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pertaining to the Republican Party

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 hidden Trump voters that may save him and the GOP in November

Monica Crowley, The Hill

The approval and optimism of the key blue-collar voting bloc — combined with rising approval numbers from other traditionally Democratic constituencies such as African-Americans, Hispanics and young people, who also are enjoying historically low unemployment rates — is an encroaching existential threat to the left. The dramatic realignment Trump led in 2016 is still underway, roiling expectations and defying prediction.

It’s Time For A Conservative Purge

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

America’s two political parties are changing. Their coalitions are shifting, dramatically, and we are now seeing an outsider party of conservative-populists (the GOP) and one of insider leftists (Democrats) develop. Lots of people no longer fit where they grew up. How many ex-Democrats voted to make Trump president? So, until we complete the purge, we’ll have treacherous elements within the GOP who should ‘fess up to their embrace of liberalism but can’t because then they would be totally cut off from their cushy gigs.

Forget The GOP: It’s Up To Conservatives To Nationalize The 2018 Midterm Election

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
As I see it, 2018 will likely be another Republican wipeout, like 2006, unless we conservatives nationalize the election by getting voters refocused on big conservative issues; building the wall, limiting immigration, religious liberty, rebuilding our national defense, reducing job-killing regulations, and getting tough on crime and illegal border crossing.

They Are Not Never Trump – They Are Never You

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

How did our supposed betters get the idea they were better anyway? Have they done anything but go to college and write stuff they didn’t really believe? We are in the midst of a cultural upheaval where our shoddy elite is desperately trying to cling to power and prestige it did not earn, has not wielded competently, and does not deserve. The recent shameful collaboration with the SJW left by those who once fancied themselves our leaders in conservatism just proves, again, how right we were to discard these losers.

Mend the GOP, Don’t Burn It Down

Jay Cost, National Review

The hyperbole of the remaining Never Trumpers is making it harder to fix what is wrong with the GOP. Such intemperate positions draw all the focus and alienate potential reformers who are more amenable to Trump. This makes it more difficult for those of us still actively inside the conservative coalition to bring about change, which for now can only come through encouragement and exhortation rather than extreme calls for razing the Republican party.

A wake-up call for the sleeping beauties

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The president’s reliance on his vast reserves of self-confidence encourages ignoring the evidence of “trouble, trouble, right here in River City.” The election of 2016 was stunning in its surprise, and it had been building for years, perhaps decades. Some people think the result was a divine gift, and perhaps it was. But the Scriptures tell us that “the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.” No wave can stand against that.

The GOP Is All Pastel (and Little Boldness)

Brandon J. Weichert, The American Spectator

Going forward, the GOP needs to more fully embrace Trumpism; it needs to unequivocally take up the issues of trade and immigration — and stand firm on them (except in extreme cases). The GOP also needs to unflinchingly wage the Culture War. A coalition of blue-collar workers and social conservatives is waiting to be embraced by the wider GOP. As Reagan said, the Republicans need to be “raising a banner of bold colors, no pale pastels.” So far, without Trump, the GOP is all pastel.

President Trump’s Speech To CPAC Leaves #NeverTrump Gang Squirming

The intelligentsia of the Right and Left will continue to talk down Donald Trump and claim his remarks to CPAC just weren’t up to presidential standards. What they don’t understand is Trump’s stream of consciousness asides are exactly were he connects with the voters and what differentiates him from the inside-the-Beltway political class that voters despise.

Pence To CPAC: 'Progress Is Driven By The People Who Show Up'

Vice President Pence’s defiance of the establishment media outlets that criticized him during the Olympics and glorified Kim Jong-un’s sister seemed to get all the press, but the most important part of his CPAC speech was his message to those on the Right who are still sitting on the sidelines waiting for Trump to fail: “Progress is driven by the people who show up.”

Trump's Fate

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

It may be that it was not just Trump’s conservative populist message but also Trump himself, the unique populist loudmouth messenger, who won the Electoral College. Trump prevailed not only because he appealed to the concerns of flyover country, but also because he voiced these concerns in a way that no other Republican would have.

It's Trump's Party Now

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Trumpism is not a detour, after which we can all get back on the interstate to the New World Order. For though unpleasant, it is not unfair to say that if there was one desire common to Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump voters, it was be rid of the regime resting on top of all of us. Should Trump fall, and a restored establishment attempt to reimpose the old policies, there will be a truly uncivil war in this country.

Trump’s Tweets Awaken The Living Dead

When Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Lindsey Graham are the voices and faces of the Republican Party it reminds us of scenes from our favorite zombie movies.

GOP considers cancelling August recess

Alexander Bolton and Niv Elis, The Hill

Alarmed by the stalemate on healthcare reform, lack of progress on tax reform and appropriations bills that are far behind schedule, Republican lawmakers across Congress are increasingly willing to consider cancelling the month-long August recess.

President Trump Orders A Real Look At Election Fraud

While voter fraud isn’t a uniquely Democrat problem – if you look hard enough you can find an example or two of Republicans engaged in voter fraud – defense of voter fraud is the unique province of the Democratic Party and the Left.

The Stupid Party Finally Gets Smart on the Court

Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

The GOP learned, not just from Republican failures but from Democrat obstructionism, particularly regarding the conservative nominees of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Trading Miers for Samuel Alito and Garland for Gorsuch looks a lot like the deals Red Auerbach once pulled on hayseed general managers throughout the NBA.

Half-baked Obamacare is recipe for GOP failure

Editors, Washington Examiner

Instead of reforming a system, this bill would simply check a box. It is a bill intended to fulfill, on paper, the campaign promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare. But because it is bad policy, it is also bad politics. It won't improve much in the sector, and it will lead voters to blame Republicans instead of Democrats for all the costs and confusion of the healthcare system.

House Republican Leaders Shouldn’t Misread The Election

Adam Brandon, Daily Caller

McCarthy and House Republican leaders would be making a serious mistake if they misread the results of the election. Voters wanted to “drain the swamp,” not maintain the cesspool that is the status quo in Washington. If McCarthy wants respect the results of the election, he should have the House Freedom Caucus play a prominent role in 2017 and push a pro-growth agenda.

California GOP’s Final Death Throes

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

California long ago shifted to the left demographically and economically, and there’s basically nothing the GOP can do to stop it. The state’s party has been particularly mock-worthy, with its goofy strategies, poor candidates and lack of fundraising prowess. But it doesn’t really matter at this point.