Tag: 2016 Presidential Campaign

A Trump Rally in Pictures

 

I attended Donald Trump’s rally at the Collier County Fairgrounds in Naples, FL on Sunday. As I also had a previous career as a professional photographer and photojournalist for a dozen years, I also gave myself the assignment to document the rally and how people were using their smartphones to broadcast and remember what was going on. To make matters even more interesting (and to further demonstrate how empowered we are as individuals thanks to the internet and our smartphones), I shot, edited, uploaded, and composed this post using nothing but my iPhone.

We are the media, and the deer now have guns. What that will mean for 2020 and beyond, I don’t know. What I do know is that 15 years ago, it would have taken me hours (if not days) to develop the film for this story and get it out to the public. Now, the only reason why I couldn’t send out pictures as they happened was because I had a lousy cell signal at the fairgrounds and had to wait until I encountered better coverage.

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Hello again.  So I’ll get right to it: ‘ol CDH is asking for advice.  For the last month or so I’ve been part of a “Candidate Forum” for 1090 AM WBAL Radio in Baltimore.  This mostly involves receiving a call from the morning radio program (the “C4 Show”) and answering questions about the latest developments […]

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On August 23, 2011, I was one of hundreds of consultants and bureaucrats sweating through my suit at midday on the national mall in Washington, DC. Milling about in our evacuation points and surrounded by curious tourists willing to brave the sauna that is our capitol in late Summer, most of us were scared. Minutes ago […]

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On the 24th of June, in 2016th year of our Lord, I predicted (to very little comment or fanfare, he added huffily) that, if  there was anything fishy or spin-a-ble in Trump’s tax returns, it would get leaked before the election in November. And now, the New York Times shows up with this: Preview Open

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Last week, my wife and I were able to visit Ronald Reagan’s hometown of Dixon, Illinois. Earlier in the year, we were in the hometown of the current Republican nominee, which also happens to be the adopted hometown of the Democratic nominee. You might remember it as the city whose values Ted Cruz bemoaned. Dixon, on […]

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This election cycle has brought many surprising developments that we wouldn’t have thought possible less than two years ago.  I personally would never have expected to find myself motivated to spring to the defense of Hillary Clinton, but this has been a very topsy-turvy year in politics.  So, such as they are, I’d like to […]

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What if he Actually Wins?

 

One of the constants of the political coverage this last year has been “Donald Trump cannot win because… ” Anyone who offered a scenario contrary to the cited “because” was self-delusional, a wishful thinker, or just plain stupid. And through it all, Trump just kept advancing, advancing, and advancing right through to the nomination. The conventional wisdom may still hold and he may yet lose in a landslide in November. But what if he does win? What if the conventional wisdom is actually a conventional delusion?

How Trump Could Win With The Presidential Debates

 

I recently had a friend from Australia ask me how Donald Trump would perform in the debates against Hillary Clinton. Like many others on Ricochet, I imagined that it will be a “Yumongous Humongous Cringe-fest.” But after examining the evidence and replying to the question, I started to realise America might be overlooking some of Trump’s debate skills.

Exceeding Expectations

Trump’s current perception is of a “buffoonish-jock” in the locker room, flicking his wet towel towards the puny kid for guffaws from his chums. And between bragging about his “flicking-prowess” he repeats that “We don’t win at towel-flicking anymore.” No one expected him to get this far, but he has. With such a low bar already set, it’s going to be extremely easy to exceed expectations. Trump has already made the political pivot, but it’s seldom reported outside of his vicinity. If opening a pickle jar is the only fitness test required to prove vitality, Trump presenting a convincing argument on a televised debate watched by millions might outdo that. To many people, just doing better than expected could sway opinion, even if it’s just a tiny amount.

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Scott Adams still believes that Trump has a good chance of winning, despite his currently poor performance in the polls. He thinks that his recent speeches and campaign shakeup are the possible start of a successful strategy to turn his polls around: http://blog.dilbert.com/post/149130036921/trump-won-the-week-persuasion-wise To me, things look pretty grim for Trump. He seemed to be unbeatable […]

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In case you missed this on Fox News, here is an open letter to Mr. Khan, who lost his beloved son in the Gulf War. Mr. Khan addressed the Democratic Convention last week and now it is a point of heated contention toward Donald Trump because of Mr. Trump’s suggestion to halt Muslim refugees coming into our country […]

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The starting premises of this conversation are that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are unacceptable as President, and Gary Johnson (the Libertarian candidate) or any of the vanquished Republicans from the primaries are acceptable. If you feel differently, then the rest of this is not for you. Gaming things out, I conclude that the most […]

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David French Should Resist Bill Kristol’s Exhortation To Run For President

 

David-FrenchBill Kristol of The Weekly Standard has been on a mission to recruit a candidate to mount an independent White House bid as a conservative alternative to the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. (You know, in case there is anyone left who doesn’t already know that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee.) In early May reports circulated that Kristol was courting former nominee Mitt Romney to make the bid. Around that same time, Kristol was also talking up a potential run by Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse who has made his own call for an independent candidate. Presumably, Kristol has has touted or attempted to enlist others as well.

The latest reporting suggests that after being rebuffed by nationally recognized and politically accomplished figures the likes of Romney and Sasse*, Kristol has found his independent candidate in National Review’s David French, a constitutional lawyer, Iraq war veteran, and author who is little-known beyond the readership of conservative online media.

I like David French. He is currently one of my favorite political commentators. He is smart, a very good writer, a true believer in limited, constitutional government, and a great patriot. He is unquestionably qualified to be President of the United States on his own merits and all the more so when compared to the presumptive nominees of the Democrat and Republican parties. If you want to sample his writing to get a sense of the man, take a look at one of my favorite recent pieces, “Small Acts of Cowardice Are Destroying Our Culture.”

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The First Presidential Debate of 2016 will be held at the Nutter Center of Wright State University, about 3 miles from my house. (If you’re attending and need a room, I can set you up in my spare bedroom for a “modest” price.) The University brass are treating the debate as a Really Big Deal […]

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  With the way things had been developing in the Republican presidential contest in recent weeks, lndiana’s primary on May 3 seemed like it might be the last real chance for those hoping to prevent a Trump nomination to turn things around.  Before the vote, most polls suggested that Trump was in the lead, possibly […]

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“Opinions,” goes the old saying, “are like rectums.* Everybody has one and the same thing comes out of both of them.” And certainly since one Donald J. Trump started making noise in the 2016 Republican primaries the opinions have been flying. On the Wednesday following the Indiana primary, Nate Silver, the man the other pundits […]

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Exhibit A:  Marco Rubio Since leaving the presidential race, Marco Rubio has basically been out of the national limelight.  He’s been busy working on a number of issues in the Senate and hasn’t said too much about the ongoing primary process.  Recently, though, Rubio has done a few interviews in which he was asked some […]

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