Blog - Matt Lewis
People keep looking for a silver bullet will stop Donald Trump, and they keep shooting blanks. They think that exposing examples of flip-flopping---or of some other scandalous behavior (say, the way he treats women) will help. What they don't get is that you can't lose something you never had, or never pretended to have.
My theme this week has been the similarities between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders---and what their success says about us.
Rich Lowry has a piece up at Politico on how Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have moved the political center of gravity Leftward. It's true that Trump and Sanders are both trade protectionists and anti-interventionists, but it's hard to call these policies "liberal," inasmuch as they were once typical of the Old Right.
One of the things we tell ourselves to make us feel better about the more negative aspects behind the rise of Donald Trump goes like this: At least people are now giving voice to their darker thoughts, rather than suppress them.
Back when John Boehner was Speaker, he was the unpopular establishment figure fighting against a passionate Republican base that adhered strictly to conservative orthodoxy. Today, in a surprising turn of events, Boehner---who supports Donald Trump---finds himself in a more enviable position.
Every once in a while, someone out there says something that a fellow writer has been mulling on for months, but couldn't find a way to express. This is both frustrating (it was my idea!) and reassuring (it confirms what you've been thinking).
It has been suggested that Donald Trump's electoral success is a sign America is just a few years behind Europe (with Trump being akin to Le Pen). If that's the case, then the rise of anti-Semitism might also make sense. After all, in an era where the Right is increasingly reverting to its Paleoconservative tradition on a wide range of issues like isolationism and protectionism, isn't there a danger of other strains creeping back in?
The big news today is the meeting between presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan . I don't have much to add to this, except to say that it looks like Ryan really wants to find a way to make this relationship work out---and the person who wants it more usually loses.
Much ink has been spilled trying to figure out the rank and file Republican primary voters (working class Americans, white nationalists, anyone sick of political correctness, etc.) who helped propel Donald Trump to presumptive nominee status. Less time has been spent thinking about the more prominent backers---the politicians, operatives, and commentators---who have supported him along the way.
Yesterday, on CNN's Reliable Sources, I said this was "a time for choosing"---that where you stand on Trump today may define you for decades.
I ran afoul of some of the conservative Twitter police the other day when I suggested that most Americans (even so-called conservatives) weren't interested in "esoteric" things like the Constitution.
Ed Morrissey's new book Going Red makes the case that, in order for Republicans to win national elections again, they'll have to quit running top-down campaigns, roll up their sleeves, and become part of local communities.
I keep getting asked who Donald Trump should select, and --- because Trump is so unique --- the options are almost limitless (Joni Ernst , Marco Rubio , Scott Brown, Jan Brewer --- I could go on and on).
Writing at the Wall Street Journal last week, Bill Galston argued that Trump killed Reaganism. This argument spoke to me, because the subtitle of my new book is How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's endorsement of Ted Cruz today was...interesting?
Just as the "Vichy Republican" politicians are beginning to fall in line behind Donald Trump, a new wave of intellectuals---desperately seeking to retain their relevance in a brave new world---have subtly started to provide the air cover.
More than a month ago on this blog, I wrote that Ted Cruz "should still consider selecting a running mate now."
Donald Trump's candidacy is already tearing the conservative movement apart. The Guardian recently reported that Friends of Abe, a secretive group of Hollywood conservatives, would disband---and speculation is that "infighting over Donald Trump’s candidacy" was a contributing factor. Meanwhile, Eagle Forum, the pro-family group founded by Phyllis Schlafly in 1972 is being ripped apart, with Schlafly (and, presumably, her successor Ed Martin) backing Trump, while other prominent and longtime board members are backing Ted Cruz.
Way back in February, I urged non-Trump Republicans to collude to defeat Donald Trump. They didn't. My advice was ignored---and Marco Rubio 's subsequent suggestion that he and Kasich team up to deprive Trump of some delegates was unceremoniously rejected.