Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

The problem with Trump’s version of “America First”

April 28, 2016
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"'America First,' says Trump, 'will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.' Some non-interventionists, especially those of a libertarian bent, cheer the use of that phrase, thinking back to the movement to keep the US out of World War II and even to Thomas Jefferson’s proclaimed policy of 'peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.' But neither of those remotely resemble Trump’s position, to the extent that he has a coherent position at all." (04/28/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5765  

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The establishment’s Trump card

April 28, 2016
posted by

J. Neil Schulman J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman  

"[G]iven Trump's 'America First' foreign policy speech of April 27, 2016 to the Center for the National Interest, a speech outlining a policy reminiscent of Pat Buchanan and paleo-conservatives with only a few rhetorical flourishes lifted from Neocon talking points, the necessity of the globalist Neocon/liberal alliance to put Hillary Clinton in the White House becomes obvious. Brad suggested the possibility of a Ted Cruz or other conservative candidacy to draw votes from a Trump GOP candidacy, electing Hillary. I pointed out that by the time of the Republican Convention in Cleveland, July 18 to 21, 2016, 18 states would have closed ballot access for independent candidacies. I then suggested a strategy the NeverTrump forces could use to elect Hillary: throw PAC support and inclusion of its candidate in the presidential debates to the candidate of the Libertarian Party, who will be on most if not all of the 50 state ballots." (04/27/16)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2016/04/the-establishments-trump-card/  

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Trump’s dangerous idea

April 28, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"A lot of people were impressed by the reasonableness of Donald Trump's foreign policy speech yesterday ... despite the usual hyperbolic promises of 'best' and 'great' and 'beautifully.' Its general tenor? Refreshing. Rejecting post-Cold War foreign policy for a return to 'national interest' and 'America first?' Long overdue. Like Trump, I think we should eschew nation building. But still there is that one big problem: Trump is a mercantilist."

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/04/28/trumps-dangerous-idea/  

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Cruz formally taps Fiorina as vice presidential pick

April 28, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday formally announced that Carly Fiorina will be his running mate if he secures the GOP nomination. ... Earlier in the day, Cruz teased a 'major announcement.' The news follows reports this week that the Cruz campaign has been vetting Fiorina as a potential vice presidential candidate and that he could announce a running mate ahead of the convention." (04/27/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/277895-cruz-formally-names-fiorina-vp-pick  

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US presidential primaries: Trump wins five, Clinton four

April 27, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored huge victories Tuesday that bring them closer to a monumental duel for the White House in the fall. Trump's political strength was on display with a clean sweep of races in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Clinton delivered big wins in Maryland and Pennsylvania -- the biggest prizes of the night -- along with Delaware and Connecticut. Bernie Sanders picked up his sole victory of the night in Rhode Island." (04/26/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/26/politics/primary-results-highlights/  

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“Complete and total destruction of the Republican Party”: Former Reagan official Bruce Bartlett on why he backs Trump

April 25, 2016
posted by

Salon
by Simon Maloy  

"Regardless of how you feel about Donald Trump, his ascendance as the frontrunner for the Republican Party's 2016 presidential nomination signals major changes within the GOP. Large segments of the Republican Party and the conservative movement have arrayed themselves in opposition to Trump to ward off the political reckoning his candidacy threatens, but there are some people who want Trump to win precisely because his nomination would inflict much-needed violence upon the Republican Party as it currently exists. Bruce Bartlett, a former official in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and a longtime critic of the GOP's increasingly conservative politics, sees Trump as both a product of the Republican Party’s decline and a potential catalyst for its eventual reclamation." (04/25/16)

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/25/complete_and_total_destruction_of_the_republican_party_former_reagan_official_bruce_bartlett_on_why_he_backs_trump/  

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There are better reasons to vote against Trump than judge picks

April 21, 2016
posted by

Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"I began joking that Trump would nominate his horse to the high court, in an allusion to the Roman emperor Caligula's (possibly apocryphal) appointment of his favorite horse to the Senate. It was worth a few laughs. Then Justice Scalia died and the speculation got all too real. That same night, February 13, at the GOP debate in Greenville, South Carolina, Trump mentioned Diane Sykes and Bill Pryor as possible replacements. Whoa. Sykes of the Seventh Circuit (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin) and Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit (Alabama, Florida, Georgia) are serious people, both appointed by George W. Bush, who would be on any Republican president's short list. That certainly got my attention, and not just because of these judges' overall reputations." (04/20/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/there-are-better-reasons-vote-against-trump-judge-picks  

