2016 election

Has Donald Trump Read The Republican Platform?

On day one of his campaign Donald Trump sounded like a candidate who wanted to reconstitute the Reagan's “three-legged stool” based on “fiscal, social and sovereignty issues.” However, since those first heady weeks almost everything Trump has said has taken him further and further from those early commitments, especially on the social and cultural issues.

Why I support Ted Cruz

Roger Kimball, PJ Media

Ted Cruz is the only candidate, Democrat or Republican, who understands and is prepared to address the twin dangers of executive overreach and the stealth statism of regulatory bloat.

GOP faces hurdles if it runs an anti-Trump third-party candidate

Cate Martel, The Hill

Donald Trump’s rise has sparked rumblings of an anti-Trump Republican candidate running as a third party if he wins the nomination. But to do so would take a concerted effort to get on states’ ballots, convince voters of the candidate’s viability and ultimately, leap over rules to capture enough members of the Electoral College.

Ted Cruz: The Only Conservative for President

The question now before Republican voters is not Trump vs #NeverTrump, it is who can best unite all of the elements of the winning Republican coalition. And as CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie has pointed out on numerous occasions, that candidate is Ted Cruz.

How Obama and the Left are Already Trying to Steal the 2016 Presidential Election

This week constitutional liberty hangs in the balance in an obscure courtroom in Washington, and the only things standing between the Left’s plan to guarantee victory for the Democratic candidate for President by stealing the 2016 election with non-citizen votes are the integrity of District of Columbia federal district court Judge Richard J. Leon and the extraordinary efforts of Kris Kobach, the Secretary of State of Kansas and attorney J. Christian Adams of the Public Interest Legal Foundation.

Don’t sleep on Ted Cruz. The next five weeks look very, very good for him.

Aaron Blake, Washington Post

Moving forward, it's easy to see how the Granite State could one day look like a very minor bump along Cruz's path to the Republican presidential nomination. The next few weeks of the GOP race look a whole lot more like Iowa than New Hampshire. And that is fantastic for Cruz.

Is Donald Trump Samson Or Delilah?

The notion of pulling the enemy’s temple down upon their heads is a seductive idea deeply embedded in our culture through the Biblical story of Samson, told in the Book of Judges. But is Donald Trump Samson or Delilah?

Bozell: It’s time to rally around Ted Cruz

Brent Bozell III, Breitbart

Conservatives nationally are seeing that he’s the one candidate who is going to return this country to her Constitutional foundations and Judeo—Christian values. On every issue of crucial importance to conservatives—defunding Planned Parenthood, ending the Obamacare nightmare, reducing the size of government, opposing amnesty—Cruz is not only with conservatives, he’s led the fight for conservatives.

Rival campaigns starting to fear Ted Cruz

Katie Glueck, Politico

The same Republican rivals who relegated Cruz to a second tier in discussions this past summer now see this insurgent firebrand as the candidate who benefited most from Scott Walker’s exit and the one who stands to gain should Trump or Ben Carson decline. Indeed, Cruz is seen by most of his competition as one of the few likely to still be standing in March.

Why the Conventional Wisdom Has Been All Wrong This Election Season

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The current presidential campaign is blowing up lots of political myths. The campaign has just started, and already past wisdom is proving to be ignorance — with more debunking to come.

When voter anger meets partisan division

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

The force of discontent, if it proves to be irresistible enough to move the seemingly immovable force of partisan polarization, seems more likely to work against the party now holding the White House than against the party better positioned to cast itself as a force for change.

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank Hands Donald Trump 10,000 Votes In Iowa

The political class sees the GOP primary season as an exercise in pandering to grassroots conservatives’ demands for a limited constitutional government, lower taxes and policies based on traditional values, but once the nomination is secured the candidate is supposed to "pivot to the center." What alarms establishment Republicans like Mitt Romney and apparently offends The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank is that this year Republican primary voters are not buying the scam.

Meet the Four Kinds of GOP Voters

Hugh Hewitt, Politico

Not all of them, of course, are conservatives or even Republicans, since independents and even Democrats can vote in some of the early GOP primaries. Figuring out who these voters are and what they’re looking for is critical to each of the remaining candidates—because they’re not all equally up for grabs.

Mitch McConnell Calls for the Destruction of the Republican Party

A two year deal that effectively takes spending off the table as an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign would be a disaster for Republicans because they would once again be complicit in the Obama-led tsunami of spending, deficits and debt that are wrecking the American economy.

Whatever happened to the strong Republican field?

Sean Trende, Real Clear Politics

Top to bottom, this really does remain a strong Republican field – and one that is polling well in head-to-head matchups with Hillary Clinton. But without any overwhelmingly strong candidates, it really does remain anyone’s game.

Republican voters in rebellion

Richard Maggi, Washington Examiner

With Washington Republicans' ruling class continuing to send signals of its arrogance and lack of principle, the time may have come when those who always bear the brunt of the elite's wrong choices will look past the expected media blitz financed by a privileged few.

GOP candidates battle to claim Ronald Reagan's mantle

Stephen Collison, CNN

With Wednesday night’s debate being held at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, all of the Republican presidential candidates are naturally drawing comparisons between themselves and the legendary conservative icon.

Third Party bid lingers as threat to both parties

Kevin Cirilli, The Hill

Donald Trump may have signed the loyalty pledge, but the conditions still appear ripe for a candidate to launch a bid from outside of the Democratic and Republican parties, with voters showing a deep dissatisfaction with Washington and relative outsiders dominating the crowded GOP field.

Poll: Trump has double digit lead in NH

Washington Times

The GOP establishment is trying hard to downplay Donald Trump’s chances of actually winning the nomination, but they can’t ignore the most recent poll numbers. Trump’s message is resonating with Tea Partiers and his support appears to be growing with each successive survey.

Cruz and Cornyn, Bold Colors vs. Pale Pastels

Tony Lee, Breitbart

Sen. Ted Cruz wants Republicans to try to repeal Obamacare and stop President Barack Obama's executive grants of amnesty. Sen. John Cornyn believes Republicans will only win the White House in 2016 if conservative stalwarts like Cruz water down their bold conservatism and compromise. Who’s right?