2018 Elections

Woke GOP must exercise power to have any chance of keeping it

Editors, Washington Examiner

The blue wave is likely to drown Republicans, the good and the bad, indiscriminately and, as is the way with waves, there is little anyone can do to stop this one. Republicans should therefore be bold and pass good, conservative policies on the state and federal levels. Too often, Republicans are afraid to “spend” their power by passing legislation easy to demagogue. They value retaining their power over exercising their power. Retaining power may not be an option for Republicans in 2018. So there is no reason for the party not to do what it believes in.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Tiger Woods’ empty soul makes it impossible to root for him at Augusta

A lot of people say Tiger Woods is a changed man. For those of us who’ve followed his career from the beginning we can only hope so. In a few days we’ll know whether Woods pulled off the most improbable of all comebacks and won the Masters – but in many of our hearts he’ll always be that same oddball guy, full of inexplicable contradictions.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Who will take the blame for congressional dysfunction later this year?

Americans realize Congress is broken and no fix is easily detectable on the horizon. As the midterm elections approach voters will pay more attention to the state of the country and which party might possibly make things better. Republicans are in better shape than the pundits think.

Bucking the 'Blue Wave' -- Republicans would be smart to focus on Hispanic voters in 2018

Chris Wilson and Brent McGoldrick, Fox News

While many Democrats often appeal to Hispanics on the basis of “identity politics,” we recommend Republicans engage in “idea politics.” Four key issues provide a path for Republican gains among Hispanic voters: tax cuts, repeal of the individual insurance mandate, an “all of the above” energy policy and school choice. Winning in a challenging election cycle requires mining for voters, even among traditional Democratic constituencies. The Republican campaigns that do this are more likely to be victorious.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: #NeverTrump’s days are numbered for one reason: nobody trusts them

#NeverTrump’s influence is waning in today’s American politics. The last remaining conservative and Republican anti-Trump holdouts would be well served to take Rich Lowry’s advice – keep a close eye on Trump but don’t be afraid to support the man who’s doing a lot of good things.

The Roseanne Test

Matthew Continetti, National Review

As recently as Obama’s reelection in 2012, Democrats effectively portrayed the Republican economic agenda as irrelevant or contrary to the fortunes of Middle Americans. They could do so again, especially if Republicans overreach or forget who put them in office. I have, for example, heard conservatives complain that Roseanne is not one of us. That is true. She is not a conservative. She is the type of swing voter who decides elections.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: It’s about time we ask: Are Californians crazy or just plain stupid?

It's a sad fact of life that California has become the running joke of the United States. One wishes the Golden State’s leaders could just stare into a mirror and recognize exactly how stupid they look to the rest of the country. But then again, if they did that, they just might see a crazy person.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Are Trump’s course corrections a sign he’s finally listening to us?

Trump would benefit by keeping perspective. At a point in his presidency where his approval ratings are slowly improving it’s time for him to listen to conservatives who provide sound advice on the best path forward. A lot will depend on Trump’s ability to avoid making the same mistake twice.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Fragile gun-hating snowflakes always melt under the glare of truth

Pontificating and grandstanding by uninformed emotional teenagers isn’t going to do the trick. Self-congratulatory movements (Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, #Resist) not only have a way of flaming out -- they usually come with a serious backlash too. If David Hogg keeps opening his mouth, expect the same very soon.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Want to get folks amped up, Republicans? Stick (literally) to your guns

It should not be underestimated how important it is for congressional Republicans to give credence to promises made during the last election cycle. By and large GOP candidates ran on a law and order platform, including immigration enforcement; they’d be wise to stick to their guns in 2018.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Heinous spending bill leaves frustrated conservatives soul-searching

Donald Trump hates to lose but that’s exactly what’s happening with the Republican party lately. Americans sent the president and lawmakers to Washington to fight for the Constitution and their rights – not to make deals under duress from Democrats. Will it ever get better? Time will tell.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Budget sellout threatens to ‘beat the h-ll’ out of Republicans in 2018

Politics is a dirty business and street fighters like Joe Biden relish the opportunity to punch Trump in the proverbial nose (and dream about fighting him behind the high school gym). If Republicans can’t get their fiscal act together the voters might just do the same thing – for real.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: DC swamp creatures loved status quo until Trump came to town

The governmental status quo is being liquidated under President Trump and the establishment elites (and their supporters -- liberals, teens, #NeverTrumpers) hate it. The days and months ahead will be unsteady for all concerned – and some of us wouldn’t have it any other way.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Media’s scorching of Trump and family bares desperation of the Left

There are few certainties in life but one is the media’s mission to derail the Trump presidency, which will continue unabated until he’s taken down – or leaves office after eight years. All the lurid “Stormy” Daniels tales in the world won’t give them what they ultimately desire – an end to Trump himself.

New Poll: Voters Will Reward Trump with Continued Majorities in Congress

Conservatives responding to the latest FedUp PAC poll are confident that President Trump’s voters are still behind him, with almost 89% saying that Republicans will hold their Congressional majorities in the 2018 elections.  Less than 5% expect Democrats to win a majority which would give them the votes needed for impeachment.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats’ rush to the finish line in November could end in a pile-up

Lucky for Republicans politics is an ever-changing game that is rarely cut-and-dried in favor of either party. If people still believe in “sure things” maybe they should ask Hillary Clinton about it. Democrats certainly have problems of their own – and there’s a long way to go until November.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: If enthusiasm is key to 2018 midterms it’s time for the GOP to worry

It may not yet be time for Republicans to worry but it’s clear if they don’t improve that more elections like last week’s Pennsylvania disaster will follow. There’s still plenty of DC swamp left to drain – and they’d better get back to doing it or the base’s enthusiasm will evaporate.

GOP Woes: It's the Candidates, Stupid!

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The Republicans should leave excuses and obfuscations to Hillary Clinton and concentrate on what they can improve if they wish to block the Democrats' "blue wave." That means giving some serious thought to how they choose their candidates and thinking more creatively (if that's possible in the sclerotic world of politics) about who might be a good candidate.

Is the GOP Staring at Another 1930?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

If Republicans face problems of demography, the party of "tax and tax, spend and spend, and elect and elect" appears to be reaching the end of its tether. Federal deficits are rising toward trillion-dollar levels. And there appears no disposition in either party to cut back on spending for education, college loans, food stamps, housing assistance or infrastructure. If the Fed did not retain the power to control the money supply, then the fate of New Jersey and Illinois, and beyond, of Greece and Argentina, would become our national destiny.