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NY: Trump, Clinton win primaries

April 20, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have won their respective primaries in their home state of New York, according to The Associated Press. In the Republican race, the billionaire real estate mogul had barnstormed the Empire State boasting of his 'New York values' that his chief rival, Ted Cruz, had found himself in hot water for mocking earlier during the campaign. ... Clinton, the state's former senator who now calls New York home, hasn't had a victory since Arizona almost a month ago. But Bernie Sanders' wins in smaller states haven't helped him catch her in the Democratic delegate race ..." (04/19/16)

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/19/474902587/new-york-primary-trump-clinton-hope-for-big-wins-to-solidify-leads  

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America’s two-party system: Too ingrained to change

April 20, 2016
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The American Spectator
by JT Young  

"With half of each party's delegates going to an insurgent, no wonder many have begun speculating that one or both parties could split and America soon experience true multi-party contests. Such musings are provocative, and if realized would produce unprecedented twists, but this problem remains: It won't happen. An American multi-party system is not emerging and not just due to historical precedent. More important is the electoral dynamic that has created -- and will maintain -- our two-party system." (04/19/16)

http://spectator.org/articles/66071/america%E2%80%99s-two-party-system-too-ingrained-change  

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Trump’s plan for making financial black markets great again

April 20, 2016
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Donald Trump's plan to not only build a y-u-u-u-ge wall along the border with Mexico, but make our neighbor to the South pick up the tab for construction (at padded government rates, no doubt) is supposed to be an example of his think-outside-the-box policy genius. And a special genius it is. Trump may have stumbled on an effective scheme for reviving flagging Mexican interest in seeking economic opportunity in the United States. And he seems to have hit on a brilliant stimulus for building underground financial markets." (04/19/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/19/trumps-plan-for-making-financial-black-m  

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Let’s hear it for contested conventions

April 19, 2016
posted by

Reason Reason
by Jesse Walker  

"I don't have a candidate in the Republican presidential race, but I do have an outcome to root for. It seems more and more likely that the GOP will begin its convention without a clear-cut nominee, and I hope that is in fact what happens. No matter which clown gets the crown, let him scrap for it in Cleveland." (04/18/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/04/18/lets-hear-it-for-contested-conventions  

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GOP operative sues Trump, Lewandowski for defamation

April 19, 2016
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Politico    

"A veteran Republican operative filed a defamation suit against Donald Trump and his campaign manager in New York on Monday over statements the pair made earlier this year portraying her as a spurned job-seeker with a grudge against the Republican front-runner. The suit, brought in New York County by communications strategist Cheri Jacobus, seeks $4 million in damages as well as unspecified punitive damages and court costs. It alleges that Trump and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski falsely and knowingly impugned her professional reputation in retaliation for her criticisms of Trump's performance as a candidate. The case again casts a cloud of legal trouble over Trump’s campaign just four days after a prosecutor in Florida announced his decision not to pursue a criminal battery case against Lewandowski for an unrelated March incident in which he grabbed Michelle Fields, then a reporter for Breitbart, by the arm." ()4/18/16)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-gop-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/04/cheri-jacobus-trump-lewandowski-defamation-lawsuit-222103  

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GA: Trump supporters steal American flag, bolt convention after losing delegate fight

April 17, 2016
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"On March 1, Donald Trump finished first in Georgia’s Republican presidential primary with 39 percent of the vote. On Saturday, at gatherings of Republican activists meeting by congressional district, the billionaire may have lost most of the delegates that were supposed to come with that March 7 victory. Across the state, 14 GOP conventions were tasked with electing 42 of the 76 delegates who will go to Cleveland for the July national nominating convention. Each district chose three delegates and three alternates. ... Debbie Dooley, a tea party organizer and Trump ally, was defeated in her delegate bid at the Seventh District gathering. Several Trump supporters soon bolted the convention -- taking the American flag with them." (04/17/16)

http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/04/16/donald-trump-gets-outmaneuvered-by-ted-cruz-forces-in-georgia/  

