Tag: 2016 Republican Primaries

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As longtime Ricochetti are well aware, I am a big fan of Washington State Cougars head football coach Mike Leach, who coached my Texas Tech Red Raiders from 2000 to 2009. I even wrote a post about him a few years ago. Thus, imagine my joy when I learned that the Old Pirate endorsed Donald […]

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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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  The ongoing spectacle of the presidential primaries has proven to be a never-ending source of consternation and disbelief.  The candidates for the Democratic nomination are fighting over which of them can most emphatically promise to ignore immigration laws and give away the most “free stuff,” and it would of course be absolutely awful if […]

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Regarding Trump’s putative “entitlement” to the Republication nomination because he has the most votes or most delegates, and within the understanding that a plurality is not a majority, there’s this that bears on the matter. Suppose Trump and Cruz (eliding Kasich and Rubio, one of whom has no real chance of gaining seriously on the […]

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The myth of Trump At least here on Ricochet there is an allegation of TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) from several members. Usually this allegation is made against the Editors, who are seen as members of the Conservative Commentariat or Intelligentsia. It is alleged that they do not understand the common plight of the average American citizen.  That they […]

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Back on March 2, 2016, Hugh Hewitt interviewed the president of Hillsdale College, Dr. Larry Arnn, about the Donald Trump candidacy. The segment was released in podcast form as part of the Hillsdale Dialogues Podcast. You can also listen to it online here in streaming format. Go ahead and give it a listen. Arnn has […]

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Samuel Francis and Middle American Radicalism

 

protectionvsfreetrade-554x330In the March 1996 issue of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, the late Samuel Francis (1947-2005) published an essay titled “From Household to Nation: The Middle American Populism of Pat Buchanan.” Francis wrote about Buchanan’s then-ongoing campaign for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination, framing it within the larger historical context of American conservatism and populism. He noted that the campaign had proved, up to that point, more viable and enduring than many political prognosticators expected. Francis observed:

… the courtiers and professional partisans miss the larger victory the Buchanan campaign is on the eve of winning. If Buchanan loses the nomination, it will be because his time has not yet come, but the social and political forces on which both his campaigns [1992 and 1996] have been based will not disappear, and even if he does lose, he will have won a place in history as an architect of the victory those forces will eventually build.

Francis saw Buchanan and his quixotic campaigns as the vanguard of a larger, emerging sociopolitical movement:

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It goes something like this: When I began this campaign, I believed with all my heart that I was the candidate who could lead this country into a New American Century. This journey has only reinforced that belief. Yet, as important as becoming president is to me, it is not as important as the even […]

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Here are, as best I can decipher, the stakes for today’s Republican primaries. The source links have more information on each [plus a whole lot more: it’s a no-frills site chock full of straightforward data]. Hawaii =19 [proportional] Idaho = 32 [WTA if >50%; otherwise proportional among 20%+ candidates] Michigan = 59 [WTA if >50%; […]

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So where do we go from here? First Kansas, it is off to the Sunflower State with 40 delegates at stake. How do matters appear there? But some Republicans say the polls may disguise a danger for Trump. The flamboyant businessman, they say, remains a riddle in the middle of the country: in plain sight, […]

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Super Tuesday has come and gone. We bid farewell and Thank You to Dr. Ben Carson and look forward to his calm demeanor and counsel as the campaign continues. Soon, hopefully, we will bid farewell to Gov. Kasich and look forward to him working quietly and humbly behind the scenes to deliver Ohio in the general […]

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This election is finally turning as they’re finally attacking him and drawing blood. Kasich taking the high road of how we shouldn’t attack people is like France taking the high road for letting others do the fighting for them in World War 2 and the Cold War. Trump said insane things such as that he’d […]

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I’m voting in the Texas primary tomorrow.   I’d like to wait until Tuesday so that I have more information, but that’s a very busy day at work.   I may get up really early and vote at 7:00 when they open then race to work. I’m a  Cruz supporter.  I’ve been planning to vote […]

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