DNC Day 3: The Coda for Obama and Biden

Last night, President Obama and Vice President Biden gave their speeches endorsing Hillary Clinton. While the speeches were effective both in their support of Clinton and tearing down of Trump, they were most striking as the fitting coda to a particular brand of liberal patriotism that Obama and Biden fostered. Biden began the speech by…

The First Lady

For the most part, the 2016 campaign has been a dark and depressing affair. In the first night of the DNC, Michelle Obama lit a blowtorch in the darkness. She started the speech by talking about her husband’s presidency through the eyes of her children. She discussed his presidency not as a means to political ends but as a…

Tone, Not Substance: The Republican Party’s Disagreement with Donald Trump

Over the past few months, influential Republicans have been lobbying their party faithful to stop Donald Trump from becoming the nominee for the Republican Party. Last week, after Trump’s big wins on Super Tuesday, these calls reached a fever pitch, with the 2012 nominee saying he would support a write in candidate, rather than vote for Trump…

Rubio is Not a Racist or a Demagogue but he is Still Really Conservative

After his strong showing in South Carolina and the exit of Jeb Bush, the Republican establishment is lining up behind Marco Rubio. Compared to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, Rubio is the most plausible candidate for mainstream Republicans. However, Rubio’s status as a mainstream candidate has more to do with his tone than his policies. As…

Against Trump

While some Republican leaders are picking Trump over Cruz, not all Republicans are willing to concede to Trump. The National Review has declared it is against Donald Trump in the most direct way possible: The fact that a leading conservative magazine made its cover story a series of hit pieces on Trump is noteworthy but I…