12:14 PM, Nov 25, 2015 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
I'm ready to concede that Donald Trump is the most anomalous figure I've seen in presidential politics. He has defied the laws of electioneering so many times-reversing his favorable-unfavorable numbers despite universal name identification; thriving in the wake of incidents that would have sunk ordinary campaigns-that I'm close to believing that Trump is a political singularity: a figure so dense that he warps the rules of space-time around him in ways the observer can't fully understand.
For exhibit #17, I present to you this CBS poll from over the weekend. What's interesting isn't (just) the Iowa top-line numbers, where Trump has turned aside Ben Carson's brief challenge and now sits on 30-percent support, which is a 9-point lead over the retired surgeon.
It isn't just that outside of Trump's supporters, another fifth of Iowa Republicans say that Trump is "ready to be commander in chief."
It's this: CBS asked Trump supporters--that is, not all Republicans in the survey, just the people supporting Trump--what their favorite thing about Trump is. And guess what percentage said that their favorite thing about their guy was "his faith and beliefs"? No, really. Guess. I'll wait.
You have that number in your head now? We're talking about the percentage of Trump supporters who say their favorite thing about Donald Trump is his faith and beliefs.
The number is zero.
How do you lead the field in Iowa-comfortably!--when not a single one of your own supporters are especially convinced of your "faith and beliefs?"
Beats me. But it's happening. For now. I still believe, as I have since the summer, that in order for Donald Trump to be the nominee, then everything we think we know about politics would have to be wrong.
Then again, I believe in the laws of physics, too. But they don't hold up in the presence of a singularity either.
Not the first such attack; probably not the last.Nov 30, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 12 • By JONATHAN FOREMAN
For those of us who were in Mumbai during the 2008 terrorist attacks there, the bulletins from Paris on Friday night evoked queasy déjà vu. With each shocking addition to the story—drive-by shootings at one crowded restaurant and then another, explosions reported at the other end of town, casualty estimates rising sharply, and then the first social media hints at hostages being calmly slaughtered—the feeling intensified.
An immense spirit of solidarity.
Nov 30, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 12 • By ANNE-ELISABETH MOUTET
In the confusion and horror of Paris in shock, the details stay with you. In the bleary early Saturday morning, behind the police barriers, a lone tour bus was still parked on Boulevard Voltaire in front of the Bataclan concert hall, where the Eagles of Death Metal gig had been bloodily interrupted by Daesh terrorists the night before.
The GOP is ready to grumbleNov 2, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 08 • By FRED BARNES
Republicans are in trouble. A significant bloc regards their congressional leaders—House speaker John Boehner, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and their underlings—as enemies. A quarter or more of grassroots Republicans think Donald Trump should be president. And to make things worse, Hillary Clinton has a glide path to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, making her tougher for any Republican to beat.
Canada veers left.Nov 2, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 08 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
Richard Nixon visited Canada just once during his presidency. He’s also been dead 20 years. But he was about the only person to correctly call last week’s Canadian election.
On April 13, 1972, at a state dinner in Ottawa, where he addressed Parliament and signed the Great Lakes Treaty, Nixon raised his glass to Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s 4-month-old son. “Tonight, we’ll dispense with the formalities. I’d like to toast the future prime minister of Canada: to Justin Pierre Trudeau.”
But don’t destroy itNov 2, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 08 • By JAY COST and RANDY E. BARNETT
We hear endlessly these days from the left and the right that our political system is “broken.” The left’s principal complaint is that it is too hard to pass their desired legislation. Liberals pine for a parliamentary system, where the majority party in the legislature controls public policy. Our Founders, however, devised a novel structure of checks and balances that makes enacting legislation difficult. If that constitutional design is functioning as intended, it can hardly be said to be “broken.”
Nov 2, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 08 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
‘Republicans in Turmoil!” “Chaos Confounds GOP Congressmen!!” “Catastrophic Conservative Crack-Up Imminent!!!” “Trump Likely GOP Nominee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
9:35 PM, Oct 13, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Clinton sent an email to Hillary Clinton supporters in the middle of tonight's Democratic debate. Clinton says that Clinton is doing great.
"Right now, Hillary's making her case for why she's the most qualified candidate to be the Democratic nominee for president. I think she's doing great," writes Bill Clinton.
"We get to do the easy part -- supporting her with everything we've got.
5:01 PM, Oct 9, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Chelsea Clinton is officially getting into the game. The former first daughter has sent out a campaign fundraising pitch on behalf of her mother's presidential campaign.
"My mom is my hero. From helping cut the uninsured rate for children in half as First Lady to later becoming the first female senator from New York and then running for president, she's kept fighting for families -- while also being a great mom," reads the pitch.
"I hope my daughter grows up to be as proud of me as I am of my mom.
9:43 PM, Oct 8, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama will be heading to Oregon tomorrow to visit Umpqua Community College, the site of a shooting rampage last week. But Obama's not heading home directly after meeting with families of the victims. Instead, the president will attend a series of West Coast fundraisers immediately after.
In fact, Obama has three fundraisers lined up for tomorrow. Two in Seattle and one in San Francisco. He'll spend tomorrow night in San Francisco.
8:51 AM, Oct 7, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent an email to supporters about gun violence.
"Gun violence isn’t an inevitability -- it’s a virus and we must do whatever we can to stop it," the email reads.
"Our children should feel safe going to school. They should feel safe at the movie theater. And they should feel safe in places of worship.
The fraying of the national political consensus.Oct 12, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 05 • By JAY COST
The latest political happenings—the rise of Donald Trump, John Boehner’s surprise resignation as speaker of the House of Representatives, Hillary Clinton’s slide against the septuagenarian socialist Bernie Sanders—remind me of a verse from the old Rolling Stones song “Jigsaw Puzzle”:
Oh, there’s twenty-thousand grandmas.
Wave their hankies in the air.
All burning up their pensions
8:27 AM, Sep 26, 2015 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
On Monday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, the Republican presidential front-runner on April Fools' Day, quit the contest. There had been no scandal which disgraced him, no momentous mistake which undermined him. It was simply that he once had support from Republican primary voters; he no longer did.