Hugh Hewitt’s Compelling, Cheery, Slightly Implausible Vision of GOP Government
The world would be a better place if President-elect Trump, Vice President-elect Pence, House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell read Hugh Hewitt’s new book, The Fourth Way. In just 281 pages, it manages to offer the incoming Republican …
Why Trump Gets Away with Breaking Norms
There are a lot of people responsible for how Trump gets away with breaking norms, but among the most responsible are the political elites who use norms to limit debate on public issues. That is true of both the broader …
What Trump’s Allies Have to Fear from His Twitter Feed
The political class is still coming to grips with what appears to be Donald Trump’s novel management philosophy: Government by Twitter. Put aside the by-now-familiar weirdness of our president-elect’s gloating over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s poor Celebrity Apprentice ratings …
Krauthammer’s Take: Trump Understands That Fighting Intel ‘Is a Losing Proposition’
Charles Krauthammer said that Trump’s aggressive tweets toward intelligence are shortening his honeymoon period, and that he is right not to continue fighting them:
I think Trump understands that the fight he is in is a losing proposition. He …
Krauthammer’s Take: GOP Need a Plan for Obamacare Repeal or ‘They Are going to Suffer Politically’
Charles Krauthammer does not think there is a large margin of error for Republicans on changing health care, since they will own it once they have their hands on it:
I think the Republicans are taking on a big task. …
The Conventional Threat to Trump
Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican party takes over him.
So far the early legislative agenda of Republicans after the Trump revolution is shaping up to …
Stop Partisan Cheerleading, and More Christmastime Advice
Now that the 538 electors have voted — and, with only the most minor of exceptions, for the expected candidates — we can marvel at how such a huge difference in public policies can be made by just a few votes, …
When Polarization Gets Dangerous
All it took for Vladimir Putin to improve his standing with Republicans was to hack Democrats’ computers.
All it took for Putin to get Democrats to hate Russia was to hack Democrats’ computers.
American polarization has grown so bad that …
An Opportunity for Trump to Outperform Recent Republicans
We are now in a kind of political no-man’s-land between an administration on its way out and a new administration taking shape. Predictions are always risky — and nowhere more so than in times like these.
What we can …
Welcome to the Party of Trump
I stirred up some controversy last week when I told a conference of several dozen House Republicans that the GOP is now officially a Trump working-class party. For better or worse, I said at the gathering inside the Capitol dome, …
Why National Unity Remains So Elusive
‘For many years,” Donald Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon, “our country has been divided, angry and untrusting. Many say it will never change, the hatred is too deep. IT WILL CHANGE!!!!”
As persuasive as the ALL CAPS are, I have my …
A Health-Care Plan the GOP Could Get Behind
Like the proverbial dog that caught the car, Republicans in Congress are finding out that repealing and replacing Obamacare is a wee bit more difficult than their campaign slogans suggested. It is not, as Democrats suggest, that the Republicans have …
Republicans, Resist the Temptation to Ideological Nostalgia
As Republicans prepare to take power in both the legislative and the executive branches of the federal government for the first time since 2005, they would be wise to look at the examples of Januaries past.
In 2009, Democrats began the 111th …
GOP Shouldn’t Be Intimidated by Democrats’ Threats in Obamacare Fight
Democrats are warning Republicans not to repeal Obamacare. ”They will rue the day” they move in that direction, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) has stated ominously. “It’s a political nightmare for them. They’ll be like the dog …
How Russia Will Shape the 2018 Midterm Elections
A month and a half after the presidential election, Democrats are obsessed with the idea that they didn’t really lose: The election was stolen from them by Russian hackers, by the FBI, and by the Electoral College.
This week, …
How Charlie Sykes Helped Turn Wisconsin Red
On December 19, radio host Charlie Sykes completed his last broadcast for WTMJ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His last hours on the air were adorned with encomia from some of the leading figures his show had helped to incubate: Reince Preibus, Scott …
The Myth of Flyover Country’s ‘Real America’
The “real America” myth was always appealing to me. I’m from New York but spent a year working as a journalist for a daily newspaper in Wyoming. From there, I went to a magazine job in New York City. …
Where President Trump May Face Congressional Resistance
When President Donald Trump is sworn in next month, Republicans will hold the presidency and both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006. For everyone who has been complaining about gridlock for the past decade, there is now the …
Would Another Republican Have Defeated Hillary Clinton?
Would any Republican besides Donald Trump have beaten Hillary Clinton and been elected the 45th president? It’s an interesting question, not susceptible to a definitive answer but with consequences for politics going forward.
Last fall, I shared the widespread …
Bring Back That ‘Do-Nothing Republican Congress’
The president of Amherst College, Biddy Martin, alerted the community at once to the traumas set off by the outcome of the presidential election: She reported on letters from students who asked her to cancel classes for the next day. “…