Might they get back to “so much winning” before you know it? Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images At FiveThirtyEight this week, Perry Bacon Jr. explores a very important political mystery: why a Republican Party that lost control of the White House and Congress over the last four years — and that is at the north end of a southbound brontosaurus when it comes to demographic trends — seems so completely happy with standing pat on its ideology and leadership. Bacon goes through multiple theories for this resistance to introspection, including activist and media love for Trump and Trumpism; rank-and-file complacency with the current direction of the GOP; Trump’s own refusal to go away; and perhaps most important, the realization that this is an old story by now, that we are looking at a “[c]ollective decision of conservative activists and Republican elected officials to stay on the anti-democratic , racist trajectory that the GOP had been on before Trump — but that … [Read more...] about Why Republicans Think They Can Regain Power Without Repudiating Trumpism
Six weeks ago, Americans were assured that Donald Trump had left the presidency disgraced and forever ruined politically. Trump was the first president to be impeached twice and first to be tried as a private citizen when out of office. He was the first to be impeached without the chief justice of the United States presiding over his trial. His nonstop complaining about a stolen “landslide” election was blamed by many as a distraction that lost two Republican Senate seats from Georgia. The current Democratic-majority Congress was the result. Americans were assured by Trump’s impeachment prosecutors and the media that the Jan. 6 Capitol assault was his fault alone. So Trump was condemned as a veritable murderer, responsible for five deaths at the Capitol. Many of his own advisers and Cabinet members had loudly resigned in disgust. Yet six weeks after leaving office, a Phoenix-like Trump brought a crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference to its feet. … [Read more...] about VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Trumpism Without Trump?
“Countdown,” Keith Olbermann’s hour-long weeknight news and political commentary program that aired on MSNBC from 2003-2011, included a segment called “The Worst Person in the World.” Introduced by Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, the feature began with bronze and silver level “worse” and “worser” nominees before naming the gold star winner. I propose reviving the “worst person” contest. In deference to the resurgence of “America First,” I think eligibility should be restricted to citizens of the United States. The musical background should be Beyonce’s rendition of “Proud To Be An American.” And I think the winners for March 2021 would be: ADVERTISEMENT Worse: During the 2020 presidential campaign, radio and television personality Mark Levin Mark Reed Levin Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly to host New York radio show It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it Pence to narrate Limbaugh documentary series for Fox Nation … [Read more...] about Worst person in America contest?
It’s been relatively quiet in Trump world since his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) confab. Just threats to unseat disloyal Republicans, demands that Republican committees cease using his name for fundraising, several no-brainer endorsements , and a jab at Meghan Markle Meghan Markle UK tabloid paid private investigator K for info on Meghan Markle: report Osbourne claims she was 'set up' on 'The Talk,' but regrets her reaction Trump on possible Meghan 2024 presidential bid: 'I hope that happens' MORE (“I know the Queen!”). Well, quiet for Trump. But two women bode trouble for Trump in 2022 and could sink his comeback aspirations: Sen. Lisa Murkowski Lisa Ann Murkowski Border surge scrambles Senate immigration debate Native groups hope Haaland's historic confirmation comes with tribal wins The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Split screen: Biden sells stimulus; GOP highlights border MORE … [Read more...] about The two women who could ‘cancel’ Trump
Many viewers, understandably, probably assumed President Biden Joe Biden Biden's prediction on Afghanistan withdrawal spurs doubts Trump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Trump says he'll likely visit southern border soon MORE ’s first formal press conference on Thursday was all about him. It wasn’t. The one-hour broadcast special actually was the first episode of America’s newest high-stakes reality show: “So You Think You Can Be A TV News Star?” Despite a nonstop string of criticisms over why Biden waited 65 days before holding his first news conference, the real stress was not on the president — a 50-year veteran of politics who is accustomed to dealing with the media. No, the genuine drama came from the press corps itself — and the new crop of White House television news correspondents. They face a frightening combination of challenges — to their careers and to the economic health of the businesses they represent. ADVERTISEMENT The Trump … [Read more...] about Biden’s first presser wasn’t about him — not really