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  • Trump Is a Lot Like the LBJ Whom Liberals Still Idolize

    02/20/2017 7:31:17 AM PST · by billorites · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | February 19, 2019 | John Fund
    <p>As president, he cut a grandiose figure. He was a braggart and a frequent liar. He was suspicious of other countries, frequently saying, “Foreigners are not like the folks I am used to.” He had a reckless disregard for limits. He belittled and browbeat others to intimidate them and give him what he wanted. Historian Robert Dallek said that he “viewed criticism of his policies as personal attacks” and opponents of his policies “as disloyal to him and the country.”</p>
  • Democrats warned: Trump rage could backfire [No, Dems, keep it up!!!]

    02/06/2017 5:58:37 PM PST · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/6/17 | Jennifer Harper
    They are angry, sad, scared, outraged. And they complain, march, holler and insist the nation is in “chaos.” And so it goes for Democrats and hefty populations of liberals and progressives who are still upset over President Trump’s victory. The phenomenon is billed as “Trump derangement syndrome” by Sen. Ted Cruz, political analyst Seton Motley and other observers. But the public may soon develop its own case of derangement fatigue as the appeal of such noisy fare wears thin. “Trump derangement syndrome could end up helping President Trump,” writes John Fund, national affairs correspondent for National Review. “Trump’s best asset...
  • The Bushwhacking of Trump

    12/19/2016 7:15:37 AM PST · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 53 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 18, 2016 | John Fund
    The new president owes nothing to the ‘Bush Barnacles’ The media have paid much attention to how Donald Trump broke through to blue-collar voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania and captured the presidency. Trump is certainly assembling what might prove to be a new GOP coalition. But one shouldn’t forget that Trump’s temperament cost him upscale Republican voters in key suburbs. To solidify his reelection chances, he will have to overcome their doubts with policy successes that assuage their concerns about his rough edges. Trump won an impressive victory, carrying 31 out of 50 states. But in several of them...
  • What’s Behind Trump’s Move to the Right?

    12/12/2016 5:50:42 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 57 replies
    NRO ^ | John Fund
    So why has Trump moved in such a conservative direction since his election? Interviews with several people around him turn up several answers. 1. During the campaign, Trump learned a lot about the country and how its economic vitality had been sapped and its foreign-policy standing eroded during the Obama years. “He now recognizes that the problems confronting the nation require bold reforms, and delaying the treatment will only sap his political capital,” former education secretary Bill Bennett says. 2. The refusal of previous GOP presidential nominees George H. W. Bush, John McCain, and George W. Bush to back Trump...
  • How Much Does Trump Really Want to Be President?

    10/03/2016 6:08:33 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 62 replies
    National Review ^ | October 2, 2016 | John Fund
    Donald Trump does know how to act in a serious, restrained way that impresses people. The fact that he isn’t displaying those qualities in his presidential race raises questions about just how much he cares about winning. There was a time when he really cared about the art of one deal. In 1990, Trump nearly went bankrupt and was forced to ask dozens of banks to whom he owed $4 billion to change the terms on their loans and forgive some of his debts. In describing this deal, Trump has said he focused on it with more intensity and purpose...
  • Democrats Dismiss Voter-Fraud Worries, but Reality Intrudes

    08/09/2016 4:05:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | August 7, 2016 | John Fund
    Three federal courts have thrown out voter-ID laws in North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin in recent days. Left-wing judges accepted spurious evidence that such laws were racially discriminatory, and they also insisted there is little voter fraud to worry about. Last April, United States District Judge Lynn Adelman of Wisconsin claimed that “virtually no voter impersonation occurs” in Wisconsin and that “no evidence suggests that voter-impersonation fraud will become a problem at any time in the foreseeable future.” Despite such sweeping statements, polls show that the general public is worried about fraud and bureaucratic incompetence in voting. According to a...
  • McCain Adviser: Cruz Will Pull Upset Win in Arizona

