New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait has penned an interesting piece, titled: "Why Liberals Should Support a Trump Republican Nomination."
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Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter @mattklewis.
Since 2008, when Chris Cillizza published his essential "endorsement hierarchy," the political cognoscenti have become even more cynical about the efficacy of endorsements. Yet, as Cillizza instructed us back then, not all endorsements are created equal. At least some of them do matter. Still. Even in 2016.
MANCHESTER, N.H.---What a difference a day makes. After enduring months of media and polls that predicted a new Trump-ian paradigm, voters---finally given the chance to weigh in---seem to have rejected the hype. That's not to say it's all over. Iowa is just one state. But it is to say that today the world feels a little more normal today. Those of us who always thought we understood Republican politics find ourselves more comfortable with the notion that organization/"ground game" still matters, and that the GOP is still a conservative (not nationalistic) party.
DES-MOINES---It's all over but the shouting. And caucusing. Nobody knows what's going to happen, of course. Nobody thought Rick Santorum would win Iowa last time. Nobody thought Hillary Clinton would win New Hampshire in 2008. We see through a glass darkly, yet we must pretend to see clearly.
The front page of this morning's Des Moines Register says it all:
Today was launch day for my new book Too Dumb to Fail. It began with some terrific segments on Morning Joe. In case you missed it, this was a fun little snippet from our conversation:
There's just one day left before the release of my new book Too Dumb to Fail!---and I'm heading to New York City as I type this.
For much of the last several months, Ted Cruz fed an albino alligator, hoping it would eat him last.
When I edited a book of Sarah Palin quotes back in 2011, I was impressed by a her eloquence. Really. Most of her best stuff came before 2009---before she was radicalized.
For about a week now, we've been talking about Ted Cruz's line about "New York values"---and Donald Trumps response---which hearkened back to 9-11.
A while back, conservative commentator Erick Erickson coined a great line (it's actually the title of his forthcoming book) that illustrates why conservatives can't duck the culture wars. He says: "You will be made to care." In the case of Republican candidates hoping to win the nomination this year, I've come up with a slightly revised version of his maxim: "You will be made to scare."
How did Donald Trump get this far? He's talented, to be sure, but he also had a little help from his friends.
Be careful how you joke about Sen. Ted Cruz , and the way he wears his faith on his sleeve. At least two prominent conservative-leaning columnists have been burned in the last several days.
Last October, I wrote this:
What a weird year this is shaping up to be. We've already talked about Rubio's boots, so I guess we can focus a little attention on Ted Cruz a). being from Canada, and b). sort of suggesting that voters should "spank" Hillary for her role in Benghazi.
If you were looking for yet another example of how modern politics is like a reality show, the perfect example of our superficiality has emerged: The debate over Marco Rubio's boots.
No matter what questions Donald Trump may be raising today, the general consensus seems to be that, yes, Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen. The reason given for this is that Cruz's mom is an American citizen who was born in Delaware. I'm fine with this definition, but it does make me wonder about all the "birther" controversy that was stoked by Donald Trump, and others (including the Democrats who started it).
We probably all agree that a growing Hispanics population poses a significant challenge for conservatives. The question, though, is whether this is a problem of our choosing. Do Republicans want to limit Hispanic immigration because Hispanics are natural liberals? Or are Hispanics natural liberals because Republicans want to limit immigration? In essence, the question is this: What came first, the chicken or the egg?
Over at Politico Magazine, Troy Campbell, an assistant professor of Marketing at the Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon, has a fascinating piece on Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.