Articles by Gary Hoitsma
It’s been just over a year since he’s been in office and the Trump phenomenon continues to dazzle…. and to mystify. His supporters are locked in and energized. His detractors are beside themselves, and probably even more energized. He tweets, … Continue reading
First Trump brought up the bombshell revelation – contained in a just-released undercover video – that Clinton-affiliated operatives actually paid and trained people (including homeless and mentally ill people) to attend the Trump rallies for the express purpose of provoking and inciting the very violence needed to create – out of whole cloth – the Clinton media-messaging narrative. Here was near-smoking-gun evidence that it happened, and that this dirty-trick tactic had been used to unfairly smear Trump and his supporters. Continue reading
But Clinton’s trump-card (so to speak) in the overall election, illustrated by the exquisite timing of the embarrassing tape story, is the Clinton campaign’s ruthless ability to exploit opposition research to distract media attention for maximum effect in the proverbial “October Surprise.” In this instance, Trump fought back with an unprecedented pre-debate press conference featuring several of the Bill Clinton scandal-women of yesteryear, to at least show that two can play that game. Continue reading
Kaine was clearly not playing to win for himself. He was playing to damage Mr. Trump by spitting out as many of Clinton’s talking points as he could regardless of the responses and, in that, he was arguably somewhat successful. … Continue reading
There were just a few moments of the debate that frame the more unconventional wisdom that Trump may have done better with many voters than some of the media smart people might suspect. Continue reading
He was a popular GOP candidate, leader, and president – often curiously at odds with the nation’s governing elites, including even the vast Republican Party establishment which eventually adopted him, though never quite completely. Yet, he developed a remarkable bond … Continue reading
In these early stages of the fight for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, it appears that the outsider anti-establishment candidates are striking a chord with rank-and-file GOP voters. But will one of them have the strength to prevail in the … Continue reading
“With each passing day, year, and decade, Americans learn how fortunate our country was to have him as our president at such an important time.” -William Perry Pendley It has been famously said that Ronald Reagan “won the Cold War … Continue reading
As potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination contemplate the political landscape for 2016, they all might benefit from some of the down-to-earth insights offered by the GOP candidate who actually won the Iowa caucuses in the last go-around.
One of the more significant budget and policy issues facing Congress and the Administration in the coming months will be how to continue to pay for the Nation’s most important transportation infrastructure, including its major highways, bridges and transit systems. The issue is coming to a head next year when the current surface transportation law, MAP-21, expires on September 30, 2014.