Tag Archives: Trump

Missives from the Morass: July 21

Well, I thought it might be historic. It is, and the party nominee has not even taken the floor yet. Ted Cruz finished second in the G.O.P. nomination campaign and was booed off the floor of the convention last night. John Kasich, the host Governor and also a presidential candidate, has not darkened the door of the Q here in Cleveland. The New York Times broke a story yesterday that Kasich had been offered the vice presidency and control of… Continue Reading ››

Missives from the Morass: July 20

So it was, at 5:58 p.m., July 19, 2016, that Jeff Sessions, U.S. Senator from Alabama, officially nominated Donald J. Trump as the Republican Party’s candidate for President of the United States. While a heavy majority of GOP delegates rose to their feet with a lusty cheer, an obvious rump stayed on their rumps, arms crossed, some shaking heads, others blank in disbelief. Chris Collins, U.S. Rep. from N.Y., seconded both the nomination and the rhetoric. Other countries, most notably… Continue Reading ››

Missives from the Morass: July 17

My soundtrack for the drive up to Cleveland was Hamilton: An American Musical. My oldest daughter, Madelaine, is an evangelist for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterwork. The writing is vibrant, the music is beguiling, the vocal performances are remarkable, and the emotion generated, even by the soundtrack (after all, I am not wealthy enough to afford the staggering ticket prices, much less the trip to Broadway), is a freight train with no stops, only picking up speed to flatten anything that wanders… Continue Reading ››

Making Britain Great Again? Does Brexit=Trump?

A vote is a crude instrument. It is often a binary choice that cloaks oodles of complexity. Consider a typical ballot for office. Are votes cast for or against candidates? What factors are driving the decision? Economics? Party? Social concerns? Foreign policy? Personality? Charisma? Or, more grimly, for how many voters do racism, envy, and fear control their choices? Obviously, for most it is a combination of factors, with some being more or less critical at a given moment. This intricacy… Continue Reading ››

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 ››