Tag: 2016 Republican Platform

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I heard this song on the radio, and it’s perfect –  dedicated to President Trump, the Republicans and others who voted in the 2016 election, and those that managed to sit through last three years of The Mueller Report, spying on a presidential campaign, and watching people being berated for wearing a red hat with […]

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How do we win, in the short, medium, and long term? What does it mean to “win?” What would success look like? What follows is an abbreviated outline of a planning process, familiar to some number of Ricochetti. It is a start, not the whole ball of wax, more to follow. The first step in […]

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It Ain’t Necessarily So: Midterm Results and Meaning

 

Two days after Election Day 2018, I wrote House Call: By the Numbers. In it, I laid out what was already known, as a matter of wins and losses, as to the House and the Senate. I laid out those indisputable facts with upper and lower bounds for the final results, based on the races that were not yet unequivocally won. Little, in the way of facts, has changed since that posting, and we will not have more indisputable facts until the beginning of December.

Naturally, we all want to roll out our own political points, and can find facts to support our polemics. As Ricochet member @iwe laid out in Making Sense of Anything:

We cannot win when we insist on “the facts.” Facts, like politics, religious beliefs, and schools of scientific thought, are too deeply connected to all the things that we have learned, over the course of a lifetime, to include in our understanding, or filter out as irrelevant to the story we wish to tell.

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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The liberal news media has been hammering us with Black Lives Matter for a while now. It seems that the best response we have been able to muster is “All Lives Matter”, and while that’s nice, it’s not going to do much good. This may seem hard to believe, but embracing Black Lives Matter is a perfect opportunity to render the […]

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The People Like Donald Trump, and It’s Okay

 

bullI wanted to share some different thoughts on the Trump frenzy. Watching the left and the right in the media going toe-to-toe in recent days, I was reminded that we got what we asked for. For seven years, we’ve had the kind of hope-and-change that divided the country, thumbed its nose at our most cherished values, greatly increased our national debt, inundated our porous borders with millions of undocumented people, created a national health insurance crisis, approved a disastrous Iran nuclear deal, and reacted with passive impotence to the rise of ISIS.

The rich have been pitted against the poor, black against white; crime, poverty, and lawlessness have increased. We see headlines telling us that it’s no longer a crime to drink and urinate in public in New York and places in California; marijuana is legal in some states and on the way to being legalized elsewhere. Heroin is an epidemic. Disney employees were fired and forced to train their foreign replacements. Major US companies prefer to set up shop in overseas than to pay heavy taxes here and deal with our cumbersome regulations.

So when I hear people like Lindsey Graham say things like, “Oh God, we may have to back Cruz to save our party!” I understand why tens of thousands are turning out for a man named Donald Trump. When I hear people like Rachel Maddow say things like, “The Republican establishment are talking about pooling their resources against the people’s choice, can they do that? Not honor the people’s choice? This has never been done,” I think I understand why we are where we are.

Christie Starts the Ball Rolling?

 

Yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie gave a speech in New Hampshire advocating for means-testing Social Security, starting with those who have a post-retirement annual income of $80,000 and completely phasing it out for those with more than $200,000. While this is likely an attempt to revive his flagging electoral chances in the primaries, it demonstrates leadership by tackling entitlement reform, the ‘third rail of American politics: