Republican Campaigning in the Age of Trump

 

Salena Zito’s latest column, “Trump’s not the reason the GOP sputtered in Ohio,” points to continued failure by Republican operatives to accept the message sent by the voters that they must get to the polls in November. Listen to the candidates and the independent PAC ads in your state. How are they doing? It is a mixed bag here in Arizona, so far, but both serious Republican contenders for the US Senate are proclaiming alignment with President Trump.

Salena Zito points to the importance of demonstrating awareness and concern for local issues. Waving around a few national talking points is not a recipe for success.

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Define “Historic”

 
Vermont gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist.

Tuesday’s primary results were hailed as “historic” by a number of media outlets. “Vermont Democrats made history Tuesday” declared the Burlington Free Press. NPR framed the matter with the same word, “historic,” as did the New York Times, ABC, and others. Most were pealing the bells for Vermont’s first “openly transgender” candidate for governor, Christine Hallquist. Hallquist was born male but now prefers to dress as a woman. Her success in the Democratic primary is being celebrated as comparable to the breakthroughs of African-American candidates (here is the New York Times video trumpeting a “night of firsts”).

The words “history” or “historic” in the mouths of progressives are always laudatory. They are honorifics, not descriptions. After all, lots of things are firsts – a Holocaust-denying, Nazi sympathizer made it onto the ballot on the Republican ticket in Illinois’s 3rd congressional district. That doesn’t get described as historic. Donald Trump is the first person to be elected without any previous governmental service at all. That’s not historic. No, progressives have a proprietary feeling about history. They are convinced that it “bends toward justice” as Barack Obama was fond of quoting, and that it will inevitably trend their way.

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Making Blue Lemonade

 

I have no better idea than anyone else what’s really going to happen in November, but my guess is that we’ll keep the Senate (high confidence) and have a decent chance (though not a likelihood) of keeping the House. But here’s a thought about the impact of the midterm on Republicans and conservatives. As Trump […]

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slamming President Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan by saying, “It was never that great.” So what do most on the left really believe? They also shudder at Elizabeth Warren’s plan to make any company earning more than a billion dollars in revenue each year to get permission to operate from the federal government and allow the government to dictate compensation, personnel policies, and who can be on the board of directors. And while David remembers his own consideration of a 2016 presidential run, they marvel that people like California Rep. Eric Swalwell are seriously considering a 2020 bid.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast – number 187!!! – for August 16, 2018 it’s the Too Much Preying edition of the show with your holier-than-thou hosts Todd Feinburg, radio guy, and Mike Stopa, AI bot. Welcome, welcome, welcome!

This week we are back into sex. We love to talk about sex. That’s pretty much all we can do concerning sex is talk about it so we might as well enjoy it.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America take on three heavy topics, starting with Colorado baker Jack Phillips now having a powerful case of discrimination against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission after the commission ruled Phillips had violated the rights of a transgender lawyer for not customizing a cake for their gender transition or one depicting Satan engaged in a sex act. They also hammer the Catholic church in Pennsylvania over the new grand jury report that reveals more than 3oo priests horrifically abusing more than a thousand children over the decades and the despicable lengths officials in the church went to in order to silence accusers and keep the priests in active ministry. And they shred Chelsea Clinton’s absurd contention that abortion has been great for the economy because it allows more women to stay in the workforce.

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Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, deputy online editor Chris Deaton and elections analyst David Byler join host Jim Swift to take a look at the primaries in Minnesota, Connecticut, Wisconsin, and Vermont. Is Trumpism the ascendant wing of the GOP, or is it regional? And a look at the 2020 campaign, will it be a campaign about issues or personalities?

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A Modest Proposal for Addressing Electoral Dysfunction

 

The Constitution protects both the right to vote and the right to keep and bear arms. If you take the time to read it, you’ll discover that the latter is more unambiguously and emphatically protected: while the right to vote is defended piecemeal and with an acknowledgement that it may be compromised, the right to […]

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the West Virginia legislature for impeaching four of the state’s five state supreme court justices for gross mismanagement of taxpayer dollars. They also roll their eyes as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a California law requiring any guns subsequently purchased in the state must include features that don’t actually exist. And they unload on “conservatives” from Michael Gerson to Steve Schmidt, who contend that conservatives need to vote for Democrats because supposedly the only way to save the Republican Party is to burn it to the ground.

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Nope, the Blue Wave Is a Myth

 

Shhhhh … don’t tell the Democrat-media-outrage complex, but the Real Clear Politics average of generic ballot polls just narrowed to D+3.9%. Republicans are going to hold the House and gain seats in the Senate. Deal with it, America. According to Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, Democrats need a seven-point lead to retake the House. This is due to two reasons: 1) Democrats waste votes in urban areas; and 2) Obama so decimated Democrats’ standing at the state level that Republicans have gerrymandered the bejesus out of districts all over the country.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are encouraged to see a pathetic turnout at the white nationalist rally in Washington D.C. on Sunday, and they hope the media will stop giving airtime to this fringe group. They also call on the media to cover the violence of the leftist protest group Antifa the same way they cover the alt-right. And they believe President Donald Trump hired Omarosa Manigault for the wrong reason– because she said “GREAT” things about him– which led to the fallout where she now calls him a racist.

 

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Omarosa Should Face Charges

 

On Sunday morning, former White House official and reality star Omarosa dropped a bombshell:

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California: Help Is On The Way

 

As a brief update from the California gubernatorial race, John Cox has released a new ad to set the tone for the general election. You all know the problems we face in this state so there’s no need to rehash that. But John’s message is to be a voice for the forgotten Californians who’ve been […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America look at generic congressional ballot polls showing the Democratic blue wave might not threaten Republicans as much as was previously thought. They also think Laura Ingraham took the wrong tone during an immigration rant on Wednesday night, and they suggest the immigration discussion focus on policies and beliefs rather than demographics. And they continue to knock Republicans and Democrats for prioritizing celebrities in politics above genuine discussion of ideas, with actor Richard Gere’s name being tossed into the ring for New York’s 18th Congressional District and lawyer Michael Avenatti heading to Iowa to explore a presidential bid.

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I just can’t stop myself

 

One of the web sites I follow every day is https://www.whitehousedossier.com/ . It shows the President’s daily schedule and often has commentary on current events. This morning, it had a link to a Turkish site (https://youtu.be/dx3K-jr4q6g) which had a montage of all of the talking heads saying during the 2016 campaign why Trump would not win. It […]

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