Donald Trump

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Instead of autopsies on the dead, Republicans could use new leaders

If you look close enough Republicans don’t need an “autopsy” or excessive soul-searching to indicate what party candidates should do ahead of the next election. A thorough reexamination of conservative principles and proposals would do the trick nicely…and while they’re at it, select new leaders too.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump corners Chucky & Nancy on border wall, wins bout by knockout

President Trump’s orchestrated negotiation session with Democrat leaders the other day was a stroke of brilliance. Politically speaking, Trump can’t lose here: if he gets money for the wall it’s another campaign promise fulfilled. If he doesn’t, he can run against the stagnant DC swamp again in 2020.

Trump Committed No Campaign Finance Crime in Cohen Matter

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, The Daily Caller

Husband, father, billionaire businessman, and reality TV star Trump clearly would have reason to settle these tawdry matters irrespective of his run for office. Payments by Trump on behalf of Trump are in no way a corrupting influence on Trump. There is no reason for them to be disclosed to the FEC. This knowledge of law will not satiate the zeal of many who wish to put President Trump behind bars, but any attempt to prosecute him under these campaign finance theories would be irresponsible.

Donald Trump Won the Chuck-n-Nancy Meeting, and Here’s Why

Matt K. Lewis, Daily Beast

For those conservatives who championed Trump based on his status as a fighter, he doesn’t get points just for standing up for the wall. However, he does get extra points for not cowering in the face of a government shutdown. It has long been axiomatic that Republicans would always get blamed for a shutdown—regardless of the merits. This was partly a function of it being less plausible to believe that Democrats, seen as the party of big government, would want to shut down governmental functions. Trump is the first Republican president I’ve seen who defied this rule.

A modern president and his tweet stuff

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Why wouldn’t you want a president in the age of social media to methodically share what he’s trying to accomplish so that those people who really won’t understand it can think they understand it. Mr. Trump took the idea and ran with it, not always to unanimous applause. A president has to depend on a lively news cycle, and President Trump proved that a voluble president can bring newsworthy events with him. President Trump might have been just your ordinary boring president, busy with the ordinary crises that can be counted on to bedevil any president. But he got lucky.

Trump Picks The Right Fight With Pelosi And Schumer

Yesterday's meeting between President Trump and Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Charles Schumer proved that Trump took away the most important lesson from the funeral of the late George H.W. Bush – failing to fight for your political promises is a guaranteed way to be a one term president. Trump has chosen the right fight to have with the Democrats, and the right time to have it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Liberal Democrats to discover bigger isn’t necessarily better in 2020

Trump will need to work harder than ever to steal media attention away from the certain-to-be-fascinating Democrat presidential primary race in 2020. The crazy and eclectic cast of Democrats are destined to provide entertainment of the highest order. Will Americans tune in or tune out?

Vive La French Revolution 2.0 – And Our Own!

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Our elite needs to back down instead of doubling down, but with leaders as unwise and malignant as Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit, is that realistic? Do you think any of our alleged superiors truly understand that Normals are not just going to give up participating in their own governance? If our elite betters actually got out of their kale-loving coastal enclaves once in a while, they might realize that. But our stupid elite is so intent on retaining its own power, like France’s elite is, that it will make disruption inevitable.

Will The Lame Duck Produce A Lame Immigration Bill?

We urge CHQ readers and friends to contact their Senators and Representatives today to tell them not to waste the Lame Duck. This is the last opportunity Republicans have to fund the Wall before radical Far-Left Democrats takeover the House and impose gridlock on President Trump’s conservative agenda. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) call TODAY.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Show off Sen. Jeff Flake gives bad name to rotten apples everywhere

It's unfortunate that one bad apple like Jeff Flake can spoil the whole bunch (in this case, President Trump’s judicial nominees). Even worse, there are tons of equally sour fruits in the nation’s capital, begging for a swamp draining mission of epic proportions. Is Trump up to the task?

Of Course Trump Will Be Impeached

David Catron, The American Spectator

Republicans will begin this process with a majority of 53-47. That means a minimum of twenty Republicans would have to defect to the other side of the aisle, assuming the Democrats sustain the kind of solidarity they maintained during the 1999 Clinton trial. This would be an excellent opportunity to identify the remaining RINOs still lurking in the Republican ranks, but impeachment would be incredibly disruptive to the orderly operation of the government and conclusively demonstrate that the Democrats have no agenda at all — beyond resisting President Trump and thwarting the will of the voters.

Civil is nice, but winning elections is better

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Winning the election is what politics is all about, and men (and lately women) successful in it understand the rough wisdom of Leo Durocher, who observed that “nice guys finish last.” The friendship that Adams and Jefferson nurtured survived. They became friends again after the brawl, just like George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton two centuries later. It’s not a good way to preserve a friendship, but politicians, and particularly presidents, rarely hold grudges. They usually understand that “bashing,” as Mr. Bush called it, is not nice, but it’s inevitable. The stakes are too high for it to be otherwise. Civility in politics is a good idea, but bashing works. Sad.

A year after Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, it’s clear he means business

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Trump’s team acknowledged the Jerusalem move meant he would tilt to Palestinians on other issues, and he pointedly did not rule out the possibility that East Jerusalem could be the capital of their state. Yet continuing the pattern started in 2000, when Bill Clinton failed to get Yasser Arafat and then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to create a two-state solution at Camp David, the Palestinians never get to yes. Time and again, they walk away when a reasonable deal could be made. Finally, an American president called their bluff and showed that even their threats were empty.

Comey Pleads The Hillary Memory Loss Defense

It seems that James Comey and Hillary Clinton are infected with the same memory loss virus that affects so many of the elite university graduates who make up DC’s political class, leading one to conclude it is not memories, but ethics and integrity that they are missing.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Do staff critiques and turnover indicate chaos in Trump’s West Wing?

The list of Donald Trump’s former staffers is growing by the day and his swampy establishment enemies swear the body count is a sign of instability and danger. But the sun will rise tomorrow and the administration forges on, another non-boring day in the life of the Trump presidency.

How Trump can beat the deep-state coup

Monica Crowley, Washington Times

The ongoing effort to undermine and remove a duly elected president is a rolling deep state coup d’etat (with an assist from the media), making it the most dangerous scandal in American history. Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie are among Mr. Trump’s closest and most trusted advisers. They’ve just published an inside account of how these sinister forces are waging a multi-front war against the president, “Trump’s Enemies: How the Deep State is Undermining the Presidency.”

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How Trump can avoid a ‘Day of Infamy’ on the economic front in 2020

President Trump could face a struggling economy in 2020, but there are ways to ensure things run smoothly when the moment arrives. Keeping interest rates low, encouraging clean natural gas production and repealing federal control of the legal drinking age might help the GOP.