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Trump is the second most unpopular presidential candidate since 1984

April 14, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"When Israelis ask me how someone like Donald Trump could be so popular among Americans, I tell them he really isn't very popular. Support from one-third to one-half of Republican primary voters (depending on the state) is not the same as support from Americans in general, most of whom do not like the guy. The latest evidence on that score comes from ABC News/Washington Post poll numbers released today, which indicate that, based on survey results during election years, Trump is the most unpopular presidential candidate in the poll's 32-year history, unless you include former Ku Klux Klan leader (and current Trump supporter) David Duke, who got just 119,000 votes in the 1992 Republican primaries. According to the survey, 67 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of Trump, just two points shy of Duke's record 69 percent in 1992." (04/14/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/04/14/trump-is-the-second-most-unpopular-presi  

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Ryan: “Count me out” of 2016 presidential run

April 13, 2016
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MSNBC MSNBC    

"House Speaker Paul Ryan in a press conference Tuesday afternoon put to rest speculation about a 2016 run for president. 'Count me out,' he said, 'I simply believe that if you want to be the nominee -- to be the president -- you should actually run for it. I chose not to. Therefore, I should not be considered. Period.' Ryan said he wanted to put to rest once and for all speculation about running this year for president." (04/12/16)

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/paul-ryan-hopes-put-rest-rumors-presidential-bid  

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“America first” — the Trump slogan the establishment hates

April 13, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Yes, yes, I know: foreign policy isn't supposed to figure in presidential elections. Dan Drezner keeps telling us that. And yet I couldn't help but notice that the anti-Trump hysteria hit a high note (or is that a new low?) when he came out with a series of foreign policy pronouncements and started attacking NATO. The hairs on the back of the necks of the foreign policy wonks must've stood at attention when he adopted 'America first' as his campaign slogan." [editor's note: Yes, folks, it's the latest Raimondo Republican man-crush. It will surely end in tears as they all do - TLK] (04/13/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/04/12/america-first-trump-slogan-establishment-hates/  

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Cranks for president

April 13, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Some of us who think of ourselves as populists -- or just ordinary people, hence 'outsiders' -- are having a hard time this political season. The two most talked-about outsider candidates, billionaire Donald Trump and socialist Bernie Sanders, make for strange populists. A billionaire as a 'man of the people?' Not very plausible. It is his lack of a self-censor, his free-wheeling, stream-of-conscious grade-school-level discourse, that impresses many folks. Definitely not scripted. A socialist as populist? Socialism, long associated with elitists, would put the State into every area of everyday life. Most folks with horse sense resist that." (04/12/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/04/12/cranks-for-president/  

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The Ryan fantasy

April 12, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Speculation about Ryan's intentions strikes me as little more than this year's version of the 2012 fantasy candidate gossip that a few pundits indulged in last time. During the 2012 cycle, we kept hearing from Bill Kristol et al. that it wasn't too late for the field to include more candidates, and one name after another was floated to stave off the boredom of Romney's inevitable victory. This year the outcome is much less certain, but the desire to find a new candidate late in the process is still there. Ryan was the subject of such speculation in 2011 and again in 2014 and 2015, so it was probably bound to start up again now that it looks as if there really could be a contested convention. But it still doesn't make sense, not least because Ryan seems genuinely unwilling to fill the role that is being created for him." (04/12/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-ryan-fantasy/  

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Trump, Clinton officially win Missouri

April 12, 2016
posted by

Politico    

"Nearly a month after voters cast their ballots, the primary results in Missouri have finally been made official, and Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton can add the state to their list of wins. ... Trump pipped Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by just 0.2 percentage points -- 40.9 percent to Cruz’s 40.7. ... On the Democratic side, the former secretary of state also led Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders also by 0.2 percentage points -- 49.6 percent to his 49.4." (04/12/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/trump-clinton-win-missouri-221831  

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Trump is not the peace candidate

