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.
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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.
With time dwindling before the Republican National Convention kicks off, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has emerged as a leading contender to become Donald Trump's running mate.
In the era of Facebook Live and smart phones, it's hard to come to any conclusion other than the fact that police brutality toward African-Americans is a pervasive problem that has been going on for generations. Seriously, absent video proof, how many innocent African-Americans have been beaten or killed over the last hundred years by the police---with little or no media coverage or scrutiny?
Have you ever wondered why some scandals are more scandalous than others? Nobody died at Watergate, but it would be hard to overestimate the political shock waves that resulted. Compare that to lying about the notion that a video caused Benghazi---or the fact that not all of Hillary Clinton's emails (sent from a private account on a private server!) have been recovered---and the dichotomy is stark.
This weekend, an anti-Semitic meme was tweeted by Donald Trump. Aside from the obvious problems (the fact that some of his most ardent supporters online are racists), this raises several questions:
Let's begin with the fact that Donald Trump probably won't make the pick that strategists would suggest might help soften his edges, which is to say that he seems highly unlikely to pick someone like New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as his running mate. He signaled as much recently, when he publicly criticized her.
It was recently reported that evangelical leader Dr. James Dobson suggested that the billionaire casino magnate, at the ripe old age of 70, recently had a religious conversion. Dobson has referred to Trump as a "baby Christian."
There's a good piece in today's Wall Street Journal about how homegrown terrorists are being marketed to, ironically, via Western media narratives.
Evangelical leaders met this week to politically baptize Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. Because of his many transgressions, doing so has required employing sophistry---plausible, but misleading, arguments---to justify their support.
Last night's CNN Libertarian town hall with former GOP governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld provided more evidence that conservatives are homeless in 2016. I'm with Johnson on a number of issues --- including trade and immigration --- but his support of abortion is a deal-breaker. (An aside: Why didn't Rand Paul run for the LP nomination?)
Once the darling of the tea party who defeated establishment favorite (and then-Florida governor) Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio seemed poised to be the Republican savior. He was young, conservative, Hispanic, and eloquent. Then, things started to fall apart.