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During the fall of 2020, I joined a family friend on a bike ride along the Susquehanna River that borders Lancaster and York Counties in south-central Pennsylvania. Both counties are deep red politically and steeped in history. We started at Columbia, Pennsylvania, near what’s left of the Wrightsville Bridge, the burning of which in 1863 […]

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It’s been nearly two weeks since the status quo elections of 2022 that disappointed Republicans but gave Democrats little to cheer for other than a sigh of relief. It is huge that Democrats kept control of the Senate. They will continue to stack the judiciary with hard-left judges for two more years. Pray for the […]

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Are Trump Supporters Ready for Change?


Most food packages come with one of two expiration dates. One says “best if used by” a date after which the quality slowly declines. The second one says “use by” or “expires by,” after which the product may be hazardous to your health.

It appears that Donald Trump may have hit his expiration date. It is hazardous for Republicans to nominate him for another White House run.

The Media’s Fetterman Fail


Like most people, even Pennsylvanians, I didn’t watch Tuesday night’s lone debate between the Keystone State’s two major party nominees for US Senate. More important than the debates themselves is what people and the press say about them afterward – the “echo chamber.” That’s what people see and hear, and it drives polling numbers and final momentum.

And what’s being said about Tuesday’s debate is incredible. There’s never been a debate like this, at least in modern political history.

What is clear: John Fetterman, his campaign, and his political party covered up – lied – about the true nature of his mental, if not his physical, condition after a debilitating stroke on May 13, just days before the Democratic primary. Here’s what his campaign said two days after his stroke:

Trump Just Did David McCormick a Big Favor


Former President Donald Trump hasn’t hidden his ambition for another return to the White House. Short of an announcement, he’s strongly hinted that his supporters will “like” his eventual announcement. His poll numbers look good right now.

Meanwhile, according to Ballotpedia, Trump has issued 442 political endorsements since leaving office. That includes 14 gubernatorial candidates and 16 US Senate contests. He previously endorsed author Sean Parnell for the GOP nomination for US Senate. But Parnell dropped out after losing an ugly child custody case to his ex-wife.

Washington Examiner and Ricochet Audio Network Join in Collaboration


The Ricochet Audio Network and the Washington Examiner are happy to announce that we’re joining forces on a new podcast.

Beginning this week, the Washington Examiner launched “Hashing It Out,” a weekly podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner’s commentary video editor & writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day and insight into how we got to where we are.

Ricochet, which averages 5 million downloads a month, also handles the hosting and distribution of other Washington Examiner podcasts, including the “The Byron York Show”, hosted by Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent Byron York, and “Examining Politics”, a daily podcast hosted by talk-show host Larry O’Connor.

Reviewing “The Great Revolt” in the Context of Five Countrywide Types


Salena Zito and Brad Todd’s new book The Great Revolt is a great read, based on extensive interviews with Trump voters as well as a Great Revolt survey. It’s important to note, though, that in the survey and later for the book, there are only interviews with Trump supporters from a specific geographical region: Trump supporters hailing from the five “Rust Belt” states of Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania; and even more specifically, from ten electorally-significant counties within these states.

Zito and Todd’s focus on Trump voters from behind the “Blue Wall” of rust-belt counties, which had been stubbornly blue before Trump, ought to be treasured for what it is: neither a description of American Trump voters in general, nor the final word on America’s new populist-conservative coalition, but a testament to the power of geography in our electoral process, and to the strategic importance of not overlooking those who might otherwise go overlooked.

In The Great Revolt, Zito and Todd identify “seven clusters of voters integral to [Trump’s] winning coalition.” These clusters are not meant to describe all types of Trump voters, or even the bulk of Trump voters; instead, they’re meant to describe crucial Trump voters: voters Zito and Todd believe were vital to Trump’s storming of the “Blue Wall” to achieve electoral victory. While Zito and Todd also argue that these seven types of voters serve as bellwethers for a more general populist-conservative realignment, it would be a mistake to lose sight of the fact that the “great” in The Great Revolt refers not to our country as a whole, but to the power of people in places which have lately been overlooked to make a great difference in our politics.