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Memo to Democrats: If Everything is an Outrage, Nothing Is

Congressional Democrats are stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, as Seattle Mayor Ed Murray told Politico, the party is attempting to understand “how far left their base has careened in just the past few weeks.” But on the other hand, they’re attempting to save the 10 Senate Democrats running for reelection in states won by Donald Trump (five of which he won by double digits). Catering to the leftist elements of your party while also allowing members to prove their moderate bona fides is a difficult line to walk. And right now Democrats have…

With Gorsuch, Trump Delivered on His Biggest Campaign Promise

There were a lot of reasons that Democrats were playing on an uneven playing field from the moment that Hillary Clinton won the Democrat primary. After all, their candidate was a scandal-prone Washington insider with ties to big banks at a time when voters were demanding something new, something revolutionary. But the Supreme Court pick was the ace in Republicans pocket. The GOP figured out a long time ago that the courts, for better or worse, had evolved into a primary driver of policy change. The Congress still mattered, but a combination of activist judges who were willing to re-write…

Democrats’ Interest in Intersectionality Is a Political Dead End

Democrats gathered in small town West Virginia—a state President Trump won by 40 points—to learn how to talk to “real people.” The day’s agenda included a “discussion with Trump voters” moderated by Sen. Joe Minchin and “speaking to this who feel invisible in rural America” led by former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. Other sessions included: “Listening to this who feel unheard” and “Rising America – They feel unheard too.” In normal circumstances Americans could take comfort in knowing that Democrats are trying to talk to people whom they now admit feel “invisible” and “unheard,” but these are not normal circumstances….

Trump’s Supreme Court Pick is a Perfect Scalia Successor

“The Constitution,” according to President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, “isn’t some inkblot on which litigants may project their hopes and dreams … but a carefully drafted text judges are charged with applying according to its original public meaning.” It’s a philosophy befitting the replacement of Justice Antonin Scalia, the ardent, colorful textualist who passed away last year. Justice Scalia was no doubt one of a kind, an institution in his own right who will live on through his enormous contribution to originalist jurisprudence. But, never one for ego, Scalia will be much more satisfied knowing that…

Democrats’ Scorched Earth Strategy is Bound to Backfire

Donald Trump never received the benefit of the honeymoon that new presidents typically enjoy. There was no wave of bipartisan goodwill that swept across the nation, no recognition that he is everyone’s president, no deferential posture by the opposition party to his 100-day agenda. Instead, from jump street, he was treated to calls of “not my president,” editorials demanded not just resistance, but defiance, and dozens of House Democrats normalized these responses by boycotting Trump’s inauguration. Now, Politico reports, the delegitimization efforts are becoming more formalized by Democrat Party leaders looking for a path back to relevancy. Gabriel Debenedetti writes:…

School Choice Week Highlights Opportunity for GOP Reforms

Just days before leaving office President Obama’s Education Secretary Arne Duncan called his $7 billion attempt to turn around failing schools “arguably the biggest bet” made by the administration. Duncan was confident in the bet. He felt that the money, given to schools through School Improvement Grants, would make a tremendous dent in the number of failing schools in America. Duncan said he believed that the grants could turn around 1,000 schools each year for five years. “We could really move the needle, lift the bottom and change the lives of tens of millions of underserved children,” Duncan said. But…

Trump Blazes New Political Trail in First Week

Donald Trump didn’t waste any time getting started on his ambitious agenda. His first 72 hours in office have been defined by a frenetic pace, firing off executive orders, meeting with various groups, and setting out some broad parameters for his legislative agenda. Sadly, if you read the media, you’d hardly know about any of it. The majority of the presses’ ink thus far has been spilled writing about the relative size of the crowds gathered for Donald Trump’s and Barack Obama’s inaugurations. As if that wasn’t silly enough, another news cycle was spent discussing White House press secretary Sean…

A Rallying Cry for the Left Behind

As if it needed to be made any clearer, Donald Trump’s inaugural address proved again that he doesn’t lack for guts. Standing in the heart of Washington, D.C. and staring into the eyes of the ruling class, Trump stood up and repudiated them all. “For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost,” Trump said. “Washington flourished, but the people not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.”…

Trump Promises to Return Power to the People in Inaugural Address

President Obama concluded his first inaugural address by recalling a quote from a Thomas Paine pamphlet that George Washington ordered read to his troops when it looked like the revolution was about to be crushed. “Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came further to meet [it]. “America: In the face of our common dangers,” Obama said, “in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave…

Trump Inaugural Address Theme: Unity

Almost immediately after an out-of-nowhere Election Day blowout, Trump saw the need to unify the nation. It had been a divisive and brutal presidential campaign, one marred by deepening disaffection among the electorate. “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division, we have to get together,” a triumphant Trump announced the day after his win. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say, it is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this…