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    • Regaining Middle America - 23 May 2014
      posted in Columns

      Now taking his third shot at the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey, Jeffrey Bell has spent his career warning of the risks of kicking the cultural leg out from under Ronald Reagan’s coalition of defense, economic, and social conservatives. Indeed, his 2012 magnum opus, The Case for Polarized Politics, argues that social […]

    • Tea Party alive and well — and influencing blacks - 12 May 2014
      posted in Columns & Tea Party

      What’s all the crowing about regarding North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis’ victory in the North Carolina Republican Senate primary this week? I’m talking about the crowing that this is some kind of defeat for the Tea Party. Sure, Greg Brannon was the Tea Party candidate and endorsed by Rand Paul. And, yes, the Republican […]

    • The Great Divorce? - 01 May 2014
      posted in Big Parties & Columns & Culture

      Imagine for a minute you run a political party that has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, has been consistently ranked dead last behind your opponent and independents in Gallup’s party identification survey the past five years, and is struggling to keep its party together let alone attract new […]

    • Why Republicans Can’t Beat Obama - 24 Apr 2014
      posted in Columns & Rules for Patriots

      To understand why the Republicans can’t beat President Obama, you must first recognize the three kinds of people that inhabit contemporary American politics – crusaders, gangsters, and groupies. The crusader is out to win an argument with history. Although all fallible human beings are motivated by self-interest to some extent, the crusader’s primary motivation is […]

    • Despite big challenges, conservatives will continue to fight - 24 Mar 2014
      posted in Big Parties & Columns

      The recent upset victory by Republican candidate David Jolly for the open seat in Florida’s 13th congressional district, a district carried by Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, has produced a rush of excitement in Republican circles. This coupled with polling data – Americans are increasingly unhappy with our president, with his signature health care […]

    • Christie, Cruz and Paul — CPAC’s distinct trio - 13 Mar 2014
      posted in Big Gov & Columns & Politics & Govt

      Though Karl Rove, Ronald Reagan, and Barry Goldwater weren’t in attendance at the 2014 edition of the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, the contrasting visions each had for the Republican Party were well represented. Championing Rove’s cynical realpolitik wing that believes in winning simply for winning’s sake was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who […]

    • Theodore Roosevelt’s Advice for 21st-Century Republicans - 06 Mar 2014
      posted in Big Parties & Columns

      “No one matter is of such vital moment to our whole people as the welfare of the wage-workers. If the farmer and the wage-worker are well off, it is absolutely certain that all others will be well off too.”—Theodore Roosevelt, First Annual Message to Congress, 1901 With these words, Theodore Roosevelt projected a vision that […]

    • Can Conservatives Do Better Than Boehner? - 04 Mar 2014
      posted in Big Gov & Big Parties & Columns & House & People & Politics & Govt

      The Hill reported on Monday that House Speaker John Boehner has intentions to seek reelection as Speaker.  The news piece also indicates that Boehner considers himself to be in a better position politically than he has been in previous years.  According to The Hill, Speaker Boehner is reported to have said: “It won’t even be […]

    • The Issue That Could Finish Off the Republican Party - 26 Feb 2014
      posted in Columns & Culture

      The Republican Party is hanging by a thread. As a long overdue, all-out civil war erupts, and the grassroots mounts an unprecedented effort to unseat many party establishment figures in the primaries, nobody in the GOP seems satisfied with the status quo. The ruling class is having a typical ruling class reaction to the insurgency—sneering […]

    • Can We Save the Soul of the GOP? - 25 Feb 2014
      posted in America First & Columns & Principles

      The “Republican” brand is severely tarnished. Currently just 25% of Americans identify themselves as “Republicans.” On the other hand, 38% of Americans identify themselves as “conservative,” which is more than any other ideological group by 15 points. These numbers are prompting a national conversation about how to “save the soul of the Republican Party” among […]