Tag: 2016 Election

Hey, kids— Now that the Clinton’s are doing it, colluding with the Russians is way cool and totally awesome!

David Harsanyi of the Federalist on the Left’s double-standards on threats to democracy.

Henry Olsen joins Brian Anderson to discuss Henry’s new book The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism.

For nearly 30 years, the Republican Party had defined itself by Ronald Reagan’s legacy: a strong military, free trade, lower taxes, and most important, smaller government. When Donald Trump won the Republican nomination for president in 2016, many observers in the media and professional political circles asked a familiar question: Is the Republican Party still the Party of Reagan?

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  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has announced the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel with the charge of investigating Russian interference into the 2016 Presidential Election including any Russia-Trump ties. Mueller was director of the FBI from 2001-2013. Preview Open

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Why I wrote this Most of us, including me, are very happy Hillary Clinton lost the election.  So most of us might not want to pony up $13.99 (Apple iBooks) for a book aimed at her supporters that explains why she lost.  That’s where I come in.  I spend the small bucks so you don’t […]

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As you all know dedicated Democrats have been going nuts in response to the surprise victory of Donald Trump. Instead of reflection and self analysis many have resorted to conspiracy theories and excuses for the humiliating loss of Hillary Clinton. There seems to be a rather obvious Democrat Party strategy of trying to make Trump an […]

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If you are the (venerable?) Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate, the provenance of “racist” as the worst insult in modern America goes something like this:  At first, “racism” simply referred to an objective reality, a useful heuristic for categorization, not unlike “brunette” or “Haitian.” The fact that, for example, Trump was elected by […]

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The Democrats latest foray into disruptive silliness played out Monday at the Electoral College.  I use the term silliness, rather than some other tectonic term, because the Democratic party has ceased to be a party that can, or should be taken seriously in its present state. Leading up to November 8, the Democratic party and its legions of […]

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I just finished watching CNN’s program on Obama’s Legacy by Fareed Zakaria. Fareed is the host of CNN’s flagship foreign affairs show. He’s also a Washington Post columnist and a contributing editor to The Atlantic. I found the CNN program interesting because you could see both the ‘successes’ and the failures of the Obama presidency. […]

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Victor Davis Hanson provides cultural and historical context for Donald Trump’s presidential victory and speculates on what the early days of the new administration may yield.

Congratulations to Reluctant Trump, You Won the Election

 

Ever since Donald Trump’s surprising (at least to me) victory on November 8, many have wondered exactly what happened and why the pre-election polls were so very wrong. We may finally have an answer. Last week Edison Research released its breakdown of exit polls and their conclusion is both heartening to me and good news for conservatives.

Edison identified a “hidden group” of voters that made all the difference in swinging the election to Trump. This group who they identify as the “Neithers” is what is affectionately known around these parts as ReluctantTrump. While Hillary maintained a decided favorability lead over Trump, it turns out that 18 percent of the electorate found neither candidate acceptable. The surprising finding is that this 18 percent broke for Trump in a major way:

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The recent, highly charged US Presidential election brought out a new word – Fake News. We were bombarded by information on both sides of the aisle, via social media, cable news, and other avenues. There were charges that Russian propaganda was influencing our elections by elevating unflattering stories about Hillary Clinton, therefore creating an unbalanced view. […]

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City Journal editor Brian Anderson and contributing editor Aaron M. Renn discuss Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential race, the popular discontent that led to his rise, and the future of the Trump administration.

City Journal is a magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute.

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donald-trump-cabinet-list-of-appointmentsEarly last week, Michael Barone published a piece analyzing the election returns in which he focused on the manner in which “the double-negatives” — those who thought highly neither of Donald Trump nor of Hillary Clinton — broke at the very end decisively for the former. Here is the way he put it:

One reason polling may have been misleading, or at least misled many of us in the psephology racket, is that this is the first presidential election since random sample polling began in 1935 in which most voters had negative feelings toward both major party candidates.

Election analysts have had experience dealing with elections in which majorities have positive feelings about both nominees; that has usually been the case in contests which turn out to have been seriously contested. “Double positives,” people with positive feelings about both candidates, will usually split along partisan or perhaps ethnic lines, and ordinarily pretty evenly.

The “Unfairness” of the Electoral College Didn’t Swing the 2016 Election

 
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2016 election results via google’s election map.

In the wake of the election, there have been renewed complaints about the Electoral College, specifically, how it unfairly rewards small states with disproportionate voting power. The supposed implication is that Donald Trump won the election, despite losing the national popular vote, because small states vote Republican. Well, I did a little number crunching.

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…except this is a co-founder of the Onion. So I guess this is sort of the Onion: If your family is from a red part of the country & voted Trump, don't go home for T-giving. Make them come here to see how humans behave. — Tim Keck (@timothykeck) November 11, 2016 Preview Open

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