Republican moderates

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Establishment still suffers from Steve Bannon derangement syndrome

Donald Trump’s political legacy is yet to be fully written. He’s a one-of-a-kind force in American politics. If Republican leaders were smart they’d follow his lead or the voters just might recognize the GOP for what it’s become: an establishment party that doesn’t stand for anything.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Conservatives beware of West Wing Democrat salesmen bearing promises

Passing tax reform should be a no-brainer for the GOP. They run on the issue every year and there’s broad consensus that rates need to be cut. Donald Trump’s presidency could hinge on what takes place in the next few months; beyond that, the entire republic could be at stake.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection prospects already plain for all to see

If Donald Trump continues to push the right political buttons – and Republicans in Congress actually move forward on the agenda he articulated during last year’s campaign – he will win over more voters and his current popularity numbers won’t be a problem.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Betsy DeVos and Hillary Clinton -- a Tale of Two Washington Women

It used to be the Constitution brought Americans together but that’s no longer true. These days, as Betsy DeVos demonstrated, returning to our country’s founding principles only brings one scorn, condemnation and evil wishes from people who use the system for their own aims.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Could the best option on North Korea be to simply do nothing?

If some politician out there has a better solution than the man on the street to the North Korea situation, we’d all like to hear it. In the meantime Americans simply want their towns and cities protected and their sons and daughters to remain safely away from any military conflict.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Could trained chimps help Donald Trump more than Ryan and McConnell?

Donald Trump seems driven by a determination to “Make America Great Again” by making everything shine just like one of his skyscrapers. Republican leaders could work effectively with the president if they only understood what really motivates him. Will they ever learn?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Americans expect more than fumbled fair catch of Trump’s DACA punt

Should Republicans bow to the will of the Democrats and all of the scaremongers on the DACA/amnesty issue they’ll suffer politically. The base merely asks for immigration policy to be set by Congress and enforced by the executive. Trump’s order on Tuesday only reinforces it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump leaves little doubt who’s really in charge in the White House

In the coming weeks Congress will take up tax reform and a number of important items on the Make America Great Again agenda. General John Kelly and the West Wing Democrats may try to “moderate” the administration, but Donald Trump is the one who’s really in charge.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: It’s long past time Republicans called a ‘Players Only’ meeting

Perhaps Republicans should just barricade themselves in a big room until they work out their differences. Many a struggling team has locked the media out in order to have a “players only” meeting. If the GOP “players” don’t get together soon, the whole season could be lost.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How Christie and McCain wrote the manual on how NOT to win an election

People run for Congress with the intention of representing their constituents to the best of their ability. It certainly involves making difficult choices at times. But if the serious issues are ever going to be resolved we need politicians with steel spines, not wimps who shrink from a fight.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Why most Americans don’t care a lick if this loser ever gets another job

The only reason Colin Kaepernick continues to be discussed in today’s media is because he’s been so widely successful in ripping open gaping wounds in American traditions and culture. If he never works another day on a football field in his life we should feel vindication, not remorse.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Senate should let history repeat in dumping the legislative filibuster

Today’s problems could be alleviated by Republicans doing what they said they would do during the campaign. Ending the filibuster would go a long way towards accomplishing this end, but it’s just a start. In this sense history repeating itself would be a very positive thing, indeed.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Does bashing GOP leaders in public help or harm Trump’s cause?

Politics is a dirty game and there are nearly 20 trillion clues to prove the system isn’t working. With Trump highlighting the debt issue in public the establishment is clearly frustrated it can no longer hide from it. Congressional Republicans will be back at it soon – and they’d better get something done.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Is there anyone left in the White House to Make America Great Again?

Trump gains nothing by moving away from the promises he made during last year’s campaign. The purge of people like Gorka and Bannon in his administration isn’t helping him win over critics and is only leading to disastrous policy switches that could damage him further.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Cultural adversity reveals a lot of weird stuff about today’s America

The world is transforming right before our eyes and many of those changes are being caught in real time thanks to the invention of the smartphone. It’s often said adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it; but in our device driven American culture, adversity’s exposing a lot of really weird stuff.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Cracks in base support will widen quickly if Trump ignores his promises

Donald Trump has thus far exhibited a remarkable ability to assess the mood of the voters and act on it. But Trump cannot take it for granted that his supporters will back everything he does. The base may be solid for now, but conservatives still expect him to keep his word.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Liberals drop Russia obsession to home in on Trump’s legitimacy

Media liberals might be taking a break from bloviating over Russia but in the interim they have found an issue that is not only attention-grabbing to the average American, but also more potent towards achieving what they’re ultimately after – the total destruction of the Trump presidency.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Can #NeverTrump claim a ‘moral imperative’ to primary Trump in 2020?

It wasn’t the only reason but one thing Trump’s supporters especially liked about him was his willingness to stand up for American traditions and culture no matter how “uncool” it seemed to the #NeverTrumpers, leftists, snobby elitists and establishment name-droppers. The same still holds.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: If Bannon promises ‘war’ on Trump’s enemies we should all volunteer

President Trump’s enemies will do their best to weaken him – and they already have – but as long as Trump sticks to his campaign promises he ultimately won’t lose. It will be more difficult without Steve Bannon by his side, but if Bannon isn’t giving up, neither should we.

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.