    03/22/2016 9:33:19 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 93 replies
    NewsMax ^ | March 19, 2016 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Ted Cruz will grab an upset win over Donald Trump in Arizona's presidential primary election on Tuesday, as he's the "only candidate with any kind of organization out here," a close confidant of Sen. John McCain predicts. "They have him positioned to spring the upset," Kurt Davis, a GOP operative in Arizona, told The Hill. "They just have to deliver." According to Real Clear Politics, Trump is ahead of Cruz by 13 points in the state's polls, but in Arizona, Republicans on the ground say the race's margin is narrower, and Cruz could pull off the upset.
  • Could Early Voting Elect Donald Trump and Skew the System?

    03/21/2016 8:37:53 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | March 20, 2016 | John Fund
    Arizona’s primary on Tuesday is now a “yuuge” factor in the Republican nominating process. If Donald Trump were to win even a small plurality of votes, he would win all of the state’s 58 delegates and keep his momentum going. But the results in this important primary might be skewed. Arizona is an early-voting state, and people can cast ballots up to 26 days before the actual primary. As of last Thursday, 249,000 Republicans in Maricopa County alone (where Phoenix is located) had already cast ballots. That’s already more votes than the total cast in Maricopa in the 2012 GOP...
  • John Fund: Trump Has No Right to Change the Rules

    03/20/2016 6:56:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 121 replies
    National Review ^ | March 18, 2016 | John Fund
    Donald Trump and his backers want to redefine mathematics, and have the GOP nomination handed to him with a plurality of delegates, rather than a majority, being sufficient... The Republican party has held 39 national conventions since its first in 1856. At each and every one, a majority of delegates was needed for someone to get the nomination...
  • Trump Cover-Up: The Manhandling of a Reporter

    03/11/2016 11:37:13 AM PST · by Steelfish · 95 replies
    National Review ^ | March 11, 2016 | JOHN FUND
    Trump Cover-Up: The Manhandling of a Reporter Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski with reporters in Palm Beach, March 11, 2016. by JOHN FUND March 11, 2016. ‘I have to do what I have to do” was Donald Trump’s justification during last night’s debate for why he used what he called a corrupt visa program to hire foreign workers at his properties. After the debate, Trump proved his point when he accused a reporter of fabricating a story that she had been grabbed and bruised by his campaign manager while trying to ask Trump a question. That denial flies in the...
  • Divas Sing for Despots, Round 15

    12/20/2015 5:26:09 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | December 20, 2015 | JOHN FUND
    Divas Sing for Despots, Round 15 Minaj by JOHN FUND December 20, 2015 Give rap superstar Nicki Minaj credit for having not a sliver of shame. After human-rights activists begged her not to sing at a Christmas show in the brutal African dictatorship of Angola for a reported $2 million, she flaunted her dealings with its regime. She posted photos of herself boarding a Gulfstream jet for Angola, another of her arriving, one of her in a sheer bodysuit prepping for the show, and one of her in concert with the caption Angola has my heart. And, obviously, the fat...
  • Is Donald Trump a Double Agent for the Left?

    06/22/2015 5:08:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/22/2015 | John Fund
    After Donald Trump’s bizarre announcement last week that he was running for president, it occurred to me that many observers are misreading Trump. Many consider him a joke. Not true. Trump knows when he is being outrageous — and acts that way consciously to build his brand. Some consider him a menace, pointing out polls that show he would do well if he abandoned the GOP after the primaries and ran as an independent. But Trump is too smart to waste money on a futile effort to capture 270 electoral votes. He will conclude — like Michael Bloomberg, another...
  • Democrats Look at Plan B: Joe Biden as a One-Term President, with Elizabeth Warren as His VP

