Donald Trump

Trump better take advantage of Obama’s underwhelming return

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Trump claimed he fell asleep during Obama’s speech, but now that Obama and Clinton are active again, the president better wake up to seize advantage of the ripe target they present. Releasing the documents is not only a campaign issue. This is fundamentally about transparency and piercing the armor of excessive secrecy that shrouds too much of what the government does in the name of the governed. Secrecy is especially galling when used to protect wrongdoing or simple embarrassment.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Will the sad shaming of Kavanaugh ignite fury in the GOP grassroots?

Americans aren’t stupid. Good people recognize what’s going on in Washington and the states – a coordinated effort to thwart President Trump, Brett Kavanaugh and those who would Make America Great Again. Now is the time for the conservative grassroots to let itself be heard.

Democrats Hope for a Richard Nixon Repeat

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

what is afoot here is something America specializes in — regime change. Only the regime our establishment and media mean to change is the government of the United States. What is afoot is the overthrow of America's democratically elected head of state. The methodology is familiar. After a years-long assault on the White House and president by a special prosecutor's office, the House takes up impeachment, while a collaborationist press plays its traditional supporting role. Presidents are wounded, disabled or overthrown, and Pulitzers all around.

Who Ghostwrote the Times Op-Ed?

Anonymous, The American Spectator

The article closely matches what Peter Wehner and Michael Gerson have been saying forever about President Trump and his administration. The whole litany is there, offering the Wehner/Gerson/Bill Kristol/Eliot Cohen version of right and wrong approaches to Russia, trade, international democracy, and the sanctity of John McCain. Most of all, the article is bathed in the self-righteous moralism for which Gerson and Wehner are famous. “At the root of the problem,” the article says, “is the president’s amorality.”

GOP have only themselves, not Trump, to blame in 2018

Ken Cuccinelli, Washington Examiner

Washington needs leaders who honor their oath to support and defend the Constitution and who will not hand our country over to the liberals who will immediately enact terrible policies and destroy our freedoms. It’s time for leaders in Washington to keep their promises and fulfill their commitments to taxpayers. It’s time for Congress to do what they said they would do and lead the way to smaller government and more freedom.

The New York Times Belatedly Discovers The Deep State

We hope the publication of the anonymous op-ed in The New York Times galvanizes the President to cull out those establishment Republican hacks, Democrats and Deep State operatives who have been slow walking his policies, but until he puts someone who shares his agenda in charge of White House Personnel that is unlikely to happen.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Who’s more ‘careless with the truth,’ Donald Trump or his enemies?

In today’s political environment people see the concept of “honesty” differently. One side sees the other as “careless with the truth” while themselves pursuing an investigation into a matter that was fabricated from the outset. Honestly speaking, things will never change in the swamp.

Bob Woodward's Latest Novel

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Like so much of modern "journalism," the book is apparently packed full of unattributed quotes and observations by people supposedly in the know. But the likes of  Secretary of Defense James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly have already come out to deny -- quite emphatically -- they said what Woodward claims they said. Are the two soldiers lying or is Woodward lying?  Indeed, does Woodward even know if he himself is lying?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: No way Democrats deny Kavanaugh his rightful seat on the high Court

Brett Kavanaugh will uphold the Constitution. Just a few months ahead of what will evolve into the 2020 presidential race we shouldn’t expect Democrats to behave themselves. They’re going all out to depict Kavanaugh as a hater – and they’re looking awful stupid in the process.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Frustrated American pols fruitlessly seek help for Trump obsession

President Trump occupies the minds of both Democrats and Republicans these days. With two months to go until the midterm elections – and the 2020 presidential campaign starting just after – Trump shows no signs of relinquishing his position as leader of the American political scene.

Trump Bashing at McCain/Franklin Funerals Truly Juvenile

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The bashers clearly lost by making the funerals once again about Trump. As childish as Donald can be, his detractors in politics and the media are far worse. They are more out of control than he is -- truly infantile. It’s true Trump was way out of line attacking McCain's military service, doubly so since Donald had none to offer of his own. But McCain, whose vaunted maverick qualities often seemed motivated more by narcissism than policy, had more than got his own back on Trump.

Showbiz funerals and high-church grief

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Dignity was barely preserved for the send-off of John McCain, an authentic American hero whose patriot’s dream survived the worst his evil captors threw at him in a squalid prison cell in Vietnam. John McCain, observes Howard Kurtz of Fox News (and once of The Washington Post), had an entire career, an entire life, before Trump. But the media, he says, feels compelled to make everything about Donald Trump, even a brave and heroic life well lived. For shame.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Asinine flag protests & boycotts translate to GOP wins on Election Day

As we head into the post-Labor Day campaign season it’s clear the left is not offering a ceasefire in the culture war to further the prospects of Democrat candidates. Conservatives must see the ongoing NFL flag protests and In-n-Out burger boycott as an invitation to beat them in two months.

Mexico deal shows Trump's trade strategy succeeding brilliantly

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker

I have little doubt that Trudeau will meet a satisfactory portion of the U.S. demands.  The level of Canada's dependence on trade with the United States demands that.  Using his good cop-bad cop approach, President Trump will ease Trudeau through the process, at China's expense to the degree possible.  Then it will be on to our other principal trade partners, all of whom suffer from China's predation but none of whom have had the guts to stand up to its bullying.

The Party Of Free Stuff And Illegal Aliens Is Not The Workingman’s Friend

This Labor Day as pundits cast about for heroes of the American labor movement to honor they should forget Samuel Gompers, John L. Lewis, Walter Reuther or Eugene V. Debs and honor President Donald J. Trump for putting Americans back to work.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump’s pro-American worker push makes Labor Day a time to celebrate

Labor Day is a time to step back and celebrate work and enjoy the fruits of our exertions. Americans are fortunate to have a leader like President Trump who isn’t afraid to do what it takes to give us more of a good thing – jobs and paychecks. There’s plenty of political strife to come.

The Case for Sessions' Resignation Grows

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Jeff Sessions, where are you? What is going on? Do you want the FBI to remain an organization disdained and distrusted by literally half the country? What kind of prescription is that for our national health? Like almost all bureaucracies, the Department of Justice and the FBI seem most concerned with self-preservation. I was one of those hoping that Jeff Sessions was to some extent at least playing possum. Jeff Sessions should be the first to go. It would be good if he set an example and did this voluntarily.

Understanding McCain's rift with the Right

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

Trump got a lot of mileage out of the perception that many Republican leaders, no matter how personally decent, were content to lose to liberals. McCain was most celebrated as a maverick when he sided with liberals and often condemned when he stood up to them. McCain wasn't wrong that there are bigger things than Republican versus Democrat, Left versus Right. Even those conservative detractors should celebrate his virtues now.