2016 election

Clinton Crybabies Flunk Out of the Electoral College

Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

Crying “robbery” robs losers of the ability to rebound. Rather than reflect on their neglect of the working class, condescension toward Christians, penchant for using “bigot” as a default rebuttal, and distorted view of a primary campaign as a coronation, Democrats, at least a sizable subset of them, perpetuate their own problems by fixating on a nonexistent one, the Electoral College.

Trump's Bizarre Winning Formula

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Trump miraculously won the electoral college despite adversarial media and hostile Democratic and Republican establishments. He ran with relatively little campaign spending, virtually no ground game, few political handlers, little celebrity backing, and few establishment endorsements. And he won because he rewrote the traditional rules of red/blue presidential politics.

MRC: Most Voters Saw, Rejected News Media Bias

“When you have a strong majority of actual voters saying the national ‘news’ media were biased in favor of Hillary Clinton and tried to influence the public to vote for her; and believing they are fundamentally dishonest, you have a major problem that can’t be fixed with an apology,” observed Media Research Center Chairman L. Brent Bozell III.

Transition to Trump: There is no way an “autopsy” will cure what ails the Democrats

The desperate plight of the Democrats is causing some of them to look within, but until they understand that they themselves are the problem, nothing will change.

The Left is Getting Stupid

Scott McKay, The American Spectator

Unhinged CEOs and simpletons on campus aren’t the whole story. There is also the media’s ongoing self-disgrace in the wake of Trump’s victory, which couldn’t be better signified than by the nearly-satirical report by NBC News on a shocking departure from protocol by the president-elect. It seems that Trump’s spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the media covering him that he was finished for the evening on Tuesday — and then Trump did the unthinkable. He took his family to dinner at the exclusive 21 Club.

Transition to Trump: Attorney General Ted Cruz has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

Donald Trump’s transition team is making more moves towards replacing establishment figures with true conservatives, a very positive development, indeed. Plus, “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking", and, Mike Pence speaks, lobbyists head out the door.

Transition to Trump: Trump team succeeds through Creative Destruction of the establishment

Reported infighting in the Trump transition team led to the resignation of another establishment figure, suggesting that conservatives are in control. Plus, Even the Democrats might be headed towards selecting new leaders, and, Evan McMullin isn’t aware that he’s the political equivalent of “Mr. Irrelevant”.

Transition to Trump: For the frenzied news media, the “World turned upside down”

Donald Trump’s adding of Stephen Bannon to his staff has truly turned the media’s world upside down. Plus, The Freedom Caucus will be Trump’s best friend in Congress, and, Donald Trump puts next generation of potential Republican candidates in deep-freeze.

Rank And File Union Members In The Rust Belt Propelled Trump To The White House

Ted Goodman, Daily Caller

Trump’s message on jobs, trade and the economy resonated in battleground states that turned red for the first time in decades. Trump was able to take in a good number of rank and file union members who usually vote Democrat, even though many union leaders threw support behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Transition to Trump: Insiders find themselves on the outside in Donald Trump’s world

Donald Trump’s election did not squelch differences of opinion on who should be part of his administration, including the top names on his White House staff. Plus, Should Trump include Democrats in his administration?

A Great Opening

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

For the historic opportunity Trump and the Republican Party have been given by his stunning and unanticipated victory of November 8 will not last long. His adversaries and enemies in politics and press are only temporarily dazed and reeling. This great opening should be exploited now.

What I Knew About Donald

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

Trump brought his ideas to the campaign along with attributes perfectly suited for America’s new era of politics. Shall we call it the New Politics of 2016? The progressive left was bankrupt. It was delusional. It lived in the past. Donald could bring the talents of a successful builder and entrepreneur to government. He lived in the world of finance and of entertainment. We have an entertainment culture, and now he would make politics entertaining.

Drowning the elites in the gene pool

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

No one should expect an outbreak of humility in the ranks. The giants of the media still have bitter lessons to learn, and “the less educated and non-educated whites” will continue to grade on a sharp curve.

Maybe stop calling Trump supporters dumb

Ashe Schow, Washington Examiner

Having an alternative view doesn't make someone "dumb," and dismissing those without a college degree who voted for Trump as such is precisely part of what motivated them to vote for Trump in the first place.

Why the Polls Failed

Milton Rosenberg, The American Spectator

It would advance political journalism if some of its practitioners were able to acquire a more detailed understanding of the art (science it never was and can never be) of public opinion polling. If they had actually achieved some working sophistication, adepts like Chris Matthews would not so readily turn from awarding pleasure credits (“I felt this thrill going up my leg” while contemplating Obama) to exhorting vigilante justice as he urged, late on election night, that “we should tar and feather all of the pollsters.”

Trump's Victory Was Obvious from the Outset

David P. Goldman, PJ Media

It is a time to be daring and innovative, to consider what policies will turn around the deterioration of the last dozen years, and to divest ourselves of the dead weight of failed ideologies. Hard work lies ahead of us. Let us devote ourselves to it without distraction.

We The People Demand A Peaceful Transfer Of Power

To ensure the peaceful transfer of power Republicans must do only the most limited continuing resolution necessary to fund the government until President-elect Trump takes office, and if necessary, keep Congress in pro forma session to ensure no eleventh-hour mischief from Obama.

Election Night Report: Donald Trump is keeping it tight in swing states, prepare for an all-night nail biter

The pre-election narrative was practically a coronation for the new queen Crooked Hillary, the only problem being the vote totals aren’t turning out that way.

One Last Chance for the Sleeping Giant

Timothy Daughtry, Townhall

A Trump loss would not only be devastating for rule of law and national security; it would also leave the base and the Beltway progressives of the GOP staring at each other with little in common but another lost election that should have been a Republican landslide.  Then it’s a matter of time before the topic of divorce comes up.

Beyond November 8

William Murchison, The American Spectator

The point is, we’d all likelier be happy if the vote-seekers would just let us alone most of the time: Leave us to find our ways through life’s tangles with the help of family and friends and community. Jefferson’s arguments for small, non-intrusive government have never, it seems to me, seemed more trenchant.