Donald Trump

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Dems scan the heavens for signs of Russian Sputnik raid on '18 elections

The truth is grassroots backers of all stripes are becoming increasingly suspicious of the establishment elites of both parties, leaders who talk a good game and make loads of promises but never deliver on anything substantive. It’s so rotten not even blaming the Russians would work.

Reagan Was Mocked and Underestimated, Too

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Reagan was, as Trump claimed to be, an anti-interventionist. Reagan had no wish to be a war president. His dream was to rid the world of nuclear weapons. This does not sound like Trump in October 2017. Steve Bannon may see the 25th Amendment, where a Cabinet majority may depose a president, as the great threat to Trump. But it is far more likely that a major war would do for the Trump presidency and his place in history what it did for Presidents Wilson, Truman, LBJ and George W. Bush.

Trump Sticks an Executive Order in Obamacare

Scott McKay, The American Spectator

And for those Never Trump conservatives, that it was the populist-nationalist president acting to make reality a key piece of conservative policy that the GOP establishment couldn’t muster its own Senate membership for has to be something of a wakeup call. Trump’s move Thursday is as much a repudiation of what passes for Beltway conservatism as it is a victory for conservative policy, and perhaps it’s time for the Capitol creatures to get the message and work with him on things like tax reform they also purport to be for.

It's 1968 All Over Again

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

In the past, any crisis that did not destroy the United States ended up making it stronger. But for now, the fight grows over which is more toxic — the chronic statist malady that was eating away the country, or the new populist medicine deemed necessary to cure it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Were the old days of male-only Boy Scouts too much of a good thing?

If our diseased culture includes the Boy Scouts now admitting girls and pro athletes simply refusing to stand during the national anthem, a big chunk of the population will decide it ain’t worth having their kids involved in these endeavors at all. Everyone loses; no one wins.

Trump Finally Gets His ‘Travel Ban’ Victory

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

The Court not only dismissed as moot the challenge to the administration’s restrictions on travel to the United States by aliens from six countries. Critically, the Court also vacated lower-court rulings that had upheld injunctions against the travel restrictions.

Message v. Messenger: The Trump Enigma

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

It is likely that there is a 50/50 chance that the unpredictable and irascible Trump and policies will achieve in the not so distant future a sustainable 3 percent annual rate of GDP growth, a reform of the tax code, a systematic dismantling of onerous government regulations through executive orders, a restoration of U.S. deterrence abroad, another conservative Supreme Court justice, and a return to legal, measured, and meritocratic immigration—and thus even more hysteria and hatred of Trump, the person, from policy supporters and opponents alike.

On Iran Trump’s Advisors Offer Dumb And Dumber Options

The inevitable result of continuing to falsely certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear weapons deal, and allowing their continued nuclear weapons and missile development cooperation, is an anti-American world dominated by two nuclear-armed rogue states; North Korea and Iran.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Gerrymandering is latest Democrat ploy to delegitimize the system

Gerrymandering is just the latest convenient excuse liberals are using to make it seem like the electoral system is biased against them. Democrats’ attempt to federalize everything won’t change the fact the party is dying at the local level. No Supreme Court ruling will fix it.

Dear Senator Bob Corker: Please Go Now

Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator

Corker’s behavior is exactly what is wrong with the GOP Establishment. It explains exactly why Breitbart’s Steve Bannon is out there on a mission to get people like this out of the Senate. It explains why Judge Roy Moore won that Alabama Senate GOP primary. More to the point, it explains exactly why Donald Trump is in the White House in the first place.

Trump Embraces the Culture War

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

In the culture wars, Trump has rejected compromise or capitulation and decided to defend the ground on which his most loyal folks stand. People who stand by you in a fight are not all that common in politics. When Trump exhibits this quality, he receives in reciprocity the kind of loyalty even his enemies concede he has.

Conservative Outsider Senate Candidates Breaking Fundraising Records

While fundraising support for the Republican establishment is drying-up due to the failure of Capitol Hill’s Republican leaders to produce on their campaign promises, two of the most promising Republican outsiders, Indiana’s Mike Braun and Wisconsin’s Leah Vukmir, are reporting record-breaking support.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Would 200 years of black patriots approve of today’s NFL flag protesters?

History shows many people of all races and religions have given their lives for the privilege of recognition under the American flag. It’s a tradition that’s survived the centuries and will no doubt outlive the current whines and insults. The NFL would be wise to acknowledge it.

Columbus deserves his day

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Isn’t it incredibly xenophobic and — according to Democrats — outright racist to say that Native Americans should be protected from outside invaders just because they had “long resided on this land prior to the arrival” of others? In other words, it’s just fine for Mr. Obama to refer to Columbus as an illegal alien. But it is completely racist for Mr. Trump to talk about illegal aliens who come into our country and rape or murder our citizens. “America First” is racist. But “Native America First” is totally fine.

Is Trump still the same guy who won in November?

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

Ann Coulter isn't exactly alone in thinking that Trump has not delivered on his populist and nationalist mandate. The faction of the administration committed to those policies is somewhat beleaguered. Steve Bannon is out as top White House strategist. Sebastian Gorka is no longer working as a national security aide. Attorney General Jeff Sessions remains, but has been publicly humiliated by the president several times.

Trump zeroes in on 2020 battlegrounds

Gabriel Debenedetti, Politico

President Donald Trump’s campaign operatives and other allies have begun surveying the political landscape for his 2020 reelection bid, viewing a handful of upcoming midterm races as especially insightful to his strategic path three years from now.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: In Trump’s world, if everyone thinks the same someone isn’t thinking

It could be true Trump has serious policy divergences with his advisers; whenever you’re new and strive to do things differently conflicts are bound to arise. We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact Washington must change -- or it will fail. A little discord is therefore acceptable.

Mr. President, Decertify the Iran Deal and Then Walk Away

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Trump the Businessman has long maintained that the art of the deal is knowing when to walk away from the table — when to take a tack antithetical to Obama’s no-concession-is-too-big approach. It is time to walk away from the table. The JCPOA is an atrocious deal that deserves to die. If the president wants to negotiate, let it be on a new deal and on America’s terms.