The Republicans are in a jam. But there is a way out. It requires Republicans to prioritize maintaining political power over sticking with ideological principles. That should not be a problem.
On The Rick Smith Show, I discussed how low TV ratings would rattle Trump, as well as other issues looming large for the incoming administration. Check out the podcast.
A mass refusal by the public to watch Donald Trump on TV will deprive him of big ratings, which he routinely uses to create a false impression of widespread popularity.
With eleven days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as President, at least half of the country is in disoriented shock. And while in many respects what is happening is unprecedented, in other respects, we've been here before.
Donald Trump and the Republicans own the government, and so, they own Obamacare. That's what Barack Obama intended and that's why Obamacare will never be truly repealed.
Now we have the hard numbers to do a thorough assessment of what really happened in our nation's 58th presidential election. One thing is certain. The votes are out there. Democrats have four years to go get them.
Years ago, I reported on how the Bush administration followed the counsel of a January 2001 Heritage Foundation memo, "Taking Charge of Federal Personnel." Now the Trump administration is dusting it off.
Donald Trump is creating an executive branch of government in service to a narrow set of special interests that no Democrat, and not even all Trump voters, would ever want.
But considering Trump said he wants to "drain the swamp," you might be surprised he picked someone who literally built the swamp. Scott Pruitt is a pioneer in turning government over to corporate special interests.
1300 Carrier manufacturing jobs are still going to Mexico. And the 800 jobs staying in Indiana aren't safe, because Carrier is moving to automate much of the work, with the help of the American taxpayer.
The incoming HUD Secretary doesn't like President Barack Obama's plan to enforce the 1968 Fair Housing Act, even though he knows housing segregation is a problem and doesn't have any better ideas to offer.
Posturing as working class heroes who abandon free-market ideology to battle globalist forces is not a new look for Republicans. In 2002, George W. Bush pandered to PA and WV voters by slapping tariffs on imported steel.
Donald Trump may tap former Rep. J.C. Watts for HUD Secretary. Both starred in infomercials for the shady Milin family. Watts flacked for the phony National Grants Conference, and Trump helped create the Trump Institute scam.
Nations of the world are sending a message to Donald Trump: mess with Paris, and you may get slapped with a carbon tariff. Such a response could not happen unless the world compromised on an imperfect climate agreement in Paris.
Trump has been lying about Ford for months. Ford and others have been calling him on it every step of the way. What's stunning is that he's still doing it after winning the election.
If the Trump administration follows through on its pledge to fry the climate and trash Obama's regulatory efforts, the backlash could be fierce. It is the job of the climate hawk to make it so.
If Trump manages to drag down the entire Republican Party with him over the next four years, Democrats might be able to snag the biggest political prize of all in the 2020 elections.
If the the Republican rank-and-file can break with Trump, and Trumpism, Republican leaders will be more able to reposition and compete in 21st century America. But that is the most likely scenario.
If there's one House race that encapsulates the hopes of the Bernie Sanders revolution, it is the race for the currently Republican-held open seat in upstate New York's 19th congressional district.
In the latest video from the Main Street Alliance, Mike Price of New Jersey tells the story of why he wouldn't let his Price Communications go into business with Donald Trump's Atlantic City casinos.
Republicans are already planning to launch yet another round of partisan investigative witch hunts designed to hobble a Hillary Clinton presidency. Such adversarial talk unnerves Democrats, but Republicans are the ones who should worry.
Members of the Main Street Alliance, the coalition of socially responsible small business owners, have been speaking out against Donald Trump in the letters pages of their area newspapers.
The only unknowns are whether: Hillary Clinton can break 50 percent of the popular vote, Gary Johnson can break 5 percent, Evan McMullin can win Utah’s 6 electoral votes, Democrats can claim the Senate or even the House.
On last Friday's Rick Smith Show, I discuss why we should not expect a white "silent majority" will propel Donald Trump, and whether Trump might drag down the down-ballot Republicans.
We're at the stage of the election where obsession with the latest polls reaches its peak. Yet it is also the stage when polls can stop informing about the electorate and start warping the electorate.
Republicans lacked foresight in 2004 on gay marriage. Today, they lack foresight on climate. And because of it, they risk losing even more voters, but this time, the wayward voters had long been part of the Republican base.
When Hillary Clinton said, "Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it's real," Trump immediately interjected, "I did not. I did not. I do not say that."
Twenty-one of the the 27 states suing the EPA to prevent implementation of its Clean Power Plan, requiring cuts in carbon emissions, are already on track to meet the plan's requirements.
President George W. Bush tried to grow the economy by giving corporations and the wealthy lower taxes and less regulation, and sparked a global economic meltdown. Trump would do it all over again.
President Barack Obama notes that he was able to cut greenhouse gas emissions without legislation from Congress establishing a carbon cap. This is true, but not it's not the full story.
We cannot easily compare the policy visions of the two major party candidates, because only one candidate is bothering to offer a comprehensive set of policy proposals.
We are still struggling to fund some of our most basic needs, including how to keep our communities from literally drowning. Instead of raising more revenue, our government held a contest.
Donald J. Trump said LyndonB. Johnson "wanted to silence the church" because "he was having a problem with either one or more churches." It's not true. Here are the facts.
Eighty-one years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, and the program has a wonderful birthday present. Neither presidential candidate is running on Social Security privatization or benefit cuts.
No one expects newly declared independent candidate Evan McMullin to become president, let alone get on many ballots or crack one percent in the total vote. Yet his candidacy may still perform below expectations.
Why is Donald Trump pandering so hard to "the Second Amendment people"? Possibly because the National Rifle Association is the biggest financial backer of his campaign.
The Trump campaign has been a test to see if the Republican Party can still win as an essentially all-white party with a platform rooted in racial grievance. All the evidence says it cannot.
If Trump is more associated with populism than Clinton, and then loses decisively in November, populism could be tainted by Trumpism, weakening the left’s leverage over Clinton.
Clinton is not selling herself as an agent of abrupt change. She is positioning herself as a conduit of steady change, in contrast to, Donald Trump, who might bring change like a tornado, leveling all in its wake.
Republicans, trapped in denial, wondering how they fell so far, might look toward the Democratic National Convention's capacity to manage the intra-party tension.