Lee Smith is a veteran journalist whose work appears in Real Clear Investigations (which named the Whistleblower), the Federalist, and Tablet. Smith reported from the Middle East for a decade after the 9/11 attacks and wrote the critically acclaimed The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations. A Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Smith is a frequent guest on television and radio, national and international, including Fox News, CNN, and France 24.More
Historically, the RNC has always been independent of an incumbent president, remaining nominally neutral. While most of its staff support an incumbent president, the RNC realizes that no one person, even an incumbent president is larger than the party itself. In 2016, the DNC tipped the scales in favor of Hillary, scheduling debates during football […]
We’re in the fight of our lives right now to protect the integrity of the United States Constitution. Where is Ronna McDaniel, the head of the RNC? I just googled her name on Google news for the last week. What’s missing here? Do you see her interviews on any television news shows? Do you see […]
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America celebrate the lowest number of weekly jobless claims since 1973 as yet another sign the economy is on a serious upswing. They also examine the Republican National Committee’s winners for worst fake news in 2017, with a look at the choices and the RNC […]
David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel for simply stating there is no room in the Republican Party for white supremacists and that the GOP does not want their votes. They’re also surprised by Steve Bannon’s on-the-record interview with a liberal publication, in […]
At least that’s what caller ID said. The guy was very cordial (more so than I was I’m afraid – why do those calls always seem come when I’m in the middle of something else?). I found it interesting that the pitch was about how unfair the media was being to Donald Trump and that […]
Looks like a Romney will be in the mix in Trump’s GOP. The Republican National Committee chose Ronna Romney McDaniel to succeed Reince Priebus, who will serve as the White House Chief of Staff. The details from Fox News:
McDaniel, President-elect Donald Trump’s preferred candidate, previously served as the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and played a key role in delivering the state by a thin margin to Trump in the November election.
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Yesterday was the final night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The theme was “Make America One Again.” As usual, the start of the festivities was loaded with minor figures: Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Pastor Mark Burns, Fran Tarkenton, Brock Mealer, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Gov. Mary Fallin, Lisa Shin. Things got going after 9 pm when Reince Priebus spoke, followed by Peter Thiel around 9:30 and Tom Barrack a little after that. But the headliner of the evening was, of course, Donald Trump, who was introduced by his daughter Ivanka.More
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The theme of the penultimate night of the Republican National Convention was “Make America First Again.” (We’re still not sure what that means…) While the eight o’clock hour featured a collection of minor figures (Sorry, Laura Ingraham), there were some heavy hitters. At different points in the night Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Mike Pence all addressed the convention.More
While John Podhoretz is in Cleveland, Abe Greenwald and Noah Rothman cover the goings-on at the Republican National Convention in his absence. The GOP has formally nominated Donald Trump which, with rare exceptions, was not a smooth process. The result has been unnecessary bad blood and a joyless convention. Also, Melania’s strong speech marred by plagiarism accusations, and the how the Trump campaign turned a one-day story into a week-long scandal. Overall, everything is just fine in Cleveland.More
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There were fireworks yesterday afternoon on the floor of the Republican National Convention. At one point, the body was set to vote on the rules for the convention. A group of delegates, headed by Sen. Mike Lee and Ken Cuccinelli, were seeking to unbind the delegates from voting for Donald Trump on the first ballot. According to the current rules, they needed a majority from seven state delegations to request a roll call vote on the matter. They had nine.More
Many were predicting a floor battle Monday at the the Republican National Convention and they certainly got one.
A group of delegates, led by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia, sought to unbind delegates from voting for the presumptive Republican nominee. A majority of delegates from nine states had agreed to their plan for a roll call vote on the official party rules, and they only needed seven states to make the plan stick. Another key part to their effort was to encourage states to hold closed primaries, allowing only Republicans to vote.More
I joined the GOP when I turned 18, just weeks after Ronald Reagan’s re-election. Since I was unable to vote in that race, I accompanied one of my conservative friends to the polling place as a kind of silent vote. I had become a big Reagan fan in high school and began learning more about conservatism through Goldwater, various books on the Cold War, and National Review. (That made me quite the hit with the ladies, as you might imagine.)
These early studies of policy, patriotism, and civic virtue led me to enlist in the US Navy and, once I got to college, challenge my ex-hippie professors. For years I voted along party lines, donated to Republican candidates, and volunteered for their campaigns. I was proud to belong to the party of Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge, and, of course, Ronaldus Magnus. Even when Bush Sr. raised taxes, some GOP congressman floated bizarre conspiracy theories about Clinton, and Tom DeLay’s House spent us into oblivion, I still identified with the party’s higher ideals. Limited government. Peace through strength. Personal freedom.More
My Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast partner Todd Feinburg and I continue to discuss a potential Trump/Cruz 2016 ticket (which I introduced in a post last week), in this week’s HLC podcast, appropriately titled: “Trump/Cruz Ticket.”
I have to thank my Ricochetti friends for the tsunami of comments on last week’s post. I also want to give a hat tip to Rob Long for mentioning the post on last week’s Ricochet podcast. (Really sorry there, Erick Erickson, for the sudden attack of nausea the thought appears to have prompted).More
As most of us have probably read, Rule 40 requires that a candidate has to have won at least 8 states before their name can be put up for consideration. I believe I heard that the rules committee will meet the week before the convention. What kind of powers does this committee have? Can they […]
Those of us on the right often refer to Republicans as the stupid party. Our politicians have a peculiar predilection toward self-inflicted wounds, and an almost miraculous ability to misread the priorities of the base. Our technology lags behind that of the Democrats in terms of locating and mobilizing voters. In so many ways, the epitaph of stupid is a fitting one for our political class. Their stupidity would seem to only be surpassed by that of us, the Republican voters.
As I write this, the leader of the Republican primary is proposing a government program to help make college more affordable, after already proposing to have the government pay for everyone’s healthcare. He espouses protectionist rhetoric at every turn, while criticizing the Iraq War which he had supported at the time. In other words, Donald Trump is a Democrat. He was always a Democrat, and he remains one today. Republican primary voters are well on their way to choosing a Democrat to lead their party.More
There was a time when the Republican National Committee was terrified that Donald Trump would launch a third-party run. Now their biggest fear should be Trump as the face of the Republican party.
Once a candidate is the presidential nominee, it is the party’s job to defend every statement he makes. When Romney criticized the 47 percent, or McCain suspended his campaign after the economic crisis, or George W. Bush was blindsided by reports of a 1976 drunk driving arrest, the RNC had to support their candidates and aggressively attempt to spin the bad news in their favor.More
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For political junkies, it’s kind of the ultimate fantasy. Every four years it gets mentioned, but only in passing and it never actually happens. We’re talking, of course, about a brokered convention — when no single candidate has secured their party’s nomination on or before the first ballot. It’s the stuff of legends. Guys in fedoras and suspenders making secret deals in smoke-filled rooms. There have been a few close calls, but a real brokered convention hasn’t happened in 64 years.More