I'm on vacation this week, so blogging will be light. The following is the second half of an interview I did with Joshua Delk recently. Read to the first half here.
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Everyone keeps asking me what happens to the GOP if Donald Trump loses?
During a recent conversation with EconTalk host Russ Roberts, author and essayist Chuck Klosterman discussed his new book But What If We're Wrong. Explaining his premise, Klosterman noted that "we sort of exist in this world where we live as if we are right about how we view reality..." But, of course, as his title suggests, we might be wrong.
Do you and I have a moral obligation to vote this November? Is it unpatriotic or wrong to decline to choose the lesser of two evils?
I will be away on vacation this week, and blogging will be light. The following is the first of two posts highlighting excerpts from a longer interview I did with Joshua Delk this summer.
After repeatedly insisting Barack Obama was literally the founder of ISIS, Donald Trump is now saying it was all...sarcasm.
The Bible warns: "Spare the rod, spoil the child." But could the same advice apply to the raising of future leaders? The flabbergasted spectator seated behind Donald Trump, when the GOP nominee talked about "Second Amendment people," seemed to suggest as much.
In my job, I wear a couple of different hats, and this is inconvenient in a world where you are expected to take sides and defend your "team" regardless of merit. My approach to covering politics, however, draws a fine distinction between analysis and activism.
The good news for Donald Trump is that, amazingly, he could still win this thing (and no, I'm not talking about some sort of economic collapse, terrorist attack, or "October surprise" swinging the race). That's because (A) Hillary Clinton isn't a great candidate, (B) 7 out of 10 of Americans feel that the country is going in the wrong direction, and (C) it's hard for any political party to win three consecutive presidential elections.
It's time once again to reiterate a point that I've made before many times: Yes, media bias exists --- and yes, this impacts political campaigns --- but yes, it can be overcome.
As TheDC's Alex Pappas reported, anti-Trump Republicans are forming a group to support the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. I'll admit to being intrigued by the prospect of supporting the ticket of these two former GOP governors, but --- upon further review --- it would be just as ridiculous as backing Donald Trump.
It has been said that Elián González defeated Al Gore in 2000. Who knows if that's actually true, but---more frequently than we might imagine---election-year political narratives are shaped by unlikely or unexpected civilians. That's exactly what is happening right now with regard to the story of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Muslim parents of a fallen soldier.
I'm old enough to remember when Republicans were anti-Russian, pro-free trade, and bullish on America. Since 1980, at least, Republicans were the party of optimism. "I know there will always be a bright dawn ahead," Reagan assured us, even as he rode off into the sunset.
Despite being at the DNC in Philly, my mind continues to work on trying to figure out what happened to the GOP. And I think there's a point that I have implicitly been making that probably deserves to be expressly stated. And that is this: Social conservatism is being rejected by the new GOP---and America.
PHILADELPHIA --- The Democratic National Convention kicked off last night, and I am struck with two immediate takeaways.
PHILADELPHIA -- Last week, I apologized to the city of Cleveland for doubting their ability to adequately host the Republican National Convention. Today, I want to really apologize. Cleveland did great. It's an inside baseball sort of thing to say, but it was dramatically easier to navigate (in terms of security, proximity, transportation, etc.) than the City of Brotherly Love.
Sen. Ted Cruz's non-endorsement Wednesday night pits competing values and maxims against one another. Is he a principled statesman who refused to kneel before Zod, or a selfish and smug pol who is not a team player? Maybe both!
First, I have to apologize to Cleveland for trashing the city in my column the other week. Granted, it's only the first day of the convention, but so far, so good. The people are friendly, the internet works, and the food is good.