April 12, 2016
posted by

Reason Reason
by Matt Welch  

"[Y]ou could see why longtime critics of American empire were talking themselves into enthusiasm about the Trump phenomenon. He was saying things about foreign policy that few Republicans dared previously to utter, and he was making all the right enemies. What's not to like? Plenty. The same candidate being cheered on by anti-war commentators is an open advocate of committing more war crimes. He favors deliberately targeting the family members of suspected terrorists .... He wants to expand the use of torture .... Trump's troops will not only be 'defeating ISIS big league' but also seizing its oil. He keeps repeating a wholly made-up story about General John Pershing dipping bullets in pig's blood and executing villagers in the Philippines a century ago -- and he thinks Pershing's alleged behavior is worth emulating." (for publication 05/01/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/12/trump-is-not-the-peace-candida  

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NJ: Judge to decide Tuesday if Ted Cruz can appear on state GOP ballot

April 12, 2016
posted by

Raw Story Raw Story    

"A New Jersey judge said he would rule Tuesday if Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was a "natural-born citizen" under the U.S. Constitution and therefore could appear on the state's June 7 presidential primary ballot. Judge Jeff Masin in Mercerville heard Monday from a group of New Jersey residents and a Catholic University of America law professor. They insisted Cruz, born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, did not meet the constitutional requirements to be president. Similar arguments were rejected in Pennsylvania, where Cruz will appear on the April 26 primary ballot." (04/11/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/judge-will-decide-tuesday-if-ted-cruz-can-appear-on-new-jersey-republican-ballot  

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Setting the record straight about Colorado’s Republican Caucus

April 12, 2016
posted by

AriArmstrong.com
by Ari Armstrong  

"'All Colorado Republicans [registered more than a month] could vote in precinct caucuses, which chose delegates to congressional and state conventions, who voted for national delegates.' That's my (unabbreviated) Tweet summarizing the way that Colorado Republicans chose delegates to the national Republican Convention. I should know; as a Colorado Republican I participated in the caucuses. But apparently, for some Trump supporters, my experience participating in the caucus process is no match for a Drudge headline claiming it never happened. As of the evening of April 10, Drudge claimed on its main page, 'Fury as Colorado has no primary or caucus; Cruz celebrates voterless victory.' So let's set the facts straight, beginning with my own experiences with the caucus system." [editor's note: My recollection is that Ari used to be a libertarian and a partisan Libertarian. Sad to see him over on the other side with THOSE guys - TLK] (04/11/16)

http://ariarmstrong.com/2016/04/setting-the-record-straight-about-colorados-republican-caucus/  

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Presidential caucuses: Cruz sweeps Colorado, Sanders wins Wyoming

April 11, 2016
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Ted Cruz both scored weekend victories against their front-running rivals in a tightening race as the two major parties prepare to pick their White House nominee. Cruz, the Texas Senator, chipped away at fellow Republican Donald Trump's lead by taking all 13 Colorado delegates at stake in a state Republican convention Saturday, his fourth win in a row against the bombastic billionaire. That was in addition to another 21 delegates Cruz won in the state through a series of county elections, for a total of 34. ... Sanders meanwhile pulled off a surprise win over rival Hillary Clinton in the Wyoming caucuses, his eighth victory in the last nine contests. Despite the Democratic Senator's 10-point lead over Clinton (55.7 percent to 44.3 percent), both candidates scored seven delegates each due to party rules in the overwhelmingly Republican state." [editor's note: It wasn't a "surprise" win for Sanders in Wyoming; I don't know of anyone who predicted Clinton would win that state - TLK] (04/10/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3531884/Sanders-wins-Wyoming-extend-victory-run.html  

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Abort the GOP

April 11, 2016
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"The Republican Party's unrelenting religious obsession with abortion leads me to the conclusion that the GOP should be aborted. When it comes to law and politics few things irritate me more than GOP lawmakers passing, and governors signing, laws that they know beyond all doubt are unconstitutional, and the GOP are experts at that when the laws pertain to abortion." (04/10/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/04/abort-gop.html  

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If Trump were president: Boston Globe’s fake front page dares to imagine

April 10, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"The editorial board of The Boston Globe has printed a fake front page featuring Donald Trump as president. The newspaper printed the front page in its Sunday 'Ideas' section and on its website. The page is dated 9 April, 2017, and features a large photo of Trump below a headline that reads 'Deportations to Begin.'" (04/10/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/10/trump-president-boston-globe-predicts-news-fake-front-page?CMP=soc_567  

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