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  • James Comey Is the Latest Victim of the Clintons

    05/12/2017 3:03:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2017 | Michael Barone
    Why did President Donald Trump fire FBI Director James Comey now? The answer, as my Washington Examiner colleague Byron York has argued, is that he waited until after his impeccably apolitical deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, was in place as Comey's direct superior. Rosenstein was confirmed April 25, and his memorandum titled "Restoring Public Confidence in the FBI" was appended to Trump's firing letter exactly two weeks later. In that document, Rosenstein characterized Comey's July 5 statement on the FBI's investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's secret email system as "a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and...
  • Do Close Special Elections Mean Republicans Are in Trouble?

    04/21/2017 7:31:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/21/2017 | Michael Barone
    What to make of the results of the first two of this spring’s special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to Republicans, who have been used to an unusually stable partisan alignment, an alignment that has become scrambled by Donald Trump. Those of us who can remember the 1964–84 years have seen much greater partisan churning. Almost half of the congressional districts that voted for Richard Nixon in 1972 elected Democratic congressmen. Some 191 districts split tickets. In 2012, that number was down to 26, the...
  • Trump's 2nd-Week Follow-through

    02/03/2017 6:01:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2017 | Michael Barone
    Donald Trump's second week as president has been full of surprises and Sturm und Drang. His Friday afternoon executive order barring for 90 days immigration from seven countries designated by the Obama administration as "countries of concern" was obviously ill-vetted and prompted nationwide and international protests. His Tuesday night nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court triggered well-rehearsed protests but also some unexpected support. Both of Trump's actions were in line with his campaign promises and were executed without the leaks so common in Washington. Both elicited outraged reaction, including some transparently spurious arguments. But Trump seems likely...
  • Some Christmastime Advice for Pundits and Partisans

    12/23/2016 5:52:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2016 | Michael Barone
    Now that the 538 electors have voted -- and, with only the most minor of exceptions, for the expected candidates -- we can marvel at how such a huge difference in public policies can be made by just a few votes, the 77,744 votes by which Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton for the 46 electoral votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Trump's narrow victory means a significantly more conservative Supreme Court, a rollback of Obamacare and reams of regulations, abandonment of policies disfavoring fossil fuel usage -- and hundreds of consequences that can only be guessed at. This isn't the...
  • Did The Duke Lacrosse Case Have Reverberations In The 2016 Election?

    12/13/2016 5:27:54 AM PST · by LRoggy · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/12/2016 | Michael Barone
    One way to look at the election of Donald Trump is that it is a repudiation of the cult of political correctness that thrives — metastasizes might be a better word — on college and university campuses. One particularly egregious example, the bogus prosecution of Duke University lacrosse players in 2006 and 2007, seems to have had particular reverberations in producing election results this year, a decade later. For a definitive account of the disgraceful behavior of Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, Duke President Richard Brodhead and dozens of members of the Duke faculty, see KC Johnson and Stuart...
  • The collapse of the political left

    12/08/2016 4:48:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 70 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Michael Barone
    Things look different now, and not just because Donald Trump was elected president. It has been clear that most voters have been rejecting big government policies, and not just in the United States but in most democratic nations around the world. Leftist politicians supposed that ordinary voters with modest incomes facing hard times would believe that regulation and redistribution would help them. Evidently most don't. The rejection was apparent in the 2010 and subsequent House elections; Republicans have now won House majorities in ten of the last 12 elections, leaving 2006 and 2008 as temporary aberrations. You didn't hear Hillary...
  • Could Hispanics be surging to Trump?

