Donald Trump's recent interview on Fox News' "Special Report" provides us with yet another glimpse into The Donald's not-so-conservative worldview. This time, it came in the form of his passionate insistence that eminent domain is "a wonderful thing."
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In case you haven't heard, the presumed next House speaker recently raised eyebrows with comments about the Benghazi select committee. "Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?" presumed future House speaker Kevin McCarthy told Sean Hannity. "But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she's untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought."
I'm quoted in a new Washington Post piece on "All the times the pundits declared Trump toast." Like most of my colleagues, I "misunderestimated" The Donald's lingering appeal. Looking back, I recently concluded that rather than assuming one of Trump's early gaffes was the "beginning of the end" I should have said it was just the "end of the beginning."
Everyone seems to have concluded that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will be elevated to Speaker McCarthy, and this likely result raises an obvious question: Was it all worth it? Is McCarthy really that much of an upgrade over Boehner that this is cause for celebration?
So it turns out that Carly Fiorina supported the individual mandate, as championed by the Heritage Foundation so many years ago. CNN's Chris Moody has video of Fiorina seeming to endorse the idea as recently as 2013.
Marco Rubio put on a clinic Tuesday on how conservatives, who might differ with Pope Francis on economic issues, should talk about him. After all, the eyes of a billion Catholics (some of whom are literally sleeping in the streets of DC, hoping for a glimpse of Francis) are on us.
I don't blame Donald Trump for Scott Walker's implosion. In fact, my latest column at The Week details what really went wrong.
With Pope Francis set to visit Washington, D.C., this week, it's a little disconcerting that a Republican member of Congress is planning to boycott his address to Congress --- and a prominent conservative columnist is preemptively attacking him on the pages of the Washington Post. (Arizona Rep. Gosar is a Catholic, while George Will --- whom I like a lot --- is a self-described "amiable, low voltage atheist.")
I've been so busy with post-debate commentary that it's taken me this long to get around to Ann Coulter and the “f---ing Jews.”
This morning, the Club for Growth announced a $1 million ad buy in Iowa to attack Donald Trump. "It’s important, I think, for the ads to show people...what [Trump is] doing," said Club President David McInthosh. "He’s playing them for chumps."
Talk about political jiu jitsu. Carly Fiorina has posted a strong response to Donald Trump's criticism of her "face" on her YouTube page.
My column in the Daily Beast yesterday suggests that John Boehner's speakership is in jeopardy, and that there are five possible outcomes should a coup be attempted:
If Vice President Joe Biden runs for president, Joe Trippi said on my podcast yesterday, "I think it's going to be pretty disappointing."
Democratic Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy, who is running for U.S. Senate to replace Marco Rubio, has had a rough couple of weeks. First, he channeled Neville Chamberlain's infamous "peace in our time" rhetoric when he endorsed the Iran deal.
Kudos to Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur for noticing that "filibuster opponents have gone silent after Democrats lost the Senate in January, while numerous Democratic senators who were vocal in their criticism of the blocking tool have similarly ceased to be vocal on the issue."
Just as Carly Fiorina was starting to impress, she decided to play the victim card. "If I may say, and I don't say this very often --- the people who keep saying I'm in this for vice president, that's sexist," she declared Wednesday on Laura Ingraham's radio show.
Ben Carson is the rarest of political candidates: He actually learns from his mistakes.
Of all the problems I've had with Donald Trump (and there have been many), his recent comments about going after "carried interest" probably bother me the least. In fact, I think he has a point. Why should a teacher or police officer pay a higher tax rate than someone whose primary income is derived from betting on the stock market?
Does the rise of Donald Trump signal the end of conservatism as we know it? It's premature to write the obituary, but one has to wonder if the patient isn't terminally ill.
I work in an industry that covers politics the way TMZ covers celebrities and ESPN covers sports. So I probably shouldn't be surprised we've arrived at a point where excitement isn't merely the icing on the cake of a good candidate -- it's the whole damn cake.