You know, I wasn't expecting to write again this week, but an all-time rant from former President Donald Trump on his Truth Social site forced me back to the keyboard before week's end. After his chief rival for the 2024 nomination, Ron DeSantis, needled Trump about "hush money to a porn star," Trump took off… Continue reading Breaking Down Trump’s Ron DeSantis Rant
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Trump and the Five Stages of Grief (Redux)
Four years ago today, I wrote a piece called "Trump and the Five Stages of Grief." Its opening sentence remains among political science's most poignantly written: "It’s been about 36 hours since our collective gast was flabbered at the realization that Donald F. Trump was President-elect of the United States." I went on to outline… Continue reading Trump and the Five Stages of Grief (Redux)
Two Days Out: Presidential Politics for America Op-Ed
For a few years now, my "About the Writer" page labels me a "radical moderate." At first I thought it a cute, oxymoronic coupling of words, but I've since grown to proudly wear the label. I feel confident in few political positions; I neither watch cable news nor subscribe to slanted newsletters, so I haven't… Continue reading Two Days Out: Presidential Politics for America Op-Ed
Quick Hit Friday: Comparing the Paths of Trump 2016 and Sanders 2020
Bernie Sanders is without question in the best position to win the most delegates in the Democratic Primary. He won the popular vote in the first two contests, he now leads national polls, and Joe Biden, once Sanders's top rival in this race, looks like a car driving down the road with various parts falling… Continue reading Quick Hit Friday: Comparing the Paths of Trump 2016 and Sanders 2020
Most Republicans Think Trump Is a Better President Than Lincoln. Yes, PPFA Has Some Thoughts.
(Note: I was hoping to run this piece as a Quick Hit Friday last week, but I figured a three-post week was all you could stomach from me. I gave you the weekend to recuperate.) The Economist and YouGov recently conducted an in depth poll of the usual things -- Trump approval, impeachment, Democratic candidates,… Continue reading Most Republicans Think Trump Is a Better President Than Lincoln. Yes, PPFA Has Some Thoughts.
Instructive March Polls for 2020: Day One — Trump’s Re-Election Numbers
Author's note: As my most loyal readers know, I've recently enjoyed consecutive monthly growth in this website's "Visitor" category, which measures the number of people that come to the site each day. (It should not be confused with "Views," which measures total clicks. One visitor can read 10 things on any given day, but that only… Continue reading Instructive March Polls for 2020: Day One — Trump’s Re-Election Numbers
Saturday Special: The Mueller Report is Complete
"If whatever Mueller unearths only singles out people at the sub-Trump level while finding no evidence the President did anything wrong, the left, which has also already made up its mind, will still deem him guilty by association, ignorance, or both." -Presidential Politics for America -- September 16, 2018 "While few people know what Mueller… Continue reading Saturday Special: The Mueller Report is Complete
Halfway There: After a Midterm Loss, How Do Trump’s Re-Election Chances Compare to That of His Predecessors?
It's been two years since President Trump's inauguration -- and two months since the Democratic Party had its most successful House midterm since Watergate. Now that all the votes are finally counted, we know that the Democrats did better than we thought on midterm night. Their 40-to-41-seat gain outstripped even the Democratic wave election of… Continue reading Halfway There: After a Midterm Loss, How Do Trump’s Re-Election Chances Compare to That of His Predecessors?
Trump, Caesar, and Shakespeare Walk into a …
"Experience is the teacher of all things." -Julius Caesar, Bellum Civile Far be it for me to to disagree with ancient Rome's most famous figure, but it seems that these days experience teaches very little. Wednesday's attack on the Republicans' Congressional baseball practice left Congressman Steve Scalise badly wounded and Congress, like the rest of us,… Continue reading Trump, Caesar, and Shakespeare Walk into a …
It’s Not Too Late for a Trump Turnaround
(PPFA's contractual obligation to look back at Trump's first hundred days...) In 1968, Richard Nixon barely eclipsed 300 electoral votes in his victory over Hubert Humphrey. Nixon's popular vote share fell well short of 50 percent. The sizable, defeated left spent the next four years protesting and raising hell in its quest to topple the new… Continue reading It’s Not Too Late for a Trump Turnaround