It was always a stupid idea to have Republican candidates sign a pledge to support the Republican Party's eventual nominee. It was stupid for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the fact that Donald Trump is not bound by promises, commitments, or agreements.
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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.
For years now, Tim Carney and others (including yours truly) have argued that big business is not a friend of conservatives. This observation was mostly premised on concerns about crony capitalism. But recent years have demonstrated that social conservatives have every reason to suspect that big business is out to get them, too.
Donald Trump's worldview is primal. It's all about wielding power and authority. It's about dominating others. In this paradigm, forcing a man to endure attacks on his wife is more humiliating and emasculating than forcing a man to endure attacks on himself. So it's probably no surprise that this is one of his "go-to" moves.
For a long time now, I've been documenting the primal nature of Donald Trump's campaign of machismo. The latest example is his retweeting of photos which juxtapose his wife and Ted Cruz 's wife---the suggestion being that the former is hotter than the latter.
LAS VEGAS -- Last night in Utah, caucusgoers did something that Ted Cruz doesn't usually do in the U.S. Senate: They compromised.
Over at RealClearPolitics, my friend and former boss, Carl Cannon, raises a provocative notion: Donald Trump helps ISIS.
Even for high achievers (especially for high achievers?) ego can be a career-limiting liability.
Standing in a poorly lit room on Tuesday night, a chastened Marco Rubio declared that it's "not God’s plan that [Rubio] be president in 2016---or maybe ever.”
If Donald Trump runs the table tonight, you're going to be hearing more talk about the possibility of mainstream conservatives and establishment Republicans wanting to bolt the GOP---maybe even as soon as this year.
First they came for the RINOs.
It's looking increasingly like Marco Rubio is in real danger of an embarrassing primary loss in his home state of Florida on Tuesday. The press seems to have decided he's finished. That's the narrative, and narratives are hard to overcome.
MIAMI -- Call me crazy, but I still think Marco Rubio can win Florida. I'm not predicting he will win, but I certainly think he can win---no matter what the polls say today.
Ted Cruz recently portrayed a contested convention as a way the Republican establishment "can snatch this nomination from the people."
Sooner or later, it was going to come down to dick size. Donald Trump isn’t so much inventing something new, as he is exposing a “preference cascade” for the vulgar. The culture changed a long time ago, Trump isn’t causing that—he’s merely creating a permission structure for us to quit pretending otherwise.
Maybe it's because I grew up in a time when popular culture celebrated the rebel, but I find the Kool-Aid drinkers---no matter which side they're on---to be the worst.
While we await the Super Tuesday results, it's time to discuss the way Trump speaks. Just as people wanting to appear highbrow use language as a signaling device, Donald Trump's simple manner of speaking seems to endear him to the masses.
On Tuesday, I will be confronted with a deadline. The question is simple: For whom shall I vote?
HOUSTON -- He floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee. During Thursday night's debate in Houston, Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio unleashed a flurry of punches and counterpunches on Donald Trump. In the past, Republicans would drop memorized zingers. But when Trump would channel his quick wit with a sharp retort, they were left stunned and out of ammunition.
HOUSTON -- This morning on CNN, I suggested that Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz would continue to cannibalize each other during tonight's debate, and not go after Donald Trump. (In the wake of the Chris Christie takedown, Rubio doesn't strike me as the kind of guy who loves direct confrontation, and Trump is the last guy you'd probably want to pick a fight with.)
As we contemplate a future where the Republican Party could come unraveled and possibly go the way of the Whigs, could a strategy employed in the first Whig presidential campaign provide some insight into how to stop Donald Trump?