9% of Obama Supporters Voted for Trump

"...We’ve learned that 9 percent of Barack Obama’s voters flipped to Trump, including 22 percent of Obama’s non–college educated white voters. That’s what matters most." -- Michael Tomasky, "Elitism Is Liberalism's Big Problem," New Republic. Liberals, he writes, "haven’t made their peace with middle America. Which is a pretty big deal, given that middle America is... Continue Reading →


Cock-eyed Optimist’s View of Trump

Maybe I'm a cock-eyed optimist, but if we and the world survive Trump, he may be the best thing to happen to the Republican Party, destroying the march-in-lockstep tribal loyalty, group think, unity based only on hatred of liberals and Democrats, and maybe they will realize that there are things worse than electing a Democrat... Continue Reading →

Conservative/Republican Angst Is Just Desserts

The conservative movement and Republican Party seem to be imploding with infighting over Donald Trump. Less than four months after Donald Trump took office, at least two Republican members of Congress are floating the idea of Trump's impeachment (Source: Breitbart.com).  Others are fantasizing about President Mike Pence. Conservative discussion boards are fraught with infighting, criticism of... Continue Reading →

American Conservatism Falls into Reactionary Defensiveness

Conservative columnist Charlie Sykes nails the dilemma of modern conservatism, which is abandoning principles in favor of a reflexive, reactionary defense of Donald Trump only because he annoys liberals. Ad hominem attacks have replaced logic, principles, and commitment to eternal values. This "anti-anti-Trumpism" is ultimately a dead end, he writes. "Conservatives will care less about governing... Continue Reading →

Of King Henry II, Nixon and Trump

“Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?” mused Henry II, and a knight seeking royal favor murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket in the cathedral at Canterbury.  This quote is recalled as Donald Trump fires FBI Director James Comey. Conservative columnist Michael Gerson compares Trump to Henry II and to Nixon: "It is dangerous to have... Continue Reading →

Greens, Libertarians, Pro-gun Democrats, FBI Director James Comey and Voting Restrictions May Have Cost Clinton the Election

Lesson for Democrats: advocating gun control can cost you Michigan, e Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and possibly a presidential election. Appealing to pro-gun Democrats and independents, the National Rifle Association took credit for Trump's 2016 victories in big hunting states. That, along with the abandonment of Clinton by anti-Trump Greens and Libertarians in states like Wisconsin... Continue Reading →

Will Deficit Hawks Abandon Principle?

It's hilarious to witness the blatant hypocrisy of fiscal conservatives who railed against budget deficits during the Obama administration as if he was going to bring about financial armageddon, who now praise Donald Trump's plan to slash taxes and blow a multi-trillion dollar hole in the nation's budget. The Trump administration "is using economic growth... Continue Reading →

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