Trump Steams Kristol Dreams

Posted by Keeley on April 27, 2016 at 1:18 PM

The Trump train has rolled decisively through the Acela corridor. But now, Indiana is no longer a brave last stand by the #NeverTrump forces. It's the beginning of a brave new world, and like all utopias it seems a little wacky - to not say delirious - to skeptical unbelievers.

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What If All of America Suddenly Agreed With Liberals?

Posted by Keeley on April 22, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Would the Acela corridor and Greater LA to the Bay Area really wish for fly-over country to turn towards their urban, mostly liberal values? Imagine if suddenly Harvard professors, Wall Street plutocrat liberals, Hollywood Honchos and Silicon valley progressive techies could zap every individual who dissents from their peculiar platform of open borders, high tech displacement of labor, and zealous identity politics witch (or sombrero) hunts.

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Goodnight New York! Hellooo California!

Posted by Keeley on April 20, 2016 at 7:33 PM

So what if the audience chatted through much of Trump's speech last Thursday at the New York State Republican Gala? They're New Yorkers! Because when it came time to vote in the Empire State primaries, they turned out in droves for Trump. While the final reporting for some precincts will take some time, it seems Trump should fairly easily cross the 80 delegate mark and gain perhaps up to 85 delegates. Maybe a few more.

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Obama's Veto Will Help Keep Saudi Arabia Opaque

Posted by Keeley on April 18, 2016 at 10:55 PM

What did the theocratical powers in Riyadh know about 9/11? Will we ever know? Yes, Oil changed everything in 1938, but the nascent kingdom had spent centuries in its pre-unification days in the shadow of several empires: notably the Ottoman and British. And in those days, that made the Saudi kingdom a possible ally of America.

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Can Ryan or Trump Provide the GOP With a New Stool?

Posted by Keeley on April 14, 2016 at 3:47 PM

What the heck does conservative mean in America in 2016? Do we ask Paul Ryan for an answer? Subscribe to the National Review? Wait breathlessly outside the offices of the Weekly Standard for Hayes or Kristol to show up and ask for an autograph? Or if Kristol is on a cruise in Alaska or Europe, do we then send a message to his son-in-law Matthew Continetti's iPhone?

And await a measured, educated, pedantic response?

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It's All Good (Cash) If You're a Hillary Supporter

Posted by Keeley on April 12, 2016 at 12:36 PM

There are plenty of New York stories out there. Some inspiring, some less so. For example, consider this:

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio receives campaign contributions from a couple of businessmen - real estate developers - in New York. Rechnitz and Reichberg also helped plan his 2014 inaugural celebration through - what else? - an inaugural planning committee. At this point, the cast gets interesting.

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Trump Tosses a Grenade at NATO

Posted by Keeley on April 7, 2016 at 11:26 AM

As President Obama sighs with relief at his improved approval ratings, why not take a shot at Donald Trump? Everyone else is doing it. Especially when you are worldly and wise, in regards to the Middle East, for example. And your policies have been a raging success.

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Urban Bubbles and Wisconsin Troubles

Posted by Keeley on April 5, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Wisconsin right now is whatever you need it to be: exceptional, typical, a turning point, a stumbling block, prosperous and urban, hardworking and rural, fiscally conservative, common-sense conservative, and happy-yes-happy. If you are competing in the primaries, or voting, or just commenting.

The important point is: what will the Wisconsin primary mean going forward? For both the Democrat and Republican campaigns. Will Sanders prevail and keep Hillary edgy and angry? Will Cruz hand Trump a solid defeat and kick just out of reach of The Donald's grasp, that magical number of delegates?

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A Wave of Creative Destruction Heading for Both Parties

Posted by Keeley on April 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM

So. Curly Haugland - who is about as in favor of people power as David Harsanyi - seems to have a few supporters. The North Dakota delegate who opined that primaries are a waste of time and the GOP should go straight to smoke-filled backrooms to decide their nominee, seems to have been chatting with people like Karl Rove.

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Susan Sarandon and the Stuff-People's Revolt

Posted by Keeley on March 30, 2016 at 5:41 PM

Louise - otherwise known as Susan Sarandon - might just drive off a cliff if forced to. But this is an unusual year, by any measure. You see, Louise hates Hillary. And Louise loves Bernie Sanders. Because more than anything else, Louise, or Susan Sarandon if you must, is furious with the status quo. A status quo that she insists is not working in America in 2016.

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Donald Will Have to Face the Gender Gap

Posted by Keeley on March 25, 2016 at 7:20 PM

It worked. Make America Awesome Again, the Trump-is-the Devil PAC, went after Melania with nude photos from a long-ago magazine spread. Their official mission, like many GOP-linked PAC's, is to stop Trump. But they also support Cruz. So Trump took the bait and went after Heidi Cruz, allowing Ted Cruz to play the offended, chivalrous horseman of the great SouthWest.

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1,237 Red Trump Yarmulkes

Posted by Keeley on March 23, 2016 at 4:57 PM

As the GOP candidates edge closer to a contested convention in Cleveland; big, bad and liberal California and New York loom larger than ever. Or New York and California, if you go by the schedule. Especially California, but also New York where no one is quite sure how well Trump will do. So here's a question: how many closet-Trump supporters are there out there? People who are going to or even have voted for him, and are loath to admit it to their (usually well-heeled) neighbors?

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Ben Sasse and Trump and Hillary's Cold Blue Eyes

Posted by Keeley on March 14, 2016 at 7:21 PM

Steve Bannon - of Breitbart fame - has been compared to someone who burns down your house if you are so foolish as to bump into his shopping cart at your local War Mart. Rhetorically speaking, of course. Apparently, he finds the comparison hilarious, and it is an outlandish bit of labelling, placed on someone who seems to enjoy a fight the dirtier it gets.

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Carson Has Faith in Donald Trump

Posted by Keeley on March 11, 2016 at 3:04 PM

There was a rather stark contrast between two key endorsements in the GOP race. No, not Fiorina and Carson: as interesting as that comparison may be as an indicator of people taking sides. It's Christie vs. Carson. Both being Trump-endorsers, of course.

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The Last Brave Goodbye of the Best Generation

Posted by Keeley on March 8, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Long, long time ago. I can still remember ... Well thirty odd years is a long time as far as electoral cycles go. And a fairly long time as far as political trends are concerned. But what needs to be remembered about Nancy Reagan and the Reagan years in general, is how mercilessly they were attacked by most in the media, as well as by many in their former hometown of Hollywood. Even if Bel Air is not quite Hollywood. And how they both responded with humor and grace. Under the constant pressure. Not only of the demands of the Chief Executive's office, but the constant carping of academics, media, and progressive elites at the steady turning of the ship of state under Reagan. And that humor and good nature that provided oxygen for an ambitious and largely successful project, owed much to Nancy Reagan.

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