennials. This was a fraud. As CNS News reports, “Millennials Protest Ellmers’ Efforts to Delay and Dilute Pro-Life Bill.” A Read more […]

What Does the GOP Betrayal on Abortion Mean?

The refusal to pass the abortion bill for preventing pain for babies was a GOP betrayal, nothing less. Recently, the Republican-dominated Congress suddenly changed their minds about an abortion bill they had already passed. As the Federalist notes, this cannot be excused. It means the Republican Party is deliberately destroying the wishes of a majority of voters—especially in their own party: “Why Everyone Should Be Terrified By The GOP’s Abortion Bill Debacle.” Pro-lifers were promised Read more […]