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The War on the Brains of the Right

There’s an old story about a campaign stop for Adlai Stevenson, who ran against Eisenhower as the Democratic Party’s candidate in 1952 and 1956. Stevenson had a reputation as an intellectual and an idealistic “liberal,” and one of his supporters gushed that “you have the vote of every thinking person.” To which Stevenson replied, “That’s […]

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It’s Not That Donald Trump Doesn’t Know, It’s That He Doesn’t Care

Donald Trump has been whining about being bombarded with “gotcha questions” about the Middle East on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show. I thought Hewitt was fairly gentle and respectful in the interview—see the transcript—and that Trump did a fine job of embarrassing himself with his ignorance of the players and issues in the region. But Trump’s […]

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Trump v. Madison

I recently tried to identify six groups of supporters of Donald Trump’s presidential bid. Afterwards, I got a lot of complaints that I left off a seventh group that a lot of his supporters say they belong to. My categories weren’t entirely meant to be disparaging, by the way. “Outright racists”? Yeah, that’s disparaging, but […]

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Who Are the Trumpthers?

The big, existential question for Republicans right now is: who are Donald Trump’s supporters? It matters because this will determine the future, and the future prospects, of the party. I heartily agree with Ben Domenech, whose article on this just made it harder for me to fulfill my obligations to his publication, by pre-empting most […]

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Nothing Is More “Conservative” Than Birthright Citizenship

Part of Donald Trump’s disastrous plan for a diplomatic and trade war with Mexico is to eliminate birthright citizenship, the policy that you become a citizen of the United States simply by virtue of being born here, even if your parents are not citizens. This is a proposal that enjoys wide support on the right […]

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Donald Trump Declares War on Mexico

In 2012, Donald Trump criticized Republicans for seeming “mean-spirited” on immigration and alienating Hispanic voters. (His target was that notorious wild-eyed radical, Mitt Romney.) Fast forward a mere three years, and the candidate who “tells it like it is” has flip-flopped 180 degrees, putting forward what amount to a plan to declare war on Mexico. […]

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What Happens When Hillary Clinton Isn’t Inevitable?

Which party’s prospects do you favor the most: the party whose front-runner is Donald Trump, or the party whose front-runner is now under investigation by the FBI for mishandling “Top Secret” information? Well, neither one, I suppose. But there’s good reason to believe Trump’s lead is only temporary. As Sean Trende explains, this is the […]

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Donald Trump’s Paradoxical Cult of Personality

Has there ever been a cult of personality built around a personality so unpleasant? The answer, by the way, is “yes,” but more about that in a moment. After Donald Trump’s bombastic performance in last week’s debate, it’s clear that the key to his appeal is not his policy positions, which are all over the […]

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America’s Next Top Candidate

At this stage, the Republican presidential debates are less an intellectual exchange than an exercise in crowd control. With no clear front-runner, the nomination battle is wide open, and every Republican with an ounce of political ambition has decided to run. Plus, they all remember the wild ride of the 2012 primaries, when it seemed […]

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If We Get Trump, Democrats Get Biden

Please run, Joe. Please, please, please. The news is suddenly filled with reports that Vice President Joe Biden is seriously considering a run for president. I think this is great news on three levels. 1) Hillary needs another challenge. For a second time in a row, she has planned to be the “inevitable” candidate. But […]

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