Peggy Noonan says Donald Trump’s greatest strength is his devout patriotism

  There was a time four or five years ago when I took great pleasure in occasionally poking fun at Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, who frequently substitutes the vibes she’s feeling for analysis of any hard political facts. She wrote, for example, on the eve of the 2012 presidential election that her magic vibes were telling her that the suddenly chirpy Mitt Romney would vanquish the relatively dour Barack Obama at the ballot box. Of course, it didn’t turn out that way, but Noonan never followed up with an...

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There aren’t enough ill-informed white men in America to make Trump president

  In early March, I wrote this about the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination: “The Donald is not going to become president. No way. No how. Never. Ever. “This isn’t just wishful thinking. Rather, it’s based on one simple political fact of life: The nominee of a sharply divided political party never gets elected president.” That was in late winter. It’s springtime now, and the Republican Party remains sharply divided, despite recent signs that some GOP politicians seem to have resigned...

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Trump and Cruz make Obama look like an honoree on Mount Rushmore

  At this writing, the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll shows President Obama’s approval rating 10 percentage points to the good side (53 percent to 43 percent). It’s been that way through much of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, despite — or perhaps because of — all the insults hurled Obama’s way by the GOP candidates. We have several interesting factors at play in all of this: For starters, Obama has been a pretty good president by any objective standards. No, he isn’t ranked among...

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Protest in Janesville on eve of Trump rally was idiotic

  The vulgarity and dishonesty of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy offends me as much as the next guy, but I still think he has rights that should be protected. An effort to trample those rights reared its ugly head last night in a protest at the hotel in Janesville, Wis., where Trump is scheduled to hold a rally this afternoon (Tuesday). The demonstrators, most of whom apparently were from Madison, demanded that the rally be canceled. When a reporter asked one of the leaders of the group about Trump’s free-speech...

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What will become of Donald Trump’s supporters when he loses?

  At this writing, it seems that Donald Trump has a pretty good chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination. But it remains highly unlikely — nay, downright impossible, as I see it — that he’ll prevail in the general election in November. This raises the question of how The Donald’s backers will react, short-term and over the long haul, to the failure of their movement. There are millions of these people, and many of them are not accustomed to political defeat. I’ve voted in 13 presidential...

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