2016 election

The collapse of the political left

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

The United States Constitution was designed to provide a framework in which rights are guaranteed and voters in states can choose policies in line with their different backgrounds and beliefs. Trump's victory means the left can't jam its policies down on the whole nation—and gives it the incentive to develop policies acceptable not only to its own base but with voters among whom it fell agonizingly short this year.

Transition to Trump: Liberals obsessed over “fake news” of Electoral College revolt

The “fake news” anti-Trump Electoral College push is about as phony as it gets. Plus, Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions to get help in battling the left’s fake onslaught, and, Trump’s pick to lead on Homeland Security and EPA will help him erase the awful legacy of Obama.

Transition to Trump: The president-elect’s break with precedent infuriates the media

Donald Trump isn’t transitioning the same as other past presidents and the media hates it. Plus, Trump’s favorability rating is surging and so is the Electoral College’s, and, How important is “diversity” to Trump’s Supreme Court nominations?

Transition to Trump: Ben Carson as HUD Secretary makes him the Democrats’ worst enemy

Ben Carson at HUD would seem to be the perfect way to infuriate the left. Plus, Conservatives are excited over the chance to end the exile and finally make a difference, and, The crucial Trump cabinet choice we hardly ever hear about: EPA Administrator.

Transition to Trump: Is Mike Pence the key to the entire Trump administration?

Donald Trump’s outsider- heavy governing style already represents a departure from both parties. Plus, Rumors have it Trump may choose a surfing dark horse for Secretary of State, and, Pence’s heavy responsibility in the transition will continue in the administration.

Transition to Trump: Good news, Trump’s economic team shows heavy private-sector bias

Did Newt Gingrich go too far in criticizing Mitt Romney for “sucking up” to Trump? Plus, Trump’s economic team is woefully short on government experience – but that’s a good thing, and, Searching for a replacement for the late Justice Scalia just became a little easier.

Trump and the outstate Midwest redraw the partisan lines

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

The familiar partisan lines of the past 20 years have been redrawn, and now we have a more downscale Republican Party and a Democratic Party confined to its coastal and campus cocoons. We'll see how that works out.

Transition to Trump: Should conservatives just trust Trump on his cabinet choices?

Trump’s latest personnel moves aren’t making everyone happy, but sometimes we just need to trust that he’s working according to plan. Plus, Teflon Rom meets with Trump on Tuesday night, still no word on Secretary of State, and, Trump’s “Thank You” tour draws comparisons to … Obama.

Democrats are lying to themselves about what this election meant

Chris Cilizza, Washington Post

Clinton's loss should make this fact plain to Democrats: The country, judging by down-ballot election results nationwide, is center-right -- and holding. And the Democratic bench is woefully devoid of major rising stars, itself a function of the party's down-ballot struggles over the last eight years.

Mr. Trump: Don’t Make Traitor Bob Corker Secretary Of State

In pursuit of his “legacy” treaty with Iran, Obama resorted to telling lie after lie to sell something that if the truth were revealed would never be accepted by the American people – and his indispensable partner in selling the lies was Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Transition to Trump: Prepare the way for Donald Trump’s wildly unconventional administration

Donald Trump’s “wildly unconventional” style will take some getting used to by reporters and the public at large, but change is a good thing. Plus, Expectations are high for Attorney General-to-be Jeff Sessions, but he’ll handle them, and, Doing what he does best, Trump to hit the road for a “victory tour”.

The Battle of Ohio State

When are America’s establishment elite, the politicians and media personalities who work behind metal detectors and armed guards and who have staff to run to Macy’s, going to recognize and admit that Islam is indeed to blame when Americans going to class, or to the mall or to work are killed or maimed by Muslim terrorists?

Transition to Trump: Establishment seeks to divide conservatives over Mitt Romney

As Donald Trump prepares to meet with Mitt Romney a second time, it’s clear the GOP establishment is intent on picking a fight with conservatives. Plus, The Left’s stupid recount strategy marches into Pennsylvania, and, Karl Rove rips Kellyanne Conway over Romney controversy.

Transition to Trump: Is Donald Trump keeping his enemies a little too close for comfort?

Donald Trump is drawing praise for considering former political foes for his administration, but is he taking it too far? Plus, Laura Ingraham would be Trump’s press secretary, but wants more, and, Clinton campaign’s joining of fruitless recount efforts signals sour grapes.

The Tsunami the Media Never Saw Coming

Bernard Goldberg, Real Clear Politics

I was a correspondent at CBS News for 28 years. So I speak with some credibility, I think, when I say that too many journalists are smug. And during this recent campaign, they dismissed the angst of ordinary Americans who they never really liked or respected anyway. And on Election Day, ordinary Americans rejected them, the journalists who didn't see the tsunami coming.

Tomorrow Let’s Give Thanks For The End Of The Beginning

This Thanksgiving, perhaps most importantly of all, we should give thanks for the patriotic Americans, who turned-out in their millions to take their country back from the anti-constitutional forces that have been let loose for the past eight years.

Transition to Trump: Should Donald Trump keep his promise to throw Hillary in jail?

Signs indicate Trump will show leniency to Crooked Hillary -- reaction varies. Plus, Poll shows Americans believe Trump will bring change, but many still need convincing, and, Rumors persist of “faithless electors” derailing a Trump presidency, but they won’t get far.

Hillary Voters: The Minority in 37 States

Dan McLaughlin, National Review

Hillary Clinton won a majority of the popular vote in only thirteen states, the fewest of any major-party nominee since Bob Dole in 1996. That’s an astoundingly poor performance. Facing an opponent so deeply flawed that Democrats were visibly salivating over running against him, she carried a popular majority in half as many states as Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, barely more than half as many as Mitt Romney.

The Anti-Trump Riots are a Smoke Screen: What’s the Real Goal? Part One of Two

The United States was created by the individual sovereign states. They were already free and independent governments on their own and destroying their power and the compromises in the Constitution that brought the states together has long been the goal of the Left.

Transition to Trump: Donald Trump keeps media guessing with parade of interesting characters

Donald Trump’s transition includes some showbiz entertainment that’s generating positive news reports and improving poll numbers. Plus, Trump’s judicial nominations will help mold his political legacy, and, Trump’s meeting with Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard sends media into a frenzy.