Republicans

Outsiders vs. Insiders: To find who the elites really despise, ride to the sound of the criticism

Steve Bannon will be a controversial figure as long as there are forces in the country out to cause trouble and establishment whiners to criticize him. But if Trump is smart he’ll look past all the outrage and recognize Bannon is only despised because he’s a threat to the established order.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Can General John Kelly put an end to the White House staff soap opera?

There are many factors beyond the president’s control in pushing policy changes and improvements. Eliminating the White House staff controversies will help move things along but the entirety of the Republican Party must get onboard if Trump is to Make America Great Again.

Is There Still a Conservative Foreign Policy?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

In some sense, Trump has never squared the circle of proclaiming that he wanted to punish our enemies while also staying out of the business of others. Being dedicated to both agendas is a hard thing to do — a dilemma that explains why conservative foreign-policy labels mean little if anything these days.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Mitch McConnell’s lack of ‘expectations’ indicates it’s time for him to go

With all the talk of replacing Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader, we may see a changed man once the Senate reconvenes. President Trump deserves a lot of credit for injecting some of the unpredictability back into politics – and the establishment should take notice.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Media’s Charlottesville narrative – Racism, and Trump, are REALLY bad

Exploring the unfettered truth about American history and its uneven racial past is the only way to achieve real understanding today. It certainly won’t be realized by listening to the establishment media prattle on about how racist and “deplorable” Trump supporters are alleged to be.

TV Makers Can't Stop Ripping Republicans

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

As much as technology changes, some things remain the same. The entertainment factories keep ripping on Republican politicians in the crudest terms. We know the left remains emotionally overwrought by the reality that Donald Trump was elected president, but its never-ending demonization of the Reagans shows that its anger never softens.Its bitterness never relents.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Mitch McConnell’s ruling class chickens roosting comfortably in DC

The old saying goes “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Perhaps conservatives should purchase a few hundred pooches and have them delivered to the capitol. If the ruling class needs “friends” so badly then maybe they should look somewhere outside of politics to find them.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Does anyone really think Mark Zuckerberg could challenge Trump in 2020?

Trump will remain controversial to many people, though four or eight years of consistent advocacy for solid policies and real results in the economy will bring people onboard. The whole notion of an independent running against him and the Democrats is a foolhardy one indeed.

Democrats, some Republicans slam new Trump-backed immigration bill. But voters like it.

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The Cotton-Perdue bill has, of course, been slammed by Democrats, but it has also been criticized by the Republicans who wrote the Senate Gang of Eight bill in 2013, the last (unsuccessful) effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Such opinions track those of many Democrats. But if the new poll is correct -- and it is in line with similar surveys going back years -- the bill's authors have the voters on their side.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: To “win” the political game, Trump must get a chance to play

The “game” is only in its opening stages and it’s next to impossible to determine who’s going to “win”. The people bet on Trump and it’s not time to make a personnel swap at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Even if we’re not yet “winning,” we certainly aren’t “losing” either.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Are conservatives and the GOP better off today than we were before Trump?

The most important factor in the “Are we better off?” equation is the new attitude Trump brought to the GOP and to government. The stagnation that’s plagued Washington for decades has been broken by Trump’s insistence on real results and a different way of thinking.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Everything the media ever wanted to know they learned in preschool

The establishment media is kind of like preschoolers in a classroom. They wander around, completely oblivious to the storm going on outside. To them, their entire world is confined within their four walls. The leaders lead, the followers follow and the whiners whine.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Talk of GOP civil war has Trump-bashers digging holes in preparation

Trump will continue to have his detractors and if there is a “civil war” in the GOP, the first shot will certainly come from the establishment side. If these elites keep it up they’ll have more than enough volunteers to dig a huge hole and throw the entire Republican Party into it.

There’s No ‘Bipartisan’ Solution to Fix Obamacare

Stephen Moore, The American Spectator

Republicans have infuriated conservative voters for failing to repeal Obamacare. That failure may at some point be forgiven by voters as a good faith effort against stiff resistance in Washington. What conservatives will never forgive is if the GOP works with Pelosi and Schumer to sanctify the Obamacare law as another permanent and unreformable entitlement.

Undocumented DREAMers ‘Make America More American,’ Pelosi Says

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media

Pelosi said the House should pass the American Hope Act to protect undocumented DREAMers from deportation instead of spending money on an “immoral” barrier or “wall” at the U.S.-Mexico border. “Congress must keep our doors open to these young patriotic men and women who are American in every way,” Pelosi said. “We will fight every day to pass this bill.”

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Bad Democrat advice plus no spine equals no wins for hapless GOP

Republican legislative victories certainly won’t happen if more Republican senators look to Democrats for answers to the most vexing political questions of today. Many intra-party high hurdles remain before the GOP actually gets something done – and Democrats won’t help, either.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: When did it become cool to embrace the abnormal in American culture?

There’s no place for personal expression in government service and the people aren’t “bigots” or “intolerant” for wanting public servants to observe reasonable standards of dress and decorum. It’s common sense; and culture is culture in spite of the left’s best efforts to change it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: If Bill Clinton had Twitter back in his day, what would he have said?

Maybe since “The Mooch” generated so much controversy the media and Trump’s critics will ease off jabbing about his Twitter habit. It’s a different day and age in America and Trump is a different kind of leader – and we don’t even need 140 characters or less to understand it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: George Washington’s warnings against faction are still prescient today

There is no obvious answer to the question of how to build a party, but the Democrats and Republicans are showing us clear notions on what not to do. Both parties are proving George Washington was correct – self-interested “factions” lead to unending bickering and ultimately to despotism.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: With Priebus’s exit the establishment is left on the outside looking in

Trump’s instincts are clearly in the direction of getting government out of people’s lives, lowering taxes and creating a better economy so people can get jobs and take care of themselves. If it means completely purging the GOP establishment to accomplish these ends, so be it.