    11/08/2016 8:39:26 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 8,2016 | MICHAEL BARONE
    Are Hispanic voters trending to Donald Trump? It seems unlikely, but there's at least a little polling evidence that that's been happening over the past week. Now LAT/USC is showing Hispanics voting 47 percent for Clinton and 44 percent for Trump. It's possible that this represents the changed responses of just a few individuals, in a poll which asks the same panel of respondents for their preferences at regular intervals. But the total number of Hispanic respondents is listed at 181 — small but not totally suspect. Does this represent a surge of Hispanics toward Trump or away from Clinton?...
  • What the Debate Tells About How Candidates Would Govern

    09/30/2016 9:18:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2016 | Michael Barone
    You've heard and read by now lots of spin and speculation about who won and where the polls are going to move after Monday's presidential debate. We'll know the answers to these questions soon. The more important question for the long run is how each of these candidates would govern. The debate provides no certain answers to that question, but it does offer some useful clues. Hillary Clinton started off with a laundry list of incremental economic programs -- none of which would promote economic growth. Some have already been legislated (equal pay for women, 1963), others are tilted to...
  • Will Trump Take Down Congressional Republicans?

    08/16/2016 5:39:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2016 | Michael Barone
    On Friday, Republican National Committee and Trump campaign staffers held what one described as an "emergency meeting" at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando. The obvious subject: what to do about Donald Trump's flagging campaign and how Republican down-ballot candidates can avoid the possible (likely?) downdraft. Current polling shows Trump losing to Hillary Clinton by 6 percent. He's within range in 2012 Obama-carried target states with older populations and many non-college-graduate whites (Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Nevada) but has fallen behind in Pennsylvania and is well-behind in younger-population, higher-education target states (Virginia, Colorado and New Hampshire). It's possible his standing will...
  • Is the end of white Christian America a good thing?

    08/17/2016 5:37:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2016 | Michael Barone
    "White Christian America is dying," proclaims the headline on a Monkey Cage blogpost by the perceptive political scientist John Sides. Like many headlines, it's an exaggeration of the thrust of the article that follows, which is an interview with Robert Jones, head of the Public Religion Research Institute, on his new book The End of White Christian America, based on PRRI and other research on religious beliefs and practices of Americans. Sides's questions and Jones's answers are pretty much neutral in tone, but many readers will detect a tone of triumphalism in the book's title and in the thrust of...
  • Nationalism Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

    08/12/2016 5:28:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2016 | Michael Barone
    Google "Donald Trump" and "nationalism" and you'll get 1,090,000 results, the large percentage of which are, to judge from the top hits, negative. "Nationalism" is deemed to be bad stuff, maybe even akin to Nazism. But is nationalism always so bad? Not, it seems, for the millions of people around the world watching the Rio Olympics. They watch as the TV networks keep track of the metal count -- and they root for the men and women they see representing their nations. Americans were thrilled to see Michael Phelps propel the U.S. team to gold in the freestyle relay and...
  • Possible Errors in Exit Polls Suggest More Election Surprises Ahead

    06/14/2016 12:11:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2016 | Michael Barone
    Are the exit polls, on which just about every elections analyst has relied, wrong? That's a question raised by New York Times Upshot writer Nate Cohn -- a question whose answers have serious implications for how you look at the 2016 general election. Standard analysis is that Democrats have a built-in advantage because the electorate is increasingly non-white. The exit polls say the white percentage of the electorate declined from 77 percent in 2004 to 74 percent in 2008 and 72 percent in 2012. In that year, they said, 13 percent of voters were black, 10 percent Hispanics, 3 percent...
  • New York Exceptionalism and Donald Trump

    04/19/2016 2:16:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2016 | Michael Barone
    <p>Noo Yawk. That's the state with this week's presidential primary, in which candidates who have spent time in New York recently are currently running ahead, according to polls.</p> <p>Hillary Clinton, who as a resident of Chappaqua in suburban Westchester County was elected the state's junior senator in 2000 and 2006, leads Bernie Sanders, who left his native Brooklyn for Vermont in 1968, 48 years ago. And on the Republican side, Donald Trump, who grew up in Jamaica Estates, Queens, and lives in a pseudonymous Manhattan skyscraper, has a "yuge" lead over John Kasich, native of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, and Ted Cruz, who grew up and lives in Houston.</p>
  • The Tragic Deterioration of Washington’s Great Society Subway

