2016 election

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Senate should let history repeat in dumping the legislative filibuster

Today’s problems could be alleviated by Republicans doing what they said they would do during the campaign. Ending the filibuster would go a long way towards accomplishing this end, but it’s just a start. In this sense history repeating itself would be a very positive thing, indeed.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Does bashing GOP leaders in public help or harm Trump’s cause?

Politics is a dirty game and there are nearly 20 trillion clues to prove the system isn’t working. With Trump highlighting the debt issue in public the establishment is clearly frustrated it can no longer hide from it. Congressional Republicans will be back at it soon – and they’d better get something done.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Is there anyone left in the White House to Make America Great Again?

Trump gains nothing by moving away from the promises he made during last year’s campaign. The purge of people like Gorka and Bannon in his administration isn’t helping him win over critics and is only leading to disastrous policy switches that could damage him further.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Cultural adversity reveals a lot of weird stuff about today’s America

The world is transforming right before our eyes and many of those changes are being caught in real time thanks to the invention of the smartphone. It’s often said adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it; but in our device driven American culture, adversity’s exposing a lot of really weird stuff.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Cracks in base support will widen quickly if Trump ignores his promises

Donald Trump has thus far exhibited a remarkable ability to assess the mood of the voters and act on it. But Trump cannot take it for granted that his supporters will back everything he does. The base may be solid for now, but conservatives still expect him to keep his word.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Liberals drop Russia obsession to home in on Trump’s legitimacy

Media liberals might be taking a break from bloviating over Russia but in the interim they have found an issue that is not only attention-grabbing to the average American, but also more potent towards achieving what they’re ultimately after – the total destruction of the Trump presidency.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Can #NeverTrump claim a ‘moral imperative’ to primary Trump in 2020?

It wasn’t the only reason but one thing Trump’s supporters especially liked about him was his willingness to stand up for American traditions and culture no matter how “uncool” it seemed to the #NeverTrumpers, leftists, snobby elitists and establishment name-droppers. The same still holds.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: If Bannon promises ‘war’ on Trump’s enemies we should all volunteer

President Trump’s enemies will do their best to weaken him – and they already have – but as long as Trump sticks to his campaign promises he ultimately won’t lose. It will be more difficult without Steve Bannon by his side, but if Bannon isn’t giving up, neither should we.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: To find who the elites really despise, ride to the sound of the criticism

Steve Bannon will be a controversial figure as long as there are forces in the country out to cause trouble and establishment whiners to criticize him. But if Trump is smart he’ll look past all the outrage and recognize Bannon is only despised because he’s a threat to the established order.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Can General John Kelly put an end to the White House staff soap opera?

There are many factors beyond the president’s control in pushing policy changes and improvements. Eliminating the White House staff controversies will help move things along but the entirety of the Republican Party must get onboard if Trump is to Make America Great Again.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Mitch McConnell’s lack of ‘expectations’ indicates it’s time for him to go

With all the talk of replacing Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader, we may see a changed man once the Senate reconvenes. President Trump deserves a lot of credit for injecting some of the unpredictability back into politics – and the establishment should take notice.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Media’s Charlottesville narrative – Racism, and Trump, are REALLY bad

Exploring the unfettered truth about American history and its uneven racial past is the only way to achieve real understanding today. It certainly won’t be realized by listening to the establishment media prattle on about how racist and “deplorable” Trump supporters are alleged to be.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Mitch McConnell’s ruling class chickens roosting comfortably in DC

The old saying goes “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Perhaps conservatives should purchase a few hundred pooches and have them delivered to the capitol. If the ruling class needs “friends” so badly then maybe they should look somewhere outside of politics to find them.

How Trump Won, in Two Dimensions

F.H. Buckley, Wall Street Journal

The crucial differences between the two parties in the 2016 election came down to social concerns, including pride in America, immigration, and especially moral issues such as abortion and gay marriage. The social-conservative awakening that helped elect Mr. Trump came when voters recognized that the liberal agenda amounted to something more than a shield to protect sexual minorities. It was also a sword to be used against social conservatives.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Does anyone really think Mark Zuckerberg could challenge Trump in 2020?

Trump will remain controversial to many people, though four or eight years of consistent advocacy for solid policies and real results in the economy will bring people onboard. The whole notion of an independent running against him and the Democrats is a foolhardy one indeed.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: To “win” the political game, Trump must get a chance to play

The “game” is only in its opening stages and it’s next to impossible to determine who’s going to “win”. The people bet on Trump and it’s not time to make a personnel swap at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Even if we’re not yet “winning,” we certainly aren’t “losing” either.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Are conservatives and the GOP better off today than we were before Trump?

The most important factor in the “Are we better off?” equation is the new attitude Trump brought to the GOP and to government. The stagnation that’s plagued Washington for decades has been broken by Trump’s insistence on real results and a different way of thinking.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Everything the media ever wanted to know they learned in preschool

The establishment media is kind of like preschoolers in a classroom. They wander around, completely oblivious to the storm going on outside. To them, their entire world is confined within their four walls. The leaders lead, the followers follow and the whiners whine.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Talk of GOP civil war has Trump-bashers digging holes in preparation

Trump will continue to have his detractors and if there is a “civil war” in the GOP, the first shot will certainly come from the establishment side. If these elites keep it up they’ll have more than enough volunteers to dig a huge hole and throw the entire Republican Party into it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Bad Democrat advice plus no spine equals no wins for hapless GOP

Republican legislative victories certainly won’t happen if more Republican senators look to Democrats for answers to the most vexing political questions of today. Many intra-party high hurdles remain before the GOP actually gets something done – and Democrats won’t help, either.