Donald Trump

Republican insiders plot post-election party overhaul

David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner

Those involved in the plotting sessions say the GOP leadership have lost or ceded control of the Republican brand to outsiders who don't understand or care about the principles for which it stands. Republicans' top priority, these insiders explain, should be to reclaim authority over their party.

The Trump Blitz Begins

Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal

Turning voters away from Mrs. Clinton is the groundwork. Mr. Trump still needs to give voters a reason to turn toward him. His sober approach of recent weeks is a start. A challenge will be to translate what has so far been campaign-engineered press releases and speeches into an on-the-fly prosecution of Mrs. Clinton during the presidential debates. Mr. Trump is right that Hillary is unfit to be president. Now, to keep proving it.

Is the Tide Going Out on Hillary?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

To get her “message” out, Clinton has to punch it though a media filter. But many in this ferociously competitive and diverse media market today know that the way to the front page or top of the website is to find a new angle on the plethora of scandals, minor and major, surrounding Hillary and Bill. And with thousands of emails still out there, the contents of which are known to her adversaries, she will likely have IEDs going off beneath her campaign all the way to November.

GOP insiders: Maybe Trump can win

Steven Shepard, Politico

According to The POLITICO Caucus — a panel of activists, operatives and strategists in 11 battleground states, 10 of which President Barack Obama carried in 2012. While a majority of GOP insiders still say Clinton would carry their state if the election were held today, significantly more Republicans now say Trump would win than even just a few weeks ago.

The Clinton Strategy Behind Liberal Media Attacks On Matt Lauer

The liberal scalding of Matt Lauer by his fellow “journalists” is part of the Clinton’s final 60-day strategy of coordinated attacks on anyone (especially in the media) who questions Hillary Clinton on her vulnerabilities on the email scandal, the foundation scandal, her disastrous decisions on Libya, Benghazi, Iraq, etc.  and was a warning to the rest of the media community and especially to the moderators of the upcoming official Commission on Presidential Debates that impartiality will not be tolerated.

Donald Trump and Phyllis Schlafly's last battle

W. James Antle, III, Washington Examiner

Did Schlafly as a nonagenarian once again identify a sea change on the Right or did she get her last pick for president wrong? Her last book could reveal her to have been ahead of her time or out of touch with the conservative movement for which she labored for so many decades.

Will Trump's Victory be Schlafly's crown jewel?

Paul Bremmer, WND.com

Richard Viguerie noted Schlafly’s drive to dethrone the kingmakers was the reason she became the first major movement conservative figure to endorse Donald Trump for president. “Schlafly was unapologetic for the choice of Trump over other candidates with stronger conservative, especially cultural conservative, bona fides,” Viguerie wrote. [She said] ‘Trump is the only hope to defeat the kingmakers… Because everybody else will fall in line. The kingmakers have so much money behind them.'”

Trump has taught us this year’s most important political lesson

Peter Thiel, Washington Post

When Americans lived in an engineering age rather than a financial one, they mastered far bigger tasks for far less money. We can’t go back in time, but we can recover the common sense that guided our grandparents who accomplished so much. One elementary principle is accountability: We can’t expect the government to get the job done until voters can say both to incompetent transit workers and to the incompetent elites who feel entitled to govern: “You’re fired.”

Mark Levin reverses: ‘I’m gonna vote for Donald Trump’

Joe Concha, The Hill

After once declaring he could never support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, Mark Levin changed his mind with a big announcement on his radio program Tuesday. Levin's endorsement comes five months after unequivocally stating, "I am not voting for Donald Trump. Period.”

Trump up by 2 points in new national poll

Kyle Balluck, The Hill

Trump leads Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 2 points among likely voters, 45 to 43 percent, well within the margin of error in the CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday morning. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson takes 7 percent while Green Party nominee Jill Stein has 2 percent. Clinton had an 8-point lead in the same poll in early August.

Washington’s First Obligation is to Defend America, not the World

Former NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s greatest fear appears to be that Donald Trump might be elected and end Washington’s unique global role: “What is at stake here is the American role as the global superpower.” Meaning America should continue to foot the bill in lives and treasure to protect countries that can and should protect themselves.

The Trump Campaign's Best Day

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Trump’s stance in Mexico City and Phoenix reveals that there is no turning back. The die is cast. He is betting the election on his belief that the American people prefer his stands to Clinton’s call for amnesty. If Donald Trump can continue to show America what he did in Mexico City, that he can be presidential, he may just become president.

Can Anxiety Beat Depression in November?

Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

But if the polls are right, things are moving, and not in Mrs. Clinton’s direction. I’d thought people’s views of Mr. Trump were by now indelible and unchangeable: He’d been branded, by himself. Maybe that’s true. We’ll know in retrospect. But maybe he can nudge his numbers a little. Can Mrs. Clinton?

Conservative Crackup Redux

Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

The conservative movement largely failed as kingmaker in 2016 because the king they genuflected before in 2000 and 2004 so besmirched their philosophy. Voters decided that winning required a clean break rather than another try at the rebranding attempted in 2008 and 2012. Whether this reorientation works, only November knows. All Republican voters know before Labor Day is that it can’t work worse than in 2012 or 2008.

The Media is Showing Peak Trump Hatred

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

Conservatives often note that when everything is “racist” according to the left, it becomes really hard to identify when something actually is really racist. The message gets diluted. In the same way, the over the top, overwrought coverage of Donald Trump is starting to become white noise and the really absurd and also the not too shabby aspects of Team Trump are fading into the white noise.

The Party of Stupid Allows Clinton Foundation Member Matt Lauer to Moderate Debate

What would make Republican candidates for President agree to a debate moderated by Matt Lauer, a “Notable Member” of the Clinton Global Initiative, or George Stephanopoulos, the former press secretary of a Democratic president, or the likes of CNN’s notoriously liberal host Anderson Cooper? Besides rank stupidity, it is hard to think of a reason.