    04/12/2016 3:38:18 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Human Events ^ | Apr 12, 2016 | Michael Barone
    If you live any distance beyond the Capital Beltway you probably didn’t notice, but an important part of government in Washington shut down on Wednesday, March 16. That’s when the Metro subway system’s recently installed general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, ordered a one-day shutdown of the entire 117-mile system for emergency inspection of track-based power cables.
  • Democrats' Debate: No Solution for Economic Inequality, No Interest in Economic Growth

    10/20/2015 6:51:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 20, 2015 | Michael Barone
    You may not have noticed, but Lincoln Chafee, the erstwhile Republican U.S. senator and Independent-turned-Democratic governor, had one penetrating comment at the Democrats' debate Tuesday night. "But let me just say this about income inequality," he said toward the end. "We've had a lot of talk over the last few minutes, hours or tens of minutes, but no one is saying how we're going to fix it." Chafee offered no solution himself and showed his confusion about the issue by saying that inequality "all started with the Bush tax cuts that favored the wealthy." Actually, as my Washington Examiner colleague...
  • The Dogs That Aren't Barking in the 2016 Campaign

    10/02/2015 11:03:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Sherlock Holmes famously solved the mystery of the Silver Blaze by noting the dog that didn't bark in the night. It strikes me that in this wild and woolly campaign cycle there have been numerous dogs not barking in the night, or in the daytime either. Start with the race for the Democratic nomination, which has not unrolled as predicted. Every observer knows Hillary Clinton's numbers have been falling and Bernie Sanders' numbers have been rising, leading her in Iowa and New Hampshire. Every observer is waiting to see if Joe Biden will run, perhaps in time for the Democrats'...
  • Donald Trump's Appeal Is Based on Yesterday's News

    09/04/2015 5:21:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Aside from the court-ordered dribbling out of Hillary Clinton's classified-material-filled emails, the big presidential campaign news of the summer has been the boom for Donald Trump in the race for the Republican nomination. Trump has risen from 3 percent in the polls (when he announced on June 16) to where he now stands at 26 percent -- 14 percent ahead of any other candidate. Trump is drawing support from a constituency that in many ways resembles that amassed by another celebrity candidate who defied the usual political rules, Ross Perot in 1992. Like Perot, Trump runs better among whites than...
  • A Tough Day for the President and his Party

    08/11/2015 4:02:14 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 3 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 10,2015 | Michael Barone
    Thursday was the biggest night of the political year so far, for what happened on the stage at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena and for what happened offstage as well. The stage was the scene of the first two Republican presidential debates, hosted by Fox News, which lasted some 200 minutes between 5 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time. What happened there did not go unnoticed. According to overnight Nielsen ratings, the two-hour prime time debate got a rating as high as the National Basketball Finals — almost triple the highest rating of a Republican debate in the 2012 cycle and...
  • Too Many Candidates to Fit on a Stage: Democrats Then, Republicans Now

    08/07/2015 5:22:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Why did Fox News decide to schedule two Republican presidential debates rather than one? Simple arithmetic: 90 minutes divided by 17 candidates equals 5 minutes and 29 seconds apiece. That's scarcely enough time for the oral equivalent of a few tweets. There won't be a similar problem for the Democratic debates, with only five declared candidates, three of whom languish at 1 or 2 percent in the polls. Why do Republicans have so many candidates and Democrats so few? That's directly contrary to the conventional wisdom that Republicans nominate the next guy in line, while Democrats tend to have multi-candidate...
  • Some observations on the Fox Prime Time Debate: The best debate ever

    08/07/2015 6:10:07 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 7, 2015 | MICHAEL BARONE
    The Fox News Prime Time debate was the best presidential debate I've ever seen. Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace asked excellent tough questions, gave the candidates appropriate time to weigh in and the candidates, mostly, responded in kind. It's a very difficult task to moderate a ten-candidate debate and it's hard to imagine that anyone could ever do a better job of it than the three Fox News anchors tonight. Big moments included (1) Donald Trump's hands-up declaration that he isn't ruling out running as a third-party candidate. (2) The fierce argument over surveillance between Rand Paul and...