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The Conservative Soul for a Supreme Court Seat?

“Why, Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world . . . But for Wales!” Thomas More, Act 2, A Man for All Seasons Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the presidency, yesterday released a list of Supreme Court prospects that might fill Antonin Scalia’s vacated seat. The list is impressive. Many conservatives were quick to praise either the names being floated, or Trump’s willingness to reach out to the G.O.P.’s right wing.… Continue Reading ››

All of Trump’s Men

“During all that time I didn’t see Willie. I didn’t see him again until he announced in the Democratic primary in 1930. But it wasn’t a primary. It was hell among the yearlings and the Charge of the Light Brigade and Saturday night in the back room of Casey’s saloon rolled into one, and when the dust cleared away not a picture still hung on the walls. And there wasn’t any Democratic party. There was just Willie, with his hair… Continue Reading ››

Trump. How Did We Get Here?

Donald J. Trump, the New York billionaire, has the political world on a string. If he wins Ohio and Florida on March 15 (as I write, polls have him leading in both states), Trump will emerge as the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee. Typing that sentence six months ago was fantastical. Six years ago and it could have been a comic sketch opening. But now, it is on the verge of happening. How? Trump is fortunate in his opponents. Not… Continue Reading ››

GOP Debate Tweets

Cruz–interesting attack against Trump. Does he know the principles that made American great first. He should be asked that. #GOPDebate — Mark Caleb Smith (@markcalebsmith) March 4, 2016 Cruz–we have beaten Donald Trump again and again. Weak sauce when Trump has him 10-4 in state victories. #GOPDebate — Mark Caleb Smith (@markcalebsmith) March 4, 2016 Rubio goes for #NeverTrump movement and tries to pull it his way. This is, for Rubio, about the "conservative movement." #GOPDebate — Mark Caleb Smith… Continue Reading ››

Trump: The Cultural Costs of the New Normal

Donald Trump (R-NY) is working his way toward the Republican presidential nomination. His opponents may still derail him, of course, but his sustained performance–he has been the front-runner since August–suggests there is a sizable portion of the Republican electorate that sees Trump as not only tolerable, but preferable. Exit polls reveal several possible explanations. Voters see Trump as someone who can “shake things up” and he “tells it like it is.” Implicit in his promise to “Make America Great Again”… Continue Reading ››

Trump Wins SC, Now Clear Front-runner

Donald Trump decisively won (33%) the South Carolina Republican presidential primary on Saturday, seizing the standard as the G.O.P.’s front-runner. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, as I write, are battling for second and third (with 22% each), while Jeb Bush (8%), John Kasich (8%) and Ben Carson (7%) rounded out the field. Given the results, Jeb Bush suspended his campaign. The pressure will mount on Carson and Kasich to do the same. Carson remains indignant at the thought, while Kasich… Continue Reading ››

Iowa Results: Why They Matter and Why They Don’t

Iowa, a slice of the heartland, has spoken, but not in a single, predictable voice. Iowa’s exalted place as America’s first presidential nomination contest is more an accident of history than a badge of merit. But, every four years we gather, at the bottom of the mountain and await our tablets, carved upon by our corn-fed deities. Sometimes those tablets can be safely dashed, but they can also be vitally sacred. What have we just seen? Ted Cruz won the… Continue Reading ››

Expect a Raucous Caucus in Iowa

The Des Moines Register released its final poll on Saturday. For Republicans, Donald Trump still leads (28%) the horserace, with Ted Cruz close behind (23%). Marco Rubio has moved up to third (15%). The pollster, J. Ann Selzer has some caveats. She argues that while Trump leads, Cruz seems more consistently aligned with the electorate. Her poll, by her own admission, may be underestimating evangelical turnout. If Evangelicals vote in rates similar to 2012, the race will be tight. If… Continue Reading ››

Republicans on the Brink

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” H.L. Mencken Perhaps the moment will melt in the snows of Iowa and New Hampshire, dissolved for all but those obsessed with electoral trivia. Paul Tsongas, Phil Gramm, and Pat Robertson were major players for a few minutes in past campaigns. A generation or two may look back at the rise of Trump as a grunt that signified nothing, or… Continue Reading ››

Pondering the State of the Union Address in a Few Tweets

If only all news coverage resembled Wes Anderson films. Here is CNN's take on the #SOTU in Anderson's style. https://t.co/jpatTzm2Oo — Mark Caleb Smith (@markcalebsmith) January 13, 2016 #SOTU always strikes me as too monarchical as we practice it. Far too much adulation of the president–any president–in this setting. — Mark Caleb Smith (@markcalebsmith) January 13, 2016   Pres Obama has the seeds of greatness in him. It is too bad he did not nurture them and become a moderating,… Continue Reading ››