Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart, an Iowa native, is the online communications manager for the American Principles Project and a frequent contributor to Shane is also the Editor-in-Chief for, a popular Christian conservative blog.

No, Trump Didn’t Win the Debate

by Shane Vander Hart

Deal Hudson earlier this week claimed Donald Trump won his first debate with Hillary Clinton. He said he won because he didn’t self-destruct. We must have been watching two different debates. I think Donald Trump won the first 20 minutes of the debate, but unfortunately for him and his supporters, it was a 90 minute […]

Donald Trump has ended the speculation. Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be Trump’s running mate. Trump’s choice of Pence was a safe, but unimaginative choice. Pence has the legislative and governing experience Trump lacks, but Pence lacks three essential ingredients that Trump needs. It may not be possible to find a running mate who delivers […]

Although national general election polling overall has been generally abysmal for Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey’s press conference about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails was about as bad as it could politically get for Clinton, short of an indictment. Now, we are waiting to see polling taken after the announcement and subsequent House hearing […]

Trump Hurts Down Ballot Races

by Shane Vander Hart

Back in March, I wrote about an ad that targeted U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) because of his support of Donald Trump should he become the nominee. His Democrat opponent, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), released an ad called “Trump” that linked McCain to Trump. It was brutal, but these types of ads practically write themselves […]

Jon, I think we need to look up the definition of stolen. In order for the GOP nomination to be “stolen,” wouldn’t that mean the nomination was Donald Trump’s in the first place? The delegate math hasn’t changed for Trump; he was expected to win the Northeastern Primaries. Unless he wins Indiana and sweeps California, […]

Monica Vernon, a Democrat candidate in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District race, discussed her opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act that is co-sponsored by Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) whom she hopes to unseat. Her comments were in response to a question about her opinion of members of Congress who base their opposition and support of […]

March 15th or Super Tuesday 3 (I originally called it Super Tuesday 2, but apparently March 8th was “super” as well) was a good night for Donald Trump. He won every state that he led the polls in. He wracked up lots of delegates and took one step closer to the GOP nomination for president. […]

Last week during the Fox News GOP Debate in Detroit, Ohio Governor John Kasich painted himself to be an advocate of state and local control of education. Kasich said, “And, frankly, look, if I were president, I’d take 104 federal programs, bundle them into four buckets, and send it to the states, because fixing schools […]

Yes, it’s true that real estate mogul Donald Trump has spoken against Common Core, but it has almost always been in the context of taking a jab at Jeb Bush. Will we hear him mention it again now that Bush is out of the race? Also, how will he deal with Common Core if elected […]

I shared some post-South Carolina Primary thoughts on Facebook Saturday night, but I wanted to expand on that here. This is a three-way race between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Currently Donald Trump is in the driver’s seat. Finally after South Carolina pollsters can finally pat themselves on the back because the polling […]

Donald Trump either misspoke or had a Freudian slip while speaking at Clemson University in Clemson, SC on Wednesday: “We are going to do something special. . . . Okay, are you ready? Common Core we’re going to keep. Trade we are going to make great. Military – we’re going to go through the . […]

I want to take a look at each of the candidates in the Republican presidential field following Donald Trump’s rout in the First in the Nation primary state of New Hampshire. In a nutshell, I believe the race effectively comes down to a Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz race. Cruz moving forward may be the […]

While in New Hampshire, Ohio Governor John Kasich told “Fox News Sunday” that he is “for total local control” when it comes to education. reports: “I propose taking 104 federal education programs, putting them into four buckets and sending them to the states. I have been clear from the very beginning that I support […]

I wanted to share some quick thoughts about each of the candidates who participated in the last Republican debate before the New Hampshire Primary. First I wasn’t a fan of the moderation. It seemed like Martha Raddatz in particular wanted to debate the candidates. Secondly, what in the world was with the introductions? How do […]

I didn’t realize that Trump is an expert on Iowa election law. Probably because he’s not. He does not have any idea what he is talking about. We can argue the ethics of what Senator Cruz’s campaign did with the distasteful mailer in Iowa and with the late email to grassroots activists, but neither are […]

Carly Fiorina made a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa, yesterday, where she held a 30-minute town hall covering a host of issues. While taking questions, Fiorina was asked if she wanted to see David Daleiden, the project lead with Center for Medical Progress who was recently indicted by a grand jury in Texas, apologize to her […]

Donald Trump is banking on a “yuuuuge” turnout next Monday night. Some recent polls like Fox News and CNN are based on a large voter turnout in the realm of 300,000, which impacts polling results. While this cycle has been unprecedented, there is nothing happening on the ground in Iowa that I’ve seen that would […]

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) called out New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate for his support of Common Core. Christie replied and said, “And on Common Core, Common Core has been eliminated in New Jersey.” Really? That’s fascinating. Christie has been a moving target on Common Core (Stop […]

From yesterday in Breitbart: In politics 19 days can be an eternity. In 19 days before my fellow Iowans caucus in local churches, schools, fire houses, and even homes the Republican field will have two more debates, we’ll be exposed countless radio and TV ads, and who knows how many trees have been sacrificed to send […]

Did Mike Huckabee Really Say This?

by Shane Vander Hart

Here’s my take on Mike Huckabee’s recent comments on evangelical leaders over at Caffeinated Thoughts: Buzzfeed reported on an interview that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee had with Todd Starnes on Fox News Radio. Starnes asked him if he felt betrayed by evangelical leaders and evangelical organizations as they seem to have gravitated toward U.S. Senator Ted […]