Establishment Gov. Chris Christie Just Made a Huge Endorsement. Guess Who?

Remember when Donald Trump was having a bad news cycle? Not anymore. Trump just held a public news conference in Texas with Gov. Chris Christie at his side to announce that Christie would be endorsing Trump. [facebook url=”″] Christie on Trump: “He is rewriting the playbook of American politics.” This may be the biggest endorsement Trump has received so far. We’ll continue to follow this developing story. Jon Schweppe is Deputy Director of Communications for the American Principles Project.

Trump Says He Invented Common Sense Conservatism

Donald Trump, in defending his record as a conservative, told Sean Hannity, “[Y]ou mentioned the word conservative. I like to say I’m a conservative with common sense or I’m a common sense conservative. And it’s a term nobody’s ever heard of because I just came up with it about two days ago because some of these things that these people come up with are crazy.” Nobody ever heard of it, except maybe Chris Christie who described himself that way in 2014. Or the folks running this website, The Commonsense Conservative, which appears to have been started by a guy who is now

N.H. Says Take Your Pick: Angry Populist or Angry Socialist?

So complete has the Washington political culture of both parties bred a climate that favors insider power structure and cronyism (both corporate and political), that it’s no longer able to hide it behind smooth talk and show votes. It’s official: the Emperor has no clothes. The American electorate is angry, and their anger erupted into a full-on tantrum in New Hampshire last night. While the good people of New Hampshire have flipped a middle finger to Washington, D.C., they’ve also presented a stark choice to their fellow Americans. Their message? “We’re so mad right now, we only see a choice

Christie Drops Out, Trump Remains King of Mean

Having delivered the blow that knocked Marco Rubio down to fifth in New Hampshire, Chris Christie has just announced he’s leaving the race. That leaves the establishment lane down to 3: Rubio, John Kasich, and Jeb Bush, with little clear reason for rallying around any one or dropping out. Christie’s rhetorical blow made Rubio look weak, but it made Christie look blustering and mean — and those voters looking for an un-Trump moved elsewhere. Chris Christie: a very good governor for a very sick blue state. Farewell. Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

After New Hampshire: Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz

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 only candidate down the stretch with the finances, organization and grassroots support to be able to stop Trump after the first two contests. Disclaimer: The results listed below reflect the results at 12:45a with 88.3% of precincts reporting in. I’ll update with final results later

Cruz: Drafting Our Daughters Is “Nuts”

I was extremely disheartened — indeed disgusted — by the responses of Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie to the idea of drafting women equally with men into the military, now that Obama has decreed they can volunteer for combat duty. (There is, of course, no draft currently so the question is whether women should be forced to register for the draft as men are, in anticipation of future need.) I could give you arguments on women in combat, but for the moment I will defer to those of Marine Captain Katie Petronio on the way combat-like conditions deteriorate women’s

ABC News GOP Presidential Debate Rundown

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 you mess that up? On to the candidates… Donald Trump – Trump didn’t actually have a bad debate.  The subject of eminent domain I believe is one that will hurt him with undecided voters.  “Eminent domain is great” isn’t exactly a message that people want

Rubio Won Saturday Night’s Debate . . . Electorally, Anyway

Okay, I have to admit it. Saturday night was rough for Marco Rubio. Even though he did an outstanding job appealing to social conservative voters — Rubio managed to specifically defend life and religious liberty in separate responses — he did take a beating from Jeb Bush and Chris Christie. And, of course, he took a follow-up beating afterward from the mainstream media, as pundits quickly declared Rubio the big loser of the night. Here’s the thing. Electorally speaking, Rubio won the debate. Everyone is praising “the Governors” — John Kasich, Chris Christie, and Jeb Bush — but last I checked, there isn’t one candidate running for President named