    08/23/2015 5:39:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/23/2015 | John Fund
    Joe Biden had good reasons to huddle privately with Elizabeth Warren on Saturday at his official residence. The Massachusetts senator may have chosen not to run next year, but her populist rhetoric and agenda dominate the 2016 Democratic contest. Should Biden challenge Hillary Clinton for the nomination, he will need either Warren’s neutrality or her blessing. Socialist Bernie Sanders isn’t the only candidate pounding the drums of class warfare. Hillary claims “the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” attacks high-level corporate salaries, and says that “we have to go beyond Dodd-Frank” in passing laws to...
  • Trump, the Unhappy Warrior, Woos Angry Voters by Telling Them What They Want to Hear

    07/13/2015 7:06:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/13/2015 | John Fund
    Las Vegas — It’s the height of political fashion to bash Donald Trump, and I’ve done my share. It’s harder to understand his appeal, but it’s absolutely necessary if we are to come to terms with the political times we live in. Anyone who watched Trump’s speech to 2,000 attendees of FreedomFest in Las Vegas on Saturday could easily lampoon his bizarre, meandering, and egomaniacal delivery. But by the time he left the stage, a big chunk of the audience approved of him, and many expressed a willingness to vote for him. “Trump was upbeat, and, unlike other candidates, he’s...
  • Reagan Warned about Airbrushing Our History Away

    07/03/2015 11:12:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 7/3/2015 | John Fund
    We’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion but what’s important — why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant. If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. . . . I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let’s start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual.
  • How Did Denny Hastert Get Rich Enough to Pay Millions to an Accuser?

    06/01/2015 8:47:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/01/2015 | John Fund
    Denny Hastert — the former House speaker now indicted for violating regulations on bank withdrawals that were originally meant to snare drug dealers — was a man of integrity according to his former House colleagues. By the sketchy standards of Illinois politics, that might well have been true. But his fall from grace should prompt other questions about how a former high-school teacher who held elective office from 1981 to 2007 could leave Congress with a fortune estimated at $4 million to $17 million. When he entered Congress in 1987, he was worth at most $275,000. Hastert was the...
  • Is Something Amiss in the Obama Household?

    04/01/2015 6:56:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 3-31-15 | Esther Goldberg
    Here is a photo taken yesterday of Barack Obama giving Vicky Kennedy, wife of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, a warm, heart-felt hug at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute yesterday. But where is his wedding ring? On March 12 the first couple took separate planes to Burbank where each appeared in a show: he on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, she on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Michelle looked radiant cavorting with Ellen. Barack and Jimmy were clearly yucking it up and having a high old time. In these photos, Barack does not look detached and Michelle does not look...
  • Comrades for Net Neutrality

    02/26/2015 7:58:27 PM PST · by Yardstick · 23 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 26, 2015 | John Fund
    The powers behind the FCC’s muscling of the Internet Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body. “Net...
  • R.I.P Mario Cuomo: The Elizabeth Warren of the 1980s Dies

    01/02/2015 6:05:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/02/2014 | John Fund
    The death of Mario Cuomo today at age 82 marks the final end for one of the great “what if” figures in American politics. Today, the Left’s standard bearer is Elizabeth Warren, a senator from Massachusetts who was first elected to office only two years ago. Back in the 1980s, the liberal heartthrob was Mario Cuomo. The governor of New York from 1983 to 1995, Cuomo was long considered the great hope of the Left, especially after his riveting keynote speech to the 1984 Democratic National Convention. In it he contrasted Ronald Reagan’s vision of America as a “shining city...
  • Holder and Obama are making race relations worse, inflaming hatred

    12/28/2014 5:37:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/28/2014 | By John Fund and Hans Von Spakovsky
    Attorney General Eric Holder insisted to MSNBC earlier this month that “we are in a better place than we were before” in race relations since Barack Obama was elected president. The president doubled down in an interview with NPR last week. Asked if race relations were worse since he took office, he said, “No, I actually think that it’s probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided.” But that’s not what the American people see. A Pew Research Center poll found that only 40% of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling race relations. Black approval is down to...