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A thought came to me the other night. While not on the Lincoln was a tyrant bandwagon, I don’t reflexively think he’s one of the greatest Presidents anymore either. For one, I used to think he was justified in suspending habeas corpus, it’s in the Constitution. Then someone pointed out that it’s in Article I, […]

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Jim is back and shares the highly entertaining albeit frustrating tale of the high-maintenance passenger on his return trip from California. After detailing that saga, Jim and Greg are immensely entertained by national Democrats realizing only now what a train wreck of a nominee Bernie Sanders would be and scrambling to make sure he’s not the nominee. They also weigh in on the latest political and media reaction to John Bolton allegedly confirming a quid pro quo with Ukraine, and while they admit there are grounds for debating Bolton’s tactics in recent months, the accusations he was never a conservative are ludicrous. And they unload on CNN, Don Lemon, and former Republican strategist Rick Wilson for their sneering mockery of Trump voters.

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Rick Wilson, author of Everything Trump Touches Dies, has an article in Rolling Stone which explains how Trump’s “manic Twitter dysentery” over the weekend serves only to heighten his legal jeopardy and bring despair to his advisers and lawyers. I particularly enjoyed this delightful bit of spleen-venting: As if the Tweet Heard Round The World wasn’t […]

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(Note: This is the second of a two-part essay, the first part centered on the proposition that the Republican party, through its own self-destructive tendencies, has reduced conservatism itself to little more than an academic exercise.)

The second proposition is as follows:

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I would normally quote my favorite part of this piece but honestly, there is too much to choose from. How the Tea Party Got Hijacked by Trump’s Troll Party Read More View Post

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In case you’ve forgotten, Jeb Bush is still in the presidential race. When he wasn’t raising millions, the former governor has spent most of 2015 alienating the base and shoving size-12 cordovans into his piehole. Now that he finds himself in single digits far behind a former reality show star and a retired neurosurgeon, Jeb is fighting back.

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WhiteRabbitIt may be presumptuous and even unfair of me to liken the behavior of a media outlet to a mental disorder, but unfortunately, monitoring Breitbart.com lately has been like watching a very disturbed person. Sometimes sober. Sometimes unhinged. Sometimes giddy. Sometimes juvenile and petty. Sometimes in full rage.

It won’t take but a few minutes of glancing at some of the sillier headlines and reading what passes for serious political commentary, or perusing some of the more extreme responses on Breitbart.com to anyone that dare challenge the wisdom of Donald Trump, to realize that we are no longer in Kansas. And no, Ray Kinsella, we aren’t even in Iowa, hearing voices in cornfields. It’s closer to say that we’ve passed through Alice’s looking glass to a place where the absurd characters are darker and more threatening than even Lewis Carroll could have imagined.

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I get the impression he hasn’t read my other posts on the subject, but I figure I’ll give it another go: I’ve come to realize that Obama’s and Trump’s political successes are two sides of the same inability-of-political-experts-to-see-the-obvious coin. The cognitive dissonance required to not see the similarities between how roundly Obama spanked our political “expert” […]

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Attention: Those of you who’ve been following the consultant class here on Ricochet: This morning I started the day with the great John Oakley on Toronto’s AM640. In light of the latest revelations re Donald Trump – he raped at least one of his wives!!! his kids have killed and grilled every single animal on the […]

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RickWilsonIn his excellent post, my friend and Ricochet member The King Prawn, directed my attention toward a handy article authored by Ricochet Contributor and Political Consultant Rick Wilson. I’ve had a few brief exchanges with Rick and I like him. He’s always impressed me as a straight shooter, earnest, affable, experienced, and capable of communicating without the sneering derision we’ve come to expect from others in his profession.

His latest, Trump Voters Are Hillary’s New Best Friends, is a well-written piece that features an itemized list of reasons Trump will crater and why his supporters are unwittingly aiding the opposition. In the interest of opening a dialogue between two factions that seem diametrically opposed at times, I’d like to pose a few questions to Rick that his article raises, to wit:

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Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 9.27.32 AMIn the world of presidential politics, today is clearly the day of guys named Rick. To start with, Ricochet’s own Rick Wilson published a piece in Politico detailing why “Trump Voters Are Hillary’s New Best Friends.” The article lit up social media and included the likes of Jon Gabriel posting pictures of nuclear explosions. The whole thing is worth reading, but I found his fourth point to be the most persuasive:

4. You don’t care about his record. It’s an ideological train-wreck of epic proportions if you care about any conservative values. He’s been pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-tax hikes, pro-single-payer and is a past master of crony capitalism, to say nothing of his political and financial support for the Clintons and Barack Obama. It’s a mess. You’d never give any other candidate the benefit of the doubt on such a wide portfolio of positions that have changed 180 degrees and back again so many times. And yet, I imagine you can drill into Marco Rubio’s or Jeb Bush’s or even Scott Walker’s record for some sign of apostasy that you can never, ever, ever forgive.

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41HW16e6UrLLast year, my good friend Will Patrick, here in Tallahassee, Florida, introduced me to the Ricochet podcasts. The first episode that caught my attention was one dedicated to President Reagan’s first meeting with Gorbachev at Reykjavik. It was fascinating.

For more than 10 years, I have been involved in the conservative/liberty movement through my current work at The James Madison Institute (JMI) in Florida, and previously with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). Between what I read and the many speakers I get to meet and hear from in person and at conferences, I felt like I had a great grasp on all the top scholars and thinkers in the movement. However, the Ricochet podcast has served to introduce me to so many more, including people like Avik Roy and Charles C.W. Cooke. During my many travels visiting JMI’s supporters around the state of Florida, I listen to the podcast almost religiously and find it quite entertaining and thoughtful. [Editor’s Note: Want to become a member of Ricochet and get a free month on us? Join today and use the coupon code APRIL for your discount.]