Month: February 2016

Living, Trump

I’m trying to write the truth

I was a pretender. In 2012, I pretended I believed Mitt Romney would win. But I knew better. I just didn’t have the heart to tell the truth to the volunteers banging doors and working call lists from our election office in South County. But I knew Romney would lose. I suspected the GOP would …

2016 Election, Trump

Trump knocks Rubio out of the news cycle

That was a strategic kill-shot, to borrow Scott Adams’s word. And it changes everything for conservatives. After a so-so debate performance and in the middle of a 16-hour verbal assault from Marco Rubio, Trump went nuclear. But not the way everyone would expect Trump to go nuclear. Trump didn’t need to invent a brilliant new …

2016 Election, Trump

How bad would Trump presidency be?

The world is about to end. Or civil war is about to break out in Dayton, Ohio. Believe it? Glenn Beck, Erick Erickson, and other Republicans have convinced a lot of people that we are doomed if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination. I know some people who are nearly incapacitated with fear and grief after …

News, Trump

A crushing defeat for Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck was pretty sure that God killed Antonin Scalia so Ted Cruz would win the presidency. Glenn Beck’s theology is very different from mine. In 2010, I worried that Glenn Beck was doing more harm than good. For days, I’d watched Beck tell his watchers that the world was ending and they would be …

News, Trump

I bet Donald Trump reads my blog

Donald Trump probably reads my blog first thing every day. Until today, I figured Donald Trump never heard of me. He’s never mentioned me  in his tweet storms. He’s never called me an idiot or a liar during a debate. He’s never pointed to one of my many egregious typos and tweeted: “@whennessy left out …

Jefferson City

My Letter to State Senator Dave Schatz

You might have heard that State Senator Dave Schatz gutted ethics reform in Missouri. According to Ryan Johnson of Missouri Alliance for Freedom: Cleaning up the practice of Jefferson City’s revolving door is the reason for Rep. Caleb Rowden’s House Bill 1979 (carried in the Senate by Sen. Bob Onder). It puts in place a one year …

2016 Election, Trump

Ted Cruz’s ultimate strategy

Ted Cruz has a powerful strategy available to him. This strategy could not only determine the winner of the Republican convention but put Cruz in position to influence policy for generations. But it’s probably not what you’re thinking. I’m going to lay out some assumptions, many of which you could disagree with. That’s okay. But …

2016 Election, Trump

Trump’s South Carolina win was impressive

I got tire of scrolling. Politico shows the results of each county in South Carolina, my state of residence from 1985 to 1992. Abbeville: Trump Aiken: Trump Allendale: Trump Anderson: Trump Bamberg: Trump Barnwell: Trump Beaufort: Trump Berkeley: Trump It goes on and on and on. Donald Trump not only won the geography, he won the …

2016 Election, Trump

This is the Gen X election

Who would have thought that Pat Buchanan would become the spokesman for Generation X? I put a lot of stock into generational history. I am a big fan of Howe and Strauss, a pair of historians whose works include Generations: The History of America’s Future, 13ers: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?, Millennials Rising, and, my favorite, The Fourth Turning. As someone born …