Ben Sasse, the anti-Trump

As other Republicans keep equivocating, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse is the only Republican in the Senate to consistently oppose Donald Trump.  And he is paying a price for it.  But Sasse, a Lutheran, is standing firm.  An interesting profile after the jump. [Read more…]

Could a President Trump be checked and balanced?

Paul Ryan says that if a President Trump were to do something illegal, such as ban immigrants on the basis of their religion, he, as Speaker of the House, would sue him.  Ryan seems to be floating the possibility that a President Trump might not be so bad because he could be controlled by the law.  Congress and the courts could keep him in line.  Do you think Trump could be checked and balanced?

After the jump, an argument that he couldn’t.  Do you agree? [Read more…]

Hillary Clinton: more of the same, or much worse?

In a column in which he coins the useful term “Hillaryism,”  Charles Krauthammer says that Hillary Clinton is offering the status quo in a time when much of the general public is desperate for change.  Thus the popularity of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.  Clinton, though, offers nothing more than the old liberal bromides and a continuation of the Obama administration.  See Krauthammer’s argument after the jump.

I wonder, though.  Would a Clinton administration amount to a third term for Obama?  I don’t think it would.  She seems much tougher and meaner than he is.  Other countries would probably be less willing to cross her.  And I suspect she would be more willing than Obama to intervene someplace militarily to throw her weight around.

And a Clinton victory would seem to put the radical feminists, the pro-abortion fanatics, and the political correctness enforcers in charge of the whole country.

Her husband, you may recall, was considered a conservative or at least a moderate Democrat, ending welfare as we know it, supporting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, supporting the Defense of Marriage Act.  She is not.  Despite what those who are nostalgic for another Clinton administration assume, that being the last time they had money in their pockets, Hillary does not have the same ideology as Bill.  And she and her party have been pushed farther to the left by Bernie Sanders, whose mark will probably be seen in her vice presidential choice and the party platform.

What do you think her administration would be like?   [Read more…]

Trump’s evangelical advisory board

Donald Trump has appointed an evangelical advisory board.  See who’s on it after the jump.

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Trump’s summit meeting with evangelical leaders

Donald Trump met with some 1000 evangelical leaders at Trump Tower in New York City yesterday.  He promised them that he would end the ban on politicking for tax-exempt organizations like churches.  He also said that he would appoint anti-abortion Supreme Court justices.  He also said that he would emphasize religious liberty, including allowing government employees to offer sectarian prayer in public and making department store employees say “Merry Christmas.”

The Washington Post said that the attendees were thrilled with Trump, but his critics among evangelicals were not invited.  One of them, recalling the movement’s former insistence on moral character, said that the spectacle marks “the end of the Christian right.”

What do you think about this?

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Final plots to stop Trump at the convention

Most of the Republican party establishment has reconciled itself to the fact that Donald Trump will be the party’s nominee.  But as he keeps making embarrassing, unpresidential statements, racks up a record 70% unfavorable rating, and falls farther behind Hillary Clinton in the polls, some Republican operatives are thinking up last-ditch efforts to stop him at the convention.  These have to do with various ways of changing the convention rules so as to free delegates to vote their conscience, rather than following the primary or caucus results in their states.  One possibility is to allow delegates to abstain on the first ballot, which might prevent Trump from getting a majority on the first ballot, which would throw open the convention.

Such tactics might not work anyway.  Allowed to vote their conscience, many or most delegates will have their conscience telling them to either vote for Trump or to vote the way their state told them to.  Besides, there is no other candidate on the horizon who can or is willing to be a Trump alternative.  And if the effort succeeded to (literally) steal the nomination from Trump as given to him by voters, the public would surely and rightly charge the Republican party with violating the democratic process it established.  Republicans would be doomed either way, whether they nominate Trump or don’t.

Still, should NeverTrumpers make a last stand at the convention, which is coming up on July 18?  See what some operatives are planning after the jump.

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